When it comes to looking as youthful as possible, your beauty look has more to do with it than you think—especially your hair. If you want to take years, or even decades, off your look in the time it takes to get in and out of the salon chair (and, duh, who doesn’t?), then check out these great celebrity hairstyles that make you look younger.
There’s a reason why Jennifer, 45, has the most enviable hair in Hollywood: It contains a magic trifecta of features that can make you look totally vibrant and youthful. “Highlights around the face, incredible shine, and an uncontrived movement are key to getting a great healthy, youthful look,” explains Herbal Essences celebrity hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan. Lighter pieces around the face will brighten up your skin for radiance, while light-reflecting shine and a swingy movement give an overall impression of being in excellent health.
Gone are the days when women “of a certain age” (whatever that means) were expected to wear their hair at an above-shoulder length. Demi, 51, is an excellent example of how you can continue to wear long hair as you age gracefully. “It’s her signature look, and it works because it’s so shiny and looks very lush,” says Strahan. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner daily to boost shine and make hair easy to style. We’re loving the new Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 each, walgreens.com).
The bob is still a strong trend and Viola, 48, has the perfect mix of shape, layers and shine. “The shape of this bob makes her cheeks look fuller, which creates a very youthful appearance,” explains Strahan. Also, bangs can cover up forehead wrinkles, but be careful, because they also cast shadows over your eyes, which could exacerbate the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
“Anything too contrived will age you,” explains Strahan. Here, Ali, 40, got it right by loosely pulling her hair back and leaving a few tendrils falling around her face. “The look is very soft and feminine, and definitely makes her look younger," he says. Rub a dab of shine serum between palms, then run over your hair to boost shine. Try the new Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum ($4.98, walmart.com), which doesn’t weigh hair down.
As for updos, stick to the same core goals: It should look uncontrived and bring light to your face. Here, Christina, 42, is wearing a great youthful updo. “The off-center bun is a great modern twist, and the little piece that falls along her face softens the look,” says Strahan. “You definitely want to avoid a stiff updo or slicking all of your hair back, which tends to look too harsh,” he warns. Keep the look in place with a hairspray that doesn’t make you look like you have helmet head like Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray ($3.99, drugstore.com).
“What’s so youthful about this look is that it shows off one shoulder, which is very sexy and elongates the appearance of her neck,” says Strahan. Of course, Rachel, 44, also has tons of body and volume in her hair. To get the look, sweep your hair to one side and use a few bobby pins at the back of your nap to keep the neckline clean.
“Long, wispy and face-framing bangs can help side crow's feet,” says Strahan. Here, Paula, 51, has them styled perfectly: They’re piecey across her forehead, so as not to be overwhelm her eyes.
If you want a really short, easy hairstyle, take a cue from Patricia, 56, who has recently adopted this choppy crop. It’s especially great for fine hair types who don’t have the natural volume to wear long hairstyles. “Hair needs to look like it can move, and this look has a lot of fun texture,” says Strahan.