As we get older, it can be hard to find a hairstyle that keeps us looking young and fresh. All too often we end up with boring, mousy-looking styles, but there are hairstyles that you can pull off in your 40s, 50s or beyond that can knock years off you. We take a look...
From Center to Side Part
If you normally opt for a middle part, take a good long look at yourself in the mirror. Is it still flattering for your face shape now that you’re a little older? A center part is often far too severe looking and can pull your face down, not to mention highlight any lack of symmetry. A side part, in contrast, helps to lift a hairstyle and create a new more playful hairline; you’ll look years younger as a result. The sweep of a side part also helps to draw attention and distract from any facial imperfections that you may not be happy with.
Add Volume with Full-Bodied Hair
There’s no better indicator of a woman who doesn’t spend much time or consideration on her looks than a head of limp hair. It only serves to drag down your features and portray you as the dowdy woman that time forgot. Volume, however, can give life to your hair, while also drawing the onlooker’s attention upwards and outwards. It also helps to conceal one of the issues many women face as they get older – thinning hair. If your hair is starting to thin, don’t give up on it. Ask your hairstylist to crop your hair into a modern cut and show you how to make it full-bodied and lustrous.
Go For a Bob
The bob is a classic look for a reason; it’s flexible enough to be styled differently according to preference, face shape and age (spiky layers when you’re younger, chin-length as you get older, for instance). The bob also works with your bone structure, as opposed to against it. An A-line bob (shorter in the back than the front) is going to make you look younger and self-assured.
A Side-Swept Bang to Hide Wrinkles
A bang can help to hide those forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet that annoyingly give away your age. You’ll want to forego a blunt bang, however, as it can look harsh on a more mature woman. Instead, opt for a side-swept bang that gives an elegant shape to your hairstyle and tends to draw attention to your eyes (while hiding the crow’s feet).
A lot of people seem to be reluctant to go down the layering route, but layers can be a mature woman’s best friend. If you’ve always had long hair without layers, for instance, you’re going to want to introduce some face-shaping layers now. Otherwise, your hair will drag your face downwards and suggest sagging jowls. Instead, a good hairdresser will identify your strongest or most youthful features and shape the layers accordingly. The layers could fall at just the right length to emphasize your sharp cheekbones, for instance, or to show off a strong jawline.