I would like to believe that in this day and age, we are beyond the youth is beauty way of thinking that has long forced women to try to look as young as possible for as long as possible. Yes, I would like to believe that, but it’s just not the case. It isn’t just about how you look though. It’s about confidence. Getting older sometimes takes that confidence away from us. We need to take it back. Looking younger can help us feel younger and can help restore that confidence father time tries to steal. That’s what this article is all about.
Hairstyles to Make You Look Younger: The Basic Tips
I considered doing a list of hairstyles that will make you look younger but decided against it. I don’t want anyone to feel they have to choose a style based on a picture of a celebrity (yes, I’ve included two celebrity photos but an article needs pictures). There are lots of hairstyles that make you look younger. You should choose a style based on what appeals to you, what feels comfortable to you and what you want to accomplish with the style. I’m going to start with some general tips for choosing a hairstyle that will make you look younger and then I’m going to share a few tips that can help you accomplish very specific goals for your look. The goal here? To get you a look you’ll really love – a look that is perfectly suited to you. Let’s get started with our basic tips.
- Angular, asymmetrical bobs probably aren’t your friend. There are women who can pull this look off at any age but the examples are pretty few and far between. The reason for this is simple. The extreme angles of the cut will highlight any fine lines or wrinkles on your face. If you’re trying to look younger, that’s obviously not something you want.
- Choose a style with soft angles that frame your face if you want to go short. Soft edges and face framing layers highlight your bone structure the way an asymmetrical bob would but they won’t highlight your fine lines making this kind of style the smarter choice. This kind of style can still be youthful looking. fun and flirty but is more complimentary to a mature face.
- Be careful with updos. Updos are great. They add sophistication and even romance to a look but they should be approached with caution by the mature woman. A tight, polished updo (such as a clean ballerina bun) will make you look older instead of younger because it will just be too rigid. Opt instead for a low, loose chignon and allow a few loose strands of hair to fall around your face. This softens your look while still offering the classy sophistication you get from an updo.
- Part your hair down the middle or to the side. Sometimes the best way out of a hairstyle rut is to just change something small, no scissors, hair dressers or dye jobs involved. Normally part your hair to the left? Try parting it down the center or to the right. This is one of the quickest ways to give your look a little boost without taking a lot of time and effort.
- Avoid blunt bangs. I once heard someone say older women should avoid bangs altogether but I disagree. Blunt bags aren’t a great idea as they look too harsh and severe but piecey bangs swept to the side? Gorgeous look on an older woman! Soft wispy bangs will draw attention to your eyes and compliment your look while keeping it fresh and youthful.
- Use highlights correctly. Highlight can work wonders for older women – freshening up a look you’ve grown tired of and giving your style a little definition while avoiding making you look like you’re trying too hard to look younger. Stick with highlights around your face. It’ll give your look depth and give your face look softer.
Now remember, these are tips – not rules. If you love blunt bangs and think you can pull them off, give them a try. If you don’t like the look, you don’t have to do it again. It’s your hair and you can do whatever you want to do with it.
Hairstyles to Make You Look Younger: Masking Flaws and Accentuating Strengths
With the basic tips out of the way, let’s get a little more specific. These tips are designed to help you find a youthful hairstyle that is suited to you, not just suited to your age. These tips focus on specific issues woman may have with their appearance and will help you understand how to mask things you’re self conscious about or highlight features you want to highlight. Once you know what you want, you can choose a hairstyle that features those things or even discuss the things you want with your stylist to come up with the style that best suits what you need to feel your best. Let’s get to it.
One of the most common complaints mature women have about their appearance is looseness around the jawline. Your hairstyle can help you mask that very common issue. To give the appearance of a tighter jawline, choose a shorter layered style that falls roughly around the nape of your neck in the back. Keep the back a little shorter than the front, but not so short that you have a harsh angular cut. It should be more gently tapered than sharply angled. This kind of style has a little bit of swing and bounce for that youthful, flirty look while remaining complimentary.
Let’s start by talking about forehead wrinkles. Forehead wrinkles are troublesome because they’re so obvious. The best way to hide them is with thick but wispy bangs that just skim the eyebrows but as we discussed above, bangs can be tricky. If you don’t think bangs will work on you, talk to your hair stylist. Your stylist might be able to come up with an idea you haven’t considered yet. There are lots of different ways to wear bangs that can offer you all the benefits without the drawbacks you feel might hold you back from trying them out.
Of course, the forehead isn’t the only place women get wrinkles. Neck wrinkles are a big issue for a lot of women and they can be very difficult to conceal – difficult, but not impossible. You can really downplay your neck wrinkles by allowing a few long wispy strands of hair to fall in the back. Surprisingly, this little trick even works if you opt for a short style. Let your stylist know you are feeling self-conscious about your neck wrinkles and want to leave a few long strands and you should get what you’re looking for.
Highlighting Strong Features
Love your mouth? Love your cheekbones? There are ways to accentuate your best features with your hairstyle while still opting for a fresh youthful look. Ask your stylist to style layers that direct the eye toward whatever feature you want to accentuate. The best way to do this would be to have a layer that ends at the same level as the feature. In other words, if you love your lips and want to play them up, opt for chin length layers that will accentuate them. Let’s say you love your eyes though. You’re likely not going to want layers that end by your eyes. To highlight your eyes, you’re going to want to go for bangs that just skim the eyebrow, like we talked about above to conceal forehead wrinkles.
If you know what facial feature you want to highlight but aren’t sure how to go about it, talk to your stylist. While some stylists prefer a client who knows exactly what they want, many prefer someone who is willing to let them be creative. Remember, making you look amazing is in your stylist’s best interest. They might come up with the absolute perfect style for you.
Sculpt Those Cheekbones
Whether you’re an older woman or a younger woman, sculpting your cheekbones is a great way to really improve your overall look. There are many, many ways to use makeup to get that sculpted look but there are also things you can do to get the look with your hair as well. Start by asking your stylist for layers on top and then gently tease the ends of your hair with a teasing comb to give you a little extra volume. You’re only going to want to tease about five inches from the hairline and only a little bit. This is a great way to sculpt the cheekbones and give yourself a more youthful overall look.
Brighten Your Complexion
One of the biggest issues with aging for a lot of women is also one of the least talked about – the dulling on your complexion. After a certain point, many women begin noticing their skin looks duller. You can help mask this with makeup but highlights can work wonders for this as well, as long as you use them the way we spoke of above. You just want to add a little splash of color to your face to brighten up the complexion so you really only need subtle highlights that frame your face to achieve your goal.