Happy 2021! It seems there’s a little light ahead. People are emerging from their cocoons. Both women and men are beginning to get their hair cut and colored again. Thank goodness.

A good percentage (approximately 50%) of my clients are 50 years old and older. So are all of our celebrity idols. They are changing their looks to feel better too. Judging by their beauty, it’s apparent that we don’t have to look our age either.

I know they have amazing plastic surgeons, but their haircut and color is a major portion of their youthful appearance.

In this climate we have a little bit more of a challenge having a style that lasts throughout the day. I can tell you it is easier to maintain if you have the proper haircut and color and spend a minimal amount of time and use a little bit of product. That’s not a lot to ask to look 10 years younger and 10 pounds lighter, is it?

My goal as a stylist is to give you a look that lets you can get out of bed, fluff and not be embarrassed to meet the neighbor outside while getting your mail. With a bit more initiative and direction, you can turn that into a style that gets you compliments and brings attention to the eyes and away from our neck and jowls.

I repeatedly talk about the upside-down triangle. I’ve let you off the hook in recent articles, but it is time to unearth my rule for those who have forgotten and for newbies to our great town.

Here it is: Your hair can be just about any length as long as the cut and style is the shape of an upside-down triangle. Your eyes-ears area should be the widest part of the style. This brings focus to that area.

The “point,” or narrowest part, of the style should at the neck and jaw area.

The proper cut is the foundation to achieving the shape. The styling should be easy after that. You do have to do something. Way too many women expect to use no products and do nothing but still look amazing. I try, but you have to do your part as well.

There are many styles that are extremely easy to work with, depending on the texture and length of the hair.

Gravity exists. Unfortunately for every facet of our bodies, including our hair, we need to lift as much as possible. That’s why a bit of styling and product helps the style stay up and off to bring the focus to where it needs to be (hence the 10 years and 10 pounds less).

The correct color is also vital. I do not care how “pretty” your gray hair is, it still ages you! Absence of color washes out color in your face, and that adds years to our appearance.

That said, your hair should not be too dark either. This brings out the lines in our face and adds harshness.

Ideally our hair should be a blend of a couple colors. This gives dimension. It should be a bit lighter around the face. A combination of highlights, lowlights and your natural color, even if that is gray, blended throughout the hair is youthful and grows out beautifully.

I will show you how to achieve this in little time but you do have to spend some time. It will be well worth it. A happy, more energetic and younger person is who we all need to see when looking in the mirror. Then, aging won’t be as obvious or painful. We can only hope!

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. styleitsalon.com