3 age-defying haircuts to boost confidence

Not only does a fresh cut rejuvenate our look, it also works wonders to boost our confidence and lift our spirits! So, we interviewed the best hairdressers for the three most anti-aging haircuts that can be customized to complement anyone. First, take a look at our guide to determining your face shape, then discover the cut that will bring you the most joy.

What’s your face shape?

Your face is ROUND if: The length from the hairline to the chin divided by three is greater than the length from the tip of the nose to the chin. Celebrities with a round face shape include Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Mila Kunis.

Your face is SQUARE if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple equals the width of your jaw from ear to ear. Celebrities with a boxy face shape include Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, and Jennifer Aniston.

Your face is LONG if: The length from the hairline to the chin divided by three is less than the length from the tip of the nose to the chin. Celebrities with a long face shape include Teri Hatcher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Oh, and Lisa Kudrow.

Your face is HEART if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is greater than the width of your jaw from ear to ear. Heart-shaped celebrities include Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson.

A haircut that can be customized for everyone: The Power Pixie

“The mega movement and texture created by different lengths of layers and bangs give shorter hair tons of volume, ensuring today’s pixie has a modern, non-matronly look,” says Jackson Simmonds, hairdresser at Julien Farrel Salon in New. York City, who worked with Carol Burnett and Jill Zarin.

Plus, a pixie takes little time to style – just apply a small amount of mousse or pomade to damp hair and blow dry or air dry. Oh!

Best Pixie Haircut for Round Faces

CBS Stock Photo Sharon Osbourne Pixie Cut
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A pixie with short, neat sides adds face framing angles that visually square and contrast the fullness of a round face, explains Simmonds. Plus, the voluminous layers on the crown focus directly upward, pulling features like eyes and cheeks with it for a lifting effect. (Talk about an age-defying haircut!)

Ask your stylist: A pixie shorter on the sides and longer at the top with very textured layers across the crown and short “charms” along the forehead.

The best pixie for square faces

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“The rounded silhouette of a side-shifted pixie helps soften the hardness of a square jaw,” says Simmonds. And infusing the cut with full bangs cleverly hides any thinning at the temples and along the hairline. Styling Tip: Applying a dollop of mousse – we like John Frieda Volume Lift Air-Whipped Foam (buy from Walmart, $ 5.99) – on damp hair before blow-drying will add volumizing oomph to the roots.

Ask your stylist: A textured pixie all over the crown from blended and blended layers and side bangs that rest on the brows.

The best pixie for heart faces

Heart-shaped face, Carolyn Hennessy with pixie cut
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The height created by overlapping layers on a longer pixie directs the focus up and away from a pointy chin, says Simmonds. And the angled bangs “cut” a wider forehead so that it appears tighter. Bonus: To improve the texture of the layers and give the strands more depth, Simmonds suggests working a pea-sized amount of pomade – we like Kenra Professional Clear Paste (buy from Ulta, $ 15.99) – through the tips. hair.

Ask your stylist: A pixie with graduated side bangs and long, stacked layers that are cut at an angle so they stand out.

The best pixie for long faces

Sharon Stone with a pixie cut
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“Long, wavy layers on an ear-creaming pixie optically widen a longer face to help balance its length,” says Simmonds. Even better? Cutting the side bangs shortens the face even more while instantly masking the brow furrows. And to give the short cut a youthful touch, create bouncy curls by loosely wrapping various one-inch sections of hair around a one-inch curling iron and ruffling them with your fingers once cool.

Ask your stylist: An ear-length pixie with subtle side bangs and textured layers that gradually get longer.

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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First for women.

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