Ever wonder about the best hairstyles for women over 40? Let’s have a look at some great hairstyles and the best hairstyle tips.

Hairstyles for women over 40 – Why is a good hairstyle important?

It’s crucial to have a haircut that suits you. Your hairstyle frames your face and is the perfect finishing touch.

Here are some tips to ensure that you get the perfect hairstyle over 40.

1. Bangs are your friend

Nikki bob hairstyle with side swept bangs | 40plusstyle.com

As you get older bangs become 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 appearance 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.

Nikki @40notfrumpy above

Josephine's short bob with bangs | 40plusstyle.com

Josehine @chicatanyage above (read her style interview here)

Hairstyle tip: bangs are your friend | 40plusstyle.com

2. Coloring is your best friend too

The best hairstyles for women over 40 - 7 useful tips | 40plusstyle.com

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 color!

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.

Rita @ritapalazzi above (read her style interview here)

If you are transitioning into gray hair, you may enjoy Elaine’s journey to gray hair.

3. Don’t part you hair in the middle

Grace's mid-length, black hair | 40plusstyle.com

Parting your hair in the middle looks more severe and highlights those parts of your face that are not symmetrical.

Part you hair to the side of your face that you like the most.

Grace @colorandgrace above (read her style interview here)

Hairstyle tip: don't part your hair in the middle | 40plusstyle.com

4. Find the best hair stylist and build a relationship

The best hairstyles for women over 40 - 7 useful tips | 40plusstyle.com

A good hair stylist is key!

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!

Suzanne's colored, long hair with bangs | 40plusstyle.com

Suzanne @suzannecarillo above (read her style interview here)

Haristyle tip: find the best hairstylist | 40plusstyle.com

5. Make sure your hair moves!

Wendy shoulder-length, blond hair | 40plusstyle.com

If it’s all too stiff, it will look forced and a bit ‘old lady’.

Patricia @madamechicbcn above (read her style interview here)

6. Look after your hair!

Shauna looking edgy in short silver hair | 40plusstyle.com

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!

Shauna @chicover50 above (read her style interview here)

Hairstyle tip: look after your hair | 40plusstyle.com

7. Try something completely different

Tanasha long curly hair | 40plusstyle.com

If your hair is thinning or you just want to try something completely new you could consider hair extensions or synthetic clip ons.

Tanasha @prettytallstyle above

Mel edgy short gray hair | 40plusstyle.com

Mel @bagandaberet above (read her style interview here)

Long wavy gray hair | 40plusstyle.com

Other considerations for 40+ women’s hairstyles

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?

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The best hairstyles for women over 40 - 7 useful tips | 40plusstyle.com

Feature image by Shauna @chicover50

Photos not captioned below are by Denton Taylor


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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