For many of us, our hair is an important aspect of our look. A head full of rich, luxurious hair is seen as the pinnacle of beauty. So, what happens when that starts to fade? When the colors begin to grey and thick locks begin to thin, some begin to panic. What can you do? Should you give up on looking fashionable?

No! No matter what your situation is, you can still look great. Today, we’ll look at a few ways that you can handle a changing hair situation, no matter what color or amount of hair you have.

Thinning Hair

Thinning or balding hair, for men or women, can mean a shrinking self-esteem to match the hairline. This has led many to try a variety of options and styles to hide their lost hair or recover it. If your hair is thinning, there are actually things you can do to prevent it from getting worse. The first step is to determine the cause of the hair loss. The root of the problem could be hormones, stress or even medication. Once you know why you’re losing your hair, you can make changes that prevent the issue from getting worse. These changes may include quitting smoking or protecting your scalp. Taking a cold shower can also make your hair stronger and healthier.

Don’t try to hide thinning hair behind a combover. This only draws attention to your thin hair.

Preventing more hair loss is only half the battle, though. Choosing a hairstyle to match your situation is also important. Sorry, ladies, but when it comes to thin hairstyles, men have more options. For one, they can take an absolutist approach to fashion and choose to simply shave it all off. Women can try this too if they want to take the Sinead O’Connor approach. The general rule of thumb for men with thinning hair is short styles are your friend. There are many different styles, but rarely are they worn long. Don’t try to hide thinning hair with a comb-over. This only draws attention to your thin hair.

There are also things women can do to hide or style thinning hair. While styling your hair, you can use a colored hair powder, which gives texture and hides excess scalp. Wearing your hair looser can also prevent losing more hair, since pulling your hair into a tight ponytail or bun can weaken or even break your hair. When it comes to styles, there are many options to turn to. Much like male hair, short styles are effective at hiding thin hair. If you prefer your hair longer, don’t fret; you’ve got styles to try. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is talk to your barber or stylist. Just like how a doctor will know your health, the person who cuts your hair will know a style for you.

Greying Hair

Greying hair is like face wrinkles, one of those undeniable signs of aging. Whether you think it makes you look like George Clooney or like Grandpa, grey hair is a fact of life for many of us. While science may tell you why hair turns grey, we don’t yet know how to completely prevent it. If you’re beginning to go grey, there are ways to embrace or hide it. Namely, if your hair is going grey, it may be cheaper to grey naturally, whether you spend some time with the salt and pepper look or turn into a silver fox after a month!

If you’re not ready for silvery hair, using dye is always an option. While you can use store-bought, boxed dyes, they aren’t great for your hair. Getting a dye from your hairdresser may be a step in the right direction, but it all depends on the color.

If you choose to dye your hair, our best advice is to try to keep it naturally colored.

If you choose to dye your hair, our best advice is to try to keep it naturally colored. This means talking to your stylist about a color that’ll suit you best. Finally, much like thinning hair, there are also greying hairstyles you can try out.

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These tips are all good to follow, but your style is your style. As with any fashion or style choice you make, confidence is key. You could be balding with snow-white hair, but if you carry yourself with confidence, you can pull off almost any style. Remember, if you don’t make a big deal about your hair, nobody else will either. The important thing is to find a style that works for you.