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First things first - just like your body, your hair goes through a major change as the ageing process begins. The follicles often become thinner, drier and more brittle and is therefore damaged more easily, and grey hair can often feel coarser. All of these factors should be taken into account when considering mature styles, as they require different treatment than the hair of a 25-year-old.
The long and the short of it
It's fair to say that most women believe they should go for the chop once they hit a certain age. That's not necessarily true. However, if you are keen to keep your luscious locks, be aware that it is likely to lack the bounce and body of your youth so invest in some volumising products, and try rollers to make the hair appear fuller.
If you are blessed with a full head of silver or white hair, there's no reason why you can't embrace it and style away. But don't forget your skin is maturing too and may start to lack the radiance of youth. If that's the case, you may find that a warm, light-reflecting colour next to the skin is more flattering. For those with just a scattering of grey, try colouring the individual hairs first to retain your natural look, or apply highlights throughout to conceal them.
Style is, of course, all about personal choice, but there are some helpful tips that will keep you looking fabulous into your 50s and beyond. If your hair is thinning, a short do will work wonders by bringing the emphasis to your face, but avoid styling too heavily and try a tousled top instead.
For those sticking with luscious length, it's all about the body. Soft curls and waves add body to the hair and can hide a multitude of fine lines, but avoid the scraped back do at all costs. If you need to tie it back, make sure you opt for a softer up do that won't emphasise your ageing signs.
Meanwhile, a medium-length cut will flatter almost any mature woman with the right styling. Once again, adding volume and body will give the hair a fuller appearance, and long layers can work wonders in achieving a gorgeous, glossy mane. Bobs are always great for framing the face but opting for a cut that is shorter at the back and longer at the front will help to firm up the jaw line. And if you're a fan of bangs, try keeping them soft and swept slightly to the side, giving movement to the hair.