Hairstyles for the over 40s

Hairstyles over 40

There’s no need to cut your hair as you get older. Short styles ARE gorgeous, but mid length hair too, can be very flattering. Be inspired by these famous women.

Hairstyles for women over 40

 Try a little face framing softness.

Hairstyles for women over 40

Hairstyles for women over 40

Deborah Meaden (54) Working the carefully styled, ‘messy layers’ look. The movement makes this look flattering and more importantly, youthful. It gives life and height to flat hair, this is an expensive hair cut but worth every penny.

Hairstyles over 40

Pamela Anderson – Pixie cut, several inches off her hair and several years off her face. Not everyone can carry this style off, you need superb bone structure as your face is completely exposed.

Hairstyles over 40
Reece Witherspoon, OK so she’s almost 40 (she’s 37), but here’s a prime example of a slightly choppy, longer length bob on fine hair.

Hairstyles over 40

Cameron Diaz (41) Fringes – A long, side-swept fringe is your best option. Avoid a fringe that hits above the eye brows, which can shorten the face and make it look rounder.

Hairstyles over 40

Well, if you’ve got the bone structure…

 What you look like from the back is important too!

hairstyles over 40
Beautifully highlighted hair to create the illusion of fullness and longer hair with just the right amount of layering.

As always, condition is key. Dry, brittle hair will always age you. Regular conditioning and frequent home hair treatments (oils are particularly effective for a top up of shine) are the way forward.

Taken from my Pinterest account.


  1. 41andcounting
    April 16, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    How funny you should do this post – just before Christmas I thought I should have my fairly long hair cut into a more age appropriate (I’m 42!) length but have been putting it off and after seeing a photo of the gorgeous Sandra Bullock recently with her long, flowing locks decided to keep mine a bit longer! (Not that I look like Sandra Bullock, unfortunately!)
    I do think it is a slightly old fashioned idea that once we reach a certain age we should have our locks chopped off! I totally agree that you must keep what you have in as good as condition as possible. Here’s to ageing unconventionally 🙂

    • April 16, 2014 / 1:57 pm

      It’s so true, I’m tired of seeing the same old advice trotted out about cutting our hair when we hit 40 – but oh, to be a mere 42 again!

      On the other hand, nothing ages a woman faster than ‘inappropriately’ long hair extensions. Plus, do these extensions ever really look good? The expensive real hair ones worn by the likes of Cheryl Cole and Amanda Holden (who is looking particularly good lately – Grrr, what’s she on?) are gorgeous, but I’ve seen young women with cheap, ratty ones and they just look grubby, plus they seem to shed like crazy.

      As for conditioning, oil/serum will just sit on the surface of the hair and make it look shiny (which is still great), but cream masks need heat to deep condition properly. I don’t like direct heat ie a hairdryer, but prefer to wrap my hair in cling film, slap on a shower cap and then over that, a warm towel. It’s a bit of a balancing act, but it does the job.

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