5 Common Hair Mistakes That Are Aging You—and How to Fix Them
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
Problem: A Limp, Lifeless Style
"Lank locks draw the eye down to the jawline and neck, and any imperfections there," Serafino says. If your hair is curly, apply a defining product like SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($13, Ulta) and air-dry. If your strands are straight, add a bend at the ends with a round brush when you're using a hairdryer.
Problem: A Sky-High Tease
Problem: Dry, Dull Strands
Solution: An Anti-Aging Hair Regimen
After 40 (especially if you're embracing your natural gray), strands are physically thinner, frizzier, drier, and more brittle. Now, more products are taking a page from skincare science and high-tech ingredients that specifically address the needs of aging hair. Try the Briogeo Strengthening Solutions Set ($62, Dermstore) to nourish your parched strands.