Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Beauty, Hair

It’s a common misconception amongst women over 40 that once you hit middle age your hair has to be middle-aged too.

Not so, a flattering and modern hairstyle can take years off your appearance.

If you haven’t changed your hairstyle in a while, it may be time to swap your ageing hairstyle for a modern and ageless do.

Long Hair

Short Hair

Flattering Updos

Shoulder Length

Curly

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Beauty, Hair

Until recently, a media-imposed beauty myth was that post-40, 50 and 60 and beyond, the preferred longer hairstyle for women is a straight bob falling somewhere below the chin and neck.

Firstly, let me say that I love the bob – it’s classy, classic, chic and elegant.  But now that we are #ageless (rather than ageing), it’s time to opt for a fresh and modern approach to a bob – the lob.

I love the lob on all women because the loose waves create a soft and youthful appearance and yet it’s still chic and elegant.

The beauty about the lob (and bob) is that it suits all ages and face shapes.  Ask your hairdresser for advice on styles that work best for you, but here are some general guidelines (for more on how to style your lob at home, see beauty information below):

Heart-Shaped Face
Your forehead is wider than your cheeks and chin.  A lob that is all one length will soften strong jaw lines.

 Oval Shaped Faces
You have a long and narrow face shape.  Lucky you can carry off all lengths and styles from short to long, layered and fringing.

Round Shaped Faces

Your face is evenly wide, with the widest part at your cheekbones. Shoulder-grazing or longer lobs will elongate a round face (shorter lobs will add more ‘width’ to a rounder face).

 Square Shaped Faces

A square face shape is equal in length and width and a defined jawline that creates a box shape.  Most lob styles will work for you except for a blunt cut.  Soft layers around your face will soften strong features.

 

Beauty Info:

For busy women on the go, try a conical curling wand (or tong) which will give soft to beachy waves in no time.  It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it you won’t be able to live without it.  There are various models on the market, personally I use the Bayliss Pro Conical Curling Tong which I purchased at Price Attack for $69.95.

 

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Beauty, Hair

Like a good skincare regime, your hair will  benefit from regular treatments and masks, especially when coloured or chemically treated.

Many hair experts espouse the benefits of applying mask, serum or treatment for a minimum of 10 minutes every 2 to 3 weeks include:

  • helps to repair and restore damage from colour, straightening or perming
  • lustrous and shiny hair
  • restores strength and vitality
  • controls and eliminates frizz and fly-aways
  • alleviate dry ends
  • helps to maintain manageable hair

Love your locks and they will love you back.  Consult your hair stylist for the product that is right for you.

Beauty Info, left to right, top to bottom:  Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Balm to Oil Pre-Shampoo $62, www.mecca.com.au;  Desert Shadow Hair Conditioning Mask, $24.95, www.biome.com.auLush Hair Doctor Hair and Scalp Mask, $14.95, www.au.lush.com; Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets, $36.95, www.priceattack.com.au; Wella Professional Age Ensure Mask $27.95, www.priceattack.com.auJosie Maran Argon Oil Hair Serum $17, www.mecca.com.au.

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Beauty, Hair

Long hair is often seen to be only for the young.  Not so.  A modern, longer style combined with great cut and a flattering colour can look amazing on women 40 and way beyond.

Consult your hairdresser for the best colour and style to suit your face and lifestyle, however these few tips will help you choose a longer style that is #ageless not ageing:

  • A fame-framing fringe softens features and creates a youthful appearance
  • Shoulder length layers create volume and bounce
  • If you love long and straight hair, layering is key to add fullness and for the appearance of healthy, thicker hair
  • The latest wavy lob styles are modern and easy to achieve
  • A layered bob is easy to maintain and style and flattering for all face shapes
  • Optimal length for a sleek bob is shoulder length or just below
  • Keep hair away from face from cheeks to jawbone to create an open, more youthful appearance
  • Adding height to the crown is flattering
  • Subtle highlights can add warmth to your complexion
  • Hair colour that is too light can be ageing.  Many hair stylists recommend colour that as close to your natural colour as possible is more flattering finished with subtle highlights

 

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Beauty, Hair

Loving Jennifer Lopez’s new lob created by hair stylist Chris Appleton.  Has a haircut changed your life?  Comments please.

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Beauty, Hair, Make Up, Trends

Let’s face it, there are just some beauty trends that you simply cannot do over 40.

Yes, I stand by my style motto of #ATTITUDENOTAGE, but post-40 it’s more about flattering ageless beauty rather than un-flattering and ageing beauty!  Mon díeu!!

Out of this season’s Autumn/Winter beauty trends, there are a few you must avoid at all costs:

  • gothic lips
  • ‘no colour’ lips (quelle night!)
  • rainbow coloured eyes
  • wet hair
  • crimped hair
  • braiding – I mean the ‘tight, grunge’ kind, not the loose ‘plait’ kind

But these, and others which I’ll feature in the next few weeks, you can add to your winter beauty routine with gusto:

MAKEUP

Pink Lips
Not just a summer shade, pink lips are one of winter’s coolest beauty looks.

Cooper Hues
Pair metallic fashion with shimmering beauty – but beware too much sparkle can be un-youthful.

Smokey Eyes
Sexy, smokey eyes are the beauty du jour for winter evenings.  Don’t be afraid, You Tube has loads of tutorials and remember – practice makes perfect.

HAIR

Short or Medium Length Hair
Make a statement with the season’s jewelled and gilded hair accessories.

Long Hair
Low ponytails are chic and easy style for work or play.

 

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