30 Hairstyles That Take 10 Years Off Your Age
Beauty products claim that they can make you look ten years younger, but you don’t need to buy a special lotion to make yourself look more youthful. Your fashion choices have a lot of impact on your age – or rather the age you see. Wearing dated clothes can make you look older while wearing something modern and chic can shave years off. It can be a delicate balance, and many people forget about one crucial factor that can really impact your age: your hairstyle.
Hairstyles fall in and out of style just like any other type of fashion. With that being said, hairstyles don’t change as quickly as fashion. Something that’ “in” could be in for several years, or even decades depending on the style. Meanwhile, others fall out of fashion pretty fast – take the Farrah flip for example.
If you’re looking to bring your age down without any ridiculous product, use your secret weapon! Get a new hairstyle and change the way you look. Not only will it be extremely noticeable, but you may also end up with a new favorite ‘do. We’ve made a list of 30 hairstyles that can help shave ten years off your age without any crazy changes.
Short hair is very in right now, and a straight-haired bob can make you look young and sophisticated. Ask your stylist to cut your hair just below your jawline, use a volumizing spray to add a little volume to your roots, straighten your locks, and leave your hair ever so slightly tousled to keep you from looking uptight.
With age, hair really doesn't stay as straight and vibrant as it once did. Longer hairstyles tend to not be flattering once you hit your 50s. Shorter hairstyles for straight hair are easier to manage and will easily take 10 years off your whole look.
Pixies are tough. It’s a fine line between making you look older and softening your features. When you visit your stylist, ask for a soft pixie. The layers and feathering make the hair look more delicate and make you look younger.
If you do a Pixie cut the right way, it can really do a lot for your look. A typical cut without layering will do the opposite and it a bit outdated. But Pixie cuts are totally doable and are easier to manage that longer hairstyles.
Curled ends have become one of the most elegant looks of the year. You may have seen it on the red carpet or around town. It adds lift to your hair while giving you a touch of elegance that’s unforgettable.
Straight hair can be a real bore. Having curled ends can put some life into your hair. And because you are just curling the ends, you'll be inflicting less damage to your hair than you would if you were flattening or curling all of your hair.
Festival-goers have kind of taken over the braids trend, but that doesn’t mean it’s off-limits to you. In fact, braids can make you look all the more youthful! For an easy braided crown, braid a thick chunk of hair on the side of your head, wrap it around the crown of your head, and secure it on the other side with some bobby pins.
Look like a genuine princess with a braided crown. It's a fancy hairstyle to wear at a festival, the company dinner or at any other formal occasion. It can take some work to master and really get right but once you do it, the results will be well worth your time.
Strategic Salt and Pepper
Salt and pepper doesn’t automatically make you look older. If your hair is going gray, you can dye your hair dark in certain places to make your locks look a little more dynamic. It can create a natural highlight without damaging your hair.
When you do it right, the salt and pepper look can actually look quite intentional and moreover with the right look, you can still take years off your age. Grey hair isn't always indicative of age, as many men like Steve Martin for instance go grey earlier in life.
Sandra Bullock knows how to wear the Lob, but she isn’t the only one that can rock this fantastic style. The Lob is short for “long bob,” which is ideal for anyone that has reservations cutting off their hair and committing to a bob.
When worn right, the Lob can take 10 or even 20 years off your age. Just look at Kristen Bell who has looked like a 20-year-old for over 15 years now. The Lob can work on a variety of hair colors but it is best works on individuals with wavy hair.
Deep Side Part
Creating a deep side part (about an inch or so off-center) makes you look effortlessly sexy. Request that your hairstylist parts your hair off-center and cut accordingly. This style adds quite a bit of volume to your hair, so you’ll hardly have to do anything else to look put-together.
The deep side part is a hairstyle that works for many different ages. it really accentuates the beauty of your hair and frames your face perfectly. It works for casual settings and formal settings alike.
Full, Side Swept Bangs
Side-swept bangs frame your face and add a flirty touch to your look, which automatically takes years off your face. These bangs should start at your side part and sweep across your forehead, covering most of it. They require less maintenance than blunt-cut bangs, so you should be able to save a little money on trips to the salon!
Bangs are always a great way to take years of your age, particularly because they cover up most of your forehead. However, the look of bangs themselves will do that. they are just another great way to frame your face.
A gamine crop is a short, boyish haircut that can bring out your features and make you look like you’re 22 again. To achieve this gorgeous look, tell your hairdresser you want a very short, cropped hairstyle without much volume.
If you have the confidence to pull this, a gamine crop can be a great look for a woman. The goal here is for limited volume. it's a great summer haircut as it doesn't feel too hot and gives your face plenty of room to breathe.
Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything with it. Bobs look fantastic with waves. The waves also lift the roots and make your hair look a little thicker. You can get waves using gel or a curling iron.
A wavy bob can provide just the classy look you need for around the office or at a party. It's versatile and will take years off your age. If you have natural waves, you won't have a lot of work to do on your hair.
A messy braid looks fantastic on anyone, and it can bring youth back to any outfit. Even if you have thin hair, you can make your braid look larger by pulling on the tufts of hair a little. It makes the braid look larger and fluffier.
The messy braid is also a great hairstyle that doesn't require a lot of effort of course. This makes it ideal before going to work. You can get ready in a cinch and head out the door. Best of all, tying your hair back this way will look a lot better than the standard ponytail.
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Platinum Silver Grey
Going grey doesn’t have to be dull. You can dye your hair platinum silver grey and rock the style. It brings brightness to your face and really enhances your features. Just make sure you have a lot of shine in your hair.
Platinum silver grey hair will give you an entirely intentional grey look that people will love. It will bring your hair to life and make you look like a true queen.
Highlights give your hair and skin a fresh, youthful glow. Plus, they can cover up a few gray hairs if you have them! If you have lighter hair, ask your hairstylist for honey-blonde highlights and for darker hair, ask for caramel highlights to add dimension to your look.
Honey-blonde highlights can really brighten dulled hair. With age, it's inevitable that your hair will lose its luster. Highlights add the illusion of that shine you had years ago, taking 10 years off your age or more.
If you have an event to attend, you should try a windswept updo. This will make you look ageless, feminine, and perfectly imperfect. Put your hair in a loose bun at the nape of your neck, then pull a few pieces of hair out to keep the style from looking too structured.
The windswept updo works with a casual look like a blouse and jeans or a more formal look like a dress. There's much to do with a windswept updo and it will easily take 10 years off your age with just a few simple steps.
Face-framing layers give you the best of both worlds. Your hair will appear long, but will lack the limpness that typically comes with it. Tell your hairstylist you want your hair cut at or slightly above your shoulders and layered to frame your beautiful face.
As mentioned earlier, face-framing layers will easily take years off your look. Framing the face can take off any puffiness or signs of aging that you may be trying to avoid. There are many ways to do it, so it's easy to find a look that works just for you.
Rich, Dark Color
Opting for a rich, dark hair color can highlight your features and make your hair look like a million bucks! Ask your stylist to dye your hair a deep brown or black color, then you can add lowlights for dimension (if you want).
The deeper, darker colors can brighten your face, while hiding dull colored hair. Finding a natural dark color that suits your face is the best bet. you don't necessarily want the blackest of black dyes, because you also don't want your hair to look fake.
Over time, our hair can get a little dull, especially as we age. Adding a little luster back to your locks can instantly make you look younger without too much effort. You can make your own at-home shine mask for your hair in your own home using an egg, honey, and coconut milk.
As mentioned before, with age, your hair is going to lose some of its natural shine, but that doesn't mean you can't achieve that glow with some store-bought or homemade products. getting shinier locks is a surefire way to take years off your age.
If you have thinner hair or don’t like the look of full bangs, wispy bangs are absolutely beautiful. They’re playful and light so they bounce as you move. Plus, they have a framing effect around your face, which can make it look slimmer.
Wispy bangs help you achieve an elegant but casual look that is sure to last you throughout the day. The look is easy to achieve, even if you don't have the thickest of hair and it's a look that's easy to maintain.
Gentle Waves & Voluminous Roots
Creating gentle waves and adding volume to your roots will make your features appear softer. Have your hairstylist use a volumizing spray on your roots and lightly curl your hair. Then, gently pull apart the curls to create natural waves.
Too many waves and you could end up looking out of place and out of time. But with gentle waves and voluminous roots, you can get a look breathe new life into you and take plenty of years off your age in terms of how you look.
For thinner hair, feathery layers may be the style you’re looking for. The stylist carefully adds a wispy end to your hair that lets it move as you move. It doesn’t take much work to maintain and looks great as the style grows out.
Feathery layers can appeal to a wide age range. It's an easy look to maintain throughout the day because it still looks good even when your hair is a little messy. You'll be sure to catch the eye of every bystander with a hairstyle that's sure to brighten everyone's day.
The messy shag is probably the most low-maintenance hairstyle on this list. It embodies the whole “I woke up like this movement,” and can be super freeing. It’s all about layers and hair gel or mousse. The style also adds volume to fine hair.
Low-maintenance haircuts are always a great idea because nothing adds years to your look more than appearing tired and worn out. Messy shag haircuts look entirely intentional and keep that appearance as you go about your day. It's a sensible choice for the busy person.
Another way to frame your face is with highlights. Framing highlights showcase your beautiful face front and center. They also provide a low that compliments your skin and really looks exquisite. There are a variety of ways to achieve this look but you can talk to a stylist for options or try it out yourself.
We love framing highlights on any age, and aging women can really benefit from this trend. All you need to do is dye the bit of hair that’s around your face. It hangs and brings attention to your face while brightening your skin to a flawless glow.
Curls never go out of style and make your hair look voluminous. Bouncy hair means healthy hair, and curls send that message across perfectly. You can curl your hair using a curling iron, or you can get a perm and make your hairstyle hassle-free.
Curls are sure to take years off your age. They provide a ton of personality to your look if you can pull off and achieve the look and they are also easy to maintain if your hair is already a bit curly. Of course, people with curls usually want straight hair and people with straight hair want curls, but go figure.
Beach waves make you look like you just came back from a beach vacation in Fiji. They don’t take much work. All you need is a little mousse and time. The tousled look dances along the perfect balance of messy but put-together.
The aim with beach waves is to make your hair look slightly damp and also sun-kissed. You can usually tell instantly when someone has spent their day at the beach, unless they are going for a seamless look like this.
No matter what hairstyle you’re going for, a few framing wisps are the perfect style to make you look 10 years younger. It doesn’t have to be much or even strategic. Just grab a few strands when you put your hair up and pull them down to hang wistfully alongside your face.
Framing wisps always prove to be an excellent formal hairstyle. There are a number of different ways to go about it, so it's easy to incorporate with your existing hairstyle. Really its just most of your hair tied back with wisps dangling in the front.
Natural Red Color
Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, and the beautiful Christina Hendricks know what it means to look ageless. These women all have red hair – a trend that’s increasing in popularity. This style is perfect for anyone looking for a change.
While there are plenty of fake-looking red dyes out there, these are extremely noticeable and rarely look good. often they can add years to your look. If you want to take 10 years off your age, make sure your hair doesn't look like it came out of a bottle -even if it does.
Ombré makes your hair look dynamic, modern, and lively. With this style, you can go light to dark or dark to light. Our suggestion is that you use your roots as the base color and lighten or darken as you go down. This way, you don’t need to put too much effort into maintaining it.
If you aren't quite sure what ombré is, it's the gradient look that starts dark at the top of the head and gets lighter at the ends. Sometimes the color difference can be subtle, while other times it may be more pronounced. Which look is best? That depends entirely on your personal preferences.
Dark roots are the epitome of “hassle-free.” If you have darker hair, you can dye your hair blonde and leave the roots your natural color. As it grows out, it’ll turn into an Ombré.
Having just the roots dark and everything else colored provides some dimension to your hair that you may not have had before. It's a popular look and looks better after time than just a typical dye job that fades over time.
Pony with Bump
Hair bumps are coming back, and we’re glad. They can make your hair look larger, especially if you’re wearing it in a pony. All you need to do is tease your hair a little, and you’ll get the volume you’ve always wanted.
The ponytail with a bump is a southern treasure. It's the ideal look for a southern belle and its sure to take years off your age no matter who is wearing it. Plus, it's one of the most elegant ways to wear a ponytail.
If you’re like us, you’ve been styling your hair for ages. It’s about time to let it do its thing! Letting your hair airdry gives it a break and allows it to get back some of the luster that may have been lost through decades of heating tools.
Hair really doesn't take that long to dry, so there's no reason not to plan ahead and let nature take its course. Air drying your hair is better for it as it limits damage. Using a blow-dryer can dehydrate your hair quickly and cause split ends - and nobody wants that!