Ask Chuck: Hair tips at Easter for guys, gals

April 17, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 16, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.

By Charles Colson This may put a twist to other hair questions in the past. I am a 52-year-old guy, and I'm getting quite tired of having the same hairstyle as I wore when I was in my early 20s. So I think it is time for me to start looking somewhat older - at least to match my age. I've always worn it parted in the middle and feathered back on the sides. Sound familiar? So, can you help me along these concerns?

Man, what a twist to this question but an extremely good thought. You are quite the smart dude to want to change your style according to your age. Maybe that's what many of us need to do and don't realize it.

One suggestion I can think of is to first let your hair get just a bit longer and decide on which side you would like to part it. Just comb it back, let it fall naturally and see which side it favors to parting. It will create a short swing of a bang effect. Then, have it cut a tad bit over the ears where it shows more length and layer it around the sides, top and back to give it fullness.

Some guys have gotten a bit brave and have added a few highlights to give it that more modern look.

If your hair is too thick, give your hairdresser full approval to thin and texture some of the bulkiness out so it won't look like a bowl cut. You don't need the Buster Brown appearance. Ask your parents about this style, which probably was from before you were born. Go for it, dudes, and brag about the compliments that I promise you will get.

Well, Charles, I am a gal in her late 70s, and I am so tired of getting perms every time my hairdresser cuts my hair. She says it's the only way to keep my hairstyle perfectly curly. I do have somewhat of a little natural wave to my hair. Are perms this necessary so often?

Excellent question. This used to be the case several years ago, but for some time now, perms are becoming less and less popular. I'm sure you have found out that once you have a fresh perm, you really aren't happy with it for at least a month, right?

I would highly suggest that you think more natural and use the natural wave you were blessed with, and if you do, I promise you shouldn't need perms very often at all. Next, make sure your hairdresser gives you a loose body wave that matches your normal hair growth. I'm sure you are looking for a style that is easy to keep and not so stiff and tight looking.

This style will become less troublesome, and you won't feel that your hair has control over you. And guess what? I bet you'll begin to breathe better, too. Then, you will have much more time for other things and still look beautiful.

I hope you guys and gals benefit well from these Easter tips. Happy Easter to all.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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