Age Appropriate Hairstyles

Cutting hair short
Hairstyles that look good on you in your 20s might not have the same effect in your 40s or later. What makes a look fashion forward and what is a faux pas? It is the age old question and there is not just one simple answer to it. Should women shorten their hair with the amount of birthdays they celebrated? Is there even such a thing as an age appropriate haircut?
Demi Moore, Bo Derek and Ali McGraw would most likely disagree since they still wear their hair over the shoulder long and look absolutely spectacular, now in their 40s, 50s and even 70s.
Beautiful short haired celebrities of different decades of age are Hale Berry, Sharon Stone, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dame Judi Dench. Each of them found a look that works with their face shape, proportions and personality.
When it comes to hairstyles and age, the strict rules like “no long hair after 40” are outdated ideas. Today age is looked at in a different way. Women are independent, stylish and confident; they are changing conventions and how we look at aging and the fashions of our lives.
We all want to age gracefully and are proud of the years we have been blessed with but we also want to keep the gap between how we feel inside and what we see in the mirror as small as possible.
Length of Hair
Long hair, medium or short hair does not matter so much as does having a hairstyle that matches your type and lifestyle. Yet there are certain rules that apply and these have nothing to do with pressures of society, norms or trends. It is simply about esthetics.
If you did not look good with long hair in your younger years, it will not change when you get older and vice versa. But if you think your long, glamorous mane is one of your best assets and would like to continue flaunting it, make sure of the following:
• Keep it healthy. Nothing ages more than drab, stringy hair without shine.
• Keep it groomed. Do not let down the maintenance. We might get away with having sexy, messy hair in our younger years, but later it just looks careless.
• Add style. Do not let your hair just grow without any fine tuning. Layers, tapered sides, wispy elements throughout not only add luxurious volume, they also soften your face and bring out the best of you.
• Careful with the bangs. Thick straight fringes bring a lot of attention to the eyes, which also includes potential lines that might appear more prominent. Instead opt for a soft, textured fringe if you really want to have one.
• Keep the lines flowing and soft. Avoid any harsh lines and corners. These will also enhance the possible lines in your face.
• Stick with soft and natural colors and don’t be afraid of grey.
• If your hair is very thin, go for a medium long or short cut.
• Always, always avoid wearing tight little buns unless you spruce up the ballerina look with a pair of dramatic earrings.
Fabulous long hairstyles for grown-up women often include large waves, soft curls, tapered, face framing sides with a lot of feathery texture.
Medium looks that are well cut and styled should also have soft lines, some movement and be in harmony with the face shape. Layers are the magic word for long and medium haircuts. Movement, volume and a visual softening makes them the miraculous fairy dust in the world of hair.
Very short hairstyles can have their own challenges as we age. Our hair does not only change its color, but also its texture and can become more wiry, dry and hard to control over the years. Casual and chic blow dry looks are not as easy to achieve any more and you’ll either need more softening styling products or opt for a style that works with the feel of your hair.
Textured pixie cuts are a classic and very popular with many women. Just make sure that the ends do have a fine texture and keep the cut groomed to avoid looking like a metal brush, especially when the hair is grey. Also be careful with the gel and spiking up the short tresses.
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