With your locks at their fullest and healthiest, now’s the time to experiment with modern, fashion-forward hair. Hair usually bounces back more quickly from color treatments and heat styling, depending on its condition, so it’s okay to try new things. A good conditioner, like Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm, and a heat-protective spray, like Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist, help keep hair in tip-top shape.
Long locks, short crops, and everything in-between. One-length styles (with a few layers) tend to be more conservative, while shorter, layered choices are edgier. Visit your salon every four to six weeks to keep your cut and color fresh.
If you’re juggling a career and kids—or just a career and busy lifestyle—wash-and-wear hair is key. If your hair is curly or straight, go with it. Fighting against your natural style will make styling a daily chore.
What to try
Short, choppy shag you can air dry, shoulder-length styles with face-framing layers you can pull back. Hide the odd gray with a semi-permanent salon color. Natural hues are easier to maintain.
Your hair is finer and, likely, grayer. No need to cut it all off—the “no long hair after 40” rule is outdated. But some women may prefer a shorter, more polished style.
If your hair is healthy, go ahead and wear it below your shoulders. Layers and bangs add volume and softness. Extremely long, one-length cuts can drag down your features. If you have a lot of gray, consider a permanent color. Using products with built-in sunscreens, like DESIGNLINE Enchanted Midnight Leave-In Conditioner, will help preserve the life of your color.
Really bright colors can make you look washed out, so ask your stylist for recommendations on the best colors for your skin tone.