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Does Dyeing Your Hair Blond Really Make You Look Younger?

Does Dyeing Your Hair Blond Really Make You Look Younger?

This is one of those things I always hear, and a lot of women, like Anna Wintour here, do seem to opt for blond as they get older. I always assumed women go blond in their 40s and 50s because it's the easiest way to cover gray, but I've heard some vague evolutionary biology stuff thrown around, too, where people say that blond = youth. Because babies have lighter hair than adults, generally, blondes read as more fertile and youthful. But I just don't see it. It seems to me that a flattering shade is a lot more effective than just going lighter, and tons of babies are born with beautiful black hair. What do you think? Is there some truth to this, or is it all pseudo-science and no substance?

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Dumblonds Dumblonds 4 years
Even the lady in the picture looks horrifically, significantly older just because of the blond hair. Blond hair makes everyone look old.
Dumblonds Dumblonds 4 years
Blond hair immediately makes everyone look OLD, like elderly people. Even young people with blond hair look at least 10 years older than they are. Who would ever want to dye their hair blond, it's such an ugly, unflattering color.
ChevyGirl351 ChevyGirl351 7 years
have been coloring my hair many years.Natural color was a dull mousy reddish medium-dark brown, now I am very dark brown to black.That color was very good on me for years. I am in my early 50's and I see that the dark hair is starting to make my skin look ashy and haggard. I have some gray too. I could never be a blond because of the yellow in my skin tone. I think I would be satisfied with a warm medium brown or golden brown. Not every one can be blond...ask a professional stylist, I am a do it yourself...but when it comes to matters of which color, one mistake make you look like a freak!
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
well, it does make Wintour's hair look more like a wig.
caernarvan caernarvan 7 years
firstly, Anna Wintour was MUCH younger in the brunette picture - so OF COURSE she looks younger... secondly, they say people's skin get's ashier as they get older, so even if women don't go blonde, colorists recommend that the color be less deep than it was originally. My mom's hair was naturally black (she's pale & British) & now that she's 60, her color is more of a dark/ medium brown & it looks great.
qtpie qtpie 7 years
Maybe highlights or lightening the hair a few shades, but not dyeing it blonde.
weniamrdy weniamrdy 7 years
You touched on a pet peeve of mine... to my way of thinking, one doesn't 'dye their hair blonde but either lightens, highlights or bleaches it blonde.
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
I say work with your greys; it looks more natural(because it is). It gives a woman who knows how to enhance, rather than hide greys a real elegance, like Helen Mirren for example.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I agree with Dootsie. If an older woman is going to dye her hair, it's better to go lighter than darker. Dark, dyed hair (with all grays covered) looks too unnatural on older women, in my opinion. Blonde hair would look better. Again, just my opinion. Personally, I don't (and I wouldn't) dye my hair. I like my natural color, even with all it's grays (I've been graying since I was a teenager). Also, I'm free of maintaining a dye job.
katweb katweb 7 years
I don't know about younger, the woman in the picture actually looks MUCH younger as a brunette. I color my hair blonde because that's the color it's always been, and I started to gray very early so I've always used the color I started with.
dootsie dootsie 7 years
Blonde is SO much better than attempting to go dark. Most women pale as they get older, and dark hair just looks horrifying. So lets just keep telling them that blonde looks younger, okay?
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
If you're older it's really no different than grey. Get some salon help.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
You guys are silly. These photos arent taken like a couple days later. These are like YEARS apart. Of course she looks older with blonde hair, she is! when I get blond put in my hair, I always get the how old are you questions. I don't get them when I don't. So I think it does make me look a little younger.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'm with hippiecowgirl... I think she looks older. And blonde is not good for A LOT of people !
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I actually think Anna Wintour looks older as a blonde. Other than the covering gray thing, I don't really buy into it.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I heard it can make you look younger because it downplays your wrinkles, but I've never heard anyone say it can make you look BETTER. Some people just aren't meant to be blonde.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Yeah, when the older ladies bleach their hair and it just looks fried, not flattering. I think it makes them look older, because not only is it damaged, but it never matches their skintone. I sometimes dream about handing out deep conditioner to every bleached lady I see.
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