What’s the best hair colour to look younger?
Naturally, as we age, our complexion can lose pigment and become paler. Because of this, it’s important to remember that just because you were born with one hair colour, that doesn’t mean it’s still the one for you now. To complement a mature skin tone, we recommend choosing a hair colour a few shades lighter than your natural shade. After brightening your hair, you’ll notice an instant boost in your skin’s luminosity and an overall youthful pick-me-up.
Adding some natural-looking highlights is another way to give your hair a youthful boost. For greying hair, we recommend going for babylights – the hair colour trend taking the beauty industry by storm. The technique is similar to classic highlights, but instead works by weaving out finer pieces of hair and leaving less space between each foil. This results in a much softer effect and helps to create an all-over natural look. It’s particularly beneficial for grey hair as it grows out in a subtle way, meaning roots and any bands of dye appear less obvious.
Add some warmth
No summer sun? No problem! Summer isn’t the only opportunity to add warmth to your hair. Breaking up your colour with sun-kissed tones or going for an overall slightly warmer shade is a fantastic way to appear more youthful all year round.
When choosing your new hue, look for shades with the words ‘golden’ and ‘honey’ in them. The extra warmth these provide will help contrast any cooling of an older complexion, leaving you with a well-rested look. This means staying away from anything too ashy, which can have the opposite effect.
Don’t go too dark
Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make when it comes to dyeing grey hair is going too dark. Not only can the result be unflattering, but keeping on top of the roots can become a challenge. Darker hair colours can appear one-dimensional, which can create an unnatural halo effect around the hairline. If you do favour darker shades, consider breaking them up with some caramel pieces – this will help add natural-looking depth to the hair.
Play with pastels
One of the great benefits of going grey – especially when your hair is nearly white – is that it’s much easier to apply lighter shades without pre-lightening. The same is true for pastel colours, which can open a world of possibilities when shaking up your look.
We especially love this look with shades of pastel pink, which can be surprisingly flattering on mature skin tones. Try it out at home for just a day with L'Oréal Paris Colorista Spray in pastel pink, or commit to one or two weeks of cotton candy fun with L'Oréal Paris Colorista Washout in pink.
Tired of resisting grey hair? Just embrace it! Making grey work for you is much easier than you might think, and usually it just needs a short period of adjustment. If you already have coloured hair, growing the grey might feel like a dramatic change; but with just a little work, the transition to silver can be seamless.
For hair that is coloured with darker dye or has regrowth of grey mixed with dark – some strategically placed lowlights can help break up grey roots. Instead of babylights, think babylows. The fine sections will allow you to place lowlights in areas such as the hairline, helping to combat any overly-white edges when wearing hair off the face.
For lighter hair or hair with very white regrowth, we recommend softening the colour with a non-permanent toner like L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Colour Care Grey Hair Toner. The conditioning formula comes in a range of shades, which will help to take the edge off any sharp white roots.
Once you’ve successfully grown out any remaining colour – be sure to maintain a crisp, icy look with a purple shampoo. Products like L'Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Purple Shampoo will help to banish any yellow or brassy tones that can sometimes build up on the ends of grey hair.