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Hairstyles for women over 60

Just because you're over 60 doesn't mean you have to crop your hair and forget about it. At any age, you can choose from many flattering hairstyles. Just ask the experts at Kim Vo Salon. Kim Vo and Matt Motherhead showed us three options that work beautifully for women over 60. See the results and get tips you can use at home.

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Before

With Sue's shoulder-length straight hair, Kim and Matt had a lot to work with. They decided on a layered daytime look, a fun, wavy look. Matt says forget the old roller set. As long as you create looks that frame your face well, you're free to play with lots of different styles.

Clean up

One of the first things Matt noticed was that Sue's hair sloped toward the back. So the first step was picking up the scissors and straightening up a bit. Matt took some length off in the back and added a few long layers. Shortening the back pushes the focus toward the face. Layers help to make the hair look fuller. As you get older, the hair tends to thin out and lose volume. By adding long layers, you can help recreate that volume.

Add volume

Once Sue's hair was trimmed, Matt added volume by applying a little mousse and blowdrying. When you blow-dry with the help of a brush, you stretch the hair, which adds shine and smooths it out. Lift the hair at the roots during the drying process to add volume and build the structure of the hairstyle. Use your brush to curl the bottom layers under and the top layers toward the back. Use a smaller brush for more curl and use a larger brush for a softer look, especially around the face.

Pin curls at the crown

Here's a great tip from Matt. While you're drying, make two neat curls at the crown of your head with your brush. Pin those in and continue drying. When you're done, remove the pins and work the curls back into the hair. This will create gorgeous volume.

Look one: Daytime

Sue shines in her first hairstyle. It's a lustrous layered look that softly frames her face. You want to strive for something that's loose and free. What you don't want is a flip. Hair should flow gently under or toward the back. For a daytime look, it's important not to overdo it. With women over 60, the style should be tailored and put together.

Add some wave

For the second look, Matt wanted to add some wave. To achieve this at home, take small manageable pieces and curl them toward the back. Matt warns not to hold onto the hair too much. "The more you play with them, the more they're going to fall." After adding the curls, let them cool and then gently pick them out.

Look two: Waves

After the first style was completed, it took just a few minutes to create this beautiful second look. Matt explains that once you get a good frame around your face, you should work with that. You don't want to look like a different person with each new hairstyle.

An evening look

The next phase is an evening updo. To begin, separate the hair at the crown. Clip that toward the front and leave alone for the time being. Then take a large chunk of back section, form a ponytail and twist it up. Pin that into place. Make sure you have lots of pins on hand.

Keep pinning

Once you have that ponytail secured, start taking other pieces, folding them over and pinning them in well. The roll created by the ponytail in the back acts as a base. Build the rest of the hair around that. Another great tip from Matt -- bend one end of your pin to create a hook shape. This will ensure a better hold.

The final touches

Once all the hair in the back is up, unclip the hair at the crown. Let the hair fall over the back and tuck in with pins. This style can look severe if it's too tight, so it's alright if some pieces are loose. For all of these looks, particularly this one, Matt advises you put a mirror on the back of your bathroom door. Matt quips that "90% of the time, 80% of the people are looking at the back of your head," so you want to be sure you can check the back.

The final look

Sue is now ready for an evening out! According to Matt, you always need at least one piece of hair to frame the face. Again, you want "variation but not a complete transformation." You don't have be overly age specific with your hairstyle as long as you remember to create a soft frame around your face and then work tailored styles around it.

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About the Author

Eileen Sweeney is an editor at Demand Media and previously worked at Yahoo! A graduate of Ohio University, she also studied photography at Santa Monica college and is an award-winning photographer.

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