Haircut Ideas for Any Age
Five Real Simple readers wanted to reboot their hair with new cuts and color. See what happened. By Anne Marie O’Connor
Does your hair take more time than it should? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes. The experts are here to help, with seven styling shortcuts that will streamline your routine.
After: Liz Carroll
“Liz’s hair wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t memorable, either,” says Cutler. “We wanted to make it more special and modern.” Stylist
David Kastin brought the length up to just below the collarbone. “We then added layers to incorporate movement,” adds Cutler.
He also wanted to brighten Liz’s color, but not with classic highlights. Instead, colorist Gaby Bowen applied them on the
underside of Liz’s hair. “It pops from underneath—and you’re not a slave to maintenance,” says Cutler. The result? “I got
such positive feedback,” says Liz. “I think I look warm and approachable; it opens up my face.”
Best for: Fine to medium hair; oval, round or diamond-shaped faces.
Styling tips: To create hold without stickiness, spritz on Redken Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray ($17, ulta.com) or Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($25, bumbleandbumble.com), then blow-dry with a round brush, says Heser. “You don’t want to blow it too straight. You just want to smooth out the hair cuticle to prevent frizziness.”