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Hairstyle Mistakes That Age You

Hairstyle Mistakes that Age You

Your hair is your crowning glory, and it’s a crown you never take off. Often, it’s the first thing that people notice about you. How you style your hair, the choice of color, and the length can take you from ordinary to head turning.  Or it can make you look older than you are.

 

A great hairstyle can enhance the features of your face and even hide flaws. However, sporting an incorrectly chosen style, color, or length of hair can detract from your overall look and even highlight less than perfect features. 

 

In this article, we give you 11 examples of hairstyles that age you and our recommendations on how to best style your hair for gorgeous results.

Mistake No. 1 - Dark Hair Color

First rule of thumb when choosing your hair color - choose one that complements your skin. Jet black hair, for instance, does not go well with fair skin.  It can enhance its imperfections.

 

Too dark a hair color can add years to your looks.  It can show overgrown hair roots. And if your roots are starting to gray, a dark dye can make them more prominent. 


Our Tip: How do you wear a dark look and still rock it?  Instead of opting for a solid color, go for a complex look that uses warm tones enhanced with bright highlights. This not only gives an illusion of volume, it can make your face look younger and fresher.

Mistake No. 2 - Having the Same Hair Color for All Ages

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Another hairstyle mistake that ages you is sticking with the same hair color through and through. 

 

As we age, our hair, as well as our skin lose their pigment. Therefore, the color that you perfectly matched your face when you were in your 20’s or 30’s will not necessarily still work for you at age 40 or 50. 


Our Tip: Your colorist is the best person to give advice when you need a color change to match your skin tone. He/she will help choose the tinge that is age appropriate.

Mistake No. 3 - Asking for Ashy Tones

Just because ashy tones look good on your friend does not mean it will work the same for you. Some women can rock the ash-brown, beige, or vanilla highlights. 

 

However, ashy toned highlights can make hair look dull and give it a grayish cast. It can make you look older than you actually are.  Definitely not a good thing.


Our Tip: Go for neutral and warmer tones. This gives you a more youthful look and makes your hair appear shinier and healthier.

Mistake No. 4 - Getting Infrequent Trims

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Another one of the hairstyle mistakes that age you is keeping your hair too long for your face shape and going for infrequent trims.

 

Even if your hair is still fairly thick, longer hair flattens it and makes it look thinner. And the longer the hair, the thinner it looks. Thinner hair, in turn, makes you look older. And who wants that?

 

Our Tip: Go for a collarbone length hairstyle or a bob. As we’ve mentioned before collagen loss can make your face look longer as you age.  A bob can make it look shorter. If you have a rounder face, a bob can make it appear longer. It’s a flattering cut and works on everyone as they get older. 

Mistake No. 5 - Stiff, Unmovable Hair

Cotton candy hair is so 80’s. While it was all the rage then, it’s all about natural looking locks now. Hair that does not move naturally is aging on anyone. 


Our Tip: Avoid using too much hairspray. If you must, do not use “strong hold” products. 

Mistake No. 6 - Combed Back Hair

Another one of the hairstyles that age you is one that exposes your forehead. Doing so draws the eye to the hairline which becomes less vivid with age. For some, this can even recede and expose more of your forehead. 

 

A combed back hairstyle also enhances the imperfections of your skin. Horizontal lines over your forehead can harshly be highlighted. 

 

Our Tip: Avoid this mistake by going for hairstyles that frame your face or go for flattering fringes.

Mistake No. 7 - Getting the Wrong Fringe

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While going for a fringe is a great way to freshen your look, getting the wrong style can also add years to your face. There are different styles of fringes - blunt, curtain, side swept, baby fringe and a lot more. 

 

Our Tip: Choose a fringe based on these 3 important factors:

 

  1. It should suit your lifestyle - take note that some fringes need maintenance every two to three weeks.
     

  2. It should be suitable for your hair texture - a blunt fringe will definitely not work if your hair is on the wavy side.
     

  3. It should be flattering for your face shape.

 

If you have thinning hair and you feel that a fringe will not enhance your overall look, you can opt for a flattering fringe that frames the cheekbones.

Mistake No. 8 - Flat Hair

As we age, the production of collagen slows down.  Over time, its distribution over the face becomes uneven and is mostly concentrated in the chin.  This makes the face look more elongated. While a center part may look chic and sophisticated, it can add more emphasis to an elongated face.

Our hair thins as we age, as well - even those with medium to thick hair will experience this. Hair parted in the middle emphasizes this phenomenon.

 

Our Tip: To add balance to your facial proportion, and make the hair appear more voluminous, we recommend going for a side part.  It also helps to regularly change up what side you part your hair to avoid flattening the hair on just one side. 

Mistake No. 9 - Rapunzel Hair

Most women may have sported Rapunzel hair at least once during their youth. Unless you’re a Disney princess who never ages, at some point you should just stop - stop growing your hair long. 

 

How long is too long? Once your hair goes past your ribs, it’s certifiably too long and subsequently, aging. 


Our Tip: see our tip on Mistake No. 7. In other words, go for a timeless long bob or a cut an inch or 2 past your chin.

Mistake No. 10 - Tight Curls on Short Hair

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This aging hairstyle along with other hairstyles that age you - burgundy or aubergine hair color or tight ringlets definitely take you into the grandma zone. These may have been the go-to hairstyles in the 1950’s but we’re in an entirely new century now. Let them stay in the past. 


Our Tip: If someone suggests these hairstyles to you, just SAY NO.

Mistake No. 11 - Not Taking Care of Your Scalp

While this is not really a hairstyle mistake, it’s a mistake that many women (and men) commit all the time. You may spend a fortune on skin treatments like Botox or dermal fillers to restore your youthful looks. But if you neglect your scalp, the poor state of your hair can negate your efforts.

Our Tip: Keep your scalp healthy by eating a diet that keeps your hair follicles strong and healthy. Give it an extra boost by treating yourself to a scalp treatment when you get a haircut. 

Now You Understand Hair; Don’t Forget About Your Skin!

Taking care of your hair and making sure that your hairstyle does not age your face goes a long way in maintaining your youthful looks. Complement these with cosmetic treatments that take care of your skin.

 

At Skin Theory Aesthetics, our specialists design a custom care program to bring out the best version of you!

 

Call (951) 735-5570 to book now.

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