Starting to notice a little too much gray in your hair? Some women start going gray earlier than others. For most women, it is a sure sign of aging they are not yet ready to embrace, hence the widespread use of hair coloring products. So, what is the best hair color for women over 50?

To be sure, it is not only older women who color their hair. Years ago, it was more the older women who specifically wanted to cover the gray, but now even young girls use hair color products as a fashion statement.

The earlier you start coloring your hair, the more chance you have of causing damage. When you’re a mature lady, problems can be more severe as there is a natural move towards thinning hair and hair loss due to shifting hormonal balances. It may be best to color less frequently, and with better quality products in this case. If you can’t afford to visit a salon regularly, there are some really good natural brands available that you can use at home.

Should older women color their hair at all? Or should they “just go gray naturally?” The answer to that is entirely up to you. There is no reason at all to allow the gray hair to take over if it makes you feel unhappy! Nor should you feel compelled to put color in your hair if you are happy going “au naturel”.

What colors are best?

There are a few considerations here:

  • Not too dark. This draws your face and may give you a washed-out appearance. It may force you to wear more make up, which is not a good thing.
  • Not too light. This makes you look sallow and accentuates wrinkles.
  • Not too vivid or bright. Some people think that bright red or blue or pink is more suitable to the under 25 year old set. It is not usually flattering to the older woman.
  • The best look is a color one to two shades lighter or darker than your natural shade.
  • If you like highlighting your hair, a few foils around your face can lift your skin tone. Don’t overdo the highlights as that can appear fake. No one wants to look like the proverbial “mutton dressed as lamb”. The aim is to look as natural as possible.
  • The ombre look is good for mature women, darker at the roots, going lighter towards the tips.

At the end of the day, you need to feel like a million bucks! That is more important than everyone else’s two cents worth.  You need to look and feel like the beautiful woman you are.

What’s your take?

What is your opinion on coloring your hair? Do you color your hair, and if so, do you intend to do so on into old age?