How to Choose the Right Hair Color in Your 40s

As we age, we know there are just some things that don’t “fit” with our new styles and personalities. Sometimes, there’s also the element of practicality – we just don’t want to deal with the hassle of certain styles or products.

Reaching your 40s is a huge milestone for anyone, but it’s also a time for many people to finally become comfortable in their own skin. That’s exactly why choosing the right hair color in your 40s can take so much deliberation.

Should I still lighten my hair in my 40s? Should I cover up my gray hairs? These are all valid questions!

To help you decide on the right color for your hair, here are a few of our favorite tips.

Your Face and Skin Have Changed

Let’s face it; our faces, skin, and other parts of our bodies start changing when we reach 40. That’s why it’s important to choose the right hair color that matches your current (not past):

  • Face shape
  • Skin tone
  • Confidence level

Hair color can be a great thing; it can make your skin look more lively and your hair even younger. But choosing the wrong color can wash out your skin, draw attention to wrinkles or dark circles, and even make you look older.

A great “rule of thumb” is deciding on “cool” or “warm” tones. Gold highlights are warm, silver/platinum highlights are cool. You’ll probably know which of those looks better on you, so keep that in mind when choosing hair color.

Also know that too-dark hair may draw attention to finer wrinkles, while too-light hair can make your skin look dry. It’s all a balancing act!

Hair Color for Changing Hair Textures

What may have worked for you in your 20s and 30s might not work for you in your 40s; that’s just a universal rule. Thanks to changing hormones, your hair may also be thinner or more brittle than it was before. That’s why choosing the right hair color for your hair texture is so important.

To make sure you don’t damage your hair:

  • Choose high quality hair dye products that won’t strip or damage your hair
  • Avoid styles with too much bleach
  • Avoid darker or lighter colors that will highlight thinning hair

Many experts recommend sticking to just a shade or two lighter or darker than your actual hair color if you’re worried about damaging sensitive locks. The less processing the dye has to do, the better for your hair.

Making the Most of Hair Color in Your 40s

One thing to always keep in mind with hair color as you age is that you can still have fun with it! Whatever you decide to do, find the right tones that match your skin and face shape and make sure to use high quality products. Your hair may be more sensitive now than it was 20 years ago, but you can still dye it and have fun!

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