If you’re over 40, you probably already know this: our hair changes as we age. The hairstyles of our 20s just aren’t as flattering in our 40s and beyond – and that’s okay! All you need to update your style is a modern haircut that works well with your changing hair. Keep reading to find out our favorite hairstyles for women over 40 in 2021
1. Short Pixie
If it seems like a lot of women opt for a pixie as soon as they hit 40, there’s a good reason for it. Many women experience thinner hair once they reach a certain age. Sure, you can use styling products and techniques to create the appearance of thicker-looking hair (we’ll share our favorites later!).
But if you’re looking for a low-maintenance short haircut for women over 40, you can’t go wrong with a short pixie. We love this look because it’s simple to style and it works for all hair types. Plus, it’s the perfect haircut if you want to experiment with fun colors. There’s no harm in damaging your hair because it will grow out quickly and be replaced with new healthy hair!
2. Asymmetrical Long Pixie
An asymmetrical long pixie is a playful update on a classic look that’s perfect for expressing your creative side. We also love this short haircut for women over 40 because it’s flattering for hair that’s thinner than it used to be. By pushing the hair to one side, you create the illusion of more fullness. This is also a great option for anyone who is working on growing out a short pixie!
3. Chin-Length Bob
Short hair has less weight than long hair, which means that it has more volume. If you’re struggling with lank locks but still want to maintain some length, try a chin-length bob. This hairstyle for women over 40 works for all hair textures. And since it’s classic, you never need to worry about it going out of style!
4. Wavy Lob
Another excellent haircut for women over 40 is the collarbone-length lob. This haircut removes extra weight that can leave hair looking flat but is still long enough to pull into a ponytail.
To style this hairstyle for women over 40, start by applying Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir to damp hair. This body-boosting leave-in treatment creates the appearance of thicker hair. Blow-dry hair or allow it to air dry. Once hair is fully dry, twist sections with a curling iron or wand. Once curls have cooled, finger comb them to separate them. Then finish with a texturizing spray.
5. Long with Layers
Contrary to popular belief, no law states you must opt for a short haircut once you reach your 40th birthday. If you love your long hair, we say keep it! Just make sure to get trims regularly to remove dead ends.
We especially love this flattering layered look as a long hairstyle for women over 40. The long layers remove bulk at the end so that your hair has lots of movement and doesn’t get too weighed down at the roots.
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Why get Botox when you can get bangs? A fringe easily disguises fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead. Plus, since you’re bringing more hair forward to frame the face, bangs can make hair look thicker and fuller. Depending on how your stylist cuts your hair, bangs can work on a variety of hair types from poker straight to spirals.
Which is your favorite hairstyle for women over 40? Let us know in the comment section!