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3 new ways to anti-age your hair style for autumn

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Sagging jowls, thinning hair and the onset of wrinkles can result in us seeking out cosmetic tweakments to look and feel our best. However, there's an even quicker solution to giving your eyes the lift they need, tightening your skin, or restoring volume to your tresses, and it comes by way of a flattering updo.

In fact, some of our best loved celebrities over 40  have recently been spotted wearing age reversing hair styles, namely Victoria Beckham, J.Lo and Amy Adams. Just last week, Beckham, 45, took to Instagram to share videos of herself and her glam squad getting ready for an evening of celebration at her Dover Street store. Her look for the night? A perfect low ponytail that contoured the jawline and lifted the face, making her look instantly more youthful.

"Updos for women in their 40s are incredibly flattering as they give an air of youth and confidence. However, creating the right age reversing updo is all about understanding the face shape and paying attention to small details. The positioning and structure of the style is what makes or breaks this look, as if it's done incorrectly you may well end up accentuating the wrong features," says Mark Smith, Senior Stylist at John Frieda Salons.

Here are the three best anti-ageing up-dos for women over 40 this season

Volume boosting 

Jennifer Lopez at Milan Fashion Week Credit:  Arnold Jerocki/GC Images 

Jennifer Lopez has never shied away from a statement look, but she upped the ante during Milan Fashion Week and rocked the catwalk in that dress. She also returned to her famed 90s updo, tying the top half of her hair into a sky high pony leaving the other half loose and slightly flicked at the ends to give volume and bounce. 

This 90s inspired style is great for those who don't have enough volume in their hair to wear it all in one pony. "Leaving half of the hair down and adding a little flick at the bottom is especially flattering for women over 40 as it gives the illusion of thicker hair - ideal for women whose hair has thinned with age," says Smith. 

Eye-lifting

Amy Adams attended this year's Emmy Awards with a sleek mid ponytail that gave her face noticeable lift and accentuated her eyes Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/ FilmMagic

A perfectly positioned mid ponytail offers an instant all over 'lift', and is a great style for accentuating  cheekbones and opening up the eye area. "As a rule, if you are opting for this pony, it should start just under the highest point of the head to be most flattering to your face shape, and most impactful on the eye area," says Smith. Also, adding a slight quiff before tying the hair back, as Amy Adams has, adds length to the forehead and creates the illusion of a 'lift' at the centre of the face. 

Face contouring 

Victoria Beckham wore her signature face framing hair and low ponytail at her Dover Street store event Credit: Darren Gerrish /WireImage 

There’s a reason Victoria Beckham took to Instagram to tell her followers that her hair stylist Ken Paves creates the best ponytails in the business. With her hair swept back and tied just above the nape of the neck and strategically positioned tendrils, her cheekbones popped and her jawline appeared tauter than ever.

Hair Stylist Michael Van Clarke explains that creating volume at the crown and adding some face framing tendrils offers definition but also softens the style for a more youthful finish. He also recommends experimenting with the positioning of the hair: a higher pony has more movement and looks more boho and carefree. A lower pony, like VB's, is more modern and edgy.