Beauty beyond the years

PUBLISHED: 10:40 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:40 13 September 2016

Sharon Zagni of Gianna Zagni in Drayton, near Norwich

Sharon Zagni of Gianna Zagni in Drayton, near Norwich


Age doesn’t have to be a barrier to feeling and looking fabulous, says hair and beauty columnist Sharon Zagni of the Gianna Zagni salon in Drayton

Regardless of a woman’s age, she will naturally always want to look her best. Having the correct hairstyle and colour can make you feel amazing - this is why it’s so important to choose a good stylist and ensure you have a thorough consultation beforehand.

Women in their 20s tend to follow the latest trends, the cool brands and celebrity influences. What we’re seeing in my salon at Gianna Zagni are requests for colours to be low maintenance and temporary colours, such as pinks, violet and peach tones, clip-in hair extensions and dry shampoo.

The 30-somethings like a modern, low maintenance look, that is great both in the workplace or on the school run. The “lob” is very popular at the moment, with multi-tonal colour effects.

We’re seeing a lot of women in their 40s concerned that their hair is losing its natural shine and lust. As a woman in my 40s, I believe this decade is the new 30s, and we are more comfortable with soft tones and hair that shines, complemented by flattering colours, shine spray products such as Paul Mitchell’s The Shine and hair supplements.

My view is that the 50-plus generation of today are empowered women with a young outlook. What works well is clever colour placement to help soften and strengthen features. Paul Mitchell has a wonderful range of hair products called thicken-up, designed to make hair feel thicker, adding shine and definition to the hair.

Colour and contour

Contouring of the face in the beauty sector has been very popular, and this has now moved into the hair industry. What we’re seeing for the autumn/winter season is hair contouring, which allows us to soften and highlight the client’s best features. We can bring definition to the face shape, soften the jaw and elongate the neck by both lightening and shadowing the hair. Balayage is also still a very popular colouring technique used in our salon for all age groups, as it is low maintenance and the look can vary from soft natural tones to bright colours.

Hair and beauty columnist Sharon Zagni, owner of Gianna Zagni Hair and Beauty Salon, has more than 30 years’ experience in the hair and beauty industry. She is an educator and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and a wellbeing coach. Sharon is passionate about continual professional development and regularly attends training sessions to keep ahead of current trends and has recently attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London for the very latest cutting techniques.

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