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Having the wrong hairstyle can make you look older – much older. Think of the bouffant or the too-tight librarian bun that instantly makes a woman still in her prime look ten years older.

One of the quickest ways to turn back the hands of time is to get a more flattering hairstyle. Youthful hair is your goal, here are some young looking hairstyles that can give your face – and your spirits – a lift.

1. Add side sweeping bangs!

Side swept bangs soften the face and accentuate the eyes while drawing attention away from wrinkles and fine lines.

Keep them a little messy; and resist the urge to cut bangs straight across – that style only looks good on little girls and teens. On a mature woman, straight-cut bangs only draw attention to under eye bags and lines that most women want to hide.

Want to learn how to do bangs right? Check out this tutorial from Dominique Sachse.

2. Avoid tightly structured up-do’s!

Hair that’s worn up can look classy and elegant, but it can also add ten years to your face.

Few people over the age of twenty look good with their hair pulled back tightly into a bun or knot. Casual, slightly messy up-dos look more youthful.

Back comb and spritz a bit to add volume at the crown and leave a few tendrils hanging free to reduce the severity of the style. Add some elegant hair accessories and finish the look off with a pair of dangly earrings.

Want some tips on styling? Check out this great piece, titled, Haircuts That Look Gorgeous On Older Women from the popular vid-zine, The List.

3. Tousle it!

Straight all-one-length hair is classically elegant, but it can also be aging.

Create a more youthful look by adding large hot rollers to straight hair before going out. Once you remove them lightly brush the loose waves and back comb a little to create a soft, tousled look.

Use a shampoo and conditioner that add extra body. Youthful hair is never flat. Bring out the body in your hair with the right hair care products!

Want to take a Tousled Hair Tutorial? We went hunting and found this great one from video blogger, Lola Marie. Very nice!

4. Layering!

Subtle layering can be used to give your hair added texture and volume. This creates a more youthful look and draws attention away from signs of aging.

It’s usually most flattering to keep hair length between chin and shoulder level with some light layering on the ends to add more body and texture. This type of haircut looks good on almost everyone and is still versatile enough to wear in a variety of ways.

Here’s hair expert, Maksim Nikitochkin, with a demonstration of a hip layered cut – looks complicated!

5. Giving your hair color a lift!

Try going a shade lighter or add some subtle highlights to cover gray and give skin a more youthful appearance.

Most people look best with lighter hair as they age since it helps to brighten the complexion. On the other hand, don’t lighten more than a shade or two since it can look harsh and be difficult to maintain.

To get highlights done right can be a challenge. From the video blog, AnneP | Makeup and More, here’s Anne with some great advice.

6. Add hair to your hair!

If your hair has thinned over the years, consider hair replacement surgery. There are experts out there who can help add missing hair using a number of time-tested techniques.

The right hairstyle can take years off your age. Next salon appointment, try a new style!

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