Why this five second hair tweak is the smartest way to look younger 

Victoria Beckham nails youthful hair 
Victoria Beckham attends the National Portrait Gallery with a natural looking up-do Credit: Samir Husse /Wireimage

Cast your eye back to Meghan Markle’s Royal debut and she was the queen of the messy bun. A nonchalant, thrown-together knot that had a few stray hairs out of place, it was neither too glamorous, nor too prim. Dare I say, it was almost perfect as hair styles go. 

Markle is now a Duchess. Hence, her messy bun has gotten a lot less messy. But one element that remains un-sculpted are the tendrils that cradle her cheekbones. In fact, I would argue that when she scrapes them back into sleek  submission, she blends into the Royal line up and loses the element of spontaneity and modernity that we’ve come to covet.

Granted, this is a minor detail. But it would be dismissive to underestimate the power that a touch of deliberate disheveling has upon one’s hair, for it is often the minor details that separate the perennially stylish from the rest of us.

Tendrils, which is hairdressing speak for two symmetrical pieces of hair that fall about one’s face (either side of the cheekbones) are the hair equivalent to  good illusion dressing. For instance, a puffy shoulder that enhances one’s stature or an empire line dress that gives the effect of looking as though you have longer legs than you were born with.

The Duchess of Sussex's signature loose up-do  Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/PA

In fact, this minor five second tweak has major smart ageing powers, softening facial features and lending a youthful vibe to an otherwise old fashioned up-do. All you need is the right cut  and a few seconds prep to ensure the texture is ‘just so.’

“Putting your hair up can look severe, and so a couple of pieces of hair that fall either side of your face is more forgiving,” explains Luke Hersheson, who cuts Victoria Beckham’s asked-after hair style.

The key lies in your haircut, says Hersheson. “If you have a longer hairstyle, have your hairdresser cut a few invisible layers around your face. That way, when you wear your hair up, they naturally fall at exactly the right length to frame your features.’ If your hair is below your shoulders, like Beckham, then your tendrils should be jaw-length. If it’s slightly shorter overall, a long fringe that skims the tops of your cheekbones is also a flattering length, advises Hersheson.

Victoria Beckham seen leaving her shop in Dover Street with a relaxed ponytail  Credit: Ian Lawrence/GC Images

So, what do tendrils do for your face. exactly? “They act in the same way that  groomed eyebrows do, they create a frame that accentuates your cheekbones and gently softens your jaw line, especially when the pieces have a soft, wavy texture,” Hersheson explains.

Take Beckham. At 44, she has nailed the ageless up-do  by adding texture to her tendrils. The trick, says Hersheson, is to blow dry hair first by creating a little bit of root lift so that your hair isn't too flat when you put it up. “Blow dry it forward, positioning the heat at the root,using a heat protection spray or volumiser if necessary. Then, when you separate your hair  into a middle parting, ready to tie it back, it will have a slight lift which has a youthful effect."

Adding texture will set you apart as tendrils that are too straight can look long and stringy, dragging your face down and making it appear droopy. “ Casually scrape hair into a bun or casual ponytail, then with your fingers pull out a couple of pieces either side of your parting and use a wide barreled tong to create a slight kink in each side for a couple of seconds. The idea is for the tendrils to look as if they’ve been tucked behind your ears for a few hours, not to look curly.” adds Hersheson.

Hersheson's Tourmaline Professional Curling Tong, £98