Age Is Just A Number: Adapt Your Style

Written By Wilfredo Allen on Monday, April 28, 2014 | 1:00 AM


As a Senior Citizen, I'm told, "You can't wear this." "You can't do that." Why not? Who write those rules? I do not follow them! I am an individual and not a number. Let's talk!

It depends on the senior. If a senior still looks good, she/he can be fashionable. We can exercise, have a positive life outlook and have longer hair! You can still have a fabulous hairstyle and if your face shape looks good with longer hair, I say, "Go for it."

Just because you're 65, you don't have to move into a short hairstyle with your Social Security check. In fact, a younger look and lighter color can take years off your face. When you reach the young age of 40 or 50, you are not doomed to short hair! Keep in mind that a flattering cut on all women is shoulder-length.

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If you're looking for a job or hoping to move up the ladder at this age, you might be competing with younger women. Take years off your look by using hair color and getting a sharp hairstyle that flatters your face shape. Try layers. Piece-y layers around the face are flattering or go one-length with under layers. This will give hair body and looks great dried under.

Hair that is too styled can make you look dated. Even if hair is short, don't go for a spiky look; instead ask for longer layers. Cut out pictures and bring them to the stylist with you.

A lighter color can take years off your face. Ask your stylist what color works best for your skin tone. Don't be afraid to try a change. Sometimes a slight variation in a style or how you care for your style is all you need. Or, you might decide that you need a bigger change in order to meet the demands of your current activities. Ease into change gradually. If you decide to cut your shoulder length hair, you can start with "stage one" cut that only takes off a few inches. Then you can continue to have it cut and restyled over a period of months until you reach the length you want.

The key is to find a style that flatters your face and is easy to maintain. If your life has changed over the past few years, maybe your hairstyle should, too. If you are searching for a new hairstyle, look at pictures of yourself - Pull out pictures taken of you over the past ten years. Look for styles and lengths that looked the best. Review pictures and models you find in magazines. Find a look that shows the style you are considering. Take this to a good hairstylist and see if your hair is the type that can carry that style. Remember to talk to your stylist - They understand the texture and behavior of your hair, so they are a key source for suggestions on a new style that will meet your particular needs. Be sure to tell them what length you prefer to stay at. Remember, you are an expert on yourself; do what is best for YOU.

If you decide to make a change, be sure that your stylist allocates enough time to show you how to handle your new style. Before you leave, you should feel comfortable with all aspects of your new hair routine including knowing what you need in order to style your hair. Ask your stylist to show you the styling products you should use, how much to use and how to apply. Buy them from your stylist or head directly to the store after your appointment and be sure to have your stylist explain what you should do first, what brush you should use and how you should dry the various parts of your style. Practice with your stylist watching and coaching you. Use a hand mirror to watch how your stylist works with the back of your hair.

Perms:

Choose soft curls or body waves if you decide your hair needs a perm. With pin-straight hair, I've had perms for over 30 years and having them has never hurt my hair. You just have to choose a stylist who does perms all the time. Perms add body to thinning hair and cover up any areas that start to recede.

Skin Care and Makeup

What is your skin type?

OILY SKIN-tends to be shiny. You generally see pores and tend to get whiteheads and blackheads.

DRY SKIN-tends to show a dull appearance. The pores are difficult to see and you seldom get whiteheads or blackheads.

NORMAL SKIN-tends to be clear and has no sign of oiliness.

COMBINATION SKIN-The skin is oily in the T zone (forehead, nose and chin) and clear in other areas.

Perform a Tissue Test:

Cut a tissue into 4 pieces. Press one piece against your forehead, chin, nose and cheek. Wait about 10 seconds. If your tissue sticks and is moist, this is an oily section. If it is unchanged, this is an indicator of dry skin.

The skin needs fresh air, daily exercise and lots of water. It needs a balanced diet, daily cleansing and sunscreen.

Skin care is vital to health and beauty. Daily living dries out the skin due to pollution, traffic fumes, heat and cold.

The number one enemy of the skin is the sun.

If you compare the back of your arm to the inside, you can see the difference. The following rules apply to a good skin care program.

Keep your skin clean. Be sure to remove surface oils, dust, and dirt each morning and evening. Never rub your skin, always pat.

Moisturize. Apply to clean, still-damp skin and smooth on with fingers or a cotton sponge. Apply evenly and generously three times a day if possible. Do not forget your neck area.

We are all individuals with various allergies and sensitivities. Makeup has several ingredients that may or may not give you a reaction. It is best to try a product and experiment to see which products work for you.

The word "hypo-allergenic" can be misleading. There is no company or lab that purposely produces a product that will cause problems for a consumer. You need to become an expert on yourself to determine what you can and cannot use.

Less is more when it comes to downplaying wrinkles on your face. Find out the right and wrong way to apply powders and foundation.

Highlight your eyes. Great eye makeup will make eyes "pop" and attract eyes away from the wrinkles on your face. Always keep brows groomed and filled in..

Go light on foundation.Many women with wrinkles make the mistake of trying to cover them. But a face full of heavy foundation only highlights wrinkles. Instead, try a tinted moisturizer and use only on the parts of your face that need covering up. Also, no matter how pale you are, go a shade or two darker with foundation. Lighter shades only highlight wrinkles. I recommend a great tinted moisturizer in my

Do not use Powder.When you were younger, you likely had oilier skin and got used to powdering your entire face. But dewy skin is actually youthful and you should put away your powder (except for the nose and chin). Makeup artists tell me they NEVER use powder on women over 50 unless they're going to be taped, because powder sits atop wrinkles highlighting them. Instead, use Evian Water and spray moisture on to your face. Choose eye-shadows that are creamy, rather than powder.

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