These Hairstyles Will Take Years Off Your Face

I don't know about you, but the past year has felt long. I have more gray hair and more wrinkles, and despite going to bed earlier, I'm still tired. There's no denying that I've felt like I've aged faster recently. While there's nothing inherently wrong with this (I have no issues with changing hair color or a few lines on my face), the speed at which it has happened has been a little disconcerting. I want to feel like myself again, and for me, that means getting a haircut.

Over the past few months, I've lost count of the number of people who have said their hair needs cutting, from my husband to my colleagues to my parents. The craving to get a chop has been strong. Personally, I'm desperate to get my hair cut back into a bob. I want to feel like that new and improved version that always comes post-chop. I don't think I'd be exaggerating to say that we're all looking to hairdressers to give us back our former selves—how we looked pre-pandemic with a cherry on top.

With this in mind, I spoke to two hairstylists—Peter Burkill and Efi Davies, the international artistic director for Toni&Guy—on the haircuts to go for now that heading back to salons feels more like the norm. Plus, they told me which cuts will make us look and feel more youthful to combat all the accelerated aging we feel like we've undergone (although I'm certain that's not really the case).

First, it's important to assess your hair before you even book that appointment. "Unlike skincare, most people I've spoken to haven't spent as much time on their hair routine," says Burkill. "Before you go to the salon, leave-in conditioners and weekly masks will make your hair look much healthier."

Burkill also says that "to get the best out of your hair, it needs to be in good condition. Whether you've got fine, thick, curly, or Afro hair, you need to work with a conditioning product and properly work it through the hair." Burkill recommends Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair for all hair types, and "if the hair is tightly curled, you can also try Aveda's Nutriplenish Leave-In Conditioner to help define curls." Ultimately, if your hair is in good condition, you'll save yourself a couple of inches, and you might also find you like your hair more.

1. The Mid-Length Cut

"I want to get away from the myth that the older you get, the shorter you need to go with your hair," says Davies. "If you like having longer hair, then don't go short. What really suits most people of any age and makes you feel great is a mid-length haircut. Try it just above or below the shoulder, as it can help to extend the facial characteristics and elongate the neck, which looks incredible."

Davies also says it's worth experimenting with texture in a lob, and giving your hair added volume will also make it appear more youthful.

More Mid-Length Styles
anti-ageing haircuts: lizzy hadfield with a mid-length cut



2. Fringes and Soft Layers Around the Eyes

anti-ageing haircuts: aysha sow with soft waves and a fringe



For a super-quick way to immediately lift your look, "try soft '70s bangs," says Burkill. "The fringe will draw the eye up. You can also try shorter lengths around the eyes to accentuate your face."

Davies also recommends playing around with a fringe, although she says not to go too high and go for softer layers around the face to enhance your eyes.

More Soft-Layer + Fringe Looks
anti-ageing haircuts: ada oguntodu with soft waves and a fringe


anti-ageing haircuts: mette sorrig with soft waves and a fringe



3. Short But Thick at the Back

anti-ageing haircuts: grece ghanem with a short but thick hairstyle



If you're really desperate to go short, Davies says that keeping it thick at the back is key to making it appear youthful: "If you're a bit concerned with hair texture, you can achieve beautiful volume with the way you place graduation at the back."

More Short-Length Styles
anti-ageing haircuts: naaomi ross with a thick long bob


anti-ageing haircuts: Tracy with a short swept-back crop



This story was published on Who What Wear UK at an earlier time and has since been updated

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