Choosing a Hairstyle for the Mature WomanModern society is dominated by a culture that celebrates youth and youthful looks. Cosmetics that hide signs of aging, treatments that prevent or reverse the signs of aging, and even surgical procedures to reverse the results of aging are all too commonplace, and represent multi-billion dollar industries. Most of the efforts of these industries are targeted at maturing women, with the aim of selling them not only their products, but also the idea that no transgression is worse than that of looking your age.
Yet there are other ways to help you look younger; many of which are less expensive and less invasive than costly creams and surgical procedures. Simple changes in your hairstyle can do more to soften the features and make you look years younger than many of the over the counter anti-aging products on the market.
In order to make the best choices in hair styling for a mature woman, let’s look at the areas that are affected by aging most notably. These areas are the color and texture of the hair, and the lines and wrinkles in the face, most notably around the eyes. These wrinkles can be counterbalanced with a clever haircut, even to the point of minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. We’ll focus on these three categories and call them Flattering, Color, and Texture. These categories often interact with one another, and should be considered together to make sure that the choices you make are the right ones.
When we say “flattering” in this context, we are referring to the idea of cutting and styling the hair so as to minimize the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. I don’t mean trying to emulate “young styles”, but rather using style elements that can either minimize the aging signs, or make them less noticeable. When an individual who is older begins wearing a hairstyle that is generally best suited to younger persons, the end result is usually that the individual begins looking even older than before. However, by adjusting the hairstyle to compensate in one or two areas, you can often create a more youthful appearance in short order.
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For instance: when a woman begins to age, one of the first signs of aging comes from the skin’s gradual loss of elasticity and collagen. This means that the skin loses its plumpness and begins to appear crepe-like with fine lines and wrinkles in areas around the facial features (the eye sockets and lids, the bridge of the nose, or the planes of the forehead. The loss of plumpness makes the skin appear slightly looser over the skull. When these fine lines and wrinkles are most prominent around the upper section of the head and face, you can actually help to change the way they look by pulling the hair back from the face and securing it snugly with a ponytail holder or other hair accessory. This pulls the skin taut, and mimics the look of younger, plumper skin.
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