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I can still recall getting thrilled with my birthdays. I remember when I hit 13 and I officially
became a teenager . I just can’t wait to grow up and explore new experiences. I remember when
I became 18 and officially joined adulthood, and I can’t wait to explore opportunities in store
for me. I remember when I celebrated my 20’s and entered the workforce and got married, got
lovely kids. And then I hit my late 30’s, and then I realized that together with my birthdays are
now wrinkles, lines and little gray hairs growing with my age. Then suddenly, my birthdays have
become as less exciting as before. It’s a totally different scenario when you start realizing you’re
not getting any younger. Then I said: Nat, you’ve got to do something about this.
I am writing this book to share with women in the same situation on how I have successfully
concealed my age. I am now 37 years old, and every now and then, I receive compliments that I
look younger . This is a surge in self-esteem for me, that despite of being a mother of two, a
thriving career and lots of other stuff that need my attention, I am able to take good care of
myself; and at the same time, a priceless reward for my effort to look after my well-being. It’s
even more pleasing when I need not have to spend thousand bucks from my pocket just to look
younger . I am just your average woman, who gets broke every once in a while, you know.
Yes. Age is a force to reckon with. Why can’t we just freeze time and stop aging isn’t it? But
perhaps, we will never have the power to stop the hands of time in this lifetime, or even in
another. But let us not worry because always, there are surefire, affordable ways to cheat your
age. But of course, as our title implies, within the limits of being age appropriate and still being
respectable. We don’t want to be tagged as “goat dressed as a lamb” right?
Now, let’s begin the journey to being a younger looking goddess in her 30s, 40’s, 50’s and even
60’s shall we?
Almost all the time, it is our face that gets noticed first in each interaction with every blinking
human being. As a first stop in my quest on keeping myself look younger, I made sure that I
took good care of my face – from hair down to neck.
A. Keep Your Crowning Glory Aglow
Styling the hair will make huge difference on your look and consequently to your age. Below
are some points I have considered, and now to pass on to you, on how I’ve made myself look
younger through my crowning glory.
The Color
Some women look stunning on gray hair, but I personally prefer playing with colors. This is one
of the steps I took - washing out my increasing gray hair and giving my crowning glory a lighter
hair color. Say, Jane Fonda, Diana Keaton, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Hillary Clinton and
Barbara Walters. They look fabulous and most of all, younger in their light-colored hair don’t
But how will I know the right hair color for me and my skin tone?
That’s the same question that popped in my head. Thank goodness for technology.
There are now available websites that allow women to upload their pictures and try out
different hair colors. for one does this. Simply upload your latest picture and you
can test a variety of shades for you. I did this and ended up with a glamorous hair that best
complemented my complexion
I also learned that it won’t hurt to play with shades. However, it is still very essential to
consider one’s skin tone. The standard I believe is going with up or down two shades – and
nothing more than that. Once I used five shades and it made me looked washed out since it
didn’t match my skin tone.
But to be clearer about this, here are some tips:
I would characterize skin tone as “warm” and “cool.” You’d know your color is warm if you have
golden, olive or dark skin and brown or dark eyes. Most Latinas, Asians and African Americans
are considered having “warm” skin. If you are in this category, get golden shades like caramel
and bronze in a darker shade than your skin. But never settle for black hair as this will wash you
out. If you opt for a golden shade then make sure it isn’t too light because your hair might turn
“Cool” colored women are those who have fair skin and blue or green eyes. And if you are in
this category, avoid gold, auburn or copper . It will only highlight your skin rudiness. Ash blonde
and cool browns work best.
I’ve observed however that there are some exceptions as some women can pull off a dark,
black hair (errr ...Demi Moore). If this is the case, then I suggest that you should keep it shiny
and well-maintained by using conditioner to your hair. A long, black and shiny hair presents
vitality and youthfulness.
The wisdom behind lightening hair is that dark hair is likely to give emphasis to the lines of the
face by throwing darkness into it. Light colored hair brings a certain young-looking radiance
because it tends to brighten face and light up the skin tone.
As women also mature, the natural order of things make us lose pigment and pairing it with
dark brown or dark black hair is an unlikely complement to our aging skin pigment. However,
do make sure that the hair doesn’t become too light because this can make you look trashy. As I
pointed out earlier, the most crucial aspect is having the hair color going harmoniously with
your complexion.
The next question is: how can we lighten our hair?
Sure. Salons are just there in every corner . But roots can grow immediately and going to the
salon frequently (especially if you’re a busy woman) can become a hassle eventually. Hence,
I’ve found out ways to lighten hair the natural way just to maintain its color . Aside from this, I
spend nothing and I don’t have to expose my hair to chemicals most of the time. Just a
disclaimer though, I first asked a professional to touch my hair and only resort to this natural
process to maintain it and keep myself from going to the salon frequently. All I’m saying is, ask
first a hair expert before you start lightening/altering your virgin hair.
How to lighten dark hair
Lemon juice is not the best solution for dark shade hair because it will leave nasty orange
streaks. In this case, try henna powder instead available in health stores. Mix the henna powder
with a light herb (like chamomile) and mix this with a boiling water to make a thick paste. As
the solution cools down, apply it to your wet hair through comb. Put a plastic bag over your
hair, and let it sit between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The darker the hair the longer it should be
dyed with henna. Remove the bag and rinse your hair . If you don’t want to wait for 2 hours,
then you can opt to dry your hair under the sun. As a point of pre-caution though, henna can be
a bit strong so you can try it to small section of your hair first to see how samples of how it
might come about.
What I use meanwhile for my brown hair is cinnamon. Damped your hair moderately and apply
a small amount of conditioner to make the cinnamon stick. Mix a small amount of conditioner
to the cinnamon to make a thick paste. Evenly apply it to the hair by using a brush. Make sure
that the brush is wet and has nice teeth to get the cinnamon gliding smoothly to hair strands.
You can also opt to rub the paste all over the hair .
After applying the cinnamon, gather the hair in a loose bun and hold it together with a pony
tail. For best results, leave the mixture overnight (6-8 hours). Use a saran wrap to cover the
hair. It is also advised to put a plastic bag all over the head for full protection. Rinse the hair the
following day. For curly hair, use shampoo in rinsing.
If you are entirely not confident about yourself getting these instructions perfectly done, then
again, I recommend you go to hair experts in the salons. There will be more work to do if you
didn’t get the hair shade you desire, and we don’t want any of those sorts to happen. Like in my
own experience, I had a professional to handle my hair color at the beginning.
I would also like to point out that maintenance is entwined with colored hair . You have to recolor your hair in a particular number of months or even weeks (depending in your hair color)
as roots will grow. Covering a grey hair for instance with a permanent color will have you
having it re-colored every 6 weeks. My roots become evident after 1 month. It’s just a good
thing that I’ve learned the trick of the cinnamon that I don’t have to go to the salon every time
my roots start bugging me.
How to lighten blonde hair
Since I want this book to be for everyone, let me share you some tips I gathered from my
blonde friends on how they’ve lightened their hair color .
For blonde women out there, lemon juice is the key word to lighten the hair . But make sure you
dilute the lemon juice since the solution can also cause dry and brittle-end hair. To prepare the
solution, mix one table spoon of lemon juice to a one gallon of water. Use this when rinsing the
hair and do this everyday until it reaches the desired (and appropriate to skin tone) hair color.
Some herbs, like the chamomile flowers do not only lighten the hair, it also uniformly adds
color to our crowning glory. To prepare this solution, steep half a cup of the flowers in one
quart of boiling water. After half an hour, strain the mixture and let it cool.
Wash your hair, towel dry it and pour the chamomile solution over the hair. Catch the residue
in a container and pour this over your hair again. Repeat this 10 to 20 times, depending on the
degree of lightness that you want (remember the skin tone! Always!). When down to the last
rinse, leave the mixture in the hair for a good 15 minutes, then wash and rinse the hair
Finally, the sun can also be a tool in lightening your blonde hair . When at beach or at the pool,
spending time under the sun while with wet hair can help lighten the hair. When you do this in
a period of time, it will gradually lighten your hair. Be sure though to use the proper skin
products to make sure you protect your skin in the process.
The Cut and Style
One of the techniques I’ve learned to looking younger is through hair style. I chose the use of
layers that added more life to my hair and my whole look. When heavy hair falls close to face, it
generates shade that can make our skin look faded and lifeless. Layers shows off our skin and
allow a bouncy, flirty movement, emancipating youthful activeness and aura.
I also made my hair shorter. Shorter hair can be very flattering especially if tailored-fit to the
frame of the face. It gives this rejuvenating youthful facade as it adds body to the hair and
enhances cheekbones. I would like to caution though that having shorter hair isn’t exactly
applicable to look younger – the most essential factor to consider is having the style of the cut
complementing the frame of the face. In assuring that this is attained, always take into account
your nose, cheekbones and jaw line – which of them is your best feature? The real trick is
enhancing your best asset while hiding your flaws
I know what you’re thinking. You want to know what’s the cut that matches that pretty face of
yours. Again, thank goodness for technology.
Websites are nowadays readily available to help you test and see the best hair style and cut for
your face shape – the Online Face Shape Wizard is just one of them.
I tried: where I answered some
questions that led me to the best hair cut for my face.
Now to give you a feel on the best cut and style that will give you a youthful radiance, here are
some tips for you.
Diamond Face: Narrow forehead, small pointy chin, and wide cheeks.
Haircut & Style: To create a balance shape look for styles that are narrow at the
cheekbones and wider at the forehead. Add a little more fullness at the crown if
Heart face: Wide, short forehead, and small pointy chin.
Haircut & Style: Suited styles are like layered bob with extra volume and outward flicks
at chin level. Asymmetric cuts are also flattering heart-shaped faces.
Oval face: High forehead and narrow, slightly rounded chin.
Haircut & Style: This is the most balanced face shape and almost perfect for any
type of hair style.
Rectangle face: Long face with high forehead and long jaw and chin. Also
known as long face shape.
Haircut & Style: Suited styles are like chin or shoulder-length cuts with a
fringe that can disguises the long forehead.
Round face: Wide, short forehead, full jaw and chin.
Haircut & Style: The round shape normally makes the cheeks appear wider .
Most short hair cuts works well for round face as long as there is some height
at the crown area and little fullness above the ears to slim down the round
face. Soft cuts with sophisticated layers coming forward onto the face look
stylish and is an ideal hair style for round face shape. Soft curls will also flatter
the frame of a round face. For straight hair asymmetric cuts can also be an
Square face: A wide, short forehead and square jaw.
Haircut & Style: Square edges should be soften by breaking the symmetry.
Graduated layers with some volume at crown and soft curls looks stylish on this
type of face shape.
Triangular face: Narrow at the temples, slightly wider at the cheeks and
widest at the jaw line.
Haircut & Style: Most short hair cuts works for this type of face. Avoid styles with
volume at the top.
Also do take note that hair becomes thinner as we mature and so we have to take some steps
to revive the life and volume. I’ve achieved this by using volumizing shampoo to my hair . I’ve
read that lightweight conditioner should be paired with it but you have to make sure it is only
applied to the ends and not to the crown. At times, conditioning the hair up to the crown
translates to limpness, which is not very attractive. To add more volume, blow-dry the hair.
You’ll have a better effect if you rub a small amount of mousse to the roots. Even if you’re
older, the classic upside-down move can still make things happen: so go ahead, flip your head
and shake hair with fingertips up to the roots.
The Bangs
Bangs aren’t only trendy; it’s very helpful for mature women because it conceals forehead lines.
It also comes in different varieties ranging from short to long, side-swept to full frontal-brunt;
or you can also do it in between. But like the principle we established with the cut and the
color, it is equally essential that the right cut of bangs is paired with the shape of the face.
Below are some rules of the thumb in capturing the perfect match to the contour of your face.
Diamond shaped faces need bangs that can disguise the face as oval shaped (which can
wear any hair cut and bangs). Go for a brow hugging bangs that softly drape the
forehead. You can enhance the illusion of oval shape look by styling your hair with long
or graduated layers that caress sides of the face.
Hugging Bangs
Heart shaped faces have lot of options. It can go perfectly with side swept feathered or
texturized bang style. Women in this face shape can also opt for full bangs (long or
short) cut straight across the face. There are two things to consider though in hacking
the best bangs for this shape: do you want to minimise the wideness of the face or do
you want to balance the prominent chin?
Side-swept or Texturized Bangs
Oval shaped faces can go with any hair cut, so this kind of frame can pull off any style of
Round shaped faces need bangs that minimize round cheeks. For this type, you should
go for long softly layered or feathered bangs that hug the cheeks areas. I’m actually in
this category so I’m now wearing feathered bangs - and my friends are loving it.
Feathered Bangs
Softly Layered Bangs
Square/Rectangular shaped faces need bangs that can soften square facial contour. Side
swept bangs can successfully do this because it gently curve or taper inwards towards
the jaw. Generally, side swept bangs helps in softening the angles of the face.
Triangular shaped faces also need bangs that can make an illusion of an oval face shape.
To have this look, you will need wider bangs that are feathered, wispy or texturized. This
style of bangs tend to cover wide forehead and gives a better proportion with a wide
A word of caution - bangs do not go well with chemically damaged hair. Bangs also do not work
with hairs that are too oily. Hair type is another consideration – do you have curly hair or
straight hair? Additionally, like hair color, wearing bangs translates to maintenance. You’ll need
to use products, styling tools and keep them trimmed up. You should think about this before
wearing some bangs because if not, then perhaps, bangs is not for you. (hold it though because
the journey to looking younger does not end when you don’t have bangs)
There maybe times (in fact a lot of times) that you don’t have time anymore to go to the salon
and have that killer bangs. I for one represent this kind of populace and upon realization; I
learned cutting my own bangs. It takes practice to do this but once you got the hang of it, you’ll
simply nail it most of the time. Let me share how I do it.
1. Wash your hair together with the bangs. Be sure you use shampoo that you normally
apply to your hair. If you use rinse-out conditioning products, be aware that it can make
your bangs too slippery making it more difficult to trim.
2. Detangle bangs to remove knots. Defrizzing products will help if your hair is frizzy.
3. It is still a debate whether you should trim your bangs wet or dry. I prefer the latter.
4. The next step is to blow dry your bangs. Make sure it’s straight. For curly or way hairs,
you can utilize aiding tools like boar’s head paddle or natural round brush. It will
straighten your bangs.
5. Separate your bangs and clip the rest of the hair . What I normally do is to keep the rest
wet to keep it out of the way of the bangs area. It is actually up to you if you would blow
dry all of your hair or keep the non-bangs portion wet. What’s important is it is away
from the area you’ll trim
6. Ensure that you are in front of a mirror with good lighting condition. Otherwise, you will
not have a good view of what you’ll trim.
7. Gather your bangs and divide it into three equal sections. Clip the two ends away from
the middle part.
8. Grab the middle section of the bangs between the middle and the index finger of your
dominant hand. This will form a smooth even line. Make it a point that you do not
stretch your bangs or you will not be able to accurately gauge the length of the trim.
9. At 45 degree angle, hold your trimming scissor . This will prevent crooked slicing when
chopping straight across. Start very slowly and move from right to left. Sniff off tiny
pieces of the bangs. Once done, check the length. If still not the desired length repeat
the same action but now starting from left. Until the length you want is achieved,
continue moving the scissors back and forth.
10. Avoid lifting your eyebrows or crossing your legs while you trim because this may
distort the length you want for your bangs. Always take your time. It’s better to trim too
little than too much.
11. When the desired length is achieved in the middle section, unclip the right portion of
the bangs. Cut the side section in the same manner as the middle section, using it as the
point of reference. Do the same procedure to the left side bangs.
12. After all sections have been trimmed, study the bangs from edge to edge. Make any
adjustments to each section, starting from the middle, if necessary.
I suggest that you do this in a peaceful and quiet place because concentration is very important
when you snip your bangs. Remember to turn you cellphone off or lock the room where you’re
trimming your bangs to avoid any interruption. Also do away from talking when you trim your
bangs. Little portions of cut hair can fly to your mouth that can interrupt you as well.
If you’ll cut your hair inside the toilet, use a wastebasket or any container that can catch your
hair . Hairs that go down the drain can pose household problems eventually. When snipping
close to eyes, be very careful so that hair won’t fall or touch the eyes. If this happens,
immediately rinse it with cool water . Finally, you can cover your shoulder with towel or old
shirt to catch the hair. No matter how careful you are, little hairs can fly around and that is
Invest in a good pair of scissors if you really plan to do this in a regular basis. Rusty or dull
scissors can damage the ends of your bangs which can cause them to split, rip or tear . Also
make sure that the scissors will fit your fingers well.
Even if I’ve somehow already mastered trimming my bangs on my own, I would still make it a
point to have it recalibrated once or twice a year by my professional hair dresser . I recommend
this to you as well.
Discussing the aspects one should consider when it comes to our hair, then we can say you
need not sport that most stylish or the trendiest hair cut in town. The keywords for your
crowning glory are: skin tone and frame of the face. Just get it right and you’ll hack it. Add more
love by putting some bangs and there - you’re golden.
Now that we’re done prepping up the hair, let’s go to another very important aspect of the face
– the eyes
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