Hairstyles That Can Make Any Woman Look Years Younger

Experimenting with new haircuts and styles can be a blast at any age, but as we get older it becomes even more important to find a cut that flatters (and even better if it knocks some years off). Finding a new style depends on a few different factors: your facial structure, the texture of your hair, and the amount of time you’re willing to spend on it. But other than that, it’s all about trying new looks and finding one that you love!

Stacked And Layered: Perfect!

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This gently stacked and layered bob looks great with some added highlights and lowlights. The layers also allow the wearer to add some height with a little teasing for additional elegance. Having your hair cropped up higher is also a nice way to show off the elegant lines of your neck and shoulders and stay cool in the warmer summer months.

Many women who kept their long tresses for a lifetime often never return once they experience the style and convenience of “bob-life.”

An Edgy Pixie Cut

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nsblanchard201/Pinterest

A super-cool and trendy style for any age is this take on a pixie cut. Take the clippers to the side and leave the top a little longer for some fun styling options. Make an added statement with some funky color rinses.

In the old days, your “grandma” may have been teased for having a blue tint to her silver hair, but today we can get crazy and express our own personal preferences. Try hot pink, Smurf-blue, or fifty different shades of purple!

So Versatile

stacked bob
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STYLED_BY_CAROLYNN/Instagram

In case you haven’t noticed yet, this is just a great, versatile and easy to wear look. The version that the model is wearing in this photo is exceptionally wild and flirty, with crazy layers flying everywhere, as if she is cruising down the highway with her pals to spring break in her convertible Beemer.

You’ll be surprised at all the different looks you can pull off with this haircut!

A Great Choice For Active Women

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A well-done close-cropped hairstyle is great if you are super active and just want a “get up and go” option. And if you have the much-coveted curls, then it’s even better. There was a time when society may have deemed a short cut on a woman as blasphemous or unladylike, but luckily those days are long gone.

Everyone can benefit from the flattering effects that showing off your face and head shape can create.

Short Hair With The Effect Of An Up-Do

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This fun take on a pixie cut also includes some stacking in the back and teasing on top, giving the same elegant silhouette that one might achieve with an up-do with much longer hair (just think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

This cute style is approachable and fun and seems to say, “who’s up for an all-day brunch?” It looks especially nice with the side-swept bangs and pearl-white color.

Add Fullness With A Shag

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This shaggy, bobby affair is a great way to create fullness for those of us with thin hair. Its layers and length allow for added volume effects to be achieved with a round brush, a little product, and some heat. Throw some highlights in for added dimension.

Meg Ryan has rocked variations of this do throughout much of her career. Fun fact: Ryan’s iconic style was actually a happy accident as she inadvertently singed off a significant chunk of her hair during rehearsals using an active curling iron for the movie French Kiss.

Have Fun With It!

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Gründlichset/Pinterest

If you’re looking for a pretty, easy, and incredibly versatile new cut, then show this one to your stylist. Another quick and easy to maintain look, it allows the wearer to have fun with their coif.

Tease it up and go wild or slick it back — whatever suits your mood. Think Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in season one of House of Cards. Her hair was appropriate and gorgeous no matter what the occasion.

Va-Va-Voom

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This short layered hairstyle looks great with some highlights and lowlights for added texture and dimension. The choppy layers allow the wearer to attain a fun, vivacious look that’s easy to style and go.

It’s playful and convenient and appropriate whether you are spending a day out on the lake or a night out painting the town red. Rue McClanahan of Golden Girls fame was an early adopter of this sexy yet mature look.

Wonderful Wedge

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bdjalali/Pinterest

This wedge is the perfect option if you are looking to maintain some body up top as well as accentuate your cheekbones. This model’s naturally curly tresses create a beautiful frame for her face.

Elegant and easy are two words that come to mind when considering this style. It is also a great cut for those of us with hair that is beginning to thin out. Just wash it, tease it, and go!

Sassy And Spiky

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gerdienpraagman6280/Pinterest

With all the different types of pixie cuts out there, let’s not forget the classic “cropped” pixie. It’s just a good, solid style that looks great on older women. Jamie Lee Curtis has sported this look for many years, and paired with some silver or gray coloring, it looks youthful and fantastic.

Spiked up for a fun night out or combed down for an elegant evening at the opera, you can’t beat this classic.

Modern Take On The Bob

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JACKSY/Instagram

This short, inverted bob is perfect for those of us who might like a little extra coverage for our ears but want that modern stacked look. The layers give an added dimension of volume on the top and in the back if you want to create a more curved silhouette to your head shape.

You also have many options with how you style this look. Tuck behind the ears or slick back with product to give the illusion of a more pixie-ish look.

Waves Of Gray

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Naturally wavy hair is usually coveted by those of us with straight hair and mildly to majorly annoying to those of us who have it. The grass is always greener, right? One option if you don’t want to go “full-bob” is a medium-length style, cropped just around the shoulders.

Maintain the personality of your hair without all of the extra length hanging down your back. This model has an elegant look with side-swept bangs, showing off the beautiful gray shades that come naturally with age.

Stylish And Sophisticated

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Have you been rocking a bob for a while but now you want to add a new dimension to your look? Tell your hairdresser you want it short, layered and stacked. This super stylish and convenient ‘do will turn heads at any age and helps to elongate the lines from your shoulders up to the back of your head.

Keeping some length in the front is great if you have a high forehead. Pop star Rihanna has been successfully sporting a similar look for years!

Add Some Body To The Sides

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Make that wedge pop with some added body! Whether your curls are naturally occurring or you need a perm to achieve waves, this cut creates a nice, full shape that surrounds your face. You get the benefits of length mixed with relative shortness and many styling possibilities.

Pile what length you have up on top like this for an ultra-dramatic look or pull it to the side for some cute pigtails!

Medium-Length Bob To Elongate The Jawline

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A medium stacked inverted bob is yet another great way to expand on your natural jawline. Notice how the hair on the side is cut to pick up the line beginning at the model’s chin?

This line continues up into the stack that leads up to the back of the head, creating increased definition, which is something that we tend to lose as we age. Just about anyone could look good in this cut.

Box Braids At Any Age

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kharruss/Pinterest

This braided look is a great way to achieve a youthful and relatively easy-to-maintain style. Box braids can be arranged in thousands of ways including this take on a shag look. You can get lots of volume and tons of texture, all while protecting your hair from the daily wear and tear resulting from combing and styling.

Braids can be natural or synthetic, so they are a convenient option if you have thinning hair or if your hair is shorter and you can’t wait to add some length.

Don’t Be Afraid To Play With Color

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sbarazsu/Pinterest

The sophisticated shape achieved with this inverted bob is further enhanced with a playful splash of color. Look closely and you will see that the model’s natural silver hair has been enhanced with a splash of purple. Manic Panic and other dyes that can give you not-naturally-occurring-in-nature colors are no longer solely the domain of new-wavers, ravers, and punk-rockers.

Silver and white hair is the perfect canvas for some wild colors, so have some fun with it!

Can’t Go Wrong With A Classic

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hemmingstorp/Pinterest

“The Bob” came into fashion for women in the 1920s with the advent of the “flapper” craze. Young, liberated women loved the controversial style as it represented their changing philosophy on personal expression and freedom of choice.

But bobs are not just for the kids! A bob can help accentuate your best facial features as well as save time spent messing with your hair when you first get up in the morning.

Remember This Look?

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Do you remember 1976, the year Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill took the world by storm with her feathered wedge? It was smooth and stylish, perfect for an athlete who needed her peripheral vision to be clear but also wanted to be fashionable.

The cut was named for her and was a major fad in the ’70s and ’80s and it still works now. Give this cut a shot and see for yourself.

The Shorter The Better

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chrishaak/Pinterest

We keep elaborating on how easy or convenient some of these looks might be, but for the ultimate in ease, just shave it down. Seriously, you might be surprised at the freedom you will feel rocking a shaved or buzzed head.

Just check her out. Unencumbered by the distraction of a mop of hair, this model gets to blow it out of the water with some wild sunglasses and statement earrings.