Rule number one is to go several shades lighter as you become older. I have tried this however I prefer myself darker, as somehow that is more "me". My daughter Kate also feels that I look younger when my hair is darker, even though that is against the rules. What do you think?
|A lighter shade of pale|
|This is my natural colour - more or less!|
Rule number two is to keep your hair shorter, which is what I do. The reasons I follow this rule are: my hair is very fine, so if it's too long it loses any shape; I am vertically challenged and long hair doesn't suit me as much. However many older women keep their hair long and it suits them. Jane Seymour, Raquel Welch and Goldie Hawn spring to mind.
Rule number three is to spend the most money you can afford on a good cut. This is certainly a rule that all chic Frenchwoman follow religiously. Living in a Spanish town for the last four years, this has proved to be challenging at times, even apart from the language difficulties. No self-respecting Spanish hairdresser will let you leave without blow drying your hair into submission, adding as much volume as possible, and emptying most of the contents of the hairspray onto your locks. I have found a new hairdresser who so far seems willing to listen to my requests, and who limits the amount of hairspray - though this may be more to do with the financial "crisis" here than the whims of her customer.
Rule number four is to listen to any advice, but reject it unless it resonates with you. My Spanish hairdresser is a case in point. When she suggested cutting my hair even shorter I thought it might look a bit harsh on me, however as it is now very hot here in Spain I agreed, on the basis that I can grow it back again. My friend Lesley's daughter told her in no uncertain terms that her hair looked dreadful and to get it sorted! She was exaggerating, of course, but now that Lesley has had a decent cut and her hair is a flattering light shade she looks years younger.