When I look back over my life in pictures, it could be called “a journey through hair.” I’ve had everything from a wedge (remember Dorothy Hamill?) to long and straight to shoulder length and crimped. I’ve been through perms and color to keep myself updated (Viva la L’Oreal) and have worn a slicked back ponytail for years at a time while my children were young.
In the book How Not to Look Old by beauty expert Charla Krupp, the first change she suggests to update your look is to cut some bangs and you will look five years younger. She says “Nothing ages you like too-short bangs, too-long hair parted down the middle, helmet head, high hair, an updo, visibly thinning hair.” This is one tip I can attest to–I’ve had bangs for a year now, and it has made a big difference in just how young I look and feel.
From the book, “Bangs are a cheap and easy way to chic up your look. They also accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative. This haircut cure-all hides a large forehead, a wrinkled forehead, or a receding hairline. At the same time, a soft fringe of hair falling along the side of your face draws attention to your eyes (which should still be sparkling) and deflects scrutiny from your jaw (which may be a little slack or saggy).” Charla suggests getting bangs cut that are long and thick, and not too severe or geometric.
Other subtle style changes to consider that might make a big difference in your looks:
- Cutting angles and layers to open up the face
- Changing your length just a bit, maybe wearing it longer in the summer than winter
- Switching your part. Your profile is different on each side, so you might want to accentuate the side of your face you like the most by parting your hair on that side.
- Keep it moving, no more “helmet head.” Nothing makes you look older than perfect hair that doesn’t move. You will look much younger if your hair has bounce and swing.
- Wear your hair down, not in an updo. Hair that is pulled tight on the top of the head looks matronly. If you pull your hair back, wear it casual, loose and a little messy. “When in doubt, wear your hair down. It’s so much sexier.”
- Grow it. Shoulder length hair can look long and lush, but don’t grow it too long–you don’t want to look like you’re trying to imitate your daughter.
- Pump up the shine. Too many styling products will gunk up your hair and weigh it down. Over processed hair can look dull, so use a deep conditioner once a week. Keeping your hair healthy and shiny will give you a much more youthful look.
One interesting tip–you may need a new stylist, even if you’ve been with the same one for years. If you’ve had the same style for a long time, “…you may have become an exaggerated version of what was once good….Move on if someone tells you you can’t have a certain style. Everyone can have everything, just a different version of it that’s right for your face and your hair and your lifestyle and body type.”
Just look at how much better Helen Mirren looks with an updated hairstyle!
So don’t get stuck in a rut, and try something different for a bang-up new you!
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