There’s nothing quite like a great haircut. That feeling when you can’t stop catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or running your hands through your new layers is priceless. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can cut through all that confidence and leave you looking older than you are. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to update your look without a lot of time or money. We asked some of our favorite hairstylists to share the biggest mistakes they see women making with their hair — and how to fix them!

Our stylists seemed to agree that all women can rock long hair… to a point. That being said, crazy long hair will always age you. “Too long always ages a woman, I’m not talking past-your-shoulders long, but cat-lady long (not to be confused with Cat Woman). Once your hair has passed your ribs, it’s officially making you look older. We recommend going with a timeless long bob “or as short as an inch or 2 past your chin (think of my girlfriend Kim Basinger’s hair in 9 1/2 weeks — HOT at any age).”

If you love the long look, go for it! Just make sure your haircut does not go shorter in the front and longer in the back. “In general, shorter in the front, longer in the back (unless you’re going for a rocker mullet) tends to look dated, Keep everything pretty square or a bit longer in the front for shorter hairstyles.

Cat-lady long

Whatever you do, make sure your haircut has layers and depth. The classic hairstyle that makes a woman look older and dowdy is the cut where everything is the same length all over, a few inches long, then set with a small curling iron all over. Not cute or modern. Wispy bangs on this look kill it for me.

As long as you have a dynamic, flattering style, the length of your hair truly doesn’t matter. A mature client with a strong inner confidence can rock any cool and modern look.  Finding the perfect haircut for your face shape can be a lifelong search. Talk to your stylist about the most flattering look for your hair and face type. Our hair thins as we age, so keeping it long may accentuate the thinning. If hair is thinning, going shorter is an option, if you’ve had long hair your entire life, it might be time to update to a Bob.

The biggest mistake women make when it comes to looking older is keeping the same hairstyle for decades. If you are 50 years old, the chances are high that you’ve been going to a salon for 25+ years and like the way your hair looked in 1992 when you lost a bunch of weight and had that great red dress you wore to your cousin’s wedding, Which makes it likely that you’ve been instructing hairdresser after hairdresser to recreate that look by showing them that exact dated photo. The reality is, like everything else, hairdressing has evolved dramatically. It’s important to evolve — everything usually comes back around, but with a modern twist.Most expert stylists have so much small tweaks that can make a huge difference. I had no idea that how you part your hair could age you. Straight down the middle doesn’t work for everyone, but you also don’t want to have a severe side part either, a soft irregular part could be flattering, and don’t forget about bangs; in some cases, they can make you look young.While a little volume can be beautiful, going overboard will only age you. Because our hair tends to thin as we age, many of us worry about it looking too flat. Talk to your stylist about a great volumizing shampoo or flattering layers. Too often, a mature woman have height,  teased up hair can make anyone look older. Volume is different and can look modern and elegant.As our aging hair thins, it can be tough to find the right balance. Too much volume and hairspray reads very 80s. However, no one wants to give in to the thinning. While it can be a big mistake to have too much volume on your hair, not having enough can also be a large pitfall.

Many women and men with long hair often age themselves unnecessarily by allowing their hair to fall too flat on their face, either by combing it down too much or not using mousse or similar when blow-drying. Even flat hair only accentuates prominent facial features. So if you’re not crazy about your nose or chin, a flat do calls more attention to them. Make sure you’re not weighing your hair down with too much product, and try not to brush it too much.

By Melonie Wang

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