From long, luscious tresses to the sharpest of bobs, there are so many hairstyles out there. However, the question on every woman's lips is "Will this cut suit me?" We often fear we're too old or not cool enough to pull off a particular style. That's why SheKnows has spoken to an expert and gotten the lowdown on what style best suits every woman at every age.
Tracey Hughes, founder and Director of Mieka Hairdressing in Melbourne and the Gold Coast, is a highly awarded hairdresser and colourist. When it comes to hairstyles, she says women should "take into account your image, dress sense and face shape."
Ah your 20s, a time of fun, freedom and little responsibility. Well same goes for your hair. Hughes says girls can pretty much get away with any hair style in their 20s.
"This age represents a time to get to know who you are, which includes establishing your own image and identity," Hughes enthuses.
"Therefore play around with changing your hair regularly to keep up-to-date with the seasonal trends. Focus on what suits your face shape and skin tone and be brave to establish your own individuality as you have the beauty of youth on your side."
As we enter our 30s most women tend to know what they like or don't like and have often created an image that reflects who they want to be (career-wise or other).
However, Hughes says women in their 30s are still definitely young enough "to wear something unique and striking." She recommends "either short, cool and edgy or long and glamorous" styles.
"Shorter haircuts can be extremely flattering and feminine as long as they are suited to your face shape. At this age with your hair at its peak it is very easy to carry off long, glamorous and sexy hair too."
Hughes says some women may notice a difference in their hair during this age, however, it doesn't mean shirking away from a great style.
"Confident and self-assured women in their 40s can still wear a haircut that is quite individual, however, you may choose to opt for a more classic look," Hughes suggests.
"If you are starting to notice your hair getting finer, then you need to start wearing your hair shorter so it appears thicker. A beautiful bob of any length and texture can look stunning.
"Women in their 40s tend to be image-conscious and this is when it is important to invest in a brilliant haircut and maintain this every five to six weeks.," says Hughes.
This is often an age when women consider changing their appearance to "suit their age".
Hughes says, "Women in their 50s need to wear their hair age-appropriate, however, this does not mean that they should be stereotyped into a middle-aged category. You can still have a haircut that is very individual and extremely modern.
"Short haircuts always look fabulous at this age and will certainly make your hair look a great deal thicker. Also, by exposing your neck, shorter hair tends to be more slimming as it elongates your face shape."
Even though a lot of consideration is given to the haircut, Hughes recommends women also think carefully about their hair colour.
"As we age it is best to avoid harsh colours that oppose your skin tone, so a change in your hair colour can produce a more sophisticated appearance. Try to avoid harder colours such as black and ensure your colour selection stays as close as possible to your natural colour," says Hughes.
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