If your age is getting you down, freshen up your attitude by freshening up your look.
- Step 1: Cut your hair short and try curls, but don't overdo them. They can emphasize your eyes and chin to convey youth, but too much can make it look like you're trying too hard.
- Step 2: Shorten and punk-out your hair with spikes with a dab of hair product for an edgy appeal. Remember -- 40 is the new 30.
- FACT: In 1898, the first hairbrush with synthetic bristles was patented by Ms. Lyda D. Newman.
- Step 3: Go for thicker, softer bangs. Soften and liven the vibe by sweeping the front shock of hair to one side instead of using a straight-cut bang that shouts "old teacher." Let some strands hang loose to hide crow's feet and wrinkles.
- Step 4: Convert long, limp, and lifeless hair into big flowing waves to reclaim years. Tousle the long layers instead of hot combing or corkscrewing them for a carefree, breezy hairstyle.
- Step 5: Layer your hair and make it choppy for youthful body, but avoid this with thinning hair -- it will only deplete the volume.
- TIP: This is a commitment. Consider your bone structure, hair texture, and the time you want to spend on maintaining your hair.
- Step 6: Fashion curling waves around a more angular face to soften edges. Or choose a sleek, younger, straight cut for rounder features to distract from a heavy appearance.
- Step 7: Try a flattering length somewhere between your collarbone and chin, or a little longer if you have a square-shaped face. Avoid short cuts if you have long features, though, which will pull down and age the face.