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Hair Color - How To Select By Age


America Ferrera ShoWest-Warner Bros. Big Picture '08 03-13-08

As many hair consumers know, altering your hair color can instantly punch up your hairstyle with shine, shimmer and dept.

The key is to finding the best color scheme for your eye and skin tone. It is also important to consider age in the equation. When you select a flattering color it will instantly peel the years off your look. Add the wrong color and it will add years. Yikes.

Sometimes the best solution is not overall color but a combination of highlights and lowlights. Luckily for all of us hair consumers the manufacturers are always researching and unveiling new ways to improve our color options.

Should you select color profiles for your hair based on your age? Absolutely.

Listed below are some color considerations based on age.

Pre-teens to Late Teens

Many teens may wish to alter their hair color but don't have the financial resources to go to the salon for professional color consultations, full blown treatments or ongoing maintenance.

What to do? Go slowly with very subtle highlights and/or lowlights around your hairline for shimmer, shine and depth. Of course always make sure you have the OK from parents, family or other guardians. A wrong choice for hair color can damage your hair, turn out with a crazy color (think bright green, orange or pink).

Early 20s to Late 20s

Take subtle up a notch. Avoid major hair color changes or changes that are one solid color. This is the age of

Unlike Betty, America is slim and trim and looks stunning in couture. She also loves to wear her hair long and lush with tons of volume. Her celebrity hairdresser? The charming Aussie, Campbell McAuley who is an L.A. based free lancer with magical hairstyling skills.

What does Campbell use to amp up America's smoky black tresses? He loves Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray for fullness. He believes the natural botanical ingredients bring out body as well as shine.

America Ferrera was born on April 18, 1984, the sixth and youngest child of Honduran immigrants and grew up in Woodland Hills, California.

America's father left the family when she was just seven years old and moved back to Honduras.

Betty's mother, also named America, was a manager for housekeeping for the Hilton Hotel chain and decided to stay in California for the sake of her children

Getting America Ferrera's Long Hairstyle

America Ferrera Los Angeles Special Screening of "Under the Same Moon" 03-11-08

For this lush long hairstyle complete the following steps listed below:

Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair with your normal products designed for your current hair type, texture and condition.

If your hair is highlighted or chemically processed use either a moisture enhanced or color enriched formula. If your hair is dry from chemical processing, consider diluting the shampoo formula to protect your strands.

Shampoo products to try: Phyto - Phytojoba Hydrating Shampoo, PHYTO - Dry Hair System, Phyto - PhytoBrush Shampoo. If you have baby fine or thin hair and wish to build in the same lush movement and volume that Julie has, use a volume enhancing shampoo.

Skip any rinse-out conditioning products that might make hair too soft and flat. If you must use a rinse-out conditioner, make sure that you limit how much you use and that you concentrate on the middle to the ends. Rinse well with a cool water spray which helps build natural volume and increases shine.

Step 2: Towel blot strands. Do not rub wet hair which is more fragile and can break. Detangle strands from the ends to the roots.

America Ferrera 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards Arrivals 02-14-08

Step 3: Apply your favorite texture enhancing mousse or styling cream. Distribute from the top of the ears to the ends. Distribute well. If you prefer, mix with a good leave-in conditioner for super shine and softness. To protect against blow drying heat and add body, distribute a leave-in conditioner, mousse or gel from the top of the ears to the ends. Distribute well.

To achieve lots of fullness and volume apply a volumizing gel or similar products to the roots to get lots of body and movement.

Root volume products to try: Phyto - Phytovolume Actif, PHYTO - Volume System, Phyto - Phytovolume Shampoo).

If your hair tends to frizz or is naturally wavy or curly, you may wish to combine a volume product for the roots with a smoothing serum for the rest of the hair. Anti-Frizz Product to try: Rene Furterer - Control Emulsion Anti-Frizz)

Step 4: Working from side to side and separating hair into 2" sections, use a boar's bristle medium sized round brush to lift your tresses up. Direct the air flow from the dryer up the hair shaft to the root. This "ruffles the cuticle" helping to add natural fullness.

America Ferrera 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards Arrivals 02-14-08

If you prefer, bend over at the waist and direct the air flow of the dryer up the hair shaft towards the roots. When hair is 90% dry, bend right side up and work on the hair from the ears down to the ends.

Seal the style by finishing up with a blast of cool air, if possible, from your blow dryer.

Step 5: When hair is completely dry separate into 2" sections and roll with medium to large sized electric rollers. Let rollers cool in the hair. Remove and arrange new waves with fingers. Use a medium barrel curling iron to touch up any sections that are still flat or to roll ends under.

Step 6: Spray the finished style with a good holding hairspray. Hairspray to try: PhytoPro - Instant Hold Spray #15).

Step 7: Apply a tiny drop of shine serum, drops or spray into the palms of your hands. Lightly brush the palms over the top of your style and you are ready to rock. Shine products to try: Phyto - PhytoLisse (Formerly Phytodefrisant RelaxSerum)

If you prefer, you can use a curling iron to turn under the ends a little bit or use a straight iron on selected pieces around the face to give a contrasting texture to the finished look.

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The lovely America Ferrera continues to transition into a gorgeous and sophisticated superstar. Her sense of fashion is simple but elegant and her shiny black tresses are coiffed to perfection.

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