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8 Hair Mistakes That Make You Look Older

September 23, 2019


Nothing feels as good as a great haircut. “Fabio…” Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can destroy
your confidence and leave you looking older than you are. The good news? It’s easy to update your look without a
lot of time or money. We asked some of our favorite hairstylists
to share the biggest mistakes they see women making with their hair — and how to fix
them! Cat-lady, bye Our stylists agreed that all women can rock
long hair… to a point. That being said, crazy long hair will always
age you. Celeb stylist Mitch Stone tells us “Too-long
always ages a woman. I’m not talking past-your-shoulders long,
but cat-lady long — not to be confused, of course, with Catwoman.” “You’re going to see the puurrrfect crime
when I get Batman in my claws!” According to Stone, once your hair has passed
your ribs, it’s officially making you look older. He recommends going with a timeless long bob
“or as short as an inch or two past your chin.” Stone says, “Think of […]Kim Basinger’s
hair in 9 1/2 weeks — hot at any age.” “I can’t concentrate.” If you love the long look, go for it! Just make sure your haircut doesn’t go shorter
in the front, and longer in the back. Senior salon stylist Judy McGuinness at Mizu
New York explains, “Shorter in the front, longer in the back — unless you’re going
for a rocker mullet — tends to look dated. Keep everything pretty square or a bit longer
in the front for shorter hairstyles.” Bob ‘n weave Finding the perfect haircut for your face
shape can be a lifelong search. Talk to your stylist about the most flattering
look for your hair and face type. Our hair thins as we age, so keeping it long
may accentuate the thinning. Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marisa Villa says,
“If hair is thinning, going shorter is an option. If you’ve had long hair your entire life,
it might be time to update to a lob.” “It’s just what I wanted!” Whatever you do, make sure your haircut has
layers and depth. Mizu New York salon owner Damian Santiago
says, “The classic hairstyle that makes a woman look older and dowdy is the cut where
everything is the same length all over, a few inches long. Then set with a small curling iron all over. Not cute or modern. Wispy bangs on this look kill it for me.” As long as you have a dynamic, flattering
style, the length of your hair truly doesn’t matter. Santiago revealed even his mature clients
rock long layers or short pixie cuts. According to Santiago, “A mature client with
a strong inner confidence can rock any cool and modern look.” “And it’s possible you can be really genuinely
cool and I, I’m going to fail just 100%.” Color in the lines Going too dark can add years to your look. Marissa Villa says, “Your hair color should
compliment your skin tone. If you have fair skin, jet black is not the
best choice, and it’s always a good idea to have more than one color to add depth and
dimension.” Recommending his clients focus on their skin
tone when choosing a color, celeb colorist Kelly Cardenas says, “No matter your hair
color, if you go up a shade or two, it will give the appearance of looking more youthful,
but the placement of highlights is key. Have your hairstylist frame your face to brighten
your complexion.” In addition to making you look older, dark
colors show gray or white roots much faster than a more subtle color. Owner of Artkiteks salon, Jeff Stump, says,
“I recommend blending the color with highlights or a demi-permanent color, so that the color
will grow out much better, and achieve a more natural look.” Lady parts Surprisingly, just how you part your hair
can age you. Marisa Villa says, “Straight down the middle
doesn’t work for everyone, but you also don’t want to have a severe side part either. A soft irregular part could be flattering,
and don’t forget about bangs; in some cases, they can make you look younger.” Turn down the volume While a little volume can be beautiful, going
overboard will only age you. Because our hair tends to thin as we age,
many of us worry about it looking too flat. Talk to your stylist about a great volumizing
shampoo or flattering layers. Clients often strive for volume in all the
wrong places, according to co-owner of Mizu New York salon, Damian Santiago who says,
“Too often, a mature client thinks she must have height. Teased up hair can make anyone look older. Volume is different and can look modern and
elegant.” Shampoo your ‘do Your shampoo affects your hairstyle, and it
may be making you look older. Shampoos for “normal hair types” aren’t
the best option as you age. Marisa Villa explains, “You have to have the
right tools and products for gorgeous hair. Grey and aging hair has unique characteristics
that require a mask once a week, color protecting shampoo, thermal protectant, and more effort
in the fight against frizz.” “Sometimes you need a little Finesse, sometimes
you need a lot!” Shine bright like a diamond Damaged hair always looks older than it is,
leaving the owner looking older than she is. It’s important to keep up your natural sheen
by taking good care of your locks. If you’re noticing a lot of split ends, it’s
time to go to the salon for a cut. Marisa Villa recommends, “If you want long
hair and your hair just isn’t healthy enough, get extensions to create fullness or length
that looks healthy and shiny. When you look good, you feel good — and
you’re only as young as you feel!” “Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter. Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter. Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade!” Head to makeup A gorgeous, youthful hairstyle will keep you
looking great, but if your makeup is aging you, no one’s gonna notice your locks. Often seeing clients age themselves with way
too much makeup Celebrity stylist Mitch Stone says, “When skin starts to age, make-up can
exaggerate lines and wrinkles if not put on correctly. Accentuate your eyes and lips, use a light
base and take it slow.” Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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7 Comments

  • Reply The List February 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    What's your favorite young and stylish look?

  • Reply denise marie September 20, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Ummm… hair that is shorter in the front, longer in the back ages you. Then they said bangs can make you look younger…. wait, whaat?

  • Reply D Lightful September 20, 2019 at 6:57 am

    So many commercials!

  • Reply Maria Willoughby September 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Piss off ill wear my hair anyway i want!!!!!

  • Reply Lyndsey Gatza September 21, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Layers on my hair is HORRIBLE. I have paper straight fine hair. I love blunt cuts.

  • Reply Yana Yanina September 22, 2019 at 11:22 am

    long well-groomed hair is beautiful at any age!!!

  • Reply Elinor Dashwood September 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    This video would be infinitely more helpful if you used ACTUAL older models to make your point.

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