Once we hit thirty, most of us spend more on skincare in the pursuit of preserving our youthful glow – yet how many of us realize that a hairstyle can take years off our age? Many of us are too busy with our families and working lives to prioritize our tresses, but knowing you have great hair refreshes your energy reserves!
Here are a few dos and don'ts for making the best of your mane and tapping into that fountain of youth:
- Don't cut your hair too short – it reveals too much of your face and draws attention to fine lines, not good for when you're too tired to dazzle everyone with your personality.
- Remember– coloring your hair in a flattering manner is crucial as you age. Go for a shade closer to your natural tresses. Honey blonde, ash blonde, chestnut, auburn and mahogany are some of the safest.
- Avoid pulled-back hairstyles – these can look too severe, and even make you seem older.
Have a glance through these gorgeously youth-enhancing looks...
Thick bangs are sassy, cool, and suit all face shapes. Just about any hairdo with bangs is perfect for hiding any telltale lines on the forehead. This classic bob is practical yet ultra-chic and fresh. Before you decide to go for the chop, consult your hairstylist on what style of bangs would suit your face. You can experiment at home by creating faux bangs. Create a side part; sweep a section of your face-framing hair over your forehead and tuck it back with bobby pins.
This sleek style is easy to maintain with the right products. Use plenty of conditioner and a heat protectant when blow-drying or flat-ironing. Finish with cream or serum and shine on!
A romantic but hip style for longer hair: the fishtail technique sets this look apart from schoolgirl braids. It works well with bangs and is totally on trend.
Part your straight or wavy hair just off the center, gently comb out any tangles, and work through some styling cream for shine and hold. Divide into two sections and grab a small section of hair from the left side. Wrap it around the larger part of hair and under the section on the right, before grabbing a section from the right side and repeating the motion in the opposite direction. Repeat going down then secure the ends with a tie. Tease out the sides of your braid, let a few tendrils fall at the front, and then spritz with hairspray.
High-Volume Tousled Ponytail
Big hair spells health and youth! If your hair is already thick and wavy, then all you need is a hair-tie – but anyone can achieve this look on long hair with the right products and a bit of know-how... plus a clip-in color-matched hair piece or two, if you want to take it to the total, rock diva extreme.
Blow-dry your hair upside-down with volumizing mousse. Tie your ponytail a few inches above the nape of your neck, and scrunch through a little styling wax or gum for that carefree, beach-tousled finish. Spritz with hairspray and smile!
This short hairstyle is practical and chic, yet the softness of the layers adds a romantic element. It is best suited for women with oval or long faces and straight to wavy hair texture. If you have a round face, go for side swept bangs to contour your cheeks.
To style your layered pixie, work in a small amount of styling gel through your hair and use your fingers to sweep the front hair section forward and cover your forehead. You can also create a side part and brush your hair to create a sleek, neat look. If you have fine hair, give your roots an extra lift with some light teasing and spritz with hairspray.
Lob with Bangs
Shoulder-length hair is easy to maintain and is perfect for pulling off a variety of hairstyles, great news when you have a busy schedule. Not only is a long bob feminine and chic, it suits women of all ages, with any face shape and is right on trend. Dress it up with a slick of the bright red lippy that's been storming the runways for Spring 2016.
Take care of your lob with oodles of protein-rich conditioner and styling products that enhance its shine. For an edgier, cooler take on it, scrunch through some deconstructing gum.