So you may wonder why choosing right hairstyles for women over 40 is important? Well first of all, when women are in their teens and 20’s, we tend to go with what is trendy and popular. I grew up in the Farrah Fawcett hair craze and spent many a morning getting up early for school so I could curl my hair just so. I present to you Exhibit A of what my younger self tried to get her hair to look like:

11 Hottest Hairstyles for Women Over 40


So that was fun! Now as women over 30 we tend to search out personal style more and it is no longer about fitting in and just being trendy. And when women hit over 40 years old, two things happen. Women either get stuck in a rut and KEEP THE SAME HAIRSTYLE for ever. At some point it just makes us look older than we actually are, or just plain mousy. The other option is that as a woman over 40, I can be more confident, I can have more self esteem and this is therefore the best time of life to try out new hairstyles and to express who I really am.

Tips for Choosing the Best Hairstyles for Women Over 40

The foundation of choosing the right haircut is to pick something that will flatter your facial features and accentuate your strong points, for example highlight your great cheekbones or show off your eyes.  Other factors to keep in mind if you are a woman 40 plus in need of a good haircut are:

  • A hairstyle that will make you look and feel like the wonderful woman you are.
  • A hairstyle that is easy to maintain (my days of curling my hair for 40 minutes every morning are long gone!)
  • A hairstyle is that natural looking (sorry Dolly)
  • A hairstyle that is elegant and current

Most important, don’t be afraid to be sophisticated, bold, sassy, or sexy.

Hottest Hairstyles for Women in Their 40s

Long or short hair, it does not matter. THERE IS NO RULE that women over 40 or 50 have to cut their hair short. What matters is what looks good on YOU and what make YOU feel good. Whether you are looking for a complete makeover or just want to freshen your look, here are 11 hottest hairstyles for women over 40:

Short Classic Bob for Women over 40

  1. Short Classic Bob

This hairstyle works for women with almost all facial types. The shorter style will keep your hair looking sleek and sophisticated and you looking classy. It can also be varied lengths with a shorter cut or longer, down to the shoulders.



Hair-For Women over 40

  1. Longer Off-Center Layered

Even over the age of 70 Raquel Welch is rocking the longer “do”. This look works really well with round faces and thicker hair. It frames her face beautifully. Highlights also add more texture.



Long Hairstyles For Women Over 40

  1. Long Hairstyles for Women Over 40 (with added curls for a night out)

If after the age of 40 or 50 or even 60, you are blessed with healthy and thick hair, then the long hairstyle will work for you. Especially works if you have a round or heart shaped face.



Short Haircuts for Women Over 40

  1. Short Haircut for Women Over 40

This shorter style with layers is the perfect wash and go haircut. Easy to maintain and looks great on just about anyone. The trick is to keep it trimmed regularly so it doesn’t get too long and lose its style.



Super Short Hair for Women over 40

  1. Super Short Hair for Women over 40

Want to go super short like Sharon Stone? It sure looks great on her. This is the lowest maintenance of hairstyle that you can go and many women like it because it makes them feel unique and stand out more.



Medium Hair with Wispy Bangs

  1. Medium Hair with Wispy Bangs

This look is great if you hair is fine, the wispy bangs will frame your face nicely. It is also a good transition cut if you are going from longer to shorter hair.



Layered Chin Length Hair for Women over 40

  1. Layered Chin Length

Another classic style, which when backcombed from the roots, brings this to perfect look. This hairstyle will show off whatever you want highlight whether it be your great cheekbones or your eyes! The color here is great too, auburn for a nice change.



Black Wavy A-Line Bob

  1. Black Wavy A-Line Bob

This A-Line bob looks great on Angela Bassett. This cut is shorter in the back and angles longer in the front. As such, it frames her beautiful face perfectly. Perfect hairstyles for women over 40, or any age really.



Casual Short and Straight Hairstyle

  1. Casual Short and Straight Hairstyle for Women Over 40

This hairstyle has a casual look but the beauty of it is that it can be glammed up very easily. This shorter hairstyle works well for women with a heart shaped or square face. Highlights will also add texture.



Simple Hairstyle for Women 40 plus

  1. Simple Hairstyle for Women 40 plus

This classic and elegant hairstyle will work for any hair colour or face shape. You can add more bangs or make them longer. Same with the layers. The part is off side to add more bounce and height. Looking for an amazing hair straightener? Check out the one we recommend with our 20 Amazing Beauty Products.



Long Hairstyle with Highlights For Women over 40

  1. Long Hairstyle with Highlights

Remember in the 90’s when everyone wanted the “Rachel” haircut? Well apparently Jennifer Aniston never liked it herself. She claims that it was too hard to maintain. Now her hairstyle is more natural beach waves and she of course still looks fabulous with this hairstyle too!

11 Awesome Hairstyles for Women

So whichever of these hottest hairstyles for women over 40 you choose, shake it up and own it! Still not sure? Check out the one hairstyle that looks good on everyone. Now that you hair is looking great, maybe you need to spruce up your fashion style too! Check out Fashion After 40 to tweak your chic and skin routine tips to keep you radiant.