A few months ago, you were happily singing along to Taylor Swift as you celebrated your 22nd birthday. Your latest stash of moisturizing skincare products finally arrived a few weeks ago. Yesterday, you were just at the gym, keeping yourself fit. You should be looking fabulous, right? So why is it that when you look in the mirror, you somehow look years older than your actual age?
The problem might be with the way you style your hair.
No matter how well you take care of your health or how many age-defying products you use, the wrong hairstyle can age you up. And it’s not even just the hairstyle that adds decades to your look, but also improper hair care practices. Prevent looking older than you are by avoiding the following hair styling mistakes:
Hairdo from History
We love nostalgia. Just look at how film cameras and ’80s fashion made a comeback in the 2010s. But not everything needs to be recycled. Farrah Fawcett’s feathered ‘do looks terrific-if you’re in the ’70s. The gravity-defying hairstyle doesn’t have a place in this new decade’s style. Donning a ‘do from decades past will not only make you look like a themed party attendee, but it will also make you look older than you are.
Severely Slicked Back Style
We get it-sometimes you just want to get pesky hair strands out of your face, especially if you’re doing something. But a tightly pulled back bun or slicked back hairstyle puts every blemish and wrinkle on your face front and center. Not only that, but tight buns also lead to all kinds of hair damage, in which case you would need a shampoo that controls hair fall and other problems.
Rocking a Rapunzel
Popular media has always portrayed long, luscious locks to be one of the ultimate symbols of femininity. Just look at how many America’s Next Top Model hopefuls cried during each season’s makeover episode when they realized their hair was going to be chopped or shaved off. While women don’t hold the same standards today (our definition of beauty includes women with different types and lengths of hair), a lot of them still think long and straight hair looks great on everyone. In truth, this hairstyle weighs down your look, which in turn makes you appear older.
The hair starts to lighten as we age, but plenty of people want to hide signs of aging. For those with naturally dark hair, they try dyeing the lightening or greying parts too dark. While this may hide gray hair, the monotone look of a dark dye job can make your hair look dull and lifeless, which instantly ages you up.
Over time, natural hair thins out. As a result, your once-bouncy tresses can look limp and lifeless. This kind of hair makes your face look drawn and accentuates your facial features, including laugh lines and other wrinkles that may be already starting to show. As a result, you may look older than your actual age. Now that you know which hair care practices add decades to your look, you can start actively avoiding them. Replace this hair care faux pas with better habits, and you can stay looking youthful, whether you’re 26 or 56.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.