6 Ways Your Hair Is Making You Look Older

It's not you—it's your bangs.

Jennifer Lopez
(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

You've seen it before: a fresh cut, some fringe, and poof—somebody you know suddenly Benjamin Button-izes (but in a controlled, non-fatal way). Because it's more difficult to recognize the signs of an aging hairstyle on yourself than others, we've come up with six celebrity examples of follicular faux pas that turn the clock forward.

It's too styled

Ivanka Trump

(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

Ivanka's vibe is classic society lady, a description that fits both these looks, but the left is clearly the more severe. If you're using heat tools, make sure to break up the monotony with your fingers—young, modern hair is all about movement and not-too-regular texture. (Yes, the right-hand pic is still polished, but take note of the bendy ends.)

Your bangs aren't full enough

Amy Poehler

(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

Spaces between your bangs = a whole slew of uncomplimentary adjectives, such as "scraggly" or "stringy." No one's asking you to go for a whole-forehead-obscuring blunt bang, but wispy is never the way to go.

Your color's too one-dimensional

Jennifer Lawrence

(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

JLaw is now a nine on the blondness scale, but she could totally go dark—just not this flat, sucking-in-light-like-a-black-hole dark. Variation in tone instead of one all-over color looks so much brighter and real.

It's got too much volume

Jennifer Lopez

(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

Mo' volume, mo' problems. Baby J.Lo has nothing on more current J.Lo because the latter's hair concentrates the puff to the top for a flattering shape. Keywords for up-dos: loose, textured (there it is again), and not-mother-of-the-bride-y.

It's too long

Sandra Bullock

(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

Lighting deficiencies aside, Left Sandra comes off more tired and haggard than Right Sandra because her hair's weighing her features down. A short cut can act as a facelift—just beware the pouf-y pixie, which reads soccer mom.

It's got too many layers

Naomi Watts

(Image credit: Getty, design by Jen Baumgardner)

Like Balmain's hair designer told us, it's all about graphic, blunt lines. Unless they're very long, layers thin out the hair, which implies general sparseness and subsequently, "I'm an Old."

Chelsea Peng
Assistant Editor

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.