Whether you’re being inundated with grays or have had the same hairstyle since the ‘90s, bad hair days can put a real damper on how confident you feel in your appearance. Even those who are as low-maintenance as possible with their hair would probably agree that a new haircut can make all the difference when it comes to your self-confidence.
But if your hair is feeling unhealthy, frizzy, outdated, lifeless, or just plain blah, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’ll be pointing out 7 hair mistakes you can avoid to keep your hair feeling fresh and lively so that it enhances your overall appearance, rather than detracts from it.
7 Hair Mistakes That Can Make You Look Older
1. Thinking Bangs Are Off Limits
Young people don’t own bangs, so if you’ve never considered getting them because you think you’re too old, banish the thought immediately! Getting a haircut with bangs is a great way to do something fun and creative with your hairstyle that’s timeless, stylish, and still age-appropriate.
And as a nice bonus, bangs can hide or distract from features you feel self-conscious about, like wrinkles or a receding hairline. Bangs can also make your hair look thicker, and even draw attention to your beautiful eyes by framing them on your face.
If you’re not ready to commit to bangs, you can always add some face-framing layers to your hairstyle to achieve a similar effect. The pros say the perfect place for layers to start is at your cheekbone—consider it an instant “face-lift!”
2. Constantly Wearing Tight Up-Dos
When your hair starts to thin at your hairline and temples, the worst thing you can do is pull your hair up tightly on a regular basis. Keep your up-dos and ponytails loose to avoid contributing to breakage, and try low, wispy buns for a flattering look that’s gentler on your hair.
3. Failing To Consider Your Part
If you’ve been parting your hair the same way for several decades, consider switching things up. One of the most effective ways to switch your style up is simply changing where you part your hair. When choosing a new part, consider your face shape and the way your hair wants to fall naturally, or better yet, ask your hairdresser to help you find a look that works best for you.
4. Going Too Dark
Dyeing your hair too dark can wash you out and enhance the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. If you want to cover up grays without creating a harsh effect, opt for lighter, multi-tonal shades that will blend better with grays as they grow back in. For a little inspiration, look into caramel, chestnut, and light coffee hair colors, which can create a beautiful balance in dark hair.
5. Infrequent Trims
If you’re over 55, the pros recommend getting your hair trimmed more frequently (around every two months) to keep your breakage-prone strands looking fresh, healthy, and neat. The next time you go in for a trim, ask your hairstylist about when they recommend you come back in based on your hair type and style.
6. Never Switching It Up
We all know the old maxim “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but it shouldn’t necessarily apply to your personal style. You don’t need to run to the salon for the trendiest cut every month, but keeping your hairstyle relatively current and age-appropriate can do wonders for your self-esteem.
After all, holding onto a hairstyle from an era when you used to feel your best won’t help you feel your best now—instead, it’ll make you look like you’re clinging to the past.
7. Ignoring Dry Hair
As we get older, our hormone levels change in a way that often leads to drier, coarser, more brittle hair. These three things together are a recipe for frizziness, but you can compensate by seeking out options for boosting hair hydration, such as hair oils and deep moisturizing treatments (like this DIY option).
What’s your best hair tip?