Recently I spent an afternoon at the L’Oréal Paris Tech Center on Fifth Avenue in New York, watching a Diane Keaton video and learning about the company’s new “home hair color” for women over 50. To my surprise, Keaton — who “came out” as gray last year — looked blonder than ever. As she told the camera, “We can grow old gracefully or gorgeously — I pick both.”
Struggling to break the color barrier in the Professional Golfers Association five decades ago, Charlie Sifford got a tip from Jackie Robinson, who had done the same thing for Major League Baseball. "You can’t be going after these people who call you names with a golf club,” Robinson told him. “If you do that, you’ll ruin it for all of the black players to come.”
It may not be your favorite color. But won’t you consider wearing something pink — the color of health and hope — to get the word out that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Every woman age 50-plus who colors her hair is thinking about going gray. Maybe it's all the parade of steely icons like Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Christine Lagarde and Glenn Close. Maybe it's those annoying online slideshows of fabulous mature women gone gray. Either way, they're seriously psyching us up. But let's get real. The former are rich, famous and polished to perfection by beauty pros and designer duds. The latter are either black-and-white photos (with Photoshop help), creative "ex-model-y" types (with amazing style) or gray gone gorgeous (with great plastic surgery). Gray does work for some of us, but not all. Ask yourself these five questions:
Didier Malige may not be a household name, but to top fashion designers, editors, models and celebs, he's king. (Or should I say Le Roi of Hair?) The charming Frenchman is also the live-in amour of Grace Coddington, Vogue's flame-maned, gutsy creative director. Grace's wild red cloud of hair accents her chic black wardrobe with wit and a pop of color. But what about everyday grownup babes who shop Target not couture? Didier has some unexpected tips for us, too.
When women 50-plus start piling on self-tanner, blush and a brighter lipstick it means one thing : your hair color is all wrong. So says New York colorist, hair stylist and beauty expert Eva Scrivo, the savior of savvy CEOS, media personalities and grownup everyday women who mob her Bond Street and Upper East Side salons. Scrivo and I shared de-aging hair color tips in an exclusive AARP interview last week. Here are five things to rethink ASAP:
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