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Top Tips on hair colour for over 50s

Article by Fabafterfifty

We asked the ‘First Lady of Colour’, Jo Hansford, what hair tips she could offer on hair colour

What advice would you give a lady in her 50s and beyond on colouring her hair to compliment her skin tone and how could she maintain healthy and glossy looking hair post tinting?

• Always choose a colour that’s within 2 shades of your natural colour. It may be advisable to start with a semi-permanent colour or low-lights rather than going straight to an all over permanent colour.

Keep to softer shades

• Make sure that you choose a colour that suits your skin tone and eye colour, and keep to softer shades such as tortoiseshell as opposed to harsh heavy shades.

• A short, sharp cut is essential so that your style does not look too ‘mumsy’

• If your hair is more than 50% grey, opt for an all over colour with highlights in a lighter shade around your face to soften the look

• Use a shampoo and conditioner to protect your colour such as the new Jo Hansford premium Range, if you are going to invest in your colour, you should invest in the aftercare!

Enhancing grey hair

For the ladies who prefer to stay grey/white what can they do to enhance colour and shine?

• If you would prefer to stay grey/white, you could use a secondary colour to blend in as reverse/ lowlights to enhance your colour slightly but still embrace your grey.

• Again, a short, sharp haircut is essential.

• You don’t tend to get amazing shine on grey hair, but using a silver shampoo will help to brighten your colour.

The ‘First Lady of colour’, Jo Hansford is renowned as a world leading authority on hair colouring. Admired and respected by her peers and salon regulars alike she boasts an extensive clientele, including high profile personalities such as Elizabeth Hurley, Yasmin le Bon, Natasha McElhone and Nigella Lawson.


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  1. pjdiva

    March 3, 2011

    Just do it and Smile all the time!!

    • Syphonexai

      December 20, 2012

      Awesome! My husband is into tritidaon as well. Our daughter was brought home from the hospital to the same house her daddy came home too! 😀 What good memories for dads. They love it!

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