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Top tips for younger looking hair from Andrew Barton

Introducing Andrew Barton

I have been lucky enough to meet Andrew Barton on several occasions, and am thrilled that he has offered to share his hair tips on a regular basis with Fabafterfifty readers.

Can you make your hair and yourself look younger? Ohh yes you can! Many of you know me as the makeover guru on the hit TV show “10 Years Younger” now exported around the world. The TV show aims to take at least ten years off a volunteer’s age as polled by the public. I guess you, like me, have screamed with delight as the volunteer is revealed in front of the revolving mirror and is rendered speechless when she sees a new, younger version of herself and of course I’m biased but I know you’ll agree it’s the hair that makes the big difference. So, what are the key steps to take to reinvent your hair and take the years off?

1. Never hang onto the same style for too long. Fashions change and so should your hairstyle. You should change or adapt you’re look at least every 3 years or you run the risk of looking like you’re living in another decade which can dramatically age you. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change – it could just be a change of parting or adding or reducing width or height. Your stylist should be recommending change regularly rather than saying “same as last time!”

2. Avoid overly trendy haircuts or conceptual dramatic haircuts. Over a certain age it just looks like your trying too hard. You may love wearing conceptual clothes and if that’s the case just keep the simple and tailored graphic graduated bob which works brilliantly.

3.    Centre partings are generally not flattering even on a teenager so avoid them at all costs. Casual partings are much more flattering as a woman ages.

Should we chop off long hair to give a more youthful appearance?

4.I’m constantly asked whether I agree that women over forty should chop off their long hair to give a more youthful appearance. I believe a woman should feel confident, sexy and attractive and if that means having long hair then the answer is no! But it does have to be in great condition, have fabulous colour and be cut into a flattering shape. No one who is past their teens can get away with hair hanging from a centre parting like a pair of curtains.

5.    My pet hate and one of the most ageing hair mistakes is hair that looks like it can’t move, fixed in place within an inch of its life. If you want hold look for hairsprays that offer flexible hold. Hair should be free and soft and have movement, not look like a helmet or a lampshade.

I’m looking forward to Andrew’s next  great hair tips to have us all looking Fab after fifty!!


Andrew Barton is one of Britain’s favourite hairdressers. His love of hairdressing is combined with a hectic media schedule of regular TV appearances, and with seven years on ‘10 Years Younger’ which airs in over 50 countries his status as TVs favourite hairdresser stands firm. Andrew holds a clutch of titles and awards including British Hairdresser of the Year 2006, Most Wanted Hair Icon 2008, Reveal magazine’s Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2009, Hair magazine’s Ultimate Hairdresser of the Year 2009, Fellowship Ambassador of the Year 2010 and finalist for British Hairdresser of the Year 2009, confirming his place in the firmament of hairdressing stars. Consultations are available with Andrew at his flagship Covent Garden salon

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  1. luna

    September 29, 2011

    Great tips !

  2. Patricia Sutton

    December 16, 2012

    What styles can you recommend for an over 70 with grey hair but wanting to look trendy.

  3. Roberta Smith

    July 12, 2013

    Hi Andrew i’m wondering if you have advise on hair styles on the
    Shape of a face. I seen the best transformation. hair style by you
    on 10 years younger but need to know if the shape.of a face is important
    in relation to suiting a hair style

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