The Bob: Go for an angled bob that grazes the bottom of your jaw in front and gets progressively shorter toward the back. The classic bob can give the face an instant lift by drawing onlookers’ eyes up the diagonal from the chin to the nape of your neck. One word of warning: Don’t go too short. The cut shouldn’t rise above your hairline in the back.
The Side-Swept Bang: Bangs can inadvertently draw attention to your eyes and disguise both crow’s-feet and forehead wrinkles—clear signs of ageing. Go for piecey, side-swept bangs, rather than a blunt bang, which can look retro or harsh on a mature woman.
Choppy Layers: Have your stylist cut short, shaggy layers throughout your hair. You want the layers to be chunky and square. The length of the style should hit around the middle of your neck. Multiple short layers create fullness and volume, making this a good cut for those whose hair is a bit thinner on the sides or on top. Keep the sides no more than half an inch shorter than the back.
Face-Framing Highlights: When styled to frame the face, highlights help attract light, which then creates a youthful glow around your features and helps to brighten your complexion.
The Braid: Try a partial braid that frames one side of your face, a loose side-swept braid, or a long braided ponytail that’s wrapped up into a messy bun. The look exudes the simplistic innocence of youth, while its fun texture adds playfulness to a hairdo.
Long Layers: Long layers draw attention to the collarbone, a flattering area on women of any age. Tell your stylist you want soft layers, subtly graduated. If your hair is thick, ask for face-framing pieces. For thin hair, the front ones should be no shorter than chin length, which will keep ends from looking stringy. The cut should end around your collarbone.