Top hairstyles to make you look younger
A GREAT hairstyle can take years off your face, hide wrinkles, enhance your features and generally give you a youthful glow.
Regardless of your hair colour, type, length or texture, as a general rule of thumb as you age it is best to opt for a soft, feminine cut that frames your face, adds volume and includes a few natural, flattering highlights to add interest.
Here are six top tips to consider next time you sit down in your hairstylist's chair:
1. Get in shape: Ask any hairstylists for the best anti-aging haircut and they'll tell you that you want a soft, face-framing shape. This style will work for a variety of lengths, but collarbone-skimming strands are flattering for all ages and hair types.
2. Layer upon layer: Long layers to frame the face, soften your features and add volume are best for older women as blunt cuts can be too severe and accentuate any wrinkles or flaws.
3. On the fringe: Yes, you may end up resembling your granddaughter but, hey, that's a good thing right?! A fringe can also be a stylish way to hide forehead lines. If you a cautious about getting too blunt a fringe, ask your stylish for a softer fringe that gradually blends into the rest of your hair.
4. Pump up the volume: As we age our hair gets thinner. To counteract this ask your stylish for layers that will enhance the thickness and volume of your tresses. When styling your hair, you can also use a root-lifting spray or volumising mousse to add volume, or try the old trick of blow-drying your hair upside down or even backcombing at the roots.
5. Lighten up: Colour is crucial and as a general rule stylists advise going lighter as we get older for a more youthful look. That doesn't mean you have to go blonde, but using highlights around your face in particular will soften your look.
6. Girl's got style: If you want to add youth without getting the chop, consider swapping your standard ponytail for a low ponytail with lots of volume at the crown or alternatively a messy chignon (yes, that's a fancy word for a low bun). Simply moving your part to the side will also help add volume, and is an easy way of updating your look.