Growing old gracefully is about embracing natural changes to your body without letting your standards drop. That means updating your wardrobe to suit your age, working that bit harder to keep the beer belly under control and – when it comes to your hair – making thinning locks and the onset of grey work for you.
Thankfully, there is no shortage of men doing the later with style whom you can take inspiration from. As the five men below demonstrate, when worn correctly silver hair lends a man an air of sophistication that younger whippersnappers can't match.
Adam Brady, from award-winning barbers Ruffians, explains: "Your hair doesn't 'turn' grey – it grows grey from the root. So there is plenty of time tofigure out what you'll do before too many people notice.
"Actually, the hair is white – it only appears grey against your natural colour. For this reason, those with naturally darker hair will develop a salt and pepper look, while those with ginger hair will go a strawberry blonde colour."
1 | Jose Mourinho: The Short Textured Cut
"This is evenly scissored all over, and kept close to the back and sides. This is a good option for those with thinning hair because the added texture make the hair look more full. Check with your barber, but you could use something like L'Oréal Professionel Serioxyl which stimulates the blood flow in the scalp, opening up the hair follicles and encouraging the hair to grow through thicker."
2 | George Clooney: The Classic Short Back and Sides
"This is a versatile and timeless haircut, as it can be casual when tousled (apply a clay and evenly distribute with your hands) or formal when styled into a side parting (blow dry and apply a putty or paste and sweep in desired direction)."
3 | George Lamb: The Sweep Back
"To give the illusion of thickening the hair, you could add a salt spray or hair powder, which will boost the volume."
4 | Richard Gere: The Longer Voluminous Cut
"Again, this is an all scissored cut full of volume, giving the illusion of thickness. It's an equally easy to maintain style, which only requires a product like salt spray or a clay, applied with your hands, for hold. Perfect for those with curly / wavy hair, for those with slightly more hair than Richard, ask the barber to texturise so it doesn't look too full, thick and weighty."
5 | Pierce Brosnan: The Side Sweep
"If you are afflicted by recessional lines, this is a good way to embrace the shape of your brow – by keeping height and length on the the top, the attention will be drawn to the direction of the hair, rather than the prominence of your forehead. Blow dry and apply a paste or putty – use a setting spray for extra hold."