Top 25 Hairstyles for Women Over 40

Life really does begin at 40. Just because you are getting a bit older doesn’t mean that you need to play down your hair and makeup… Although it might be time to try a new look! why not take a peek at the 50 best hairstyles for women over 40 and make your mind up over your next haircut choice.

1. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Pamela Anderson Blonde-Bombshell Pixie Cut

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We’re used to seeing Pamela Anderson with long, blonde tresses but very recently the 47-year old actress went for the chop well and truly and lopped off most of her hair! She looks so glamorous with the Sharon-Stone replica cut, and you could pull this off too if you have delicate OR large facial features. You shouldn’t opt for a look this short if you have a strong chin or jawline however – it might end up making you appear more masculine.

This look is super easy to take care of band suits almost all hair types – you literally wake up in the morning and throw some gel or wax through it. There’s no need for straightening, curling tongs or anything like that. Plus you can even achieve the tousled look just by messing things up with your fingers.

2. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Debra Messing The Fiery Redhead

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Let’s face it, opting for a fiery red look can be somewhat overwhelming when you’re over a certain age, but the fiery red hair showed here by Debra Messing is such a beautiful shade, it would be a shame not to have tried it at least once in your life.

You will need to take into account that red hair does take quite a bit of maintenance and regular re-colouring, but you can achieve a multitude of looks with it, and cover a multitude of sins. You don’t need to worry about those greys when they are a fiery red colour, do you?

This look has been achieved on Debra Messing by plenty of backcombing to the roots, and then the ends of the hair have been pulled in and pinned, with the crown of the head lightly tousled with the fingers to give it some volume!

3. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Gwen Stefani Great Gatsby Inspired Hair

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We still can’t believe this woman is over the age of 40 because she looks simply stunning. Her blonde bombshell look has been cut short over the years, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any options when it comes to styling.

A tight curl is achieved using either small bendy rollers or thin curling tongs, but if you have fine hair, you will need to use plenty of firm hairspray to keep the look in check.

4. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Dannii Minogue Pixie Cut

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The ‘other’ Minogue sister is another classic example of a woman that rarely gets her hair wrong and with this adorable pixie cut, you can show off her beautifully chiseled cheekbones, and beautiful big eyes. If you’re a fan of your eyes, side swept bangs such as this is the perfect way to show it off, and the pixie cut with short-back-and-sides tends to work better on heart shaped faces. If you’ve got a particularly long face or a large forehead, you’ll need less volume and fewer products, and if you have a rounder face, something that adds a bit more volume on top is the right look for you.

That’s the thing about short hair – with very few products and tools, you can achieve a multitude of looks. Is it time to go shorter?

5. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Faith Hill Long, Big Bob

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This is verging into longer length hair here, but again, is a great way to carry on that growing-out process if you’ve undergone the chop recently. Debra Messing shows the perfect way to wear medium length hair and with a few scattered layers thrown in with the beautiful caramel highlights, it frames her rather square face.
The waves are easily achieved with a large round brush with some hairspray lightly thrown in or good measure, and you can easily use a large barrelled curling iron to get the look too.

6. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Laura Wright Short & Shaggy Bob

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If you’re growing your short hair out, this is a great in between style. Set the parting just off the centre and you help to slim a rounder face, but on Laura’s oval face, a bit of volume and some highlights look just fabulous.

The hair has been layered to add thickness to the hair, but this look can be achieved with both thick and fine locks. Just brush it as you dry it, and add some serums to the ends and you are good to go. It’s nice and easy!

7. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Thandie Newton Medium, Straight & Side-Swept

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Thandie Newton is new to the 40-club but this 41 year old beauty isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The heart shaped face really suits the straight, simple style, and the side-swept bangs help to slim down that enlarged forehead.

The look is a very simple one to achieve. You simply give the hair s parting slightly off of centre, sweep the bangs across your forehead, straighten ands finish with a glossy serum. Thandie has slight layers around her face in this picture, but if you have a rounder face shape, leaving these layers out will help to lengthen the face, rather than make it appear rounder.

8. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Shania Twain Super Log & Extra Glam

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She might be 48 years old now but Shania Twain is still one hell of a hottie. Just look at her beautiful, long, gleaming mane in this picture. She’s a prime example of how you CAN pull off longer hair over the age of 40 and for that, we salute her!

You can achieve this look with some good quality hair extensions if you don’t already have long hair, but if you have naturally long and wavy hair, this look is perfect for you. Just add a bit of plume with some mousse, and let the hair dry in large, heated rollers and you have about the right look for the length of the hair. The front of the hair can be easily flicked out using a large barrelled curling tong, or even a round drying brush.

9. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Charlize Theron Super Short Cut

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This bombshell has undergone quite the transformation recently and just like Pamela Anderson, has decided to go for the chop is a very big way. A side parting gives your short hair just enough volume here, and once again, there’s no need for any special equipment to take care or style the cut. A bit of texturising cream rubbed through the ends will give you the spiky look, or you can comb it down for a more sleek effect.
It’s any-time hair, for any hair type!

10. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Jennifer Connelly Wavy, Side-Swept Medium Hair

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We love this look on Jennifer Connelly, 43, almost as much as we love her with glamorous red-carpet hair. It’s rocky, edgy, and just that little bit too cool, isn’t it?

She’s got a layered bob here, falling just above the shoulders. This look has been achieved with rollers and some finishing serum, persuading the hair over to one side before going over it all with a wet-look gel. It’s a rocky look and needs to be paired with quite the woman – are you up for the challenge?

11. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Pamela Anderson Long, Bombshell Bouffant

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We know that this is the second time that this blonde bombshell has been not he list but we feel that she deserves a second shot for this amazing hair. To be honest, it’s a bit bigger than what most people would have the courage to wear, but it just goes to show how easy a bit of volume can be achieved.
This is a good look for many different face shapes – you can just change the shape and size of the curl around the face.

The pouf at the top is achieved with a bit of backcombing, some dry shampoo, and some setting spray to hold everything together. Easy, peasy!

12. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Halle Berry Layered Razor Cut

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Let’s be honest about this, Halle Berry, 47, never gets her hairstyle wrong, does she? We’ve never seen a style or cut on this woman that we haven’t positively fallen in love with, and the layered razor cut she went for recently really was stunning.

It’s been razor cut in a geometric way, allowed the side-swept bangs to cover just one eye. It’s a great way to show off delicate features, and if you’ve got pretty awesome cheekbones, this is a great cut for you.
Hair straighteners can be used here to give the top of the hair a super sleek look, or use them in a curling motion to give the hair some definition. You could even fake a mohawk style here for a more up to date and edgy look. A bit of wax warmed between the fingers is all it takes to give it a bit of definition.

13. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Nicole Kidman Whimsical Waves

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The good thing about the whimsical waves that Nicole Kidman, 47, rocks is that they can be created with any number of hair lengths. If you have longer hair, tie it up and tuck it under, leaving plenty around the sides to soften the face. If you have short hair, just pin the hair back and leave longer sections at the front hanging down.

It doesn’t matter what you do with the back of your hair, whether you choose a French knot, scraggy bun or smooth chignon, but with a bit of backcombing and some volume powder added at the roots, you can achieve thicker hair styles. It’s easy, breezy to look at, and just as simple and fast to recreate. It can also be used to flatter a large number of face shapes!

14. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Amber Valetta ‘Stand-Out’ Bangs

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Amber Valetta has only recently joined the 40-club, but she did it with a bang with this very short look. The blonde highlights work great on the bangs that have been started much farther back on the head than most, and it’s a great look for her diamond / triangular shaped face.

Bangs do require some maintenance so you will need to expect regular washing, and also using things like hair straighteners to get a look this sleek. It’s also a look better suited to those with fine hair. Heavy hair might not hang quite so delicately around the face.

15. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Jennifer Lopez Long, Loose & Latino

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Would you believe that this Latino lovely is 45 years old? Look at that healthy head of hair… That’s the one thing she’s most desired for, isn’t it? Well, that and her butt, of course!

This look is one that does take a fair bit of maintenance. After all, not many girl can get hair that straight without the help of some hair straighteners. Caramel highlights through a light brown/dark blonde is the look that this lovely has gone for here, and even if you have one-tone hair, don’t ever forget the power of a few lighter coloured extensions thrown in for good measure.

16. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Catherine Zeta-Jones Modern Farah-Fawcett Flicks

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She’s such a beauty, isn’t she? Even now at 44 years old, she still rocks it like a professional. Her hair here just screams sophistication and Hollywood glam, and can easily be achieved with a large barrel curler used all over the lower half of the hair. Keep the parting simple and in the centre, and add some additional curls around the face to frame it, and you have the perfect look. Just make sure that you keep it all in check with some heavy-duty hairspray if it’s going to be a good night.

This is a look that can suit many face shapes. Catherine has quite an oval shaped face, but with looser, longer curls, it could even frame a square or round shaped face too.
It’s one of the easiest looks there is for long hair in your 40′s!

17. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Kate Garraway Blunt Bangs

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The British TV presenter has had her fair share of hairstyles over the years, but we think this one is a beauty and is perfect for many women over 40. Sticking with the theme of bangs and we think that Kate’s are to die for. Although  not many of us can pull off a look quite this severe, but if you’ve got an oval-shaped face, you can definitely rock it!

It’s going to take some work to keep things sleek, and just like Amber’s ‘stand-out’ bangs, you’ll probably find that hair straighteners will become your best friend, along with the hair dryer and large barrel brush to give it that slight curve that looks so great.

18. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Kylie Minogue Casual, medium rolled hair

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Using a large barrel roller, you’ll easy recreate this casual Kylie style, and if you have medium to long length hair, it’ll only take ten minutes or so in the morning if you roll with large sections of hair. You can add a centre parting to help round-out the oval, narrow face that Kylie has, but a side parting could be easily added if you have a rounder or squarer face.

This look is designed to be simple and free, so the fewer hair styling products you use, the better. You might find that some mousse can help the curls to stick in fine hair, but if you have thick hair already, this look will be a breeze.

19. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Kelly Ripa Short & Sweet Hair

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Kelly Ripa debuted her short and sweet hair cut on the Live With Kelly and Michael show, and it’s quite different from the blonde waves she wold normally be seen sporting.

Cut just below the chin, this is the perfect haircut for those with square faces, and the curves added with a curling iron help to soften the jawline. With a centre parting, the look is very daytime chic, but with side swept bangs thrown into the mix (very easy to achieve!) you add a dramatic touch to a simple short and sweet haircut.

20. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Heidi Klum Wispy Bangs

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Ask your hairdresser for wispy bangs like Heidi Klum, 41, and you’ll never think about having a facelift or Botox to get rid of the wrinkles ever again. The light and wispy bangs are shaped to frame her eyes, and the simple and light hair cut help to tone down that beautiful chiseled jawline.

Anyone with a square face shape can pull of this very simple look. Blonde hair with a few darker blind / light brown high lights, a wisp face-shaping set of bangs, and a very simple, mussed up ponytail. With the right set of earrings like Heidi, the look is instantly glammed up.

21. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Jennifer Aniston Straight, Layered, Long Hair

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It’s a good look, isn’t it? Let’s face it, Jennifer Aniston hasn’t put a step wrong in the hair aspect of life ever in her life. She gets it even better now she’s in the Big 40-club, and the even better news is that this is one of the easiest hairstyles to achieve, especially if you have fine and wispy hair.

She’s had a few layers thrown in, and some caramel and blonde highlights to add more depth to thin and fine hair. Her chiseled jawbone works well with the face-framing layers, and with a bit of volume backcombed into the back of the crown, it’s a look that just takes a few minutes to get right. You don’t even need to use your hair straighteners if you dry your hair while brushing it with a paddle brush at the same time!

22. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Naomi Campbell Power-Woman Bob

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We already knew that Naomi Campbell, 44,  was a power-woman and if her latest haircut is anything to go by, she knows it too! This looks just screams a woman in control, and the longer bangs really do her heart-shaped face justice.

You’ll need to straighten the hair a lot to get this look so when you add your finishing serum, make sure that it is one that pumps moisture back into the ends of your hair. The bangs will take fairly regular maintenance to stop them being annoying and getting in your eyes when you go for the longer styles, but if you love to play up your eyes, they might just be the perfect thing to work hand in hand.

23. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Rebecca Romijn Short, Sharp (but Softened) Bob

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The haircut that Rebecca Romijn rocks is primarily a sharp, short bob, but with a careful flick of a curling iron, you have a look that is both feminine and sophisticated.

The good thing about this look is that it takes barely anything to achieve. Simply grab a few of the outer tendrils of hair and wrap it around tongs or a curling iron for a few moments before setting with strong hairspray, and you’re pretty much on your way. If you blow your hair upside down too, you’ll also add more volume to thinner hair types.

24. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Brooke Shields Long Straight & Wavy

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This look is better suited to those with long, thicker hair but if your hair is quite fine, a few well-placed layers will help to thicken things up.

Brooke Shields, 49, has quite a square face shape just like Minnie Driver and Demi Moore, which means the long layers really helps to soften the face somewhat. A big round brush will help to cause the massive waves at the bottom of the hair, and you should blow-dry your hair upside down to give it a much-needs boost of volume. The side-swept bangs also helps to keep the look romantic.

25. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Lena Headey Grown-Out Pixie

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The pixie cut was all the rage recently, and a lot of women over 40 are looking for a way to grow the look out, without it looking to shabby.

Lena Headey, 40, gives you the perfect example of how a pixie cut should be grown out, with longer bangs pushed over to one side, and tousled waves throughout the bottom of the layered ends. With a bit of styling wax and a round brush to help the shape when drying, this look is easily suited for both daytime and nighttime events, and the right amount of make up will make the difference between the two. Tone down the eyes during the day and, just as Lena Headey has here, play up the eyes for a great dramatic look!