Top hairstyles for any age

Culture & Beauty ~ 06 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Top hairstyles for any age

From USA Weekend:

In a style rut? Update your cut.

The hairstyle you had at 20 should not be the one you have at 50. “Updating your hair is a quick and inexpensive way to overhaul your look as you enter into different life phases,” says Oded Gabay, celebrity hair stylist and owner of the Lovella salons in New York. According to a study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, bones in your face also change as you age and can affect how a style flatters your face. Look to these celebrities for hair inspiration — regardless of the number of candles on your birthday cake.

Women

<b>Top hairstyles for any age.</b><br />
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<b>Women:</b><br />
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<b>20s -- Rocker crop-cut:</b> "Your 20s are the time to experiment, because you're trying to figure out which styles work best with your unique face shape and hair texture," says celebrity hair stylist Oded Gabay.  Celebrity inspiration: Miley Cyrus.

20s rocker-crop cut: “Your 20s are the time to experiment, because you’re trying to figure out which styles work best with your unique face shape and hair texture,” Gabay says. “You can test out edgier cuts and take risks because your youthful features can pull it off.” Try a pixie cut that’s about 3 inches long on top and buzzed everywhere else to really make a statement. Tease the roots to add some height.

<b>30s -- Youthful bang:</b> Straight-cut, blunt bangs make beautiful eyes stand out even more, but they also call attention to other features.  Celebrity inspiration: Zooey Deschanel.

30s youthful bang: Straight-cut, blunt bangs make beautiful eyes stand out even more, but they also call attention to other features. “If you don’t have an amazing nose, ask your stylist to cut wispy bangs instead of straight across in order to keep the attention on your eyes,” Gabay says.

<b>40s -- Layered and flowing:</b> A cut that falls past the shoulder with lots of long layers adds an age-appropriate elegance to your style and looks great worn down or pulled back.  Celebrity inspiration: Rachel Weisz

40s layered and flowing: A cut that falls past the shoulder with lots of long layers adds an age-appropriate elegance to your style and looks great worn down or pulled back. “With a well-cut layered haircut, the hair’s shape can create the illusion of height and a more elongated look,” Gabay says.

<b>50s -- Shoulder-length bob:</b> "It's a myth that you have to wear short hair once you get to be a certain age," Gabay declares.  Celebrity inspiration: Jodie Foster.

50s shoulder-length bob: “It’s a myth that you have to wear short hair once you get to be a certain age,” Gabay declares. “Wearing your hair a bit longer — such as shoulder length — can actually make you look younger. Plus, if your hair is thinning due to hormonal shifts, going too short can make it look sparse.” A graduated bob that’s slightly longer in the front and shorter in the back looks sexy and helps extend the length of your neck for an elegant, polished look.

Men

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<b>If your hair is thinning:</b> Balding on top?  Go shorter on the sides.  Celebrity inspiration: Samuel L. Jackson.

If your hair is thinning: Balding on top? Go shorter on the sides. “This makes the top automatically appear fuller in contrast,” Gabay says. He suggests switching from gel, which can harden and make strands look thinner, to a thickening product such as hair cream. “Once you know that no haircut works for you, it’s time to buzz it all off,” Gabay says. “Also, growing a goatee helps attract attention to your face to take focus off the baldness.”

<b>If your hair is thick and full:</b> There's a resurgence of the '60s neat hairstyle, worn by Jon Hamm as <i>Mad Men'</i>s Don Draper. "The style is short in the back and longer in the front with a side part that starts above the arch of your eyebrow," Gabay says.

If your hair is thick and full: There’s a resurgence of the ’60s neat hairstyle, worn by Jon Hamm as Mad Men’s Don Draper. “The style is short in the back and longer in the front with a side part that starts above the arch of your eyebrow,” Gabay says. Sweep the front to the side and secure it with gel.

<b>If you prefer a messier look:</b> Grow your hair about an inch longer than your hairline in a piece-y, uneven style. "Brad Pitt was sporting this look for awhile with a scruffy beard," Gabay says.

If you prefer a messier look: Grow your hair about an inch longer than your hairline in a piece-y, uneven style. “Brad Pitt was sporting this look for awhile with a scruffy beard,” Gabay says. “Use a combination of gel and pomade, and then run your fingers through it for a spiky look. It’s both pretty boy and manly.”

 

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