One inevitable part of growing older is that eventually, your hair is going to start losing its natural color. Turning gray happens to everyone. While some women choose to embrace their gray hair as a well-earned symbol of wisdom and honor. For others, it’s an unwelcome part of the aging process. If you aren’t yet ready to embrace those grays then it’s time to talk about hair color and how to choose a flattering color that will help you look years younger. When selecting a hair color as a mature woman, it’s important to not choose shades that are very dark. Dying your hair too dark give an unnatural and fake look that draws attention to shadows and lines making you look older than you really are. Even if your natural color was black in your youth, a lighter shade will be more flattering in your senior years. We tend to lose skin color as we age, so dark hair against paler skin is just too much contrast. When choosing your hair color you also need to pay attention to the undertones of the color. Stick with neutral or warm tones, and stay away from cool or ashen colors as they will make your complexion look ashy and washed out. Using warmer tones will brighten your complexion without using too much makeup. Highlights are another great way to warm up your skin tone. They add dimesion and warmth to your hair. Having a mutlitonal effect also helps to better conceal stubborn grays that don’t hold onto color as well as we’d like. Ask for subtle highlights that mimic a youthful sunkissed look. So what haircolors are best for mature women? Here are some common colors that look great on many different people. Butter Blonde- If you’ve never tried blonde but always wanted to, now’s your chance! A soft light brown base with buttery blonde worked throughout is a gorgeous color that screams youth and vitality. Babylights- If your hair is salt and pepper and you just want everything to be even and blend in together, opt for babylights. Tiny streaks of blonde and silver evenly distributed throughout your hair create a beautiful effect and make the grays look intentional. Chocolate and Caramel- If a rich brunette shade is a must for you, ask for chocolate brown with face framing caramel highlights. It’s not so dark that it looks completely unnatural and the highlights keep the deeper shade from clashing with your complexion. Strawberry Blonde- This is an especially nice color for anyone that has lighter hair naturally. It will make you look amazing by warming up your skin tone. This is one color that is guaranteed to make any mature woman look and feel younger. Warm Auburn- Red hair can be rather tricky. Bright or blue-based reds easily wash out your complexion. Choosing a light brownish red as auburn works well with most skin tones. If you have richer or more olive skin tone you can try a deeper shade of auburn. If your skin is very fair perhaps a light copper would be a flattering red for you. Soft Brown- A soft muted brown is another beautiful choice for graying hair. It blends grays away easily and gives the richness of a darker color without being overpowering. Add in some babylights to keep the color from looking too dark or flat. Gray- Gray is actually a very popular color trend right now. Teens and 20-somethings are dying their hair gray on purpose, and with amazing results. If you’re just unhappy with your particular natural shade of gray or if your color is uneven, consider trying a different shade of silver, platinum, or pewter. You may find that you like your hair gray after all. With the luxury salon services available at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living you can be confident that you always look your best whether you choose to embrace your grays or cover them. Here we pride ourselves on creating an environment that enables seniors to lead a fulfilling, socially active lifestyle to improve their health. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, contact our professional staff members and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special!