We Byrdie editors are all about learning the latest and greatest in anti-aging trends. Normally, when we think about things we can do to look younger, our minds gravitate toward skincare products or clever makeup techniques. But the biggest secret in anti-aging actually has everything to do with hair color.
"Simple hair color adjustments can make huge differences," says eSalon colorist Erik Jordan. In other words, while you're busy focusing on treating your skin with anti-aging masks and serums, what you might not notice is that dull, ashy blonde hair or a too-dark brunette color could be undoing all your hard work.
Luckily, there are a few choice hair colors that professionals swear can trick everyone into thinking you're way younger than you are-and not all of them are totally obvious. Read on to discover five unique hair color ideas that can take years off your face.
Caramel HighlightsJeff KravitzВ /В Getty Images
This is a great option for brunettes looking for an easy change that isn't too extreme. "For brunettes, adding caramel highlights can help to warm and soften facial features," says Peter Oon of Oon Arvelo Salon in NYC. Plus, this look adds dimension to the hair, making it appear as voluminous as it was a decade ago. Take a page out of Jennifer Lopez's book; after all, she can do no wrong.
We really like how Priyanka Chopra-Jonas wears the color. "I love this look for so many reasons. It's youthful, low maintenance, and re-creatable," adds Jordan, who suggests asking your colorist for balayage highlights. "The freehand painting technique has the effect of looking effortlessly sun-kissed and grows out without a demarcation line."Steve GranitzВ /В ContributorВ / Getty Images
Let Jessica Biel teach you a thing or two about caramel highlights as she has rocked the look on-and-off for years. Due to the soft grow-out period, Jordan saysВ you can have your highlights done every few monthsВ and just touch up the roots in between.
Golden MelonRobin Marchant / Getty Images
If you have lighter hair that's looking a bit ashy, consider venturing into fruit territory-think strawberry blonde or golden melon.В Bryce Dallas Howard is well-known for her gorgeous strawberry strands.Dia DipasupilВ /В StaffВ / Getty Images
No one pulls off this reddish hue like Emma Sone. "Adding warmth to blonde shades in the honey and buttery rangeВ gives the skin tone and complexion a youthful glow," says Oon.
Of course, there is Amy Adams whose shining hair can make anyone make the leap. Make sure toВ head into the salon for a gloss every six weeksВ or so to keep the reddish tint bright.
Bronde SombrГ©David Livingston / Getty Images
According to celebrity coloristВ Matt RezВ (aka the masterВ behind every cool blonde in L.A.),В adding brightness and contrast to the hair is key to looking as youthful as possible.ВVera AndersonВ / Getty Images
Even in a braid, Jessica Alba's blonde sombrГ© shines through. According to Rez,В you want to avoid a color that's "too monotone"В and always focus on bringing "brightness and light to the face."В
On his clients, Rez likes to create a subtle gradation fromВ dark roots to bright tipsВ to make the skin truly glow. (For this color style, you might also consider adding some length and volume; to achieve it, Rez always refers his clients to extensions goddessВ Violet Teriti.) Drew Barrymore pulls it off so well.
Pink ChampagneJon Kopaloff / Getty Images
Playful pastels aren't just for kids.В "Pastel shades have had a huge moment over the past few years, showing up on young girls to mature ladies alike," saysВ eSalonВ Color Director Estelle Baumhauer.В Hey, if Kate Hudson is a fan, it must be worth a try.RenГ©e Rouleau
Proof: Byrdie's favorite celebrity esthetician,В RenГ©e Rouleau, has rocked a soft rosГ©-pink color for the past few years, and she looks more youthful than ever. "One of my personal age-defying strategies is to have fun, colored hair sinceВ this look is associated with being young, fun, and having an adventurous spirit!В So why not?" Rouleau tells us.Noam Galai / Getty Images
Halsey is ever the queen of changing her hair color, and we cannot help but love this pink shade on her. The best part is that as long as your hair is light enough, you don't even need to visit the salon to go pink.В Rouleau does her color herself simply by usingВ Overtone productsВ every time she washes her hair.
This fresh and modern "broomstick" shade by Rez involves aВ darker base and warm blonde highlights.ВChris Jackson / Getty Images
Cara Delevigne may have the best eyebrows, but she also can rock any hairstyle or color. "Get the look by starting with a base closer to your natural color. ThenВ have your colorist use a combination of foil and balayage highlights a couple of shades lighter than your baseВ to achieve a natural but bright look," says eSalon senior colorist Emily Manatan.ВStephane Cardinale - CorbisВ / Getty Images
Camilla's hair looks effortless and very Parisian here. Ensure youВ preserve the color with a toning shampooВ like eSalon'sВ Tinted Rinse Booster in Blonde NeutralizerВ ($15) to avoid brassiness and keep the color looking rich.
Next: a foolproof guide to choosingВ the best hair color for your skin tone.