Hair Mistakes to Avoid If You Want to Look Younger for Longer
Your hair is one of the first features someone notices when they meet you and more often than not, it’s not going to be the grey hairs that make you look older.
If you want to make sure that your hair is one of your best features, here are a few mistakes you should definitely avoid.
Common Hair Mistakes That Will Age You
Mistake 1: Growing Your Hair Too Long
Almost any woman looks great with long hair. However, if you’re going to grow your hair too long after a certain age, it’s going to make you look older. Once your hair passes your ribs, it will give you a cat-lady look. After a certain age, if you choose to have long hair, keep it just below your shoulders. Otherwise, opt for a long bob, which is always timeless. If you love your long hair, just make sure it’s kept shorter in the front and longer in the back.
Mistake 2: Using Highlights as Coverage
If you’re currently only using highlights to cover your grey hair, it’s time to take a different approach. Unless you’re a natural blonde, using highlights to cover your greys can look harsh, especially if you have a darker complexion. To achieve a more natural end result, rather ask your stylist to add more depth at your roots and to keep the highlights subtle.
Mistake 3: Adding Bangs
Whether or not bangs make you look older depends on the shape of your face and how thick your hair is. Thinner bangs will make you look older – you want your bangs to be thick, healthy and to reach your eyebrows. If you have thinner hair, rather cut a side-sweeping fringe.
Mistake 4: Keeping the Same Hairstyle for Years
If you’re insistent on keeping the same hairstyle for decades, you’re going to look older before you know it. A hairstyle that suited your face, outfits and body shape in the early 90s, won’t necessarily look good now. Hairstyles have evolved dramatically, so if you haven’t changed up your look in a while, now is the best time to do it. Hair extensions can also help you achieve a brand-new look without you having to grow your hair.
Mistake 5: Not Using Hydrating Hair Products
It doesn’t matter how long or thick your hair is, if your locks are dry, it’s going to age you. You don’t need to use hydrating hair products such as a mask every time you wash your hair. However, it’s always a good idea to give your locks an extra boost at least twice a month.
Mistake 6: Having Too Much Volume
There’s no doubt that volume looks beautiful but too much will have the opposite effect. If you’re worried that your hair is looking too flat, speak to your stylist about a good volumising shampoo. Too many women think that teasing their hair to achieve more height will make them look younger but the opposite is true. There are ways to achieve more volume without looking older than you are.
Mistake 7: Forgetting to Use a Heat Protectant
Countless women use heat to style their hair but styling your hair this way for decades without the use of a heat protection spray can damage your hair. When your hair is dry and damaged, it automatically makes you look older.
Mistake 8: Using Dated Accessories
If you love hair accessories, make sure that you’re not pulling out the clips and scrunchies you used to wear 20 years ago and wearing them all at once. There’s nothing wrong with hair accessories but styles come and go – stick to what’s timeless. What’s more, don’t overdo the hair accessories either.