For those that wanted a tighter curl back in the ’70s, ’80s, and even ’90s, it seemed like one of the go-to options when it came to hair was the perm. There were different types of perms. You could get a tight perm or a looser-looking one.
However, if you’re looking to make yourself look a little younger, the perm is no longer the way to achieve this. Not only is it an outdated hairstyle, but it also can cause damage to your hair that you may not be able to repair.
If you grew up in the ’80s, then you crimped your hair at least once. This was one of those hairstyles that made every girl feel like they were edgy and with the times Plus, it gave a lot of texture to their hair. But, we’re not in that decade anymore and now the look is no longer promoted.
The only time you should crimp your hair nowadays is if you’re going to an ’80s party. Otherwise, you’re going to look older and there’s a good chance you’ll damage your hair in the process.
The bouffant was a big deal back in the day when Hollywood starlets donned it for all the major events. It is a hairdo that takes a long time to achieve, and so those looking to sport it nowadays have opted for a less-teased poof.
The bouffant does look good, but the teasing and hairspray used will affect your hair for days after. This hairstyle may also age you because it is an outdated trend.
Eye Length Banged Bobs
Some ladies prefer a look that is easy to maintain and style in the mornings. That is why a lot of them go for a bob with eye-length bangs. This hairstyle takes minimal effort to look good, but unfortunately for older ladies, it is not as flattering a cut as for the younger.
Because the bangs are so short and cropped on the face, they may draw attention to your eyes. We all know that as you get older, lines and wrinkles start to form around this area, and having attention there will in turn age you a bit.
The Farah Fawcett
This feathered look of the ’70s and ’80s that was made so popular by actress Farrah Fawcett is also another hairstyle that some ladies today may be unable to let go of it. However, this is a mistake as it is a hairstyle that will make you look older.
The layered look doesn’t really draw attention to any features that will show your age but because the hairstyle itself is outdated, that will be sure to make you come across older.
Long Front, Short Back
You may know this haircut under its pop-culture name, “the Karen. “In the early part of the 2000s, this was a big trend when it came to hairstyles, however, it soon lost traction due to the unflattering association.
Not only because of the connotations of this hairstyle but also because it does reveal the neck and expose the jawline. As a result, women who opt for this may look older than their license says they are.
OK, so when we were all kids, we are sure that we put our hair up in pigtails at some point. This is cute when you’re a kid or even a young adult. But as an older woman, it only serves to tack on years.
Pulling the hair away from the face reveals the neck and that will show signs of aging that have already begun. Also, since this is a more youthful look, it may make you look like you are trying a little too hard.
Extra Short Bangs
It is super cute on women in their 20’s when they have the extra short bangs to frame their faces. But as you get older, you probably should look for a new style as this one emphasizes the forehand which is notorious for showing off our wrinkles and lines.
Also, this style doesn’t look like a style you’d want for a while but more a trendy and spur-of-the-moment cut. Think about all these factors when you choose your next hairstyle!
Slicked Back Bob
Many people opt to go with the bob cut as you can style it in many different ways to make it your own. One of the ways, especially when looking at more dressy occasions that people choose to style the bob, is to slick it back. Here you can see this beauty has done so with gel.
But for an older lady, not only will this make your hair look greasy and a little dated, as the trend is not really big right now, it will also leave your face exposed to show any blemishes that are present.
Remember when it used to be the big style to have darker roots than the rest of your hair? Stars like Shakira and many others opted for this look, and so we all followed suit. However, if you choose to go this route now, you may be outdating yourself.
Leaving your roots exposed and choosing to lighten the bottom half of your hair sometimes can make you look like you do not take care of your dye job, which could make you look messy and even a little older.
In the ’80s and ’90s, girls and women loved to tease their hair to get as much height as possible. Big hair was the talk of the town! Because of this, the result of all that teasing would often leave your hair with a rather frizzy look, especially after you’d crimped it…
The frizzy look makes your hair look unhealthy and even messy. So in choosing this look, not only will you be sporting an out-of-date trend, but you also look like you don’t care.
Sometimes it is just nice to tie up your hair into a big old bun and head out to do your daily errands. It doesn’t take long to swoop your hair up and away from your face but that doesn’t mean to say this look is timeless.
For some ladies trying to jump on this trend now, this may make you look a little aged. Not only because it takes all of your hair away from your face leaving it exposed but also because it is harder for you to get the volume as women tend to lose hair as they get older.
Extremely Long Hair
Having long hair is hard enough to take care of, but when it is extremely long, it could actually impact your day-to-day life. A lot of us associate long hair with our youth, and that may be why many of us just can’t let go of our hair length.
But having hair that is so long and straight is often not very healthy for it and this can leave you with poor quality hair that can add on some years to your look. Plus, the straightness of your hair often looks less full, which is another problem that comes with age.
Layered Bouncy Bob
Adding layers to your bob can change the dynamic. So often, when going for a lengthier bob cut, women will do this, and for those of a younger age, this may be a great idea. But framing your face even with longer layers is known to add on some years.
Though this look may not make every woman look older, it will accentuate the lines and blemishes on the face and neck. If you’re trying to look younger, definitely stay clear of this hairstyle!
One of those trends that have been going for quite a while is asymmetrical haircuts. This style also belongs to the bob cut category but is a little edgier and often uses razor cuts to achieve this.
It does frame the face like many of the other bob cuts and therefore this does emphasize any blemishes that have appeared. While this has the potential to make you look older, if done right, this style can actually make you look hip and cool.
Messy Blunt Cut
Many celebrities have worn this hairstyle, and it is quite easy to manage, no matter if you have a little curl or if your hair is straight. In addition, it can be styled in many different ways, which is perfect for those who go to various events.
Because of the layers, it does give you more volume, but it also cuts your jawline which, much like the bob, will frame your face and accentuate any wrinkles. This is a big no-no when we’re trying to stay forever young!
Short & Curly
If you have curly hair, you may find hairstyles hard to choose between. However, for those that love their curls, they can always go with the sweet and short curls by adding a little bit of a texturizing product to the hair. What you see here is the end result.
But if you are of a certain older age, you may find that this is not the best choice for you. Not only will it be unflattering to your face, but it is hard to maintain and does little good for you.
The Chelsea cut is basically a reversed bob where it is short and shaved in the back and allows for longer bangs and sides. Though it is still popular (somehow), it is not a hairstyle that makes you look younger.
The short back and sides shine a light on the neck area, which, much like your face and hands, are the first places that show age. So anything that draws attention to those areas is recommended to be avoided.
Rocking a buzz cut is not advisable for everyone. Though it may be pretty easy to manage, you have to have the face and head shape to rock it. The shorn look will also add some age and it is an all-revealing haircut.
This means that there is no hair to help hide the lines, blemishes, or wrinkles, and this, in turn, will make you look a lot older. So it may be best to opt for another haircut.
The blunt bob with accompanying bangs that many women like to rock is not a look for those that want to appear younger. The hairstyle is known to accentuate your jawline and eyes, so any flaws in these areas will be even more defined.
While this type of bob is certainly cute, there’s an expiration date on the age at which women should don it. Oftentimes when older women try to pull off a younger look it actually backfires. Don’t you agree?
For several years one of the biggest trends, especially in certain hipster circles, was the undershave haircut. This would allow women to look both elegant and edgy at the same time. But, of course, this type of cut is an acquired taste and is no longer a go-to trend.
Because the look is outdated, if you choose to go with it, you will then look a little older as you are out of touch with what the current fad is. Plus, the undershave draws attention to the neck area.
Some people like to rock this vintage look, and that is fine, but you have to understand that because it is a vintage look, it may make you look exactly that. Also, the tight curls of this pin-up style are difficult to maintain.
If done properly, it actually looks super glamorous. However, you have to tie it in with the same old Hollywood makeup. If not, you may seem older than you are.
We have all seen this cut, yet we may not have known the name until now – say hi and bye to the mom cut. This shorter cut with a lot of texture can be great if you’re in your 60s but otherwise, you should avoid this style.
Often very short hair gives an older vibe so we don’t recommend this if you’re trying to maintain your youth. Plus, it also lacks a feminine touch with women often look for with their hairstyles.
The top knot had its heyday, unlike with many other trends, that day has passed. The look is now seen as off-season and somewhat uncool. And though in certain situations it looks great, for the most part, it lacks approachability.
For the ladies looking for a more sophisticated look, they may be tempted to try this hairstyle. But it also pulls the hair out of your face making it super visible to see any signs of aging.
Extreme Color Change
We’re all for self-expression — whether you prefer to communicate that through means of fashion, music, or even hairstyles. Still, it’s important to remember that, even when you want to mix up your look, you need to find the right balance.
An extreme shift to a darker shade can look downright fabulous… if you have a skin tone that complements the shade, an on-call glam team, and all the right clothing and accessories. Otherwise, for the day-to-day, transitioning to a shade this dark can end up aging you.
Believe it or not but even something as simple as blowing out your hair can really age you. According to expert hairstylists including Jasmine Anna Galazka, a bad blow-dry can sometimes really backfire. Why?
Not only can it cause your ends to frizz, but it may also lead to unwanted volume, especially if you have curls. Having the right tools can help, though — including a proper brush, blow-dryer, and the right product. Patience also goes a long way!
Whether you prefer to wear your hair short or long, it’s important to keep the ends of your hair fresh. This means that you should be going to the salon at least once a month for a trip and deep-conditioning treatment.
According to stylist expert Jasmine Anna Galazka, “A lot of times we do so much mechanical damage to our hair, we forget to treat it. Not only will [a deep-conditioning treatment] keep your strands looking shiny but younger-looking as well.”
It may not be common knowledge that certain hairdos have more of an effect on our appearance than others do. Take the wave, for example.
According to Los Angeles-based celebrity colorist Chad Kenyon, “Waving the hair toward the face […] can make facial features appear hardened, aging the face. When using a curling iron around the face, waves should be rolled away from the face, which will soften facial features and ‘open things up.’”
Bad Gray Coverage
While some people prefer to age naturally and embrace all their grays, others opt to cover or dye those pesky hairs. If you’re one to do the latter, just remember that a permanent color is necessary.
According to celeb colorist Jeremy Tardo, there are a lot of “ineffective attempts at gray coverage.” This can cause the roots to look too light or translucent. Tardo also suggests that for those who color at home to go back “through your application to check for any potential areas that you can add extra product to.”
The sleek ponytail is another hairstyle that often gets dragged out for fancy events. Though it isn’t easily done and can withstand almost anything you put it through during the evening, it is not a hairstyle that works on a daily basis.
The sleek ponytail pulls your hair back, and as you’re getting older, your hair becomes less durable. This could result in possible hair loss. This hairstyle is definitely one that is donned more by a younger demographic.
Spiked Short Cut
Volume when it comes to hairstyle is your friend as you get older as it does tend to give you a more youthful look. So, opting for a short and spiked look will obviously have the opposite effect.
If you still decide to go for this shorter style, do be aware that all your fine lines and wrinkles will be visible. Also, remember to try and stay away from adding layers, especially if you have thin hair.
Edgy Cropped Bob
There are many different types of bob cut, and that includes the more edgy version that many younger ladies like to go for. This type of cut often makes them look more lively, and you can dress it up or down depending on what you’re going for.
Once again, this cut tends to focus on the face and neck area, which as we now know, are the age-revealing parts of our body.
Braids had their day once but that time is now over. This youthful hairstyle, because of the pulling and braiding, can actually damage your hair and cause breakage. So though occasionally this hairstyle is still seen, for the most part, it is no longer rocked.
Like other childlike hairstyles, it is not ideal for women of a certain age. Not only does it damage your beautiful mane, but it also can show the hair thinning process that occurs as you age.
The Pixie haircut is quite cute, but when you’re older, you have to be careful of the length that you choose to go with. Having your face framed with your hair will make it a focal point, and this could lend itself to people assuming that you are older than you are.
While we do see a lot of older women rocking this hairstyle, that doesn’t mean to say it’s the way to go if you’re trying to lose a few years off your look.