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Haircut Inspirations That Can Make You Look 10 Years Younger

Plus, tips on how to find the right style for you.

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    Goal: Emphasize good features.

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    Goal: Sculpt cheekbones.

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    How to Get the Style You Want

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    The Beauty Tools You Need

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    Goal: Hide forehead wrinkles.

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    Goal: Firm up the jawline.

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    Goal: Downplay neck wrinkles.

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    Goal: Brighten a dull complexion.

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    HOW TO GET THE STYLE YOU WANT

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    THE BEAUTY TOOLS YOU NEED

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    The Power of Good Cut

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  • Cutting layers that "point" toward the area by ending at the same level. If you have a great smile, for example, ask for chin-length pieces in front that will hit at lip level.

  • Create volume at the crown by asking for layers on top. Then, when styling, take a few strokes with a teasing comb (easy — we're not talking Marge Simpson) five inches from the hairline.

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  • 1: Request a 15-minute consultation before they begin cutting. Patrick Melville, owner of New York City's Patrick Melville Salon, encourages clients to come in before the appointment and ask lots of questions.

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  • 2: Don't just ask for a trim and assume you and your stylist are on the same page. Instead, ask them to show you what it will look like before they cut and discuss how much should be taken off, and from where.

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  • 3: Avoid the 'dos of the day — and the stylists who give them. Instead, ask for a cut that's right for you, and not the trendy look of the day.

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  • 4: Don't leave room for interpretation by just asking for a bob. Instead, be more specific and say something like, "I'd like a choppy, nape-length bob with long layers framing my face." Learn enough "hair lingo" to make yourself clear.

  • Pomade.
    It adds control and tames the frizzies. If your hair is long, use on the roots only.

    Wax.
    It gives intense control, which is especially important for short to medium-length styles.

    Shine enhancers.
    They often contain silicone, which helps all hair types look smoother and shinier.

    Flexible hair sprays.
    They set your style while allowing you to brush and restyle throughout the day.

  • Try eyebrow-skimming bangs. They'll cover lines and play up your eyes.

  • You want at least nape-length layers that are shorter in back. Adding some swing this way helps minimize flaws in general, and longer pieces in front will give the illusion of angles where they're needed.

  • Add a few wispy, longer strands in the back, even if the cut is short.