20 Best Hair Colors to Look Younger Instantly

Did you know that choosing the right hair color could knock a decade off your look? That’s right – there are certain hair colors and shades that have been proven to make us look more youthful. Finding the best hair color to look younger can be tricky – but we’re here to help! We’ve asked our hair expert to tell us what works and what doesn’t, as well as rounded up 20 most youthful hair colors for you to get inspired by!

Look 10 Years Younger with These Youthful Hair Colors

Don’t let your hair age you. No matter your hair color, certain tones can make you look older than you are. Eek! Follow this advice whether you’re a brunette, blonde or redhead, and you’ll always have time on your side.

  • Blonde. As we age many people experience premature gray. For blondes, this can look ashy and age the complexion. Rather than keep your tresses platinum or white, add some gold tones to your highlights and you’ll soften your skin tone.
  • Red. Adding warmth to red and strawberry blonde hair has the same effect as adding warmth to blonde. It makes you look healthier. Ditch the blue reds and select something that’s warm to add a youthful glow to your tone.
  • Brunette. Lighten up dark roots with caramel highlights and you’ll ditch the drab. A few highlights will soften your look and recapture the youth of summer days long past.
  • Black. This is tricky. Black hair can be undeniably mysterious, but when in doubt – leave the blue out. A warm shade of black looks more natural and believable than Elvira’s blue-black, and there’s nothing worse than an off-tone box job, no matter your age. See your stylist when seeking the deepest shade.

As you can see tone is more important than color when flattering the complexion. Take control of your hue and it won’t put years on you.Jodie Michalak

20 Trendy Hair Colors to Make You Look Younger

So – if you play your cards right and choose a hair color that makes you look younger, you could knock years off your face.

Let’s take a look at these 20 stylish colors that’ll make you look (and feel!) younger.

#1: Golden Highlights

Warm tones do an exceptionally good job at making us look younger. If you’re a brunette, add some warmth to your look by asking your stylist for golden highlights. This way you’ll be ready for the summer plus ensure that your hair is making you look younger, not older!

Golden Highlights

Instagram / @petermenezes

#2: Warm Honey Blonde

Lighter hair color makes you look younger – but the tone you go for is paramount. Stay away from cool, ashy tones and add some warmth to your look with golden highlights. Go for shades like honey to give your complexion a healthy, youthful glow!

#3: Warm Balayage

Yup, dark hair can age a woman – and that’s not what you want when you’re getting older. If you’re on a mission to give your dark hair a youthful makeover, then opt for a warm, honey balayage. You’ll look considerably younger – and sport one of the biggest trends at the moment!

Warm Balayage

Instagram / @coloredbycaitlin

#4: Chocolate Brown Hair

Light hair isn’t for everyone – we get it. But if you’re a lady with dark locks, do yourself a favour and go for warm, chocolatey shades rather than cool brown tones. This beautiful chocolatey bob is the perfect example. Warm, classy, youthful!

Chocolate Brown Hair

Instagram / @salsalhair

#5: Subtle Warm Balayage

If your hair is really dark (and you’d never give it up!) – then lightening the ends with a soft, subtle balayage will do the trick. Go for a similar, chestnut brown shade and you’ll reap the benefits of warmer and younger-looking tones while making your hair appear less monotone.

Subtle Warm Balayage

Instagram / @daribhair

#6: Auburn and Honey Blend

Not sure which warm shade to go for? How about combining them all into a beautiful, warm blend of this coppery honey blonde. Add hints of red and deep brown – and you’ll create an even warmer effect. The warmer, the younger – remember?

Auburn and Honey Blend

Instagram / @headrushdesigns

#7: Gold and Honey Tones

Monotone color is an absolute “no” for older ladies. Opt for as many shade variations as you can – as long as they complement each other. For example this beautiful, warm blend of gold and honey on darker hair – isn’t it simply fabulous?!

Gold and Honey Tones

Instagram / @kellynaso

#8: Subtle, Youthful Highlights

Add a bit of playfulness to your brown hair with some warmer highlights. The base will remain darker – but the highlights will do wonders in making your hair color appear less serious (and boring – sorry!).

#9: Pretty Blonde Sombre

We absolutely love sombre hair color technique – not only because light hair makes you look younger, but also because of how natural it looks. Opt for this warm blonde shade for a natural, sun-kissed look that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Pretty Blonde Sombre

Instagram / @werkbychristi

#10: Seductive Strawberry Blonde

Want to look a little different? Go for this unusual color tone known as “strawberry blonde”. Great for all skin complexions (ask your stylist to help you find the right shade!), but ideal for pale older skin, it immediately warms up your complexion, making you look fresh and youthful!

Seductive Strawberry Blonde

Instagram / @hairbyjulez_

#11: Caramel Blonde Balayage

A wonderful color for those with a dark brown base who are looking to add some warmth and youthfulness to their look. While back in the day dark roots were frowed upon, today the more shades you add, the more vigorous the color. Embrace it!

Caramel Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @eleganciasalon

#12: Delicious Chocolate Caramel

An enchanting, warm balayage for women with dark hair. Adding warm color tones to your ends makes the look trendy and intriguing – the right kind of things to aim for when you’re after a younger-looking hairstyle!

Delicious Chocolate Caramel

Instagram / @texasbalayage

#13: Natural-Looking Blonde

We’ve come to the conclusion that blonde is the #1 anti-aging hair color. If you’re going gray, ask your stylist to combine the grays with warmer, blonder tones for a more natural blend.

Natural-Looking Blonde

Instagram / @alchemyorlando

#14: Copper Tones

Copper is a brave color – especially for someone who has always been more of a neutral hair kinda girl. But who says that you can’t experiment with it as you’re getting older? You only live once, right? Plus, copper hair shades flatter fair and neutral skin tones.

#15: Natural-Looking Sunkissed Blonde

One of the key things you want to aim for when you’re planning your hair makeover is making sure that it looks natural: that it works with your skin complexion, your eye color and generally flatters your features! This natural-looking sun-kissed hair color is the perfect example of that.

#16: Subtle Balayage on Short Hair

Many women go through their lives with monotone hair color – but who is to say that a balayage isn’t ideal for a 40 year old woman? The trendiest hairstyle of our time, a subtle warm balayage will immediately knock years off your face!

Subtle Balayage on Short Hair

Instagram / @colorsbyjaime

#17: Caramel Cream

Caramel cream color tone is ideal for lighter olive skin tones – but will also work wonderfully on pale or fair skin by giving it a natural-looking blush. Ladies with dark roots or a darker base will look exceptionally good in caramel cream!

Caramel Cream

Instagram / @jessicascotthair

#18: Youthful Bronde

Can’t decide whether to go for warm brown or warm blonde? Bronde is the answer to your hair problems! It’s a fantastic shade for older women, as it softens your skin tone and adds freshness to the complexion.

Youthful Bronde

Instagram / @hairbyjo_1

#19: Dark Mocha

Achieving a youthful-looking shade of dark brown can be challenging, but adding some warmer chocolatey tones does the job. It’s a flattering way to warm up the tone – making it ideal for older ladies.

Dark Mocha

Instagram / @motherofcurls

#20: Strawberry Blonde + Face-Framing Highlights

Contouring has long been used by beauty and make-up experts – but did you know that the same could be done with hair? Go for face-framing highlights to achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing look and to sport one of the most popular trends at the moment!

Strawberry Blonde Face-Framing Highlights

Instagram / @jessicakayehair

Want to try any of these youthful colors risk-free? Use our Haircolor Changer App to see whether it’s the right hair color for you! There are a number of ways to make your hair color look fresher and younger – and the key is knowing which color tones help you achieve that. We hope that you have found this article helpful and that you’ll opt for some warmer tones and shades next time you’re going for a hair makeover!