6 Hair Mistakes That Make You Look Older

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We already wrote about makeup mistakes that can make you look older, but hair can do it as well. The wrong hairstyle, length or care will definitely add years to your appearance.

1. Your cut is too short.

“If hair is healthy and plentiful, there’s no reason to chop it into a conservative crop just to make it more age-appropriate,” says Thom Priano, a hairstylist at Garren New York in New York City. But if you do go short, keep it slightly shaggy. You’ll look younger and it will be easier to maintain too.

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2. Your tresses are too long.

Also known as the anti-facelift.  If it’s too long, it drags the hairs down, along with your features. And the worst thing you can do is wear it in simple shapeless locks, parted down the middle. To keep some length, consider a choppy bob that sits just below the collarbone, suggests Paul Labrecque of the eponymous New York City salons. “Asymmetrical or less-than-perfect shapes deflect attention away from wrinkles,” he adds.

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3. You’re afraid to lighten up.

Jet black can age you, did you know? Especially if you have a light scalp, and casts shadows on your skin and even non-existant wrinkles can be pronounced all of a sudden. Go two or three shades lighter with permanent color or highlights. For example, if you are a cool, dark brown, choose a creamier chocolate instead.

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