By the time we reach age 50, more than 40% of us struggle with some degree of weight loss. hair . The good news? The right cut and color can make your hair look thicker and healthier. From cocoa plantations to silver pixies, Hollywood’s best hair professionals reveal the most beautiful looks that defy age. Keep scrolling to find the one that will make you shine!
We write about products that we think our readers will like. If you buy them, we receive a small portion of the supplier’s revenue.
Jennifer Garner hair
Jennifer Garner’s Rich Truffle Sweep
“A broad-shouldered style with soft layers framing the face is feminine and sophisticated – plus, her curves give her hair movement for full locks,” says celebrity colorist Debi Dumas, who has worked with Sharon Stone and Candace Cameron Bure. “And the subtle highlights that adorn the layers add texture amid darker hair for the illusion of thicker strands.” Also, a middle part creates a curtain of hair that hides any thinning spots around the temples.
MAKE THE CUT: Ask your stylist for a cut that falls just past the shoulders with jagged ends and face-framing layers.
Viola Davis hair
Soft Cocoa Shag by Viola Davis
“A textured bob with side bangs concentrates fullness in front of the face to hide any thinning along the hairline, while the swing of the style gives movement to the hair and body,” says celebrity hairstylist Mike Petrizazi. Also flattering: the subtle color shift at the top of the part line pulls the eye into the illusion of a full head of hair.
CUT: Get a shoulder-length cut with side bangs that are long enough to tuck behind your ear.
GET THE COLOR: For caramel highlights, use a highlight kit for dark hair (like L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights in #GL50-Medium to Dark Brown, $8.09, Amazon ). Then, with a clean toothbrush (which helps the highlights look less artificial), color in 1/2-inch sections of hair along the dividing line. Let it act for 30 minutes and then rinse.
Carrie Underwood hair
Carrie Underwood’s Golden Beach Wave
“Focusing the hair in the front with an asymmetrical cut adds width to the temples and cheekbones. These are areas where hair and face tend to fall out, so it has an anti-aging effect,” says Dumas. In addition, the contrast between blonde highlights and slightly overgrown roots visually increases the volume on the crown.
CUT: Ask your stylist for a longer cut in the front with side bangs and graduated layers.
GET THE COLOR: Use a kit (such as L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color, 100 Pure Diamond, $7.99, Amazon ) to paint one-inch sections across the entire head. Let it rest for 30 minutes; clean.
Helen Mirren hair
Helen Mirren’s Spun Sugar Husk
Heavy layers in the back of a bob and side bangs in the front create a rounded silhouette of hair that looks full from every angle, says celebrity colorist Kari Hill, who has worked with Julia Roberts and Amy Poehler. What else? Transforming gray strands to a light-reflecting silver blonde helps hair appear thicker and silky.
MAKE THE CUT: Ask for an ear-length rounded cut with full bangs (about three to four inches long) and long layers blended throughout your hair.
GET THE COLOR: Apply a platinum-blonde permanent dye (such as Herbatint Permanent Haircolor Gel in #10N-Platinum Blonde, $11.49, Vitacost ) and let it rest for 30 minutes. As gray strands are notoriously difficult to penetrate, at the 15 minute mark, take small locks of hair and massage the color upwards (from tips to roots). This helps to open up the cuticle so the color can settle more deeply.
Lucy lawless hair
Falcon Faux Sugar Brown by Lucy Lawless
This gravity-defying style not only makes the hair look fuller overall, but the added height deftly masks sparse spots across the crown, says celebrity hairstylist Marc Anthony, who has worked with Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Even better? A soft brunette tone with subtle highlights helps strands look thick and lush, no matter how the hair is styled.
CUT: Order a pixie with choppy layers that are shorter on the sides and longer on the top.
GET THE COLOR: Pick up a permanent dye two shades lighter than your current shade (such as Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in #53-Medium Golden Brown, $6.99, Target ) and paint stripes in 1/2-inch face-framing sections. Let it rest for 25 minutes; clean.
Bethenny Frankel hair
Lob Mocha Banged Lob by Bethenny Frankel
“The blunt lines in a straight bob help hair look ‘solid’, while a rich chocolate color brings a high shine both help hair look full and healthy,” says celebrity colorist Debi Dumas. “And bangs easily camouflage a receding hairline.”
CUT: Ask for a chin-length bob with textured ends and diagonal bangs across your forehead.
GET THE COLOR: “Brown looks more natural with a little heat,” says Dumas. Your tip for getting a brunette with a hint of auburn: mix a box of a medium brown dye with a quarter of a box of a medium red brown (like Clairol Natural Instincts in #5-Medium Brown, $12.69, Target and #5R-Medium russet brown, $11.99, Walmart ). Apply to dry hair from root to tip. Let it rest for 25 minutes; clean.
Reba Mcentire hair
Reba McEntire’s Chic Copper Swing
Ragged bangs and graduated layers deftly mask sparse blemishes along the hairline. Plus, the kaleidoscope of red, yellow and brown pigments in a copper hue infuses hair with optical depth.
CUT: Ask your stylist for a shoulder-length cut with short layers at the crown and full bangs with a few layers.
GET THE COLOR: Look for a dye infused with keratin peptides (such as AGEbeautiful Permanent Liqui-Crème Hair Color in #9RC-Light Strawberry Blonde, $6.49, Sally Beauty ) that help strengthen the strands. Apply to entire face, brush with a wide-toothed comb to distribute color evenly. Let it rest for 40 minutes; clean.
Sigourney Weaver hair
Sigourney Weaver’s Caramel Kissed Harvest
“Adding layers to a bob gives the style youthful energy, plus its texture creates a voluminous bounce and the rounded shape helps counteract a long face,” says celebrity hairstylist Mike Petrizazi. Even better? Richer color at the roots with thin, lightweight woven pieces help define layers for even more movement.
CUT: Ask for a chin-length cut that has a rounded shape with thin layers all over the hair and side bangs.
GET THE COLOR: An easy way to achieve brilliant base color and soft, shimmery highlights: Look for a 2-in-1 kit (like L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte Express Multi-Tonal Color System in # 6.1 – French Éclair, $13.24, Amazon ). First, apply the base color all over your dry hair and let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and dry your hair. Then use a clean mascara wand to paint in ultra-fine stripes framing the face. Let it rest for 30 minutes; clean.
Melora Hardin hair
Chop Crème Brûlée by Melora Hardin
“By combining with the movement and texture of an agitated shag, the dimension of the locks makes the strands appear more voluminous”, says Petrizzi.
MAKE THE CUT: Ask your stylist for a short textured shag with blended layers and soft side bangs.
GET THE COLOR: For a more natural, tanned effect, Petizzi suggests using a freehand technique called balayage. To do: Dye pieces of hair one to two inches away from the root area using a lightening crème (such as Ion Color Brilliance Crème Lightener, $11.79, SallyBeauty ) and a children’s toothbrush for precise positioning. Let the bleach act for 30 to 45 minutes and then rinse.
Glenn Close hair
Polished silver pixie by Glenn Close
“Plenty of layers along a stony pixie crown add dimension on top to help hair look dense while infusing the once matronly style with a playful, youthful feel,” says celebrity colorist Debi Dumas. “And fine tips stand out even more in a shimmering silver hue.”
CUT: Ask for a short pixie with stacked layers that is cut off at the sides and longer at the top.
GET THE COLOR: Bleach paint (such as Manic Panic Flash Lightening Super Strength Bleach Kit, $9.29, Sally Beauty ) in 1.2 cm hair sections. “Bleach causes the hair shaft to swell to increase thickness,” says Dumas. Let it rest until the hair has a whitish tone (about 30 minutes).
Tina Fey hair
Tina Fey’s Chestnut Waterfall
Going shorter isn’t the only way to restore youthful volume to thinner locks. “To maintain a longer, wider-shouldered style, simply cut layers to the last three inches of hair,” recommends celebrity colorist Kari Hill. “The floating curves ensure that the braids don’t have that tapered look at the ends.” Plus, a warm brunette glow reflects light for the illusion of a bouncy body.
MAKE THE CUT: Ask your stylist for a cut that falls an inch below your collarbone with long layers that start at your cheekbones.