The whole "no long hair after a certain age"’ thing is total bunk, but be careful of a cut that’s too shaggy, says Ted Gibson, a New York City stylist, "If your hair is graying, avoid lots of layers, because they make wiry strands even more stubborn and unruly."
If your last encounter with this foamy volumizer was when Madonna wore headbands, here’s the scoop: There’s a new mousse in town, reformulated so it still thickens but no longer stiffens. "A golf ball-size dollop applied to damp hair plumps your strands but still leaves them soft," says Boston-based stylist Gretta Monahan, who likes Dove Body and Lift Volumizing Mousse ($3; drugstores).
Sudsing up more than three or four times a week can dry your hair and fade your color. "As you get older your scalp produces less oil, so you don’t need to wash as often," says Kyle White, a colorist at New York City’s Oscar Blandi Salon. "But if you just can’t get used to the idea of a day without cleaning your hair [or you work out-and sweat-a lot], get in the shower and rinse with just water, or spray a dry shampoo into your roots, then brush it through." Try Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder ($34; bumbleandbumble.com).
"Gray hair is often kinky and hard to smooth," says Farah Reid, director of education at New York City’s Blow salon. "Using a boar-bristle brush while blow-drying grabs and holds on to hair, creating more tension than you’d get with plastic or metal bristles." Try the Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Pocket Mixture Brush ($90; beauty.com).
If you want to match the hair down there to what’s on your head, try a color kit safe for sensitive skin (look for some- thing made without ammonia). The creator of Betty Hair Color, Nancy Jarecki, points out that if you’re tired of the natural look, going orange or hot pink might perk things up a bit. (And you thought the Brazilian was your only option.) Betty Color ($15; bettybeauty.com) comes in 10 shades.
To zero in on stray hairs-around your eyebrows and elsewhere-skip the reading glasses and pick up a small magnifying mirror with suction cups. If you stick it on the bathroom cabinet, you may be surprised at what you’ll see in a different light.
A prescription cream like Vaniqa or an over-the-counter option such as Aveeno Positively Smooth Moisturizing Lotion ($8; drugstores) reduces the growth of coarse body hair that can be caused by hormone fluctuations.
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