Carrie Butterworth, a freelance hairstylist in New York City, suggests that women with long, thick hair get layers along the bottom, instead of around the face.
Butterworth advises getting bangs only if you have a high forehead, otherwise, they can draw more attention to facial imperfections.
Putting your hair through the heat styling and chemical processing ringer can make aging strands look older. Try a cropped cut similar to the one Viola Davis sports.
Forget what you thought about long hair past the age of 40—thick hair actually looks more youthful and polished when it falls shoulder-length or longer.
There’s a reason many older women choose to have chin-length hair, instead of longer tresses: “Long hair drags the eyes down, emphasizing drooping facial features,” Butterworth says.
If you have wavy hair, you’re in luck. “Wavy hair has a fantastic texture to have, as you have the option to wear it straight,” Butterworth says.
Butterworth recommends layers for curly hair—but not too short. “Layers will release the weight of the hair and show off the beautiful natural texture of the curl,” Butterworth says.
Facial features get more pronounced, and often severe, with age–and limp hair does nothing to make it better.
Helen Reavey, a renowned hairstylist and founder of Act+Acre, a vegan-friendly, natural hair care line, says that shorter, bolder hairstyles, like Tilda Swinton’s, are great for older women because they frame your face with tight sides and a voluminous top.