8 Haircuts that look gorgeous on older women
There are a lot of not-so-awesome changes that come with getting older. Wrinkles, a slower metabolism, and health problems don't exactly sound like things to look forward to. However, there's one department that doesn't have to change as you age. Regardless of your age, a gorgeous, vibrant haircut is your right as a strong, sexy woman. Don't think you have to kiss your long hair goodbye or give in to the gray hairs taking over. We talked with some of our favorite hairstylists about their tips for the most beautiful styles for their maturing clients.
Change it up
All of the stylists I spoke with agreed that the key to a great cut is being brave enough to try something new. One of the fastest ways to look older is keeping the same haircut for decades. As the times and styles change, don't be afraid to update your look. Hairstylist Jenna Mast has seen clients age themselves by hanging onto the same style for way too long. She recommends talking with your stylist about how to update your look.
1. Long Bob
Our stylists could not stop raving about a clean, classic bob. It's simple, low maintenance, and always in style. According to celebrity stylist Mitch Stone, anyone can rock a long bob, regardless of your age. "A cut like this adds instant style and sexy sophistication," he told us. "You can't go wrong."
Hairstylist, Jenna Mast recommends a modern bob with long layers for her mature clients. "This will give you more movement and an updated look," she told The List. "There is nothing more dating and high maintenance than a stacked bob that needs to be cut every few weeks to keep it's shape."
2. Go for Bangs
Celebrity stylist Mitch Stone recommends bangs for any age, but especially for his more mature clients. Bangs are always in style and can complement any face shape – but make sure your stylist understands your face shape first. Stone explains that bangs can immediately change the look of your face, so it gets a little dangerous if your stylist isn't experienced. "They (bangs) can make you look really young and sexy or make your nose or forehead look twice the size," he explains. "It's important to make sure you trust your hairstylist before going for it."
Stylist Ruth Roche often suggests her mature clients go for bangs that are long and wispy. "Have them trimmed often rather than cutting them shorter so they last longer," she told The List. "Fringes that are too short can look utilitarian and boring.
3. Don't be afraid of length
When it comes to our hairstyle, so many of us feel that we have to go short as we age. That's what we see all around us, so it can feel like the only option, but don't be afraid to hang on to some length. Jeff Stump, owner of Artkiteks salon explains, "Many people feel that they need to have short hair as they get older. This isn't always the case; it really depends on the texture of the hair and how their hair ages."
4. Super short can be super cute
If you're ready to get rid of some of your length, our stylists said go for it! Celebrity stylist Mitch Stone loves it when his brave clients want to ditch the length. "If you want to go short, say, Audrey Hepburn, Halle Berry or Mia Farrow, I love that," he says. "It is an instant style."
Damian Santiago, co-owner of mizu new york salon, agrees. "I have many mature clients that wear everything from cool pixies to razored bobs," he told The List. "A mature client with a strong inner confidence can rock any cool and modern look."
5. Layer it up
To keep hair from looking and feeling too bulky, our stylists recommended incorporating flattering layers into any cut, regardless of the length.
Judy McGuinness, senior stylist at Mizu New York salon, likes a light, layered look on her more mature clients. "In general, softer haircuts look good on older women," she explains. "Any length you like, but be sure to incorporate some soft face framing layers!"
Hairstylist Jenna Mast agrees that layers are always flattering, but recommends getting really specific with your stylist before taking the plunge. Be sure explain exactly what you're looking for with new layers. "Do you want layers to help with movement? Do you want to see more texture? Does having more layers (essentially less hair) help you with styling?" asks Mast. "Hairdressers speak a more complicated language than 'a few layers' so it's easy to have miscommunication if you're trying something new for the first time."
6. Up the volume
Adding layers to your cut can also give a gorgeous volume. Our hair tends to thin as we age, so adding volume is a great way to keep a healthy, youthful look. Stylist Ruth Roche recommends using the right products to keep hair looking fuller. She recommends Pureology Fullfyl, a "3-step system that creates full-bodied hair, with lived-in texture that actually looks and feels like more hair." Talk with your stylist about the best product for your hair type and thickness.
7. Tame your frizz
As our hair ages and thins, frizz can become an issue, even if you've never had a problem with it. Maintaining shiny, sleek locks keeps our styles looking youthful. Stylist Ruth Roche recommends her clients use a smoothing product to tame any frizz happening. Roche uses Pureology Colour Fanatic 21 benefit spray. "Always blow dry with the nozzle moving from roots to ends to smooth down the cuticle and increase shine," Roche tells The List. "Youthful hair is shiny!"
8. The right color
Perhaps even more important than the cut is a youthful color. Stylist Ruth Roche recommends changing up the color as your hair changes with age. "Color is key; keep it dimensional with subtle highlights," she recommends. "Solid colors, especially dark, can lack dimension and vitality and tend not to complement skin tone."
When choosing the right hair color, keep in mind the upkeep. Jeff Stump, owner of Artkiteks salon recommends, "blending the color with highlights or a demi-permanent color, so that the color with grow out much better than a solid line and achieving a more natural look."
No matter what color you choose, going a shade or two lighter could instantly give you a younger look. Celebrity colorist, Kelly Cardenas recommends framing your face with highlights to brighten your skin tone. "Tonal change is also important — you want to stay within 2-3 shades of your target overall color as a higher contrast creates the opposite effect," he explains. "Lastly, the highlights need to blended in almost an ombre effect opposed to large, chunky pieces."