Fall in Love with Your Hair for Fall, 2016

If you’re like me, all summer long, you’ve pulled your hair into a ponytail or a bun, or simply worn it short while the temperatures climbed ever higher. But now it’s September, and it’s time to fall in love with your hair again. New hair color, length, style, or hair texture? The professionals at Fantasia Hair Salon and Hair Restoration Center are here to help!

Change it Up! Let’s face it, if you’re still rockin’ the same look you had at your high school, or even college, graduation, it’s time for a change. Fantasia Business Manager and Hair Designer Leanne reminds us that just as our bodies and our lifestyles have changed over the years, so does our hair.

“In our 20’s, our hair is often thicker, stronger, and more dense. It’s also more elastic, and able to stand up to things like hot tools, chemicals, pollutants, the sun and more,” says Leanne. In your 30’s, you’re more likely to notice any hair loss, which is largely the result of your genetic history. The key to slowing down hair loss is to see a Fantasia Hair Loss Expert early. Fantasia Hair Restoration Technical Director Darla says that Fantasia is a leader in the Hair Restoration field, offering Follea products, cold laser therapy, Micro Point Links, hair extensions for fine/thin hair, wig fittings, cutting, coloring, styling and bonding of all types of hair replacement for men, women and children.

In your 40’s, the thickness of individual hair strands decreases, so your hair is finer overall. You can expect to see the first signs of gray hairs, which tend to be coarser and thicker. The hair’s outer cuticle becomes more fragile and less elastic, so hair has a tendency to break, instead of bounce back.

Your hair growth rate also slows at midlife (your 50’s) and beyond—it spends less time in the growth phase and more in the resting phase, which means it will grow more slowly, and won’t be able to grow as long as it once did. A natural loss of fatty acids and keratin proteins leaves your hair duller and more vulnerable to change.

Fortunately, Fantasia has solutions for every stage, and every age. Leanne mentions that the anti-aging business is a billion-dollar industry, and Fantasia offers the very top-of-the-line solutions, including Moroccan Oil, Hair Support, Surface Hair, and Hair loss products like Theradome, Follea, Cyberhair, and the Sentoo Collection.

If your hair is making you look older – and let’s face it, hair is one of the first attributes we notice in one another – it’s time to turn back the clock by infusing some major TLC.

Change Your Color Fantasia Hair Designer Stacy says that extreme colors – like fiery red or platinum blonde – are fine when you’re in your 20s, but those same colors tend to make you look older as you age. “If you’re a brunette, pick a more chocolate brown that lightens your color a few shades – lighter colors take the years off,” adds Stacy. For blondes, choose a honey blonde color, with golden tones to add a rose and sun-kissed glow to the face. And redheads should lean to a more auburn color, which offers a more polished look.

If your hair is already beginning to show gray, consider adding Reverse Highlights to your hair – this delivers streaks of darker color back into graying hair. With any highlights, warmer streaks can help remove years from your face. And Stacy reminds us: when you lighten your hair, lighten your eyebrows, as well, to soften and brighten up your face.

Change Your Style We’ve all seen the beauty makeovers that often start with a fresher, more contemporary hairstyle. Changing your hairstyle can make you look 10 years younger, says Fantasia’s Leanne, and it all starts with choosing the right length and style for your face shape.

“The most flattering hair length is the one that creates the illusion that you have a perfectly oval face – considered the perfect face shape,” says Leanne. There are certain styles and lengths that help make a round face look longer, a square face appear softer, and long faces more even. It’s not rocket science – it’s just finding the right length for your face.

Leanne adds that the most obvious shape you see in the mirror, may not be your real face shape at all. “There are lots of details that can determine your correct face shape – where your eyes are set, the size of your forehead, the contour of your jaw,” says Leanne. There are 6 major Face Shapes, Leanne tells us – Heart-Shaped, Square, Round, Diamond, Long (or Oblong), and Oval.

Avoid adding fullness to the top of your head, which adds years, and go with a sleek, smooth blow out. Shoulder-length hair is fine as you age, but don’t opt for extremely long hair – it’s heavy, and draws the face down, as well as lacks the luster you’re looking for.

Ask your Fantasia hairstylist to determine your own Face Shape, and then discuss the most flattering lengths and styles for you. Trimming just a few inches, and adding some layers, can help make anyone look younger.

Change Your Texture Fantasia Hair Restoration Specialist and Designer Michelle says that most of her customers have no idea what their hair texture is – and the reason why is that many have a mixture of 2 or 3 different textures. “You can determine your hair texture by examining it when it’s freshly shampooed, with no products in it,” says Michelle. Hair texture can consist of Straight, Wavy, Curly, and Kinky. Each of these textures then have sub-textures that can range from flat to out-of-control, and from full and dense to thin and limp.

Texturizing is a procedure that should always be done by a hair professional, cautions Michelle. Hair stylists add more interest and movement to your hair when they texturize. It’s all about how your hair is cut to achieve different effects, from shaggy, choppy, or feathered, to soft, straight, and smooth.

Just about any hair can benefit from texturizing, and it’s a great way to try on trendier styles.

So – what will help YOU fall in love with your hair again? Color, Style, or Texture – or maybe all 3! It all starts at your favorite hair salon and the hair professionals who can help add life to your looks, and second looks to your life!