Hair Colouring

How to look younger: Best anti-aging hairstyles to ‘hide forehead lines’ and greys

Michael Douglas is a hair stylist who has tended to the tresses of supermodels including Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Yasmin Le Bon. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he explained how some small changes to your hairstyle could go a long way to creating a more “youthful” appearance.

If you are hoping to hide lines or wrinkles on your face, Michael recommends rethinking the cut of any hair that frames your face. He explained: “A concave fringe is good for hiding forehead lines and laugh lines around the eyes.”

Although he says no one hairstyle can make you look older, Michael says different cuts suit different people. “It really is horses for courses,” he said. “That’s why a great hairdresser is worth their weight in gold. Talk to yours and see what they suggest.”

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Often, your stylist will consider your hair type and health when recommending a specific cut or style. “Thinning hair should always be cut short,” explains Michael. “But if you’ve got a good thatch just enjoy it – the choice is yours.

“In my 35-year career I’ve never considered anyone’s face shape, but I would consider their hair type – is it curly, wavy, thick, thin etcetera? The question for me is: ‘What will and won’t your hair do easily?’”

The good news is, there are plenty of trending hairstyles at the moment which can lend themselves towards a young, fresh look. According to Michael, some of these include: “Blunt, shoulder-length bobs with air-dried texture. More natural or diffused styles, outgrown fringes and less overly-styled and overly sculpted hair.”

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Coloring your hair can also go a long way to creating a more youthful appearance. While bright shades can appear harsh on certain people, subtle shades can appear more natural. Michael explained: “Balayage is a very youthful coloring style yet great for covering gray styles.”

Balayage comes from a French word meaning “to sweep”, and uses a hair coloring technique where highlights are hand-painted or “swept” on the surface of random sections of hair.

Dye or lightener is usually painted on, starting in the mid-section and becoming denser as it moves down the section of hair to the ends.

This tends to be done in natural shades, such as blondes or browns, with highlights generally just a few shades lighter than your base color, giving your locks natural depth and dimension.

Michael Douglas’ “next generation hair dryer” BLOW is available to purchase now on mdlondon.co.uk.

Three tips for healthy hair

Re-think how often you wash your hair

If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it as often as once a day to keep it looking fresh. However, if you regularly dye your hair, it may be dryer. In this instance, it can be a good idea to cut down on how often you wash it. As you age, your scalp begins to make less oil, so you may not need to shampoo it as frequently.

Use conditioner after every wash

Conditioner goes a long way to keeping your hair soft and improving the look of dry or damaged hair.

Make sure to use a good conditioner after every time you shampoo your hair.

Protect your hair

Whether you’re a regular swimmer or are spending time in the sun, there are certain steps you can take to keep your locks looking and feeling their best.

You can protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine by wetting and conditioning your hair before swimming, or wearing a tight-fitting swim cap.

If you’re heading into the sunshine, consider using a hair and scalp sunscreen.