We all know that haircuts and certain styles can make a huge difference in our overall look, makings us look older or younger. But how?
Some styles look younger simply because they are worn by young people, and others have a naturally youthful feel. So, before you pull your hair into peppy pigtails that are better suited for your 5-year-old niece, read up on some less contrived ways to dip your hair into the fountain of youth.
Overstyling = Old
Any style that looks too “done” is sure to add years to your face. Even wearing your hair down in a perfectly curled coiff might have you looking more like Hilary Clinton than Hilary Swank (not that Hilary C. looks bad!) Still, the difference here is clear. Stay away from anything overly stiff – having a little movement makes your style look more natural, and natural is generally associated with youth. Plus, movement just feels more modern and less stuffy like something your grandmother might wear.
Embrace your natural texture. If your hair is kinky, let it curl, but even if you have just a little wave to otherwise straight locks, play it up!
Carve off years with cut and color
Monotone color looks harsh against pale skin, and the contrast will only shine a spotlight on fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Adding warm highlights, even if they are just around your face, can neutralize the contrast and give your skin more of a youthful glow.
The cut matters, too. Straight, blunt cuts may seem modern in theory, but really they come off a little too harsh and stiff. Adding layers and angles to your hair gives playful movement that exudes a youthful feel.
Slicking back doesn’t look so slick
When your hair is slicked back away from your face, every line and wrinkle is on display, from your hairline to your jawline. There’s nothing wrong with an updo at any age, but there are some ways to make it look romantic and sexy, not up-tight.
Instead of slicking hair back with a gel and a boar bristle brush, use your fingers to gather it into a low ponytail or braid. Letting small strands fall out around your face offers more wrinkle coverage and distraction while helping the style look more playful.