Colours that make you look younger

Updated February 21, 2017

Updating your hair colour is a quick way to change your look. As women age, hair and fashion should change along with maturity. What is flattering on someone as a teen is not usually appropriate for a middle-aged woman. Creating a subtle contrast and tones of colour is flattering to ageing skin. The goal of choosing a colour that makes you look younger is to ultimately flatter your skin.


There are tones of brown hair colour that are flattering to just about anyone. From dark, chocolate brown to light, golden brown, there is a shade for everyone. One side effect of ageing is that you lose pigment in your skin. Thus, it is best to lighten your hair colour one or two shades. A lighter colour will make you look younger. Avoid hair colours such as dark brown or black. Rather, choose a medium chocolate brown or light sandy brown.


Blonde hair is an ideal option for mature women because it adds life to the skin while also disguising grey hair. If you are a blonde, or are going blonde, choose a honey-blonde hair colour with gold tones. This shade of blonde adds a rosy touch to the skin. Stay away from ash or platinum blonde. Those hair colours may actually make you look older.


A combination of multi-dimensional hair colours creates a youthful, natural look that will highlight your natural beauty. The best way to create this look is tone-on-tone highlights. This involves placing a mix of lowlights and highlights on top of your base colour. The highlights and lowlights must be subtle. Too much of a contrast can be ageing. The highlights should be within two shades of your natural colour. The lowlights should be one or two shades darker than your natural hair colour.

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Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.