Getting older is a fact of life, but thanks to a huge amount of anti-ageing products there are ways we can help delay the process.
But what about your hair?
New research has found that 46 is the age cut-off for a woman’s hair, when they should change their younger style into something a little more age appropriate.
Experts found turning 46 marks the time when most women are forced to look in the mirror and make the difficult decision of a choosing a style for their older years.
As a result many lose their long flowing locks in favour of shorter, more cultured styles, which are deemed a bit more in keeping with their advancing years.
A spokeswoman for Nurture Replenish, which commissioned the study among 2,000 women over 40, said: “Our skin isn’t the only aspect of our appearance affected by the aging process, hair is a big giveaway. But whether you want to embrace the grey or cover it up, it’s the condition of hair that will make the difference between gran and glam.
“But it appears that as well as the condition of our hair, women are conscious of the style they have as they get older. Forty-six is a watershed year for many women and we are all conscious of not getting stuck in a style rut as we age. Many women feel they need to adapt their hair as they get older as the style that suited us in our twenties may not necessarily work in our fifties, not only that but trends change with hair just as they do with make-up and clothes. Lots of women seem to think that you should ditch the long locks and hair dye as you get older, but the main thing is your hair is nourished and healthy looking, the rest is down to personal taste.”
The study also found this to be the age when visible root regrowth, heavily bleached hair, extensions and ponytails are considered no-no’s.
One third of women said they dreaded having a hairstyle that others deemed ‘old fashioned’, or that of an elderly lady.
But the results showed most women didn’t master the perfect hair-do until they got to the age of 36.
Nearly half of women polled confessed to spending more on their hair as they age.
One third of said they think grey hair aged a woman more than lines and wrinkles, while one in five would rather their hair appeared more youthful than their skin.
Only 16% of those polled said their hair was healthy, with split ends, dull hair and snapped off hair on the list of grumbles.
Nearly a fifth said their hair was poor in their 40′s and 50′s because of years of colouring and styling.
But 17% said it was down to just ageing.
Many of the women polled said they said they embarked on DIY hair care with 60% claiming to have cut their own fringe. Bleaching hair with lemon juice and washing hair with beer were also listed as at-home hair treatments.
A spokeswoman for Nurture Replenish added: “With 44% of women saying they notice their friends hair before their skin or make-up, It’s not surprising women worry about their hair as they age.”