As more seniors find themselves caring for ailing spouses, family members and grandchildren, hair care can take a backseat. Although busy, these seniors still want to look current and have a style. A low-maintenance hair style is necessary for anyone to enjoy daily life and all the demands that come with it.

Highlights, lowlights or semi-permanent hair colour are great low-maintenance touches for seniors for vacations, events or seasonal looks. By getting these special treatments, they can save money by not needing a full colour every six weeks.

There are a few easy things that can be done to help older clients have current cuts and look great, while on a tight schedule. Let’s address the areas of volume, length, and if the client wants or has curls, waves or a buzz-type cut.

Volume: As we age, hair gets thinner. To combat this, the simple answer is to add volume. Now, to add volume, many stylists will add layers. Have your hair washed, get your cut and let the layers dry naturally. The next step would be to use mousse or voluminous product. For future volume, use voluminous shampoo. For some face shapes and hair types, bangs also makes hair look thicker.

Length: Most men, at any age, look good in a layered cut that is longer on the top. Keep the cut short around the back of the head and ears. If you like to use product, add a little bit of mousse to add volume or comb to the side.

Buzz Cuts: Classic Buzz cuts look great at any age, but this style is great for seniors. It is recommended to go to a stylist every six weeks. When done professionally, a buzz cut is an easy style to take care of, and has a sharp, clean look. This type of cut is also good on those who are struggling with thinning hair.

Waves: There is an endless variety of shorter styles to help tame and control wavy hair, making it easy to manage. You can let the styles dry naturally or add product. Your stylist will know which one will suit your hair and face type.

Curls and Perms: Curls, such as a perm, can be an easy style to manage, you just need to use the right shampoo and products. With perms, hair is cut all one length. You can add mousse, conditioner, or other product to help care for your perm. For styling, you can simply wash and dry. Hair clips or head bands can be used to keep the hair out of your face.

Most stylists understand how being punctual, understanding of life’s situations, and still being professional plays an important role in the lives of elderly clients. The clients who have a loved one at home yet still have the need to take care of their hair, do not have to worry when they come to the salon.  Taking care of a loved one does not mean you can’t take care of yourself too, and your stylist is there to show you.