Your hairstyle has a huge impact on your age. Hair colors, lengths, parts, and styles can all add or subtract decades to your look.
With this in mind, it can be difficult figuring out what to do and what to avoid with your hair. Styles that worked wonders for you when you were younger may not work now. Not to worry, Artigiano is here to go through the biggest hairstyle mistakes you can make and tips for how to fix them.
1. When Is It Time for a New Hairstyle?
As an elegant woman you want to avoid falling into the same hair rut, and so we recommend you change up your cut at least once every few years.
We know it’s hard to say goodbye to a hair style you’ve come to love, but deep down you know it’s for the best, as sticking with the same style for years can make you look older unnecessarily.
And whilst keeping the same hairstyle for even decades is not out of the question for some women (which is totally fine of course if that’s working for you), let’s also remember hairdressing has evolved a lot over the years; so why not take advantage of these advancements yourself?
This certainly doesn’t mean you have to go for newfangled and trendy cuts – the styles you used to love are still there, just reimagined with modern touches.
2. How to Keep Your Hair Looking Healthy
Simply put, damaged and unhealthy hair will always make you look a lot older than you are.
It’s important to keep up your natural sheen by taking good care of your locks. If you’re noticing a lot of split ends, it’s time to go to the salon for a cut.
Ensure that you are using the right tools and products for your hair, be they styling or washing. Shampoos, creams and mousses can all drastically affect different hairstyles and types, which is why you should always find the right products for you. Grey hair, for example, usually requires a weekly mask, color protecting shampoo and a thermal protectant to keep it looking healthy.
You should always check product labels to see if your hair type is specified, because as we advance in years you’ll come to find, for example, shampoos suitable for “normal hair types” may no longer be what you’re looking for. Alternatively, you could simply save yourself the hassle of trial and error and simply ask your hairdresser what they would recommend for your hair to help keep it looking healthy and soft.
You should also make sure to prevent your hair from the cursed effects of heat damage. Blow dryers, straighteners, curlers can all damage your hair with regular use, making it appear dry and frizzy. Various products such as heat protectants and deep conditioners can go a long way in giving your hair its natural sheen back.
3. How Often Should You Get Your Hair Cut?
As your hair becomes drier and more brittle with age, it takes a little more effort than it once did, so generally you should try and get your hair trimmed once every six to eight weeks.
Ultimately, how frequently you cut your hair depends on your hair type and texture. Dryer hair, for example, tends to require more attention than other hair types.
To help combat split ends (that also make you look older than you really are), we recommend going to a hairdresser for regular trims. Not only will these freshen up your ends, it will also keep your hair looking and feeling extra healthy.
And when you visit the hairdresser make sure they’re giving you a cut that complements your face. What you want to avoid is a style that is flat…
4. How to Add Volume to Your Hair
Throughout the course of our lives, our hair begins to thin and lose its natural volume. This can make it appear lifeless and – of course – older.
Flat hairstyles that are the same length all over tend to emphasize prominent facial features like your nose or chin. To solve this, go for dynamic cuts that are softly layered and have rich depth.
There can be multiple other reasons behind having flat hair that clings to your face, such as over brushing and not using the right type of product when blow-drying. You should also make sure you’re not weighing your hair down with too much product.
Volume is the name of the game. Although having said that, you shouldn’t use too much…
5. But Not Too Much Volume
Towering bouffant hairstyles are very much a product of the 80s, and some may suggest that’s where they should stay – but each to their own. Because the challenge with these types of legacy styles is that often they will make you look years older than you are, and we’re sure you don’t want that to be case.
Hairspray can be a godsend for those looking for extra volume, but too much can leave your hair looking dry and stiff. Hang onto your hair’s natural flow by going for products that offer a more flexible hold and leaves your locks luscious and glossy rather than rigid and coarse.
6. How Do I Choose a Hair Color?
Whether you’re covering up silver-grey hairs or going for a new look, choosing the wrong colour for your hair can pile on the years!
A common mistake you can make is going for darker and more severe shades. While it is a bold look, it can make your hair appear dull, flat and lifeless, while also bringing more attention to any grey or white roots you might have.
Dark hair can also change the appearance of your skin, causing those with fairer complexions to look older, and at times can accentuate and bring attention to lines and wrinkles on your face.
As a common rule of thumb, your hair color should always complement your skin tone. Artigiano recommend that you go for something a few shades lighter than your natural colour or go for some multi-tonal, face-framing highlights that add depth and dimension. Going up a shade or two will give you a more youthful glow.
7. How to Get Your Hair Parting Right
While it may not be obvious, your parting can make or break your look in terms of age. If done right, you won’t even notice it’s there, done wrong and it will be all you can see.
This simple and often overlooked styling detail can make such a difference to your hair that it can be surprising that it gets very little consideration.
At Artigiano we recommend avoiding parts that are directly in the middle and to the side and go for a more off-centre approach. It goes without saying that this all depends on the shape of your face. Be it round, square, oval or heart shaped you should ask your stylist what parting would work best for you.
And so Remember
You don’t have to say goodbye to glorious and youthful hair. By following these tips, you are sure to have hair that looks as young as you feel. For the best results, speak with your hairdresser to find a style that frames your face and plays up your best features.
And if you want to pair your new hair with a new style, head on over to our new collections page and discover what’s right for you. Make sure that what’s “hair” today isn’t gone tomorrow!