Is Your Hair Aging You?

How to Figure Out Your Face Shape
The right cut, color, and care can make all the difference. Turn back time with these six simple solutions.

Problem: Bulky, Blunt Bangs

Solution: Subtle Layering
A thick fringe that's cut straight across your forehead creates a harsh edge that can call attention to crow's feet, says Kristan Serafino, celebrity hairstylist and creator of the beauty blog Serafino Says. For a softer, more flattering effect, ask your stylist to shape bangs with tiny vertical cuts.

 

 

Problem: Harsh All-Over Color

Solution: Highlights
"There comes a point when some people age out of single-process," says Tohmas Elmlund, a colorist at Valery Joseph Salons in NYC. If skin looks sallow, try adding some lighter tones. "It can take off ten years," Elmlund says. A pro will do it best, but with practice, a kit like L'Oreal Paris Touch-On Highlights ($13.99; drugstores) can deliver similar results.

Problem: A Stick-Straight Style

Solution: Texture
"Lank locks draw the eye down to the jawline and neck -- and any imperfections there," Serafino says. If hair is curly, apply a defining product like John Frieda Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($5.99; drugstores) and air-dry. If strands are straight, add a bend at the ends with a round brush when blowing dry.

Problem: A Sky-High Tease

Solution: All-Over Volume      
Hair thins as you get older, but backcombing at the crown to compensate looks old-fashioned -- not youthful. New products actually create fullness by swelling individual strands with high-tech plumping ingredients. Spritz with a thickener like Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment ($18.99; drugstores) before styling.

Problem: A Salt-and-Pepper Mane

Solution: Gentle Color
"New dyes cover grays for longer than ever, while protecting already fragile hair," Elmlund says. Go for an ammonia-free formula that's infused with conditioning oils. At the salon ask for INOA or Redken Chromatics. At home, try Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Color ($9.49; drugstores).

Problem: Dry, Dull Strands

Solution: An Anti-Aging Hair Regimen
After 40, strands are physically thinner, frizzier, drier, and more brittle. Now a new category of products takes a page from skin care science, using high-tech ingredients that specifically address the needs of aging hair. Try Aveda Invati Exfoliating shampoo ($25; aveda.com).

Ever wondered, "What is my face shape?" We're here to answer that question -- and to help you find the best hairstyles for your face shape.

How to Figure Out Your Face Shape

Not sure where to start with your hair? Figure out your face shape and go from there!

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