Looking younger can be as simple as updating your hairstyle. If you are in a beauty rut and feeling less than beautiful, minimize the look of wrinkles while flattering your facial features with a new 'do.
Get the right cut
How long has it been since you changed your hairstyle? Your haircut could really be aging you. Though many women automatically select a shorter style as they get older, that isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Check out these 10 great hairstyles for women in their prime.
Soft waves can take the attention off fine lines and wrinkles, as opposed to tight curls that often make them stand out. A soft color that isn't too light, too dark or too brassy is your best bet. You want a style and color that enhances your features rather than one that emphasizes your flaws.
To see how you'll look with a different 'do, head to one of the virtual makeover sites, where you can upload your picture and "try on" new haircuts and colors. Check out Taaz.com, thehairstyler.com, hairfinder.com and other such imaging websites.
Laura Kronen is the founder of Be You Only Better, as well as a lifestyle coach and image consultant to celebrities and influential people. Kronen says gray hair is the biggest teller of age. "Also, the right haircut is one of the best anti-aging secrets. Bangs can hide years and wrinkles, and layering can help focus the eye on your best features."
Add face-framing layers
"Many people feel that, as a woman ages, she must cut her hair," says celebrity stylist Keira Karlin. "I say, nonsense... I'm 44 and I've always had longer hair. The trick is to add layers around your face and jaw line; that way, your hair is framing your face versus drawing it down. Also, highlighting or lowlighting is key, especially around the face. It adds a flattering brightness." Highlights can draw the attention to your cheekbones for a fresh, youthful look.
Benefits of bangs
Bangs can hide forehead wrinkles, disguise crow's feet and emphasize your beautiful eyes. A bob cut with thick, side-swept bangs is a fabulous choice for women of all ages. Consider a hairstyle that is shorter or longer than chin length. A style that falls right to the chin can put unwanted attention on a wrinkling neck.
Get healthy hair
With all the coloring and styling we put our hair through, hair can become very brittle and dry as we age. "To combat this problem, I recommend using a rich daily moisturizer such as Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner; a protein pack every few weeks; and a keratin treatment at your salon every six months," says Karlin. "Your dry and brittle locks will drink up the moisture, and look soft and youthful once more."
How to make a quick homemade hair mask
Is your hair dry and lifeless? Wander over to the kitchen and concoct a remedy.