Is There a Hairstyle That Will Detract From My Jowls?

"I’m almost 58, and while I don’t consider that old, I’m feeling very old lately."
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"I’m almost 58, and while I don’t consider that old, I’m feeling very old lately."
Hair consultation - Micki

Micki wants a cut that will take the focus off her "jowls."

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Q: I’m almost 58 years old, and while I don’t consider that old, I’m feeling very old lately. I hate my jowls! Can you recommend a cut that will pull the focus away from them? I have thick, wavy hair and with some good product, I have no frizz. I’m very good to my hair, so it is healthy. I’ve been wearing it long for about eight or nine years—long enough to pull in a ponytail.

I’m also very open to a colour change, maybe highlights. My natural colour is ashy brown with grey/white around the ears and temples. I do colour my hair and have been wearing this colour (medium mahogany) for many years. I like the warmth it brings to my face and how it brings the blue out in my eyes.

Please help! I always love what you do for the younger women so can you throw in a middle-aged one like me?! Thank you for your consideration. — Micki

A: Micki, thank you for requesting a consultation. 

I really like that you have long hair, and there is never anything wrong with sporting a ponytail. Especially with this new fringe!

Penelope Cruz bangs - Gotham Film Awards, 2008

Penélope Cruz at the 2008 Gotham Film Awards.

I would like to see you change your part to centre-ish distribution point, like in this picture of Penélope Cruz. With this new part, you will have a much better balance of volume.

I would also like to see this fringe on you because it will open up your eye and cheekbone area. Showing a bit more ear will also enhance your new look.

I do like your hair on the darker side, but would prefer a more true brown as a base colour for you. Adding tone-on-tone highlights will add some soft visual movement that I feel will be bang on for you.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Salon at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.