Struggling with fine, flat or dull hair? You’re certainly not alone — whether your mane is looking frizzy due to natural aging or lackluster thanks to the temperature dropping, this is a common issue and something that can be fixed for the new year with a stylish and sleek haircut recommended by professional stylists.
With that said, we checked in with hair experts for four chic, volumizing and timeless haircuts to give your locks a boost for 2024. Read on for suggestions and insight for mature beauties over 50 from Krysta Guerrero, owner and stylist at Base Salon Chicago, Lauren Udoh, hair stylist and hair creative director of WigReports and Ghanima Abdullah, hair expert and cosmetologist at The Right Hairstyles.
1. Long Layers with Wispy Fringe
Center-parted, curtain bangs have been trending online for all 2023, and they aren't going anywhere in 2024! As Udoh notes, adding a wispy bang to long layers can provide even more movement and interest if you're bored of long hair or your current style.
Camila Cabello's fringe can be parted in the middle, pinned-back or moved to the side, creating plenty of options for styling all season long. "These bangs can be flattering for women of any age because they create a sense of volume and fullness around the face," Udoh says.
"They also work well with many different hairstyles, making them a versatile choice for any woman," she adds. "In my personal experience, curtain bangs can be styled in many different ways to suit nearly any face shape or hair type. This makes them an excellent option for women who want to change their look regularly."
2. Layered 'Bixie'
If you can't decide between a bob or pixie, we have good news. You don't have to! A 'bixie' (or bob-meets-pixie) like Kristen Stewart's is very in for winter, and can be a very flattering and chic choice, Guerrero explains. There are elements of both styles to play with here in this social media-fave cut, and autumn is a great time to find what works for you.
"The bixie is a traditional bob haircut that’s combined with a pixie," she says. "The nice thing about a bixie is its versatility — not only can you adjust the length and opt to have it a little longer, but there is no one way to do it when it comes to the style. The cut is totally customizable based on your preference."
3. Side-Parted Italian Bob
If you're looking for a haircut that can make your best features pop while giving your mane an extra boost of volume and bounce, look no further than the Italian bob cut. This style is inspired by Old Hollywood and is a 'do that stylish stars like Zendaya are currently opting for.
The Italian bob takes the traditional bob cut to new heights with chunky blunt ends that create an airy, voluminous look that's never heavy or bulky. It also has just the right amount of length to allow for easy styling options as it's long enough to tie up, but short enough to be worn as is.
Udoh says that a medium bob like this is "a sleek and stylish choice for many occasions." She adds that "it's a versatile cut that looks great on almost any face shape and hair type." The length can be "adjusted to complement your features and create an attractive silhouette," she notes.
"This ever-popular bob provides volume at the crown, with textured layers that frame the face nicely while still maintaining an easy-to-manage style," Udoh explains.
4. Asymmetrical Lob
If you have center-parted, fine hair and want to increase volume instantly, Abdullah recommends opting for a deep, Old Hollywood-esque side part, like Gal Gadot (above).
When it comes to lobs, she says: "try a side part instead, as you can move the hair from one side to the other, as you wish." The added hair going over will increase "volume in the area as well," she adds, especially if your hair is "used to being parted down the center."
This trick is also great for "hiding signs of thinning in the crown area," where many women notice thinning and hair loss, she goes on. "Having a deep side part really brings on the glamor, especially if you've had recent coloring added," she also points out.
Another bonus is that this works for any hair texture, as wavy or curlier tresses will also look "elegant" with a side-parted lob, she says.
While there are many other volumizing options to choose from, these three styles have gained quite a bit of attention in 2023 and will continue to remain in fashion for the foreseeable future.
If you're planning to refresh your hairstyle for the new year, it's important to consider your facial structure, hair texture, and desired volume before choosing a particular 'do.
Working with your stylist and bringing along photos of your preferred haircut will make a huge difference in achieving your hair goals, according to our experts!
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Article written by Marissa Matozzo for shefinds.com