Does Short Hair Age?

Happy women with short hair
Fashionable short hair - Photo: Depositphotos
One of the stubborn myths about hair is that short hair makes a woman look older. It is part of the menacing group of big misunderstandings that keep many women from enjoying a hairstyle that would look fabulous on her and make her feel good.
While it is true that some hairstyles have the power to make us look older or younger, this has nothing at all to do with the length of the hair. Color, styling, design of the cut, health of the hair, texture and also the personal attitude all work together to create a visual impression. Whether the hair is short or long does not have as much impact on the "age" of the appearance as it is too often believed. Short or long, what ages is a hairstyle that is wrong for your type.
Famous Short Styles
Looking at celebrities who are wearing their hair short is the best way to debunk the myth of again short hairstyles. Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Judy Dench or Helen Mirren all look radiant and beautiful with their pixies and other short cuts. What could be a more sassy look on Jamie Lee Curtis than the short crop that she has been sporting for decades?
Choosing the best Look
When you make a decision about the best hairstyle for you, keep in mind that it is not about looking older or younger or anything else that does not fit your personality or lifestyle. The age discussion has come a long way, and the worship of eternal youth is finally making room for a more balanced view of every age being beautiful in its own way. Hairstyles are about enhancing your beauty in every decade. They are supposed to celebrate you and make you look your best.
Your choices are guided by the texture, density, the wave pattern and general health of your hair. Together with considering the shape of your face, your lifestyle, habits and level of activity all contribute to narrow down the huge list of possible looks to a manageable number.
How to Wear it Short
When we age, lines and wrinkles will appear in our faces as witnesses of all of the adventures, smiles, challenges and joyful moments that we have experienced. While they should not be covered and hidden, they don't have to be flaunted and there are certain hairstyles that deflect the focus on them. Once again it is not about the length, but about the texture.
Avoid cuts that have many straight, sharp lines. Geometrical avantgarde does not look great on anyone and even a sharply cut bob has its limits. Instead go for a soft texture around the edges, layers, wispy, playful designs. Feathery tips that frame the face, a soft, textured fringe and happy movement in the hair all contribute to the hairstyle being an instant face lift.
Many of the new hairstyles feature asymmetrical designs and a variety of lengths in one cut. Feel free to experiment! Mohawks and radical undercuts are not for everybody, but there are so many modern variations of short hair in the world, that it will be easy to find the specific look that works best for you. Talk to your stylist about the options. Look at other women with short hair and take notes about what you like and think looks good on others.
What about the Hair Color?
Gray is the new sexy. It is so popular that some women actually dye their hair in a silver tone. If your hair lost its pigment then think about enhancing it by going for platinum, which is an easy step and looks especially sassy in a short cut. Muddy gray tones can be a little drab and make you look tired. Add some sparkle to it with highlights or go all the way for a gorgeous metallic power color.
Of course the option to dye it is always there, but nothing can age more than dyed hair that is too intense. Keep the color soft and natural, avoid very dark or very red.