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Silver Fox Hair Styles For Medium Texture, Wavy Hair

Recap: The Natural Beauty Of Your Hair

Still Silver And Still Loving It

A number of years ago I made the decision: go gray! The transition looked a little less stellar than I would have liked, but it didn't take long before I had a full head of silver gray. I told the story in Silver Foxes.

Now I would like to change up the style a bit. I grew it to a little below the shoulder, and cut it into a bob that was about chin length. The classic bob was probably the easiest and best all around look so far. But I'm not decided yet (and overdo for my next hair styling session).

Time to peruse the latest photos for gray hair and mature good looks.

Medium Length, Soft Waves

My kind of hair: somewhat wavy. This is a good length to have for a casual lifestyle. Easy care, Long enough to sweep into pony tails or French rolls.
My kind of hair: somewhat wavy. This is a good length to have for a casual lifestyle. Easy care, Long enough to sweep into pony tails or French rolls. | Source

Long Looks Good

No curl here, which helps it look sophisticated
No curl here, which helps it look sophisticated | Source

Pros And Cons of Length

Allow me to think out loud here. Growing hair takes quite a while to accomplish, especially as we age. There is more breakage, and things in general just don't seem to grow as fast. I know I have a lot more hairs falling out than when I was younger.

Whereas cutting it takes only as long as my appointment with a hair stylist. Less than an hour.

So, should I try to grow it to a long length or go ahead and stay with a mid-length cut?

Here are some considerations

Deciding what lengths to go to in growing out hair.

  • Long hair (below the shoulders) always draws my attention in hairdo magazines and photos. I always want to have long hair.
  • However, long hair is harder to take care of, turns yellow easier, doesn't look as polished, gets frizzy more easily, and can look very messy.
  • Short hair is limited and for me, tends to look disproportionate with my body (with some women it looks fantastic)
  • Medium lengths are the compromise. They sometimes look exactly that- neither here nor there, and I want something that looks a little more stylish.

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Think About Texture and Skill Level

My hair texture is too think and wirey for some styles, and my skill levels are certainly low. I always ask my beautician if the look I want will work in my daily life, or is appropriate for my kind of hair.

A simple style that I can tie back on occasion, one that looks good with just a few minutes with a straitening iron are the reason I usually have a classic bob with a fringe of bangs.

Right now I am trying to grow it longer, however. The problem is that I am getting impatient with how it looks between cuts.

Ask Your Hairdresser

Is the style right for my hair and lifestyle?

Are there special products or techniques I need to know?

Mid Length Feathered 'Do

Love this softly feathered look. Keep up the styling, probably would flatten out a bit if it dried naturally.
Love this softly feathered look. Keep up the styling, probably would flatten out a bit if it dried naturally. | Source
Smooth, long bob
Smooth, long bob | Source

Short?

I still worry that a short spikey 'do will make me look like Phillis Diller on a bad day... or someone that forgot their Halloween "fright wig" was still on their head.

Short Spikes

On the wild side, but a really cute look.
On the wild side, but a really cute look. | Source

Really Short

Some women look best with short hair, and it is very easy to take care of. Still, short spiked hair needs plenty of product in the form of gels and strong hold styling mousse.

It almost always looks professional and the only thing to remember is to schedule haircuts often enough to keep the lines crisp and well-kept.

This hairdo almost looks like a halo that showcases the fine bone structure. It could overwhelm a finer bone structure. Like someone stuck their finger in an electrical socket, maybe?

Know your face shape for the best hairstyle choice.

It’s been a kind of liberation to have gray hair. I feel that beauty is not about subterfuge, it’s about authenticity

— Vicki Topaz

Got Curls?

These look can be achieved with those big round curling irons.
These look can be achieved with those big round curling irons. | Source

Making Loose Curls

Shiny, Well Protected From Heat

Nexxus Heat Pro-mend Heat Protection Styling Spray, 8.5-Ounce Bottles
Nexxus Heat Pro-mend Heat Protection Styling Spray, 8.5-Ounce Bottles

Heat can create a yellowing of the hair shaft. This is especially true for gray hair, which I have found.

When flat ironing or using a curling iron, spray first with heat protectant.

 

Medium

Usually I ask for something in a medium length and when I do, it makes me happiest with how I look.

Lots Of Layering

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Face Shapes

What Are The Main Face Shapes?

  • Oval
  • Oblong
  • Square
  • Heart-shaped
  • Diamond

I am a diamond shape and some fringe across the top of my forehead, with layering near my face is often a great look. I can't decide on that or a sleek bob. The classics are a sure thing for an older woman. We just have to avoid getting stuck in a fashion rut.


I love that shorter length layered haircut with the flirty ends. It has a young look without trying too hard.

Paula Deen with soft layers and bangs
Paula Deen with soft layers and bangs | Source

I'm Diamond, What Are You?

Which shape describes your face?

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Layered Bob for Business

Good business look.Layers that feather around the face.
Good business look.Layers that feather around the face. | Source

Choosing a Style: What Face Shape Are You?

Find your shape -choose your style
Find your shape -choose your style | Source

A State Of Mind

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This Is Classic, And Short

Classic short bob
Classic short bob | Source

Styling Tips: Use The Right Hair Products

* Most of the hairstyles you see online will have plenty of hair products used to make them look that way. AND they will have a good cut. While both these are found at a professional salon, take the tips from a Silver Fox and order them at a discount online.

* The gray hair shampoo my readers love the most is by Pravana. The second most popular is Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver Shampoo. I don't think you could go wrong with either of them. I usually use Paul Mitchell's Forever Blonde, which does the same thing: cancels the yellow with violet toned ingredients.

* For me, with slightly wavy hair, plus the gray-hair frizzies, a flat iron is a must.

* Use a serum or pomade to bring out the shine- that makes a vital difference in the look of gray hair.

One 'N Only

One 'n Only Shiny Silver Ultra Strong Hold Gel, 6 Ounce
One 'n Only Shiny Silver Ultra Strong Hold Gel, 6 Ounce

Use products that won't yellow and cancel out the brassiness caused by too much sun. I like to put strong hold at the roots when styling, to give a lift to my hair.

Almost every hairstyle has that full look that remains only if you provide some hold. I personally don't like lots of hairspray and this product will give hold without lots of heavy spray.

 

Helen Mirren, Of course

Sometimes I tell my hairdresser: " Make me look like Helen Mirren". Bringing in a print of a photo is a better idea. Especially with her new updated look.
Sometimes I tell my hairdresser: " Make me look like Helen Mirren". Bringing in a print of a photo is a better idea. Especially with her new updated look.

Which Styles Do You LOVE?

Do you have a favorite type of hairstyle? Tell us!

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If you have medium textured, wavy hair, I hope these styles gave you some ideas. It is a way for me to keep track of the styles and tips that I am using myself.

If you have naturally curly hair, very fine or very straight coarse hair be sure to check with someone who knows hair how these styles would work for you.

Celebrate your uniqueness!

I could get a perm!

I don't have curly hair, but if I did, I'd want this style
I don't have curly hair, but if I did, I'd want this style | Source

The Whole Look

I love this softly layered hairdo.  Style is a package. I'm also looking for fashions that accentuate the look that the hairstyle begins.
I love this softly layered hairdo. Style is a package. I'm also looking for fashions that accentuate the look that the hairstyle begins. | Source

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Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

I am loving grey and you have some really cute styles up there! Thanks.


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moonlake 13 months ago from America

I have one, almost white spot in my bangs. I finally gave up trying to keep it dyed. The rest of my hair is not a good looking gray so guess I will keep dying. Enjoyed your hub.


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AudreyHowitt 10 months ago from California

Love this! I am headed in this direction--and I love this look!

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    Once I reached the "over fifty" mark, I knew it was time to embrace the idea of aging gracefully. I like to share beauty and health tips.



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