By Brittany Brolley
There are certain hairstyles for older women that are on their way out. After all, just as women’s bodies age, so, too, does their hair. And your aging locks may pressure you to pay some additional attention. “The most common changes that occur in our hair as we get older are greying, changes in texture and density, and thinning, particularly at the crown or in the front of the hairline,” Erin Gilbert, hair expert and board-certified dermatologist, told Allure.
“When your hair starts to change you have to discuss it with people who are qualified to help you make changes that will get you to a happy place,” Gilbert continued. This may mean consulting a dermatologist or chatting with your hairstylist about ways to care for your hair as it ages. “My number one piece of advice is: treat what you can and then go with the flow,” Gilbert said. “This may be an opportunity to change your hairstyle and color for the better.”
There are a ton of haircuts and colors out there, but not all of them work well with aging hair. According to hairstylists, older women should, and are, letting the following hairstyles go extinct.
While carefully-cut layers can be useful for camouflaging thinning hair, Bryant Anthony, hairstylist and advanced designer at Salon Eva Michelle, said he’s seeing fewer and fewer older women opting for “short, choppy layers.” Instead, women are choosing longer styles with longer bangs.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get layers, of course. They can still serve a great purpose. “Layers can serve to soften features by adding volume and movement,” Gina Rivera, stylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites, told The List. The key is to go for subtle layering as opposed to choppy, especially if you’re going for a more blunt-style bob. “If it’s too layered, it’ll be [overwhelming],” celebrity hairstylist Matt Fugate explained to Allure. The expert explained that the cut “should be slightly shorter in the back than it is in the front because of how much density you naturally have in the back of your hair.”
Perhaps in an attempt to disguise all signs of aging, face-covering styles — like broad bangs and short layers — were once the go-to mature hairstyle. As of this writing, though, that trend has already started to meet its end. Gareth Ward, certified Wella colorist and artistic designer at Salon Eva Michelle in Boston, Mass., told The List that more older women are “keeping their hair off their face and showing off their face shape.”
If you like to keep your hair a bit longer, you can pull off this look with a braid or a ponytail. However, Gina Rivera, stylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites, doesn’t advise pulling your hair back too tightly. The expert recommends that both hairstyles be worn “slightly looser as we age.” Rivera continued, saying, “Pulling out soft strands of hair around the face can generate a gorgeous look, especially with the right hair accessory.”