Women in their thirties have a wide selection of hairstyles that are both age-appropriate and flattering. The good news is that your hair can actually help you hide emerging flaws like forehead wrinkles. Your challenge is to keep hair looking shiny and healthy while avoiding stiff, overly-styled hair that can make you look older than you are. The best approach you can take is to deep condition regularly, always use a heat-protecting styling cream, and go easy on the hairspray.
Bangs are a good way to camouflage the tiny forehead wrinkles that often emerge in your thirties (no Botox necessary). While thick bangs can look severe and are best left to 20-somethings, wispy bangs are soft and romantic. Ask your stylist to cut a soft fringe that falls at the level of your eyebrows. The bangs need to be short enough so that you aren’t always brushing them aside, but you want them to be long enough to cover the forehead. When styling bangs, Los Angeles stylist Harry Josh recommends blow-drying them with a round brush for a flattering curve.
Traditional ponytails are centered in the back of your head–and they have a very juvenile look, as a result. To make this classic hairstyle a little more chic and sophisticated, try changing its location. Sweep your hair into a ponytail and secure it off center behind one of your ears. Let the ponytail hang low, resting on your neck. Don’t slick it back with gel or hairspray; this creates a matronly “helmet hair” look. Let tiny pieces slip from the ponytail and frame your face.
Women in their thirties look great in medium-length bobs that fall between the chin and collarbone. This length highlights the face, but can also camouflage the neck. Ask your stylist for a gently-layered bob with razored ends, and make sure the hair is still long enough to pull back in a ponytail. You can style this cut several different ways, making it appropriate for work or play. Use a curling iron to flip out the ends for a flirty look, or use a flatiron to smooth it down and create a sleek professional look. You can also pull one side up with a pretty jeweled hair clip, or smooth it back with a headband.
Updos are professional and chic, perfect for a job interview or an evening out. But slicking them back is too severe for a woman in her thirties–if this is how you style your updos, loosen up! Marie Claire magazine suggests this tousled updo for women with above-shoulder-length hair. First, start by curling your hair. You can use a curling iron or sleep on wet hair while it’s wound into a bun. Don’t comb out your curls; instead, finger-comb them gently to remove tangles. Gather your hair into a ponytail and twist the ponytail into a bun at the nape of your neck. Secure with bobby pins.
References and ResourcesInStyle Magazine: Bangs
Marie Claire Magazine: Tousled Updo