50 Best Hairstyles For Women Over 40

By on August 21, 2014

It’s true what they say, you know – 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.

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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!

26. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Minnie Driver Long, Tight Curls

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When you have such a square face shape and rugged jawline as Minnie Driver has, getting a feminine and romantic style can be hard work, especially when you get above a certain age. This 44 year old sure shows you how to do things in style however, and she shows you how to do natural glam with these tight, long curls.

Her hair has been scrunched with a curling activator spray or gel and left to dry natural. a wide-tooth comb will help you to get rid of any knots, and some wet look gel will then help to keep things in check throughout the day. It’s natural and simple – the perfect thing for a such as strong face shape!

27. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Jenny McCarthy Graduated Sharp Bob

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We simply adore Jenny McCarthy’s, 41, new bobbed look, and it’s a real edgy look for a woman with personality! You could try this look with many colours too – Jenny rocks the bombshell blonde, but this would look great in brunette and red tones with the right complexion.

Jenny has a strong jawline with a long face, and the chin-length cut really helps to break things down. The side parting helps to soften the look, and there are slight layers added to the ends to give it a bit of volume. Throw in some volume powder and give it a good rub through the hair when styling and you’ll get the oomph in the roots like you see in the picture here.

28. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Christina Hendricks Little Red Bob

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Red is a colour that suits ladies of a certain age and just like Christina Hendricks has here, the little red bob might just be the perfect look for you.

Everything is very soft and floaty with a softly cut bob with razored layers at the end, and the bangs have been left a tad longer and directed to one side to romanticise the look.

The ‘Lob’ or long-bob as people better know it as, is a really easy to maintain hairstyle thats both super fun and effortless to play up or down. You still have enough length to chuck it back in a cute little ponytail, yet you can curl it with the help of barrel curlers and a bit of hairspray, pin it up with bobby pins, leave it straight and sleek with a finishing spray, and more.

29. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Sandra Bullock Sweeping, Polished Hollywood Curls

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This look just screams with Hollywood – it would appear that Sandra Bullock always gets it right.

If you have long and medium to thick hair, this is a look that will work perfectly for you. The preparation work is the most important part of getting this look right. When the hair is still wet, you will need to add plenty of volume-boosting products, and you’ll need some sort of gloss-based product in order to keep it in place. With either medium or large curling tongs, simply curl it to the side, making sure the back of the hair is sleekly slicked in the one direction, and set everything with hair spray. If you can hide a couple of grips in the back of your hair before the curls start, you’ll thank yourself for it later!

30. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Cate Blanchett Deep Parting, Brushed-Out Vintage Curls

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Thin hair will make this look a breeze so if you’re one of those woman that can’t seem to find volume, this is the perfect look. For medium to longer length hair, large-barrelled curling tongs or large heated rollers will help you to achieve the large waves in this look – you simply pull them into a side parting, sleek down the top with some finishing product, and brush the curls out to give you this vintage-curl look that is so hot in Hollywood right now.

Cate has quite the pronounced forehead and an oval face shape so if you have a rounder to long face, this is a great look for you. It does have a tendency to make round faces look rounder so if this is you, make sure you keep the look a bit longer.

31. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Cameron Diaz Short Bob with Side Swept Bangs

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Cameron Diaz has been rocking perfect short hair for so long, we’ve almost forgotten about that hair faux-pas in There’s Something About Mary. Rocking a similar layered chin-length bob around her square face, the tousled bangs pushed to one side help to even up that bigger forehead, and the laters surrounding her face (easily achieve with a hair dryer and a round brush) really add a little something extra to the already beautiful actress. She has also managed to pull off a similar dark in a much darker colour too, showing that some cuts really can work in various hair shades.

32. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Jenna Elfman – Flipped Out Bob

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Jenna Elfman’s flicked-out bob looks really simple to create, doesn’t it? That’s because it actually is! That’s one of the best things about short hair – everything is so much easier to maintain.

This cute bob doesn’t need to be curled but it sure adds a little special something to the look. A good curling tong will help you out here, and it’s well worth adding some hairspray to set things nicely. It’s a hairstyle that will suit a multitude of face shapes but if you have a rounder face, take things a little longer than chin length to stop rounding off the face even more.

33. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Selma Blair Dark, Long Hair With Full Bangs

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This is a look that not many people can pull off but as Selma Blair, 42, shows, if you do it right, you can still rock the look!

The hair has been dried and given a once-over with some glossy spray but aside from that, the look is relatively natural. It’s meant to mimic that early 70’s rockstar-groupie look, and with the heavy bangs, she does the look a lot of justice.

The hairstyle itself is rather overpowering but if you have a diamond face shape just like Selma and other fellow actress Liz Hurley, you can pull it off because the defined cheekbones help to give it some stability.

34. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Emilia Fox Windswept & Wavy

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The reason we loved this Emilia Fox hairstyle was because of how versatile it is. You can achieve this look with any length of hair too. If it’s short, you simply pin it back. If it’s long, you circle it round into a small chignon, and then pull out sections of the front to muss things up a bit.

If you have longer hair, you will find that this look is easily achieved by curling the top layer of hair first. Shorter hair can easily be tousled with fingers and finishing wax.

Better suited to oval face shapes, this windswept and wavy look is easy to achieve, and easy to maintain, in all number of shades of colour too.

35. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Teri Hatcher Flicked-Fringe Bouffant Bob

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It’s been given the names by professionals and when you see it, you can understand why! It’s grown up and mature, but the chin length bob sure does work better on the pretty oval face of Teri Hatcher, 49.

The bouffant, blow out style is achieved by blowdrying your hair upside down, and adding plenty of volume-boosting products. You could also wear it sleeker by straightening it, although the bigger style adds something extra to a long face.

36. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Alanis Morisette Long & Left Alone

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Another starlet that we couldn’t believe was in the 40-club but Alanis Morisette shows you how to do things the hippy, grungy kinda way.

Her hair is relatively thin, and her face long and oval shaped. Left alone with just regular trims, your hair could look just as good, and with this amount of length, there are plenty of ways to dress it up should you need to. Even on lazy days you can throw it back in a high ponytail with some bronzer to accentuate your great cheekbones!

37. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Robin Wright “The Sharon Stone”

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The first thing we thought when we saw this Robin Wright short, sleek style is that it reminded us so much of Sharon Stone! It’s a look that many, many women over the age of 40 can rock, and with the lack of maintenance, it’s suitable for any type of woman.

The look can be tousled up or sleeked down, and with the right amount of finishing serum can look instantly glam like it does right here.

One of the best things about short hair like this is that you can often skip washing it for a day or so with a quick spray of dry shampoo! It just makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

38. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Marisa Tomei Laid-Back, Pull-Back

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This is one of the best looks for women over the age of 40 because of how simple it is. It’s a look that can be adapted to suit many different face shapes and various hair types. Here it appears that Marisa has thin hair so with the help of a bit of backcombing volume has been added to the crown.

The rest of the hair has been pulled back to allow for beautiful eye makeup and some pretty impressive earrings. It’s a great hairstyle to put together with an outfit with a flashy neck or top design too.

39. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Sarah Jessica Parker Wavy, Ombre Long Hair

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She’s the Queen of style… Haven’t you seen Sex in the City? She’s the girl that always gets it right and with every single one of the hairstyle she’s rocked over the years, we’ve fallen that little bit more in love.

This look is our favourite Sarah Jessica Parker look so far. The 49 years old actress and fashionista has gone for one of the most in style looks the year, and given it that little bit of a mature spin to make it more acceptable.

The darker roots look natural and clean, and the grown-out bleached blonde looks effortless. With the help of a braid overnight, your damp hair could easily drive into these large-curled waves, and if you’ve got thick hair, you’ll probably find that a tiny bit of hairspray is all you need to finish it off.

40. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Kristen Wiig ‘Big Transformation’ Bob

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What is it with celebrities cutting all their hair recently? It seems like everyone is having a go at the bob again. Kristen Wiig is just one in a long line cutting off their tresses, and just like you could, she’s nailed the look completely.

She has completely transformed herself from the girl with the wavy-blonde locks in Bridesmaids, to the short browny-red flicked out bob you see today. We’ve found the easiest way to achieve that little flick is with your hair straighteners and some hairspray, and the rest of the hair is kept relatively natural, making it a breeze to maintain.

Just ask for a choppy chin length bob when you go to the hairdressers, and get them to throw in razored layers on one side of your bangs too. You’ll need a good dry-end serum to keep things looking this sleek.

41. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Monica Bellucci Medium Bangs

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This sex symbol is 49 years old but that still doesn’t mean that she’s passed it, which she very much shows in this amazing hairstyle.

The look is very simple – a one length cut either medium or long, with eye-brow skimming bangs that have been cut into to thin them down ever so slightly.

She has a long but rounded face which means that the bangs are just soft enough to help frame her face perfectly, while the long length around the fact helps to think any chubby cheeks. This look is super easy too but does need regular washing – greasy bangs are not a good look.

42. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Gwyneth Paltrow Loose, Low Bun

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Gwyneth Paltrow has a classically sure shaped face which means longer lengths framing the face really help to soften off those square edges. She tends to suit long, sleek and straight hair better because once again, it helps to thin down the face, and this is exactly the look she has achieved here.

Straightening irons would have been used to flatten the hair, and the majority of it has been pulled back into a lazy, loose bun at the nape of the neck. Longer tendrils have been pulled forward at the front, and with the right amount of sheer makeup, this has the potential to be either very casual or very smart, deepening on what occasion you need it for!

43. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Salma Hayek Ombre Highlights

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We can hardly believe this stunning Mexican beauty is 47 years old but she sure shows you how to rock a hairstyle like this with style.

Her thick, long hair has been curled using a large barrel tong, and the whole thing has been set with a very natural hairspray. To get the free-flowing locks here, you need as little in the finish and hold product department as possible.

She’s had caramel and dark brow ombre highlights added in here which is quite unusual – most people would have gone for a lighter blonde!

44. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Julia Roberts Mid-Length, Wearable Updo

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This is something that many women over the age of 40 could do with knowing how to of – the wearable undo. Julia Roberts, 46, rocks it very well and teams it with a long pair of earrings to really perfect the look.

This a look that works well with oval faces such as Julia Roberts’, and isn’t far form the Gwyneth Paltrow loose and low bun we talked about earlier. The hair is backcombed a tad to give it more volume than the Gwyneth look, and there have been some curls added to the tendrils to once again, frame the face and make it appear softer.

45. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Elizabeth Hurley The “Kate Middleton”

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When we first looked at this photo, we actually thought it was Kate Middleton, hence the nickname we have given it. It’s a really look to achieve if you have longer length, thick brown hair. It’s not too difficult to fake if you have think to medium hair. If you have really thin hair however, you might find that you struggle to get this much volume and bounce without the help of hair extensions.

A large brush and some good upside-down blow drying will help you to achieve this look, and is a great one for most face shapes.

46. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Naomi Watts Simple Straight Hair

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If you’ve got medium length hair that you are trying to grow out, this is a great hairstyle to try your hand at. It’s not really a casual, every day kind of style but for special occasions, this one screams sophistication and power.

You’ll need to straighten the hell out of your hair if you want to achieve this look, and if you’ve got a long and/or narrow face, you’re probably going to want to avoid anything too sharp around your face. A good smoothing cream will set everything in place.

47. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Tina Fey Long, Glamorous Waves

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Again, another look better suited for thicker hair and a round or square face, Tina Fey, 44, rocks these glamorous, Hollywood waves. You won’t even need a curling iron to get this look – large rollers or a barrel brush when blowdrying will give you the wave you want, and a side parting will help the sweeping look. The other side of the hair should be pushed back behind the ears. Once you’ve done this look once, it’ll only take you about ten minutes to perfect!

48. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Jennifer Aniston Medium Straight Cut

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We know this is the second time that Jennifer Aniston, 45, has been on this list but man does she deserve it. We’ve been in love with most of her hairstyles and this look is no different.

It’s a very simple cut – medium and straight. There are lighter colures highlights to give her thin hair some body and volume, and a few choppy layers have been added towards the end for good measure. With a bit of blowdrying and some tousling with your fingers, this look takes about five minutes and is perfect for daytime to nighttime transformations!

49. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Alyson Hannigan Geometric Curly Bob

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Wow! Alyson Hannigan has really gone for something different these days, hasn’t she? We told you that short hair was back in!

She’s only just joined the 40-club but she’s done it in style with her red hair brightened to a beautiful coopery, strawberry blonde. The curls have given the thin hair some added texture, and the jaw-skimming length has given the heart-shaped face some real definition.

It’s a cutie!

50. Hairstyles for Women Over 40: Ashley Judd Short Curly Bob

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Another celeb rocking a similar look to Alyson Hannigan and we see how thicker hair with more volume could benefit from this super-cute look. Ashley has a heart-shaped face too, but she has very delicate facial features. The soft curls help to romanticise the look, and a well-placed hair gem, bow or flower on the side would jazz the look up for a super-special event.

A couple of minutes tousling your fingers through the hair is all this look needs to perk back to life. It’s super-simple and super-easy!


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