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7 Hair Mistakes Worth Avoiding If You’re Over 50

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Whether you’re being inundated with grays or have had the same hairstyle since the ‘90s, bad hair days can put a real damper on how confident you feel in your appearance. Even those who are as low-maintenance as possible with their hair would probably agree that a new haircut can make all the difference when it comes to your self-confidence.

But if your hair is feeling unhealthy, frizzy, outdated, lifeless, or just plain blah, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’ll be pointing out 7 hair mistakes you can avoid to keep your hair feeling fresh and lively so that it enhances your overall appearance, rather than detracts from it.

7 Hair Mistakes That Can Make You Look Older

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1. Thinking Bangs Are Off Limits

Young people don’t own bangs, so if you’ve never considered getting them because you think you’re too old, banish the thought immediately! Getting a haircut with bangs is a great way to do something fun and creative with your hairstyle that’s timeless, stylish, and still age-appropriate.

And as a nice bonus, bangs can hide or distract from features you feel self-conscious about, like wrinkles or a receding hairline. Bangs can also make your hair look thicker, and even draw attention to your beautiful eyes by framing them on your face.

If you’re not ready to commit to bangs, you can always add some face-framing layers to your hairstyle to achieve a similar effect. The pros say the perfect place for layers to start is at your cheekbone—consider it an instant “face-lift!”

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2. Constantly Wearing Tight Up-Dos

When your hair starts to thin at your hairline and temples, the worst thing you can do is pull your hair up tightly on a regular basis. Keep your up-dos and ponytails loose to avoid contributing to breakage, and try low, wispy buns for a flattering look that’s gentler on your hair.

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3. Failing To Consider Your Part

If you’ve been parting your hair the same way for several decades, consider switching things up. One of the most effective ways to switch your style up is simply changing where you part your hair. When choosing a new part, consider your face shape and the way your hair wants to fall naturally, or better yet, ask your hairdresser to help you find a look that works best for you.

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4. Going Too Dark

Dyeing your hair too dark can wash you out and enhance the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. If you want to cover up grays without creating a harsh effect, opt for lighter, multi-tonal shades that will blend better with grays as they grow back in. For a little inspiration, look into caramel, chestnut, and light coffee hair colors, which can create a beautiful balance in dark hair.

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5. Infrequent Trims

If you’re over 55, the pros recommend getting your hair trimmed more frequently (around every two months) to keep your breakage-prone strands looking fresh, healthy, and neat. The next time you go in for a trim, ask your hairstylist about when they recommend you come back in based on your hair type and style.

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6. Never Switching It Up

We all know the old maxim “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but it shouldn’t necessarily apply to your personal style. You don’t need to run to the salon for the trendiest cut every month, but keeping your hairstyle relatively current and age-appropriate can do wonders for your self-esteem.

After all, holding onto a hairstyle from an era when you used to feel your best won’t help you feel your best now—instead, it’ll make you look like you’re clinging to the past.

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7. Ignoring Dry Hair

As we get older, our hormone levels change in a way that often leads to drier, coarser, more brittle hair. These three things together are a recipe for frizziness, but you can compensate by seeking out options for boosting hair hydration, such as hair oils and deep moisturizing treatments (like this DIY option).

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  • Due to COVID, I let my hair go gray. Yrs. ago, I had chemo and didn’t lose any hair. Now I have 1/2 of my thyroid and my hair started falling out and is growing back in thinner and curly. I’d love to have my bangs back but it’s taken 5 yrs. to get them to my earlobes. I like my hair pulled back but bangs would only curl. Gray hair seems to be frizzy, dry. Mine is frizzy but not dry. I’m retired so I’ve put all the appliances away and let it dry on its own. I bought a “wet” hairbrush and start from the bottom up to brush it. There’s less hair loss. It was getting stringy so I headed for a cut the other day. Steph could see a difference. I switched from regular (but good) shampoo to a keratin shampoo/conditioner. I’m going au naturel until I can figure out what to do. She also recommended a t-shirt to dry (as has Jillee) although I don’t rub my hair (I let the towel do its job). It’s trial & error. Who knew a thyroid controlled so much!!

  • I was getting my color touched up every 6 weeks – when I stopped working and moved away, I did not have the gumption to find a new hairdresser, so I let my silvers grow out and I did a self-trim until the color was gone. I always kept my hair up in a clip (why was I even growing long hair??) so I finally had a bob cut – best decision for me. I have a trim every 12 weeks – massage my scalp and rub castor oil around my hairline. My hair was thinning but now it is thicker and hairdresser Shari asked what I was doing – my hair doesn’t fall out like it did in the past. We used to joke and say, “It’s HAIR. It will grow back!” To some, that’s not always the case. It’s good to share what works for us and to exchange ideas. That’s why I love this column so much. Blessings!

  • I did allow my hair to grow for eight weeks and it was a mistake, now I go every six weeks to a fabulous hairdresser who has cut my hair for over 18 years. She is very honest as I used to get perms, but when my hair became sparse and thin she said that a perm would not last, although that would have made her more money, so now she just cuts my hair every five to six weeks. I wear it short as it is thin, sparse, and very fine. I have no gray as I have a lot of red in my brown hair, but if I do go grey, I will not dye it and just let it be gray.

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