If you haven't changed your hairstyle since Phua Chu Kang aired on Channel 5 10 years ago, perhaps its time to go for a major makeover.
"Getting a snip and colour can be better than any age defying product on your skin in erasing years off your appearance!Chief Director Thomas Teo from Chez Vous Hair Salon
As a stylist who is frequently involved in photoshoots for magazines, fashion shows and hair seminars and has experience hairdrssing for Who's Who of Singapore, Thomas is definitely someone who knows what he's saying.
Even though a hairstyle may look good in your 20s, changes in your face shape and your features will mostly likely mean that another hairstyle will suit you better in your 30s. Therefore, there is a need to adjust your style every few years, whether it is changing your hair length or even adding a colour.
There is no one formula to make one look more youthful but here are 7 hair secrets that stylists from Chez Vous Hair Salon like to share when taking years off a lady's face!
Model: Patricia | Cut, Colour and Highlights by Salon Director, Serene Tan
The severe contrast between Patricia's black hair and her relatively fair skin makes her look dull, opaque and can be rather unflattering.
Salon Director Serene shares that one of the most effective tricks for turning back time is framing one’s face with highlights at just the right places. Highlights should be subtle and well-blended. Rather than colouring the entire hair a single colour, opt for highlights on the layers of hair near to the face. This will brighten your look, making your face look fresher and younger.
Model: Jasmine | Cut, Colour & Highlights Customisation by Associate Salon Director, Shawn Chia
Opting for a base colour one or two shades lighter and then adding subtle highlights can go a long way to making you look more youthful.
Avoid going overly light as it may look tacky, especially on Asians!- Associate Salon Director Shawn Chia
Model: Sarah | Cut, Colour and Highlights Customisation by Chief Salon Director, Thomas Teo
Hair that is too long always ages a woman- Chief Salon Director Thomas Teo
Once your hair passes your chest, the long hair will weigh you down and make you look much older.
If you're really looking for a change, a short haircut like the pixie is a game-changer that will make friends and colleagues sit up to notice. The short hair will frame your face better while the soft bangs can conceal the fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead. Your hair will also weigh much lighter, possibly making you look and feel much younger in the process.
The best part is, it’s easy maintenance. Just rub in some shaping clay and you’re ready to go!
Model: Lily | Cut, Base Colour Customisation by Salon Director, Serene Tan
You don't have to go all short if you're not comfortable with it. Another thing you can do is change the style of the cut to lighten up your hair.
Bottom-heavy hair can drag your face down, add age to your look and make your face appear droopy. It can also take away the much-needed volume most older women need.
Snipping away bottom-heavy hair and add layers can help to redistribute the weight of the hair back to the crown, making the face appear more awake and youthful.
Don't you think Serene's cut made Lily look a lot more alert now?
Model: Joyce | Cut & Colour Customisation by Associate Salon Director, Veyond Chong
Don't like having too many layers? Why not consider a bob haircut?
Sporting a bob can open up one’s face and bring out your cheekbones, creating an ever classic yet contemporary vibe.
If you find your face looking a little more sunken with age, a slightly layered bob coupled with subtle side-swept bangs can help to soften the forehead, as well as frame the face, making it appear fuller and fresher.
Model: Katie | Cut, Base Colour + Highlights Customisation & Cold Perm by Salon Director, Serene Tan
If you don't want to cut off too much of your hair, just add some bangs to cover your hairline and draw focus away from fine lines. Face-framing bangs are best because they create a soft and timeless look.
Try not to get blunt bangs as it can call unnecessary attention to puffiness and lines around one’s eyes!
The key is to "open up" your face rather than "boxing it in".
Model: Caroline | Cut & Hair Contouring using Olive Brown Balayage Hues by Associate Salon Director, Veyond Chong
Sometimes, the colour of your hair can affect how old you look, depending on the social context. In western societies, for example, some shades of dirty blonde are unwelcome as they are seen as outdated and "old".
In Singapore, some shades of Reds and Coppers give off the "auntie" vibes so try to avoid them if you can.
A quick colour change to matte browns, ash browns or olive browns can make you look younger instantly!
Model: Eunice | Cut, Hair Botox + Fillers Treatment by Chief Salon Director, Thomas Teo
Are the people around you commenting on how dry your hair looks?
Perhaps its time to listen and do something about it. Dry damaged hair always makes you look older than you are. It is therefore important to keep your hair's natural sheen by taking good care of your tresses. Similar to your skincare regime, your hair needs a 4-step daily routine as well (conditioner, shampoo, masque and leave-in serum). If you're starting to see split ends, it's time to head back to the salon for a quick trim.
If your hair has already been badly damaged, opt for Chez Vous’ Hair Botox & Fillers. a semi-permanent therapy programme to designed to breathe life back into your hair.
Not sure what type of hairstyle is best for helping you look 5 years younger? We'd highly recommend you to give Chez Vous Hair Salon a go. Chez Vous Hair Salon is among the very best in Singapore due to their experienced director-only team and multiple awards from Harpers Bazaar, Women's Weekly and more!
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If you are not sure what to go for, get a complimentary consultation with the stylists at Chez Vous Hair Salon. You can also post your concerns at Chez Vous Facebook Page, tagging #RealHairStruggles, and the #GetItFix Team at Chez Vous will provide advice to all your hair-related queries and issues as soon as they can!