Ten simple hairstyling tricks that'll make you look at least five years younger
Your hairstyle plays a crucial role in creating a harmonious image that’ll allow you to appear several years younger.
This is why Bright Side has compiled some practical and easy-to-follow advice that’ll help you to always look your undisputable best. Read on and take note!
When it comes to haircut styles, the best way to make yourself look younger is to go for layered haircuts, face- and neck-framing feather cuts, ragged-style locks, or stepwise cuts.
Light-colored hair creates a rejuvenating effect — that’s one of the fundamental rules of hairstyling. However, you should be careful to select the right tone and shade. It is recommended that you make your hair no more than two or three tones lighter than its natural color. Also, remember to select the shade based on the color of your eyes and skin.
For those women who don’t want radical image changes, our advice is to try lightening a few selected strands. This will give your skin radiance and add dynamics to your overall image.
Short hair is associated with an active lifestyle and youth, so the older you get, the shorter your haircut should become. But be careful to avoid extremes — ultra short hairstyles tend to emphasize the oval of your face, which inevitably becomes less defined with age. The best option is to go for lengths that range from chin to mid-neck level.
Slicked hair makes us appear older, so it’s best to make your hairstyle voluminous. However, you should always keep to the golden middle: too much volume can add a few unwanted years to your image. The right volume should look natural and inconspicuous. Achieve this by wearing layered haircuts and curled strands. Also, we recommend that you apply hair spray (but remember to use it in moderation).
A fringe can be very rejuvenating to your image — it hides the wrinkles on your forehead and brings out your eyes. The optimal solution is to make structured medium-thickness strands. Wearing your fringe too thick and straight can overload your image and make your face look visibly shorter and chubbier.
Wearing a center parting adds strictness to your looks, making you visibly older. We advise you to use different options. For instance, parting your locks to one side will make your eyes look larger and more expressive. Try experimenting by combing your hair back or styling it in a zigzag fashion. This will both soften your image and add volume.
Both perfectly straight hair and excessively tight hairdos can add a few years to your appearance. If you wear a ponytail, make sure to leave a few loose strands at the sides of your face, and don’t tighten the curls too much. On the other hand, if you’re wearing your hair loose, we recommend you create an impression of careless ease by slightly curling your locks. Those who prefer to wear their hair straight should consider adding a slight touch of chaos to their styling by using asymmetrical haircuts, combined with a few accentuated, waxed, rugged-looking locks.
When preparing to go out for the evening, say no to backcombing, perfectly fixed strands, raised hairdos, and retro-type styling. As with any other kinds of hairdos, an evening hairdo should always look natural. Moreover, you can add a playful touch now and then — something along the lines of Amy Adams, who risked wearing braids to an important social occasion and only gained by this decision!
And finally, some additional advice:
- Overactive use of hair styling products inevitably makes you look older. This rule holds true for evening and daytime hairdos alike.
- If you are using hair styling accessories, make sure they’re high quality. Avoid garish plastic combs, children’s hair clips, and velvet bands.
- When curling your hair, use large rollers or other accessories — this will help you avoid making your curls too small. Tiny curls can add vibrancy to your looks, but this only works if you’re under 25-30 years old.
- All of these styling techniques can only be truly useful when applied to healthy, well-kept hair. Always try to give your hair the best multi-level care possible!
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