Hair dilemma... do I need to cut, go blonde, bangs

I was so glad to find this article that a friend shared on Facebook. I've been struggling with a hair decision. I'll be 40 this summer... does hair length and age matter?  

Picture of me below (with Gary Allan) is pretty recent. What do you think?  Shorten? new style? blonder? darker? Help!

So back to this article or blog thingy that a friend posted.  Maybe this will help me or help you. Maybe you don't need help. Here it is anyway. See if you agree with this blogger.

"Easy Hairstyle Changes That Can Help You Look Younger"  - from

"Did you know the way you style your hair can add or take away years? Here are a few simple hairstyles changes that can help you look younger. From adding bangs and going a bit darker to some simple ways to mix up your style, I hope you enjoy these tips and find them useful."

Cut your bangs

There are a number of reasons bangs can help you look younger. They cover forehead wrinkles, can make hair appear fuller and they have a youthful vibe to them. You can go with blunt or side swept bangs for the same result. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner have both sported bangs and do it quite well.

Layers, Layers, Layers

Guess what? Yep, no matter your hair length, adding layers helps you look younger. You want your hair to move and layers helps to get that effect. With all one length hair, it can make your face look longer and older. By adding some delicate face framing layers, you’ll achieve a more youthful look.

Go darker

Did you know that hair color the same color as your skin tone can wash you out and makes your skin appear drab? It’s true! I’m proof of this. Going a bit darker can help give your skin a healthier glow, which makes you look younger. If you don’t want to go all over darker, add in some deep caramel lowlights for the same effect.

Here’s a before and after picture of myself.  (Julie, the blogger, not Ashley, the DJ)

Go lighter

Say what? I know, I know…I just gave you reasons you should go darker, but that’s not the case for everyone. If you have jet black hair, it can make you appear older for a couple of reasons. Dark hair against your light scalp easily shows your thinning hair, making it more visible. Very dark hair also casts a shadow on your skin which makes your wrinkles appear more pronounced. Try going a couple of shades lighter, or adding some highlights around your face."


Okay - I'm a really dark natural brunette, but I come from a long line of blondies. I've dabbled with the bronde color before.  Pics below and don't say anything about how my friend Drew has better hair than me.  I already know that. #UncleJesse  : )  The other pic is of my sis, Ali. She also has amazing hair! #lionsmane 

Bangs... I'm now thinking bangs. : )  Maybe this little blog will help you if you're having a hair dilemma too! 

Ashley King

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