Indy stylists offer hair care advice

Indy stylists offer hair care advice

Reporting by Joshua Palmer

Experienced Indianapolis stylists share their hair do’s and don’ts for older clients. Here's who we talked to:

Thomasina Kloepfer, owner, Love Thomasina, Carmel, Ind.,

Jennifer Miller, owner, A Do Hair Design, Indianapolis,
Norma Leverenz, owner, West 86th Hair Designs Inc., Indianapolis,

Do older clients require different types of hair care?

Kloepfer: All ages of clients require different hair care. Your hair and scalp tend to change more often due to hormones and everyday processes.

Miller: Aging guests require different types of hair care just like everyone else - it's personalized.

Leverenz: The hair care isn't any different other than what the client dictates.

How do you help your clients cover gray hair?

Kloepfer: There are lots of techniques for covering gray hair. Many clients like to use all-over color for depth and soften it with natural highlights.

Miller: Many guests choose a gradual blend with a no-ammonia color, some visit regularly to maintain the color they were born with and others love experimenting with the latest fashion colors.

Leverenz: It depends on the person: Some get full permanent color, some get semi-permanent color and some people get highlights and lowlights that mask the gray, but don't cover it completely.

What style trends are in for women over 50?

Kloepfer: Style tends to be based on the individual, not age.

Miller: The biggest trend is not looking your age - I love that there's no set style trend for women over 50.

Leverenz: It's a personal choice. We have some clients who get the traditional styles and some who have trendy, up-to-date styles.

Is scalp care more important for older clients?

Kloepfer: Often, people tend to use products with ingredients that dry their hair and scalp, but this can easily be avoided with professional products.

Miller: As we age, our skin becomes dryer. Proper hydrating shampoos and conditioners are the key to healthy hair, which is the result of a healthy scalp.

Leverenz: Scalp care is usually dictated by the individual client's preferences.

Do you have stylists who specialize in hair care for seniors?

Kloepfer: I love working with all types of hair to bring out a client's best features.

Miller: Today's aging population isn't looking for stylists who specialize in "senior hair." They're looking for someone to help them look as young as they feel.

Leverenz: If a client wants a traditional style, they'll probably go with a more mature stylist, because the younger stylists probably didn't learn those techniques in school.

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