The difference between looking fresh and youthful or older than you are can be as simple as the state of your bangs or the shade of your highlights.
If you’ve never had them, know that bangs work Botox-like wonders in disguising forehead wrinkles. They also make your hair appear fuller, which helps deflect from thinning. Go big or go home: Thick, softly beveled bangs are the most girlish, he says. If that sounds too rock ‘n’ roll, try a long, sideswept fringe, which creates pretty movement and also erases years.
Shake up your cut
We’re shouting it from salon rooftops: The difference between a haircut that’s aging and one that’s age-defying comes down to layers. Without them, hair doesn’t move–and nothing makes you seem older than stiff hair. No matter what your length, you want delicate layers throughout and face-framing pieces. This creates lush, healthy-looking hair, which softens your entire appearance. And we’re setting the record straight on length: You don’t have to abandon long hair for a short, so-called sensible ‘do when you hit 40. Just get regular trims so your hair maintains that healthy look.
Embrace your texture
If you have kinky or African-American hair and wear it natural, a cut that’s shoulder-length or shorter is the most youthful–any longer, and your hair starts to balloon around your head, which piles on the years. This hair type also needs a serious wallop of moisture to prevent it from getting dry and brittle (an instant ager).
Youthify your ponytail
Slicked-back styles put every pore and fine line on full display. Instead, use your fingers to rake your hair back into a ponytail or bun, which creates soft ripples and a slightly fuzzy finish that’s relaxed and sexy. It’s okay if it’s a little messy–that’s what makes it young.
Shift your part to the side
A center part can make you look severe. Shift your part to the side and make it slightly zigzaggy, which creates an effortless look that (bonus!) hides grays and roots.