Dear Fashion Fixer,
I am 62 years old this year, and have colored my hair since I was in my late 40’s / early 50’s. I have always had thick luxurious hair until the last couple of years, that is. Now my hair is thinning on top and starting to thin on the sides. I have always worn my hair in a bob at my chin, parted on the side – but so much of my scalp shows on the top, I feel like I need to go shorter in order to try to cover up more. Can you help me with ideas for this problem?

Secondly, I have decided that I want to go grey in a couple of years (as I retire). I’m just tired of putting chemicals on my hair. What is the best, least traumatic way to do this?

–Thinning Hair Beauty

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Dear ‘Thinning Hair Beauty’,
I reached out to our Beauty Boot Camp Hair Expert and CIC graduate, Sherry Long of Design Her to get your questions answered. Here’s what she had to say:

  1. Consider going with layers, and/or depending on your fashion personality, a much shorter style with layers, maybe even a spiked look to help with your hair looking thin. Nioxin shampoo and conditioner are fantastic for thinning hair.
  2. As far as coloring and going natural gray, ask your stylist to start coloring your roots in a streaked technique so that your grey is not completely covered, OR use a semi- permanent color so it gradually fades so your grey roots blend without the harsh line of colored hair contrasting with the roots, OR when you are ready, have your hair “reverse highlighted” with grey streaks. Finally, if you choose a shorter, layered style, that will cut off some of the colored hair and help with the transition.

– The Fashion Fixer