5 Hair Colors That Can Take 10 Years Off Your Face
We Byrdie editors are all about learning the latest and greatest in anti-aging trends. Normally, when we think about things we can do to look younger, our minds gravitate toward skincare products or clever makeup techniques. But the biggest secret in anti-aging actually has everything to do with hair color.
"Simple hair color adjustments can make huge differences," says eSalon colorist Erik Jordan. In other words, while you're busy focusing on treating your skin with anti-aging masks and serums, what you might not notice is that dull, ashy blond hair or a too-dark brunette color could be undoing all your hard work.
Luckily, there are a few choice hair colors that professionals swear can trick everyone into thinking you're way younger than you are—and not all of them are totally obvious. Read on to discover five unique hair color ideas that can take years off your face!
This is a great option for brunettes looking for an easy change that isn't too extreme. "For brunettes, adding caramel highlights can help to warm and soften facial features," says Peter Oon of Oon Arvelo Salon in NYC. Plus, this look adds dimension to the hair, making it appear as voluminous as it was a decade ago.
"I love this look for so many reasons. It's youthful, low maintenance, and re-creatable," adds Jordan, who suggests asking your colorist for balayage highlights. "The freehand painting technique has the effect of looking effortlessly sun-kissed and grows out without a demarcation line."
According to celebrity colorist (aka, the father of every cool blonde in L.A.) Matt Rez, adding brightness and contrast to the hair is key to looking as youthful as possible.
On his clients, Rez likes to create a subtle gradation from dark roots to bright tips to make the skin truly glow. (For this color style, you might also consider adding some length and volume—Rez always refers his clients to extensions goddess Violet Teriti.)
Playful pastels aren't just for kids. "Pastel shades have had a huge moment over the past few years, showing up on young girls to mature ladies alike," says eSalon Color Director Estelle Baumhauer.
Proof: Byrdie's favorite celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau, has rocked a soft rosé-pink color for the past few years, and she looks more youthful than ever. "One of my personal age-defying strategies is to have fun, colored hair since this look is associated with being young, fun, and having an adventurous spirit! So why not?" Rouleau told us.