I find it interesting, how your hairstyle can make you look youthful, take some years away, open up your face and pull your whole look together. I often run into Monica Coppola in Milan, she is surely one of the leading hair stylists on a global scale that regularly works with celebrities and actresses, I ask her about the current trends. What interested me most this time, is which hairstyle mistakes women most often make and which tricks we can use to look younger. In her opinion, women generally tend to not pay enough attention to hair care and too often use grocery store bought products, where the quality of the products is at least questionable and is not suitable for our hair. We should be using a nourishing mask at least once a week, keep thermal procedures to a minimum, and make sure that the colour varies only slightly from our natural one. “Even though pastel hued ends are in, I would advise against extreme makeovers,” Monica says. “It’s best to choose a colour that is two or three shades from our natural colour, which will help the overall style look much more natural.” Today’s hairstyles are actually aiming to make us look naturally beautiful, which is also apparent in the makeup: the days of dramatic looks are over, makeup brings out our beauty instead of being a shield to hide behind. Here are some of her own advice tips on which hairstyles to go for, if we want to take a decade off of our age.
Work on your bangs
Bangs have a very big role in shaping your face and adding an elegant note, especially, if we have a high forehead. The fashionable bangs are neither very short nor absolutely straight; they’re slightly messy and not necessarily straight-falling. We can wear them swept to one side, so they fall softly and gently, beautifully frame the face. Bangs are a good choice if the forehead has pronounced wrinkles, because it covers all the skin imperfections.
Highlights in the front, close to the face hairstyles
Look at Sarah Jessica Parker, she still wears her hair long, and yet she gives an impression of lightness, her hairstyle is never heavy, everything is flowing and looks very natural. The colours should be warm, so forget about black or ice-blond ‒ they age you. The fact is, every colour has many hues, you should find the one that’s most flattering and suitable for your own personal style.
Layered and shorter in the front hairstyles
Layered hairstyles make sure you have more volume, so they’re the way to go for women who don’t have lavish hair. Keep them shorter in the front, about chin-length. To get even more effect, try to highlight the tips of the hair, but only here and there; there shouldn’t be too many highlights, and make sure they’re not too obvious, so no sharp contrasts.
Forget the super-straight or extremely curly hairstyles
All that seems perfectly in place, has an ageing effect, simply because it’s not natural. So if you already have several different colours going on, forget using curlers all over, that will age you at least ten years. Similar is true for all the styles we create with the flat iron: they work in fashion shows, but those are 18-year old girls; the real life with a 45-year old woman is a completely different story.
There comes a time when you should just make the cut
And keep it short. I believe that Sharon Stone is an excellent example of a woman that is insanely sexy precisely because of her short hairstyle. That takes lots of temperament, attitude, and some courage, but, thank God, the days of only men having short hair and women only long, are long over. So if you notice that your hair is thinning and weakened, just give it a good healthy cut.
A low ponytail or braid, always keep it messy
If you’re not sure, how to tame your hair, because you just don’t have a defined hairstyle, try a low ponytail or a braid. Always pull some strands out to make sure it’s not perfect, because we don’t care about perfection. Slightly tease the crown of your head, keep the rest falling softly. The key is to keep the hair well maintained, so remember to get quality products. To give you my advice ‒ buy it from your hairdresser, they’ll advise you on what will work best for your type of hair.
Pixie after you’re 45
Like the one Kristen Chenoweth has, with longer bangs and as effortlessly, as though you never need to visit the hairdresser’s. The upside is, you can play with statement necklaces or earrings, or you can do a more minimalistic styling, especially, if your hair is lighter.
Keep up the colouring
There is no doubt: grey is not fashionable, it just proves the hair is getting older. There are women of course, who wish to have grey hair and have a splendid relationship with their grey hair; for the rest, I would advise a regular monthly hair colouring regime. To dispel any doubts: not at home, but rather in a professional salon, because you can never achieve the same good results on your own.