Make any hairstyle age defying with Ken Paves

Lines on the face tell a wonderful story about our journey through life. They also tell our age. Softening or hiding some of these "beauty marks" is sure to keep people guessing.

It used to be that when you reached a certain age you were destined for your mother's haircut. Something short, easy...and usually bland. Back in the day, hairstyles for longer lengths tended to elongate the face or make it look drawn—which is the last thing that maturing women need. So women cut it off! That's not the case anymore due to styling techniques. With that behind us, we realize the true key to looking young isn't just a short hairstyle, but feeling young.

This is a photo of me and my mom. My mom just turned 60 years old. To help her look younger, my mom has face-framing layers with a side bang. This puts the emphasis on her beautiful eyes. Her hairstyle also has a lot of movement and soft highlights that help her to look the way she feels—playful and young! I can happily say that these tips truly work. My mom definitely looks young for her age, but it's her young spirit that is ultimately age defying!

Put Your Stylist to the Test
Its time to break the rules ladies and put your stylist to the test. Let's get creative. If short makes you feel sassy, then short it is! If long makes you feel lovely, then long it is! If you like a bob, so be it!

Long Hair: If you're going to have long hair, then it should be layered. The layers will take off a significant amount of the weight, and layering around the face will open and broaden the face, making it look fresh and uplifted.

Bobs: Here's a trick. If you have a bob, take it a couple inches shorter in the back, leaving the front longer. This will give your profile an instant lift. This shape pulls the eye upward and away from the face.

Layering: It's anytime that the hair is not one length. Layering creates softness, distracting from wrinkles and fine lines. The key with layering is to focus on what you think makes you look more youthful and, most importantly, feel youthful.
If You Have...
A Forehead Filled with Expression:
If your forehead is wrinkly, cover it up. You don't have to commit to bangs of yesteryear! Whether you go á la "Bardot" or elongated to either side, the new bang is versatile but will definitely turn back the clock.

Crows Feet: Incorporate face-framing layers and a side fringe into your current style to hide these lines.

Softened Jawline: As we age our jawline softens and our neck begins to wrinkle. If a soft jawline bothers you, then opt for a style that is just long enough to layer around your neck to take the focus away from this area.

Focus on the Positive
Now that we've hidden all of our secrets, let's focus on the positive. Embrace your spirit and live in the moment!

What do you feel are your most beautiful features? If you have a graceful neck, go for a great short cut! If your eyes are your best feature then cut some bangs and give them all the attention! If you have great cheekbones, then let's see them—layer around and open up the face!

Healthy hair is also a sign of youth. As we age our hair becomes dry and brittle, losing its shine. Mature hair has fewer natural oils, so it needs less cleansing and more conditioning! Soft and shiny hair will definitely make you look and feel younger.

Soft and airy hairstyles: They appear light and tend to open and lift the face. Also, choosing a hairstyle with movement will show that you can still be playful.

Be sexy! Remember, never lose "sexy" in your hair vocabulary!

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