Essential reading before your next salon visit
Women are constantly bombarded with tips on how to look half their age, but what if you just want to look amazing for your age (thank you very much)? One of the simplest ways to do that is to pay more attention to your hair. Think of your haircut, hair colour and hairstyle a bit like you would makeup or that seriously sexy blouse that always makes you feel like a million bucks – only in the case of hair, it’s game-on every single day. The right hair for your face and lifestyle can make sure you look like your absolute best, most refreshed, and ready-to-take-on-the-universe version of yourself. And then there are these 12 common hairstyle mistakes that will age your face. Here’s how to avoid them.
Falling for flat hair
A centre part can be super chic, there’s no doubt about it. But as we age, our hair thins. Even those of us with medium to thick hair will experience thinning, according to celebrity hairstylist Nunzio Saviano at Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. “If you’re in your 50s wearing your hair parted in the middle, it isn’t flattering,” Saviano says. Instead, you need to increase your hair’s volume so you don’t bring attention to this age-related problem. Saviano suggests either a different (usually shorter) haircut, a change in the way you part your hair, or a product like Kenra Platinum Dry Texture Spray #6 to increase hair density.
Another ageing mistake that goes hand in hand with flat hair is keeping your hair way too long for your face shape and never trimming it. The fact that we associate longer hair with youth has a lot to do with the images we constantly see in films and on television (from Disney princesses to soap-opera actresses to major celebs). But Saviano says the opposite effect takes hold as we age: Longer hair looks thinner, and thinner hair is ageing. His preferred look? “The Lob. Collarbone-length hair or a bob looks chic,” he says. “If you have a long face, a bob can shorten it, and if you can have a round face, it can lengthen it. As you get older, it works on everyone.”
For more inspiration, check out these 40 best hairstyles for women over 40.