Age-Defying Hairstyles

The Cut: Midlength

“On most women over 40, long hair that’s all one length tends to drag the face down, partly because hair thins as we age,” says Jennifer Lawrence, senior hairstylist at the Louis Licari Salon in New York City. “A midlength style with strategically cut layers softens and frames the face, and is more sophisticated and sexy.” Jet Rhys, stylist and owner of Jet Rhys Hair Salons in San Diego, says, “This is the perfect length for almost any face shape or hair texture.”


What To Ask For

A cut with a little length on top gives hair softness and swing—both of which are key to making you look younger. (A too-short, too-cropped style can look dated—and put fine lines and sagging skin on display.) “Ask your stylist to point-cut—chip into the ends, rather than cut them straight across—the outer edges of your hair on the sides and at the nape,” says Rhys. “This prevents sharp, barbered lines.”


Styling Tip

Spritz a thickening spray at the roots, and use your fingers to lift the base of the hair as you blow-dry, says Rhys.


The Cut: Side-Swept Bangs

“Bangs are better than Botox,” jokes Rhys. “They add youthfulness to your face, hide fine lines on your forehead, play up your eyes, draw attention to your cheekbones and give any old hairstyle a new look.” Even if you have curly hair, adds Lawrence, you can easily blow-dry a front section to make it look smooth.


What To Ask For

Have your stylist point-cut bangs just below your brow to create a chunkier texture; avoid a heavy Cleopatra bang that’s cut straight across. “A longer fringe cut at a slight angle, swept over to one eye, gives a nice symmetry and softness to the face,” says Rhys.


Style Tip

To avoid a ’70s-era bubble bang, direct the dryer nozzle down as you brush back and forth like a windshield wiper with a flat brush, says Rhys.


Jet Rhys Hair Show for L’Oreal

Jet Rhys and Joe Randazzo

Advanced Salon Vision presented INOA by L’OREAL, the first no Ammonia Hair Permanent to Hawaii’s top salon professionals last June. Jet Rhys, former color director for Vidal Sassoon and one of the top colorist in the industry demonstrated the INOA color products throughout the show. Joe Randazzo owner of J Salon gave the hair models a precise cut that worked harmoniously with their color and their lifestyle.

Joe Randazzo overlooks Jet Rhys explaining the color process.
Hair Demonstrations on stage.
Jet with model Emily Frederick.
Jet shows off the finished color.
Hair models Ara and Angel.

Photos by: Malie Moran

Go Natural

Ditch your Blow Dryer for Great Summer Hair

Using a blow dryer is about as much fun as standing next to a furnace this time of year. How about skipping the sweat roll and embracing your natural texture? “By avoiding all heat-styling appliances, you’ll see your hair looking and feeling its best,” says our friend Jet Rhys. If you’ve got wavy or curly hair, apply a curl cream to damp hair to define spirals and give them more bounce, says Jet. (She likes the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious line, which has creams for fine and coarse curls). If you’ve got straight strands, braid your damp hair or twist it into a bun. Once it’s dry, undo it, tousle it with your fingers, and go. (If hair looks flat, apply a texturizing cream or spray to damp hair first, before putting it up. Jet likes Bumble and Bumble Texture Crème.)