We believe people should feel empowered to get whichever haircut they choose—short, long, undercut, close-crop. Whatever it is that suits your mood or vibe, you should wear. Hairstyling is artistry, and your stylist can work with your preferences and their own extensive knowledge to help craft the look that's most suitable to your features. This also pertains to age—and while you can and should rock whatever style you please, there are certain tricks of the trade that will actually help flatter your assets better than others.
To reveal just what could be aging you in terms of your hair, we asked professional hairstylists Marc Trinder and Sam Burnett to reveal 24 of the most anti-aging styles on the circuit.
Meet the Expert
- Marc Trinder is the co-founder of Trinder Hair Studios in the U.K. Previously, he was an official stylist at the BAFTAs and an ambassador and educator for L’Oréal Professionnel.
- Sam Burnett is the owner and creative director of Hare & Bone salon in the U.K. He has worked with celebrities such as Dua Lipa and Charli XCX.
The universally flattering shoulder-length cut is a celebrity favorite. It's also super customizable, meaning your hairstylist can work with you to create the perfect layers or face-framing look.
“Shoulder-skimming styles are super flattering, as they graze the décolletage and gently frame the face,” says Burnett. “It’s also worth flagging that thinning hair is on the rise, and lobs are one of the best ways to create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair, which is incredibly youth-boosting. Fewer layers and breaking up the blunt outline with some freehand cutting keeps it fresh and modern.”
Bangs are a great way to switch up your style, but the key is to find the length and style that best suits your face shape and features. “A full, blunt fringe can be dramatic, but it will hide lines and can completely frame your face and draw attention to your eyes,” reveals Trinder. A forewarning on fringes, though: Unless you have a long or oval face shape, go for a softer gradient, notes Trinder. “Fringes that curve around and frame the cheekbones will give contour and lift.”
To dry hair, use a boar's hair paddle brush when blow-drying bangs. Brush bangs to the left, then to the right, aiming the blow-dryer down onto bangs. Our editors swear by the Mason Pearson ($240). It's a worthy investment that will last a lifetime.
A tip on drying: Be sure to use the right hairbrush. Don't wrap your bangs with a round brush or you could end up with dated "bubble bangs."
Short and Natural
Consider putting away your irons and skipping the professional straightening treatment and let your natural curls shine. Moisturizing products with oils like argan will help keep frizz at bay while making sure your natural texture isn't weighed down. And remember, moisturized hair is the key to keeping curls defined.
The key to the center part is to not make it exactly center, which can look too perfect and unnatural. Instead, aim for just a bit off to the left or right—wherever your natural part lies.
“If you’ve had your parting in the same place for a long time, it can make your hair sit extremely flat,” notes Trinder. “If you normally wear it straight, try combing your hair back at a diagonal angle, and allow the hair to fall down in a new position.” Use the power of your nozzle to push and direct it into place if you need to.
Length with Grown-Out Bangs
Catherine Keener's grown-out bangs and center part are fun and casual. The length — which goes beyond her shoulders—adds to the style's youthfulness. A few strategically-placed highlights are a fun addition, too.
As Julia Roberts demonstrates, a lob can go in multiple directions. One of our favorite iterations, though, is a wavy lob with a deep side part. Use it to show off a colorful earring or to better frame your face and try an easy DIY technique to create bouncy waves.
Cool, short cuts look great no matter your age. For pixie styles, a decent molding paste or wax can mean the difference between great texture and flat locks. Without it, your hairstyle could fall flat to your head or, on the contrary, appear too poofy.
Short and Layered
Layered hair is polarizing. Too many layers can leave you with a dated look, but the right kind of layers can add body and fullness to otherwise limp locks.
“Layers that are too short can instantly make a haircut look old-fashioned due to the roundness in shape that it creates,” explains Trinder. “If you feel you need layers due to thickness or you like the texture they create, keep them long and have the weight removed using slicing or razoring techniques that will create a more natural, graduated effect.”
Waves With Center Part
Jennifer Garner's wavy layers look especially great because of how the shape—and her face-framing highlights—opens up her face. Ask your stylist to round-layer the hair, which enhances hair texture and softness.
Short Bob With Waves
Actress Charlize Theron's bob is slightly more casual, thanks to the loose waves throughout. The trick here is to apply a texture spray from the roots to the end. We like the light hold of Verb Sea Texture Spray ($9).
Take a cue from Eva Mendes and try over-the-top volume for a youthful look. To add lift, use foam rollers at the crown and concentrate product on the ends of hair.
Short and Textured
A short, textured 'do can veer from casual to glam, as seen here on Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. Ask your stylist to frame your face with layers to add dimension.
“Going shorter will automatically give you a more confident and youthful look,” says Burnett. “The modern bob has a defined outline that sits around the jawline, framing your face and directing the eyes toward your best features. Textured layers and a choppy fringe just above your eyebrows create even more of a playful feeling.”
J.Lo's signature ponytail is incredibly youthful but can still manage to look dressed-up. The trick is to smooth flyaways—use a product like Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion ($34)—and add plenty of length for drama.
Thandie Newton seemingly hasn't aged a day in decades—and her wide, natural curls help emphasize her youthfulness. Invest in a quality smoothing cream for this look and utilize a middle part, which adds a 1970s quality.
Cate Blanchett's look is stylish and slightly androgynous, thanks to a slicked-back texture that keeps hair out of the face. A weightless, water-based pomade (we like Rudy's Shine Pomade, $19) will work to keep hair out of the face without weighing it down.
Robin Wright's piecey, almost shag-like bob is youthful and fashion-forward. To achieve a similar look, use a dry shampoo—we like Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($14)—on unwashed hair and use fingers to style the hair.
While ponytails are considered casual, daytime hairstyles, Eva Longoria proves they can work at night, too—and don't have to veer into severe, pulled-back-face territory. Here, she has volume in her roots and a slight wave through the rest of the hair.
For more volume, try teasing the hair before pulling it back.
Jennifer Aniston's cool surfer-girl look comes courtesy of bright highlights and a center part. To add youthfulness to the look, add a texturizing cream and rough up the hair a bit.
Short Beach Waves
A great beach spray comes in handy for Kelly Ripa's short waves. For a surf-and-sand look, invest in a product without any stickiness or heaviness, so hair can shine. We recommend IGK Beach Club Volume Texture Spray ($31).
Blonde and Feathered
For a modern take on Farrah Fawcett's iconic feathered 'do of the 1970s, take a page out of Christie Brinkley's book. Here, highlighted blonde hair is only slightly feathered outward, with plenty of body and layers throughout to add interest.
Jada Pinkett-Smith's braids are young and hip. That's due in part to the color (hello bright, platinum blonde) and also to the style. Rather than wear the braids long, she fashions them into a bun, so the texture and intricacy of each strand are on display.
Exaggerated Side Part
Demi Moore's signature long hair looks great worn straight, and even better with an exaggerated side part, as seen here. For a similar look created at home, part hair deeply to one side and then curl the bottom half, before applying a volumizing spray such as Redken Guts 10 Volumizing Spray Mousse ($20).