14 Hairstyle Ideas That Will Knock 10 Years Off Your Age

1. Pixie Cut

Not every woman can pull this look off, but if you’ve got the guts and the right face shape, this look can instantly take years off of your appearance. Pixie cuts have a naturally youthful vibe, making them a great choice if you are looking to change your look dramatically. They are perfect for the older woman who hasn’t lost her energy and youthful sense of style.

2. Messy Bob

If you want to keep your hair short, opt for a textured bob with uneven edges. A stiff, even cut can look a bit too polished and overdone, which ages you. A looser, edgier cut not only makes you look younger, but it also adds volume to your hair.

3. Shoulder-Length Layers

For hair that is straight or wavy, flowy layers that hit around the collarbone are perfect to soften the face. Layers add movement and depth to your hair, making it look thicker and fuller. However, beware of this style if your hair is very curly, as it may make it pouf out at the bottom.

4. Subtle Highlights

If you feel your hair is starting to feel a bit ‘blah’, but aren’t sure what to change, switch up the color. Add tasteful highlights in a shade that’s only slightly lighter than your current color, mainly concentrated around your face. This will add light to your smile and movement and depth to your hair.

5. Sideswept Bangs

Sideswept bangs have been a trend among all women for several years now, and they continue to be in high demand. Having these small sections of hair frame your face softens your look, making you appear younger. Sideswept bangs also look fun and flirty, and look equally nice with an updo or with tousled waves.

6. Off-Center Bun

This is a great way to wear an updo without looking too put-together. Gather your hair in a low bun, angling it to the side of your head opposite your part. Pull some tendrils out around your face to add some movement. This will make you look perfectly chic without overdoing it.

7. Half-Up, Half Down

Pull half of your hair back in a tie or clip to frame your face and make it look softer. This style looks best with soft waves – too straight or too curly can look harsh. If you want to look extra trendy, you can also try a half-bun, which are all the rage right now.

8. Deep Side Part

Hair parted down the center can look very harsh and severe. Switch it up by parting your hair on the side, preferably with some soft, undone waves. The resulting look is one that’s effortlessly youthful.

9. Loose Waves

Instead of curling your hair to perfection, opt for a tousled, beachy look that is more fun and relaxed. Apply some sea salt spray and mousse to your hair after it’s been washed, then let it air-dry. Touch up the look by loosely running some pieces around a narrow-barrel curling wand. You want to strike the perfect balance between sexy and messy.

10. Sophisticated Ponytail

This look can be very hit or miss, but if you have long hair, a ponytail can help your face appear smoother and thinner. Just be sure that the hair is sleek and that you add some product to keep it in place. Wrap a piece of hair around the elastic to look extra stylish.

11. Braided Updo

Instead of a tight bun or twist, which can emphasize wrinkles, opt for a softer updo with braids. There are many different ways to do a braided updo, so have fun and get creative. The soft volume of the braids makes you look lighter and more youthful.

12. Sleek and (Almost) Straight

If you always wear the same, tired curls, chances are, your look is aging you. Give your hair some life by breaking out the straightener. However, you’ll want to be careful not to overstraighten – completely stick-straight locks can look harsh. Opt for volume at the roots, sleekness through the middle of the hair, and a slight bend at the ends for the perfect look.

13. Voluminous Curls

No matter the length of your hair, adding volume and body to your hair conveys that you’ve still got it. Use a large curling iron to create thick curls, adding some light hairspray to keep them in place. If you want to elongate your neck, add a deep side part and keep your hair on one side of your shoulder.

14. Side Braids or Ponytail

If you have long hair, opt for a low braid or ponytail for a look that’s soft and casual, but still flattering. To ensure that you are still looking age-appropriate, keep everything loose and slightly tousled – too tight and you might look like a cheerleader. This style looks great because it elongates the face and neck, making you appear slimmer.