A modern cut, a color that highlights the face … It does not take more to rejuvenate a few years. Advice from a hairstylist for a successful head change.
Contrary to popular belief, nothing forces you to cut your beautiful long hair to rejuvenate. “They can make you look younger, as long as you adapt the cut and maintain them well” analyzes Hovig Etoyan, hairstylist in Paris.
Is there an ideal fit?
Avoid the curtain effect, namely the mass of shapeless hair down to the waist. Go for shoulder lengths. If your hair is thick and dense, degrade the contours of the face to soften them. On the contrary, if they are thin, it is preferable to play with the volumes to gain thickness.
Likewise, in case of damaged hair and worn tips, a cut is essential. Do not insist on keeping your hair long when it is not possible. And it is essential to pamper your hair with suitable shampoos and masks.
Of course, there is no such thing as a miracle cut, because it has to take into account the shape of the face, the nature of the hair and even the style of each person.
However, there are some tips that can help you achieve the right fit. The bangs, for example, can be a good ally, because they hide the wrinkles of the forehead and evoke the cuts of childhood or adolescence. “It must be cut according to the material of the hair and its implantation” recalls Hovig Etoyan.
If your face tends to get thicker, a tapered hairstyle will blur the oval optically. If you are a fan of very graphic cuts, they are not to be totally ruled out … But don’t forget that once you leave the hairdresser, it will be up to you to highlight his work, with a hairstyle and dedicated care, but also thanks to make-up and a dress look that enhance the cut.
Always keep the same cut, is it a good idea?
We sometimes have the impression that this is the youthful secret of certain stars like Mireille Darc or Anna Wintour, who have never changed their cut in their entire career. It is part of their identity, but it is not a universal beauty secret, quite the contrary. You have to know how to change your head over the years, to live better in your time, and adopt more modern cuts. Don’t be afraid of change, as long as it’s taken on. Sometimes, a few inches less can transform you, or even reveal yourself!
How can styling provide a makeover?
We know that on long hair, the ponytail is famous for lifting the eyes. “But it should not be too high and should be done according to your hair implantation” specifies Hovig Etoyan. It will be suitable if you have a graceful head posture and a rather thin neck. “If your hair is short, you can use a barrette to place on the temples” recommends Sylver Boll, director of training Franck Provost.
In the case of a styling without a tie, the hair must remain in movement, regardless of its length. And better not to open the face too much. When possible, the hair should dress it as well as the neck. Forget hairstyles that are too smooth and frozen, prefer waves and suppleness, more modern. It’s simple, the hair must move when you walk. If you use styling products, look for formulas that highlight the hair without freezing it like waxes, shine sprays or oils.
What colors to soften the features?
Dark colors mark the features and bring out all the signs of fatigue: dark circles, deepening furrows, etc. The same goes for colors that contain a lot of black or brown pigments. So bring a little clarity to your face by favoring natural shades, which blend into your skin tone.
If your base is clear, your dark blonde or light brown, perfect for softening the face. If your base is dark, add some hot pigments such as golden or caramel, in the form of wicks, insisting on the perimeter of the face. Generally speaking, you can play with a shade a shade lighter than usual. It will also make your gray hair less noticeable as it grows back.
Can you keep your hair white?
It is possible, but to maintain a young look, some precautions are necessary. If your base is clear, white hair mixes well with blonde, you just need to make a few light strands to prevent the whole from appearing dull. If your base is dark, it is imperative to play with the cut to create a dynamic
Avoid too classic cuts, prefer something more rock, which affirms your style: a deconstructed short, an asymmetrical bob, a short faux-pas with a longer section on the front. And don’t forget that white hair must be groomedbecause they tend to oxidize.
Neutralize yellow reflections with treatments enriched with blue or purple pigments, which ensure radiant hair in all circumstances. The hair material, for its part, must always remain impeccable, hence the interest in brushing or straightening.
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