At 30-something, you're busy juggling your family life and career. You need a hairstyle that is easy and fuss-free but also on trend, so that you can style it quickly for a board meeting at the office and dress it up just as easily for a night-out on the town! Before we tell you the best hairstyles for women in their 30s, we'd like you to take note of a few important dos and don'ts that you must bear in mind while going through a hairstyle transition.
- Don't cut your hair too short – contrary to the popular belief that a short haircut makes you look younger, it actually reveals your entire face, along with those gorgeous but tired eyes, and makes you look older.
- Choose a good hair color – you probably experimented with wild hair colors in your 20s, but 30s can be slightly tricky as far as coloring your hair goes. A sure-shot way to glide through the years looking stylish, gorgeous and confident is to choose a hair color that is closer to the natural shade of your tresses. Besides, vibrant hair colors might not be office-appropriate anyway. Honey blonde, ash blonde, chestnut, auburn and mahogany are some of the safest and on trend hair colors to try in your 30s.
- Avoid pulled-back hairstyles – tight, pulled-pack styles not only look serious and strict, but also make you look older.
- Don't damage your hair – dry, frizzy hair and split ends throw your hairstyle out of whack and destroy your 'well put together' image. Embrace your natural hair texture, avoid regular blow-drying, deep condition your tresses every now and then and get those split ends trimmed.
So what if you are past the wild, 'ready for anything' 20s? That doesn't mean you should stop having fun, sit at home with a cup of chamomile tea and get hooked to CBS specials! The same goes for your hair. Here are a few chic, versatile and easy to wear hairstyles for women in their 30s that we've rounded up exclusively for you:
1. Long layers
There are many benefits of having long hair in your 30s. For one, you are not stuck with one short hairstyle. With some length to spare, you can wear your hair up, down, straight, wavy or curly - in fact, do just about anything that you want with your tresses!
Go for long layers that frame your face beautifully and add volume, texture and movement to your hair. You can wear your hair in a chic half-up style, tie it into an elegant chignon, style it to make gorgeous Hollywood waves or create sculpted curls for a glamorous retro look!
2. Face-framing hairstyles
Face-framing hairstyles look age-appropriate, soften up the angular edges of the face and lend you a chic, romantic look.
You can go for a messy low bun leaving a few wisps of hair loose to create that dreamy effect or a long bob with soft waves cascading down your cheeks. Most face- framing hairstyles, whether worn loose or tied-up, are quite versatile, so you can sport them just about anywhere!
3. Loose waves
Loose waves inject loads of fun into your regular hairstyle, making you look young, fresh and ready for anything! Take inspiration from Hollywood's leading ladies who are well into their 30s such as Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Rodriguez to know how you can style your hair with loose waves and look stylish, graceful and in control!
Loose waves look best on women with long, oval and square face shapes and medium-length to long hair. If you have a round face, avoid creating waves around your cheeks, as they will make your face look more curved. Instead, create a wavy effect only on the ends of your hair, to sport a style that helps you conceal the roundness of your face while making you look cool and trendy!
4. Angled long bobs
With the front hair section slightly longer than the hair at the back, this hairstyle is perfect for a modern woman on the go! You can style your long bob in a variety of ways. Wear a pin-straight style to work and scrunch up your tresses for a night-out.
You can also create barely there waves to give your long bob a trendy vibe. Just spritz some tousle waves hairspray on your damp, detangled tresses and scrunch them with your fingers to create gentle waves. Do not comb your hair. Just mist your tresses with a good fine-hold hairspray and you're ready to step out in style!
When you're in your 30s, your face beings to show the telltale signs of a hectic lifestyle. Bangs can fix that problem instantly and make you look young, fresh and full of energy!
Before you decide to sport a fringe, consult your hairstylist on what style of bangs would suit your face. You can also have a dry run all by yourself and check whether you'll look good with a fringe by creating faux bangs. Simply create a side part; sweep a section of your face-framing hair over your forehead and tuck it behind your ear using bobby pins. Do you look awesome or what!
6. Collarbone-grazing hairstyles
Wear it straight and polished, create a half-up hairstyle, gather it in a loose ponytail, make a braid or a chignon, sweep it to the side, make a quiff or sport a trendy, tousled look – with the right length of hair, you're indeed spoiled for choices!
7. Curly hairstyles
If you are in your 30s and have curly hair, we bet that you already look youthful and gorgeous! All you need is the right haircut that will accentuate the playfulness of your beautiful curls, without making them look too voluminous or poofy.
Don't want to wear your hair loose all the time? There are plenty of interesting hairstyles for curly hair that you can try. You can go for an ultra-glam swept-back hairstyle for a soirée, create a messy bun to run errands, flaunt your chic side-swept curls at work or a party or make a fun curly ponytail to sport just about anywhere!
Do remember to work in a small amount of alcohol-free curl taming mousse before styling your hair. This will make your curls hold for longer wear without adding extra weight to your mane.
8. Wash and go hairstyles
Shag hairstyles are perfect for women in their 30s who love no-fuss, wash and go looks and don't have a lot of time on their to fix their hair every morning. These styles work best with wavy hair of any length – short, medium or long.
9. Layered pixies
If you have short hair in your 30s and are looking for an exciting new hairstyle that will make you look trendy, cool and confident, we recommend a layered pixie, like Anne Hathaway's. This short hairstyle is best suited for women with oval and long face shapes and straight to wavy hair texture. If you have a round face, ask your hairstylist to create soft layers or side swept bangs that are slightly longer on the sides and contour the sides of your cheeks, making your face look angular.
To style your layered pixie, work in a small amount of styling gel through your hair and use your fingers to sweep the front hair section forward and cover your forehead. You can also create a side part and brush your hair to create a sleek, neat look. If you have fine hair, spritz the roots with some high-lift creation hairspray to give your tresses an instant boost and prep them for styling.
10. Pageboy Hairstyles
If you are looking for an edgy hairstyle that you can sport in your 30s, we recommend the pageboy! This retro hairstyle has made a major comeback this season and is slowly gaining a lot of popularity amongst women who have chin-length hair.
Don't underestimate the power of short hair; you can style it in so many different ways to create a variety of looks – right from romantic soft waves to cute side sweeps. This is a multi-purpose hairstyle for women in their 30s, since it works for just about any occasion – work, family gatherings, running errands, parties, shopping and more!