What Cut at What Age?

Trends come and go, and there’s never just one hairstyle that works for all age groups. But there are certain types of hairstyles that do a better job of flattering different age groups. We’re not saying you can’t rock a style at 50 that’s more intentioned for a 20-something-year-old, but in general, there are some hairstyles that work best.

At any age, the key to a great cut is finding a style that flatters both your hair texture and face shape. And of course, it’s best to chose a style that makes you feel confident and beautiful, not matter your age!


Best Cuts in Your 20s

This is the best time of your life to experiment and try out all types of cuts and styles. Go short and edgy, long and sexy, or anything in between. This is the age to play around with color and length until you find what works best. Your hair will grow faster and thicker in your 20s, and you might not have a career that dictates more professional color choices. Just beware of anything that seems to babyish or too old (aka boring).

  • Pixie or Waist-Length Hair: An androgynous hair cut is a bold look, but this is the decade to try it out! Or go to the opposite end of the spectrum and grow out (or add in extensions for) down-to-there hair.
  • Blunt bangs: If you haven’t had bangs in years, you might as well try it again in your 20s. Cut a brow-length fringe, just above your eyes.


Best Cuts in Your 30s

Perhaps your starting a family and/or moving up in your career. You need a hairstyle that fits your lifestyle. Long, sexy waves with layers that frame your face work for both single gals and those with toddlers in tow. The great thing about long layers is that you can whip it into a ponytail or topknot during the day, and then do curls or a voluminous blowout for fun at night. Also, don’t be afraid to go short… just make sure you pick a cut and style that is fun and fresh because 30 is still flirty!

  • Side-Swept or Split-Part Bangs: Make bangs look more sophisticated yet still sassy by sweeping them to one side or splitting them in the middle and pulling the bangs to each side of your face.
  • Blunt chop: This edgy style works gorgeously on all hair types, especially hair with natural waves.


Best Cuts in Your 40s and 50s

If you’ve always loved long hair, don’t feel like you have to go short in your 40s or 50s (unless of course, you really want to!). Look for hairstyles that offer a fresh, youthful appeal. Try a:

  • Classic bob
  • Modern, choppy shag
  • Shoulder-length waves
  • Side-parted lob
  • Soft, wavy crop
  • Stacked, blunt, layered bob


Best Cuts in Your 60s and Beyond

Short hairstyles, whether sweet or spiky, highlight your best features and are low-maintenance. But again, don’t feel like you have to go short… and never feel like you must have helmet hair! Skip the old lady salons! Try a classic bob, a lob, shoulder-length hair or even a spiky cut.


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