There’s no denying it—as a society, we’re somewhat preoccupied with cosmetically reversing time. From a plethora of anti-aging serums and overnight miracle masks to eventually considering the fillers, many people want to dip into the fountain of youth. While most onset signs of aging appear in the skin, hair can also show age beyond just grays. Yes, color plays a role in dictating your age-defying look, but we’re here to prove that certain hairstyles possess the ability to make you look (and feel) younger.
New York–based celebrity hair colorist and stylist Mark DeBolt spills the secrets of youth by sharing the five hairstyles that can appear to reverse your age. DeBolt is also the mastermind behind Naomi Watt’s seemingly timeless hair, so I think it’s safe to say we trust him. DeBolt’s biggest piece of advice: “Hairstyles with less layering are best. By maintaining a more blunt cut, the hair will look fuller and thus, more youthful.” With that in mind, discover the five hairstyles below proven to cut off (no pun intended) at least a few years on your appearance.
Resting perfectly upon the shoulders, the collarbone skimming lob is a universally ageless cut. Expert tip: If you have thin hair, this cut adds fullness and volume to the body of your hair.
Eva Chen essentially created the lob.
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Does Angelina Jolie ever age? With this hairstyle, no.
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While I do love all of Kerry Washington’s hairstyles, this one could be my favorite.
The Blunt Bob
As DeBolt mentioned, a straight perimeter line in a haircut will create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. It also lends to a more playful look, ultimately feeling more youthful.
This hairstyle is making me feel like I need to take a risk and try it.
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The razor-sharp ends frame Kim Kardashian West’s face, polishing off the hairstyle as sleek and sophisticated.
The queen of the blunt bob.
“I think the biggest ‘don’t’ is to go against your hair’s nature,” notes DeBolt. Take a hint from some of the best below—sometimes you just have to let your hair be in order for it to flourish.
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Halle Berry will always be a bombshell. She’s traded her iconic pixie cut for natural waves, and I have to say, it’s working.
Not only does Courtney Cox’s hair look fresh, but so does she.
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I’ve been loving Heidi’s bangs. Everything about this ’do feels liberating.
All About the Cheekbones
Whether the hairstyle is a slicked-back ponytail or a pixie cut, choosing a hairstyle that accentuates the cheekbones will always allude to a more youthful vibe.
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No one does a sleek look like J.Lo does.
Victoria Beckham constantly opts for ponytails; from low buns to high ponies, she knows what she’s doing.
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Yolanda Hadid is never shy to pull back her hair. Highlighting your natural features creates a glowing confidence (who has time to worry about aging?).
Less Is More
Less layering is best here. Though if layers are a must, opt for face framing layers to—again—frame the cheekbones.
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Jennifer Aniston is the epitome of the layering dos.
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Having less layers also tends to make the hair look healthier and fuller, rather than dull and brittle.
I’m going to start growing out my layers now.
A Quick Cue on Color
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At the core, DeBolt is an expert colorist. In addition to the five hairstyles proven to make you look younger, DeBolt advises, “Color plays a big role too in youthful-looking locks. I often use a lighter shade around the face to brighten the skin and enhance natural skin tones. Colors that have beautiful variation add a youthful glow, too.” At the end of the day, haircare is equally imperative as skincare if you want to appear more youthful. Once you’ve found the right style for your hair, scroll below to see DeBolt’s must-have haircare products.