No matter what book I read or course I follow on style and beauty especially for women over 40, they all say the same. It’s crucial to have a haircut that suits you. It can make a huge difference to your appearance. Here are some tips I picked up along the way on how to get the best hairstyle over 40.
1. Bangs are your friend
I have always been a fan of bangs but as you get older they become even more important. Not only can they hide your wrinkles but they can also cover up a receding hair line, a long forehead and also bring a youthful appearnce to your face. Of course they can’t be too short and they also don’t have to be straight. In fact the best bangs are those that are softly swept to the side. Notice from the Pinterest collage below that a lot of the hairstyles I selected have some kind of bangs. Either moved to the side or cut in a funky way.
2. Colouring is your best friend too
Although you can choose to go grey (many great examples of women with gray hair here) if you like to have a youthful appearance, then it’s usually better to colour your hair. It’s critical of course that you select the right colour! As a general rule the older you get, the lighter your hair usually becomes. Of course there are exceptions of women who look smashing with dark hair, but most older women will look better going a tint lighter.
3. Don’t part you hair in the middle
It looks more severe and highlights those parts of your face that are not symetrical. Part you hair to the side of your face that you like the most.
4. Find the best hair stylist and build a relationship
I’m still looking to be honest as I have not found the perfect match yet. I want my hair stylist from the same salon as my hair colourist and I felt that I was not moving forward with my hair. I want a hair stylist with a strong opinion, someone that understands my personality and someone who can give me ideas. It’s great to keep your hairstyle updated by changing it every now and then so it doesn’t become stale. A good hair stylist will definitely help with that!
5. Make sure your hair moves!
If it’s all too stiif, it will look forced and a bit ‘old lady’.
6. Look after your hair!
Older hair can get thinner and look dull. Make sure that you use some good hair conditioners and a mask on a regular basis to nurture your hair and make it shine!
7. Try something completely different
If your hair is thinning or you just want to try something completely new you could consider hair extensions or synthetic clip ons.
Other considerations for 40+ women’s hairstyles
- This remains one of the most difficult decisions: should I let my hair go grey or dye my hair? Lots of women share their opinion.
- Can women over 40 have long hair? What say you?
Hairstyles for women over 40 inspiration!
I have been adding hairstyles for women over 40 to my Pinterest Board with the same name. I will keep adding to this pinboard, so when the time comes when I want a new haircut again, I know what to choose!
Have you changed much about your hairstyle as you have gotten older? What are your best tips for the perfect hairstyle for the woman over 40?