By the time you hit your 40s, you've already set your personal style. You know what looks good on you and this self-awareness reflects in your hairstyle too! At 40 something, your hairstyle is probably less experimental and more elegant and classy, often playful too, but always sophisticated and appealing.
When speaking of the best hairstyles for women over 40, we must bear a few dos and don'ts in mind.
- Go for a hairstyle that flatters your face shape and accentuates its best features. For example, a short, layered hairstyle will highlight your cheekbones and jawline. When you get a haircut, ask your stylist to give it a feathery finish so that your hair pieces point towards these gorgeous facial features.
- Your hairstyle should be low-maintenance, but should not compromise on sophistication. It is always a good idea to embrace the natural texture of your hair and go for a style that is chic and professional looking.
- Don't go for shaggy hairstyles
- Don't try crazy hair colors. We know that age is just a number, but your physical appearance should embrace it beautifully. Bold hair colors such as blue or purple look quite contrasting and may make you look older than your age.
- Often, long hairstyles pull a face down and don't look very appealing on women over 40. If you have long hair, it's better to create waves or curls to lend it some texture or tie it up in a chic updo.
Now that you know what to do and what to avoid while choosing a hairdo, let's take a look at some of the most on trend hairstyles for women over 40.
1. Short and Sexy Pixie
The good thing is that you can style your pixie in a variety of ways, so there's never really a bad hair day or a bad hairstyle! Remember, the edgier the pixie, the better you'll look. Go for a slicked back pixie hairstyle or tousle it up à la Halle Berry – you can never go wrong with your short androgynous hairstyle!
2. Classic Bob
A classic, medium-length bob hairstyle will not only frame your face beautifully but will also lend you a soft, yet confident appeal. The flipped side-pieces that meet at the chin will help to smooth out edges and also define your gorgeous jawline.
Turn to Freida Pinto for some swoon-worthy bob hairstyle inspiration!
3. Bob with Soft Curls
If you have curly hair, you can go for a layered bob hairstyle with soft curls. This hairstyle leans a tad on the glamorous side and is therefore perfect to wear to work or to a party! To create this gorgeous hairstyle with wavy hair, look no further than Cate Blanchett for a dose of glamor hair inspiration!
Spritz your tresses with a heat protectant hairspray and curl the ends of your hair in alternating directions using a medium-barreled curling iron. When done, scrunch your hair gently with your fingers to create a more natural-looking hairstyle and finish off with a generous spritz of hairspray to set your 'do for longer wear.
4. Polished Blowout Hairstyle
If you have straight to slightly wavy hair, this is one of the easiest hairstyles for you. Simply work in a tiny amount of strand smoother serum spray through the lengths of your damp hair (at least 80% dry) to detangle knots and lend a soft shine to your strands.
While blow-drying your hair keep the nozzle facing towards the floor, use a paddle brush to comb out your hair sections and bend them outwards ever-so-slightly to create a classy, flipped hairstyle. Looking for inspiration? L'Oréal Paris Spokesmodel Jennifer Lopez's gorgeous blowout hairstyles will truly blow your mind!
This hairstyle works best with a lob (long bob), but you can also create it with medium-length hair. Pair it with or without bangs and wear it with a side part or a middle part; your polished blowout will look glamorous either way!
5. Layered Shoulder-Length Hair with Sculpted Curls
Ideal for women with wavy, shoulder-length hair, a layered hairstyle with sculpted curls at the ends lends an element of fun to a wash-and-go hairdo and instantly upgrades it to the level of awesome. More importantly, the beautiful curly texture adds volume to the ends of your hair.
Wear this hairstyle with a side part and make your face framing hair sections look like faux bangs. Even better, go for a warm hair color with blonde or copper highlights to lend dimension and movement to your hairstyle and make it look hot and trendy!
6. Soft Waves for Medium-Length Hair
This medium-length hairstyle is ideal for women with all face shapes and reflects their ease, maturity and confidence. Longer face-framing hair sections contour the face beautifully and accentuate high cheekbones and a gorgeous jawline. Softer waves lend a hint of playfulness to the natural hair texture and make your tresses look bouncy and voluminous.
This is, beyond doubt, the hairstyle of a happy woman!
If you have straight or wavy hair, you can define the pretty curves by curling your strands on a medium-barreled curling iron. Don't curl your hair all the way up to the roots; go only up to your chin. After the curls have cooled down, scrunch and break them gently with your fingers to create more natural-looking waves. For inspiration, check out Angelina Jolie's wavy hairstyle!
7. Minimalistic Sleek, Straight Hair
Straight hair is far from boring. In fact, it looks quite chic and sophisticated. However, the key to making a minimalistic hairstyle stand out is to groom is it well. To make your strands look polished and salon-styled at all times, mist your hair with a small quantity of strand smoother serum every other morning, especially after a shampoo, to make it look soft, smooth and shiny.
Although this chic hairstyle is best suited for 40-year-old women with straight hair, you can easily make your wavy hair look straight, sleek and stylish too! This straight hairstyle works best with a medium-length layered haircut with lots of choppy pieces. Add color highlights to lend dimension and movement to your strands and make your straight hairstyle stand out!
8. Easy Updo
Just in case you were wondering whether we've forgotten about updos, nope, we haven't! In fact, there are some very elegant updo hairstyles for women over 40, such as the French twist, the high bun and the chignon.
While creating updos, you can go for a slicked back, polished look or create an asymmetrical, side-swept hairstyle that is slightly lifted at the crown and leaves out gentle wisps of face-framing hair to caress your cheeks. The good thing is whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly, there is always an updo that you can wear anywhere.
While making an updo, it is important to leverage the natural texture of your hair, so that you don't burden your strands with heaps of products. However, it is always a good idea to spritz your updo with some hairspray to tame flyways and set your style for longer wear. Last but not the least, always go for a style that not only suits your face shape but also the occasion. For example, wear a wet look chignon to a party and a French twist to work.
9. Bun Hairstyle for Curly Hair
If you have gorgeous curly hair and are looking for office-appropriate hairstyles that will help you tame your curls and keep them in control throughout the day, we highly recommend a bun hairstyle for you!
Depending on the length of your tresses, you can make a high bun or a low side bun and sculpt your curly hair into a beautiful, classy and easy-to-manage updo. Remember to work in a tiny amount of curl taming cream through your tresses to make your lovely locks easy to style. Buns are a perfect hairstyle for all occasions and with curly hair, you can create beautiful variations to sport just about anywhere!
10. Beautiful Braids
We believe that braided hairstyles are ageless and evergreen, so there's absolutely no reason to not try them when you're in your 40s.
In fact, braids are perfect for women in their 40s. They look classy and beautiful and keep hair out of the way, especially on a busy day! Depending on the length and texture of your hair, you can plait your tresses in a variety of ways to create interesting braided hairstyles. Go for a regular three-strands braid if you're short on time or try an intricate fishtail braid if you a few extra minutes to spare for your hair.
Dab some styling gel on your hair to create a polished braid or spritz some high lift creation hairspray on your roots before plaiting your hair into a chunky braid; wear your braided hairstyle with a sleek middle part or go for the on trend side part – there really are endless variations for you to try out!