Needless to say, cheeky facial contours are reserved for boys.
With age, and especially with the onset of menopause, there is bone resorption (bone loss), sagging muscle tone, and sagging skin, prompting many of us to consider cosmetic surgery at the hairdresser.
George Northwood, creator of Alexa Chung’s now eponymous “undone” bob, is a master at mimicking the effects of a facelift with scissors.
“A lot of my clients don’t want Botox, but they’re still concerned about cheeks and facial contours — there’s so much your hairstylist can do to ease those insecurities, from subtle layers to simply sharpening the tips,” he says .
Most of Northwood’s celebrity clientele bear the hallmarks of his demure scissor shape – Sienna Miller, the Duchess of Sussex, Claudia Winkleman and Claire Foy are just a few who give him free rein to adjust their hair as it evolves.
From higher cheekbones to widening a long face to softening lines and wrinkles, here’s what to ask your hairstylist based on your top aging concerns.
A side effect of aging is the loss of volume due to having less cushioning fat from our youth combined with bone resorption giving the fat less of a base to hold on to.
If you long to show your cheekbones proud, Northwood suggests long bangs that curve around the contours of your cheeks.
The fringe curtain, as it’s now called, is widely considered to be the most wearable for women “of a certain age” as it creates a heart shape that slims and lifts by cradling the cheekbones and drawing your gaze upwards.
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“Bardot-inspired bangs create the illusion of higher cheekbones, not only framing the area, but also adding strength and a focal point—all of which is lost in hair that has length in the front,” says Northwood.
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Strong, eye-hugging bangs like those of Anna Wintour or Claudia Winkleman should not be overlooked and can be extremely flattering despite their bold appeal.
“The key is to trim the fringes wide while tapering the outer corners so they’re a bit longer. It opens up the face without looking blocky or square,” explains Northwood, who says straight-cut fringes are usually too harsh for most women to wear with confidence.
Redefine your jaw
Blunt ends add sharpness to the lower half of the face, instilling a sense of health and well-being.
“Shaggy ends can be fashionable, but as you get older it’s imperative that you keep the bottom edge of your hair sharp — that’s why bobs work so well on mature women,” says Northwood.
He suggests leaving layers on the sides where you can add shape and softness and leaving the ends blunt. Choppy ends end up looking stringy and scruffy and draws your attention to blemishes, while a clean baseline mimics the sharp angles of a youthful jawline, especially if it’s above shoulder length.
Even people with long hair can make important adjustments. “There’s no need to radically change your length as long as you update your cut as your face changes,” suggests Northwood, who points out that facial structure generally hardens with age and can be softened significantly, by creating a texture with a low -Maintenance “S-Curve”.
This can easily be achieved at home with flat irons, along with some slightly shorter pieces cut to the perimeter of your hairline.
“Sarah Jessica Parker is a brilliant example of someone embracing her waves and texture in just the right way for her age,” says Northwood.
Notable long hair cuts that feature face-framing like this include Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz and Gwyneth Paltrow, all of whom have sat in Northwood’s chair.
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