One of the things that can create an instant makeover and make you look younger and more modern is a change of hairstyle, hair colour or adding highlights. Why?
Because your hair is one of the first things people notice. They then make judgments about you – your gender, your age, your attitude (modern or staid) and how much you care about yourself and consequently, others.
It’s often just the little touches that make a big difference – a more modern way of doing your favourite haircut, a few foils to add interest and balance or a slightly lighter or deeper colour to compliment your changing skin tone. Or even letting it go grey naturally. (More on that later in a different Blog post.)
One of the biggest mistakes I see in men and women are those who change to very blonde, very black or very red. Radically lightening or darkening your hair colour changes your colour personality.
Sometimes the new colour of your hair and eyes do not make a natural combination that people subconsciously recognise as normal. Most people who change their hair colour radically do not change the colour tones they wear to be in harmony with their new facial colouring message. Other people notice this disharmony and it can affect their perception of trust in you.
When movie stars wear different coloured wigs to play characters, it’s the job of expert wardrobe people to make sure that the clothes they wear are in harmony with their new colouring. If it’s done well, you concentrate on the character not their hair.
(Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 23 December 2008. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)