What a difference a few weeks make.
On June 7, 53-year-old Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Middle") appeared with a drab bob that made her reddish-brown locks look lifeless.
Then on June 20 she showed up with this spunky little cut, which is a bit reminiscent of the cut Sharon Osbourne favors.
It seems that the prevailing thought in Hollywood is that longer hair makes an actress look younger. But this example of Patricia Heaton's makeover should help change that opinion.
One of the things that makes this type of haircut really pop: long bangs that swoop down on the side (which are similar in Jenna Elfman's new haircut, too.) This makes the cut work for most face shapes, including round faces.
Another great thing about Patricia Heaton's new style is the rich reddish-brown color. Rick Wellmam, colorist for the Patrick Melville Salon in New York City said that brunette works best if you have a dark base and dark eyes (which Patricia does.)
Ready to take the middle-aged makeover plunge for yourself? Here is more photo inspiration: