We all know that going gray can be aging. But there are several other ways your hair might be adding years to your look.
Mistake #1: You have an all-one-length cut.
Without layers, your hair won’t have that magical, youthful quality that stylists call “movement.” Long layers remove weight from the bottom half of your hair so your style can swing and bounce. And while blunt edges accentuate lines in your face, layers have a softening effect. Considering side-swept bangs will probably make your face look a bit rounder and your cheekbones stronger.
Mistake #2: You have shelves full of styling products.
If you’re using more than one styling product in an effort to make your hair look fuller, your plan may be backfiring. “Mousse and gel and hairspray can give the hair lift for a few hours, but they also make it look stiff and sap its shineâ€”a very aging combination,” says Scrivo. If you have a well-layered haircut that’s not too heavy at the bottom, you won’t need to load up on styling products to achieve volume. One dollop of lightweight mousse will do the trick; once hair is dry, use a drop of silicone serum to add shine.
Mistake #3: You’re very blond.
Your skin loses color with age, and over-bleached hair compounds that natural washout by draining the warmest tones from your complexion. Instead of going all-over blond, try a darker base color with golden strands woven throughout, says New York City hairstylist Lisa Chiccine. When you talk to your stylist about highlights, ask for warm colors like butter and honey; avoid cool, ashy tones like platinum and beige, which can make skin look tired and sallow.
Mistake #4: You have dry, frayed ends.
As you get older, your hair loses not only pigment but also its ability to retain moisture. Keeping it smooth and glossyâ€”hallmarks of youthâ€”requires a little more effort. Do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week, don’t shampoo more than every other day, and get frequent trims to avoid split ends.
Mistake #5: You have a deep, dark hair color.
Solid black or brown hair can highlight shadows on the face, drawing attention to lines and bags. If you’re fair-skinned, a dark hair color also accentuates the contrast between your hair and scalp, which makes thinning more noticeable. A few highlights around the face and at the crown of the head add softness and make a dark hair color appear more natural. “You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a wig,” says Chiccine. Her rule of thumb: Don’t dye your hair as dark as it was in your teens and 20s; a shade or two lighter will be more flattering in your 30s and beyond.
Mistake #6: Your hair is super-straight.
A lank hairstyle makes your face look long and drawn. (Plus, if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, the hot tools required to achieve straightness leave your hair dry and dull.) If you have naturally fine, straight hair, ask your stylist for long layers and comb a lightweight mousse through damp hair from roots to ends before air drying or blow drying (avoid heavy styling creams or serums). If you blow dry, use a round brush to create soft curls at the ends of the hair; setting dry hair with Velcro rollers will also create softness and add volume to offset any drooping in the lower face.
Post time: 08-25-2017