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30 Stylish and Sexy Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40

Here are 30 stunning short hairstyles for women over 40 that you can mix and match for your new look!

Most women over 40 say that they are way more confident than they were in their 30s. With that being said, your 40s is the best time to explore new hairstyles to express who you are! It’s no longer about the trends and definitely not about fitting in.

It’s all about the confident fabulous YOU.

#1 Sexy Fringe

Written by Shannel Mariano

Women usually ask for bangs to hide wrinkles and they typically ask for them to look like the type of bangs most women get to hide wrinkles — straight across and wispy. Those bangs do cover wrinkles, but they also send a message that you are hiding something! That look is also very dated which can actually age you. Why not get a different and more stylish type of fringe, one that’s primary purpose isn’t just to hide wrinkles, but to actually express your style? This long, lash-grazing fringe sweeps stylishly across the model’s forehead and is beautifully textured.

Short Hairstyle for Women Over 40 with Fringe

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth ends with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture.
  6. Set the style with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 degrees.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with any hair type will suit this hairstyle.

#2 Organic Waves

Written by Shannel Mariano

Organic waves are more youthful compared to structured perfect curls. They seem softer, more natural, more free, and most of all, more on trend!

Short Hairstyle with Organic Waves

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  2. Wrap sections of hair around a medium barrel iron.
  3. Shake hair with hands to loosen up the curls.
  4. Set the hair with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Caviar Working Hairspray gives a long lasting flexible hold while adding fullness and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and medium in density will suit this hairstyle.

#3 Deep Side Part

Written by Shannel Mariano

A deep side part gives short to medium hair lengths an asymmetric look. It immediately changes your look without having to do much!

Short Hairstyle with Deep Side Part

Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the ends with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist gives hair a mirror-like shine while eliminating frizz and flyaways.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any hair type will suit this hairstyle.

#4 Soft Waves

Written by Shannel Mariano

Anything soft and touchable will always be more youthful than structured, stiff hairstyles. This hairstyle has beautiful soft and shiny waves just at the ends of the hair.

Short Hairstyle with Soft Waves

Style by Rhiannon Schwind, Makeup by Monica Wilson, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Short Hairstyle with Soft Waves Side

Style by Rhiannon Schwind, Makeup by Monica Wilson, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a large round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Curl the middle to the ends of sections of hair with a large barrel iron.
  5. Set the hairstyle with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream is a leave-in cream that nourishes the hair, giving it healthy looking shine and radiance. It also eliminates frizz and flyaways!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle bess.

#5 Tousled Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

Bobs are so chic, modern, and stylish. This would definitely be the power suit of hair! On days we want to feel a little more feminine, organic soft waves are the perfect finish for a bob.

Short Tousled Bob Hairstyle

Style by Kim Padgett, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a medium round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Wrap sections of hair around a medium barrel iron.
  5. Run fingers through the hair to loosen up the curls.
  6. Set the style with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Volume 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray is “clinically proven” to increase volume by 105%. What I love most about it is that it doesn’t leave hair stiff or shiny.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#6 Touchable Volume

Written by Shannel Mariano

This hairstyle has a lot of volume and is even teased up a bit, but it remains very soft, feminine and touchable. The volume, fullness and softness of this hairstyle makes it very youthful.

Short Hairstyle with Volume and Waves

Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short Hairstyle with Volume and Waves Side

Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry volume into the hair using a large round rush.
  3. Tease the hair using a teasing comb.
  4. Set the teasing with a firm hold spray.
  5. Curl the hair using a large barrel iron.
  6. Loosen the curls by gently running fingers through the hair.
  7. Set the style with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast is a root booster that gives hair long lasting volume. It’s lightweight and doesn’t make hair stiff or sticky.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture in density will suit this hairstyle best.

#7 Long Bob with Face Framing

Written by Shannel Mariano

Add some softness around the face by adding some face framing layers. It doesn’t always have to start at the chin or be really short. Even some longer face framing layers can soften a look!

Long Bob with Face Framing Layers

Style by Kara Brown, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the middle to the ends of the hair using a flat iron.
  4. Set the style with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Blowout Crème creates a smooth, shiny blowouts with volume. It also cuts down on styling time and provides heat protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that has medium texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#8 Asymmetric Chic

Written by Shannel Mariano

As we get older, our hair sometimes get finer and at that point, the best thing to do is to go shorter. That doesn’t mean that we should automatically go for a soccer mom bob. Try this super stylish asymmetric textured bob instead!

Short Asymmetric Hairstyle

Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

Short Asymmetric Hairstyle Side

Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair sooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection.
  4. Smooth the middle to the ends of each section with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for texture to the hair.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Style Texturizing Body Boost Volumizing Liquid Powder easily and effortlessly adds volume and texture to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#9 Cherry Red Asymmetry

Written by Shannel Mariano

These bold, bright red pieces and asymmetric cut come together create a really stylish look.

Short Asymmetric Hair Cut with Bold Red Highlights

Style by Christine Adkins, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

When applied to wet and/or dry hair, Super Skinny Serum conditions, adds shine, and makes the hair smooth.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and heart face shapes with hair with any hair texture and density can achieve this look.

#10 Peek-A-Boo Blue

Written by Shannel Mariano

Here is another asymmetric haircut with bright color! This one has more layers in it with a fun color just peeking through the hair on the surface.

Short Asymmetric Hair Cut with Layers and Peek A Boo Color

Style by Ryan Burns, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Smooth only the mid shaft to the ends of the hair.
  4. Add product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Shaping Cream adds amazing texture to hair!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart and oval face shapes with hair with hair that is medium in texture and density can achieve this style.

#11 Princess Cut

Written by Shannel Mariano

Look like a royal with this classic Princess Diana-inspired haircut.

Short Blonde Princess Diana Haircut

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush, directing the hair backwards.
  3. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

HydroMist Blowout Spray gives a hair a nice and airy lightweight volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any hair type can rock this style.

#12 Rocker Chic Pixie

Written by Shannel Mariano

This contemporary pixie haircut is short and tight on the sides and long and volumized on top.

Contemporary Pixie Haircut with Volume

Style by Kendall Quigley Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the sides downward and flat against the head.
  3. Add volume to hair on top by lifting the hair up with a styling brush while blow drying.
  4. Add product to the hair for hold and texture.

Recommended Products:

Shaping Cream adds amazing texture to hair!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can pull off this edgy style.

#13 Soft and Edgy

Written by Shannel Mariano

This hairstyle gives gorgeously soft baby blonde hair some edge with a drastic asymmetrical haircut.

Soft Edgy Short Asymmetrical Haircut

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to the hair.
  4. Smooth with a flat iron.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press protects the hair from the heat of iron and helps the style last longer.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can wear this hairstyle.

#14 The Anna

Written by Shannel Mariano

Get coiffed like the queen of fashion, Anna Wintour, with this sleek geometric bob.

Sleek Geometric Bob Haircut

Style by Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Add a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a serum for shine.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops by Paul Mitchell add a luminous shine to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium in density can wear this fashionable bob.

#15 Sleek and Textured

Written by Shannel Mariano

Who says you can’t have it all? Get sleekness AND texture all in one style with this cool look.

Short Sleek Haircut with Texture

Style by Europa Salon, Beachwood, OH

Short Sleek Haircut with Texture Side View

Style by Europa Salon, Beachwood, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth pieces in front and on the sides with a flat iron.
  4. Use a product to spike up the hair on the crown area.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Shaping Cream will give hair texture and medium hold with a semi-matte finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can wear this fun style.

#16 Wavy Disconnection

Written by Shannel Mariano

Style and fun shouldn’t end at 40. This asymmetric and disconnected haircut makes that statement!

Short Asymmetric Haircut with Waves

Style by Nicole Slusher, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, PA

Short Asymmetric Haircut with Waves Side View

Style by Nicole Slusher, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Add smoothness and bend to the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for texture.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is a wax in a can. It allows for an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in density and texture can easily pull off this style.

#17 Airy Layers

Written by Shannel Mariano

This pretty hairstyle features volume and an airy texture that sweeps away from the face.

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush, directing the hair backwards.
  3. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

HydroMist Blowout Spray gives a hair a nice and airy lightweight volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and heart face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium in density can pull off this pretty look.

#18 Pixie Dust

Written by Shannel Mariano

This gorgeous pixie draws emphasis to its wearers delicate feminine features.

Short Feminine Pixie Haircut

Style by Kendall Quigley Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

Short Feminine Pixie Haircut Side View

Style by Kendall Quigley Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair side to side and flat against the head using a styling brush.
  3. Part the hair to the side.
  4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Fast Form is a cream gel that sculpts the hair the way you want.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and heart shaped faces with hair that is low to medium in density and fine to medium in texture can rock this pixie.

#19 Naturally Fabulous

Written by Shannel Mariano

Maximize the natural beauty of your curls and get this fabulous look!

Short Curly Haircut with Volume

Style by Mia Moyer, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Twist hair sections of hair in different directions.
  3. Diffuse the hair until dry.
  4. Wrap sections of hair that need more curl around a curling wand.
  5. Create a deep side part.
  6. Pin the hair on one side of the head flat against the head.

Recommended Products:

Twirl Around is a crunch-free curl definer that is a mixture of what curly hair needs the most — moisture and hold!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with naturally curly hair can rock this look.

#20 Red Hot

Written by Shannel Mariano

Volume, texture, asymmetry and vibrant color…this look is sizzling hot!

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Add bend and more texture to the hair using a flat iron.
  4. Tuck one side behind the ear.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Sculpting Foam will make creating volume a breeze.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval faces with hair that is medium in texture and density can pull off this red hot hairstyle.

#21 Geometric Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

I love the play of geometry in this haircut! The perimeter of this bob is shorter in the front and longer in the back. It’s layers longer in the front and shorter in the back creating a very flattering style.

Short Geometric Bob Hairstyle For Women Over 40

Style by Tamela Bishop, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short Geometric Bob Hairstyle Back View

Style by Tamela Bishop, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Sculpting Foam conditions the hair, gets rid of frizz, adds shine to the hair, and gives it a flexible hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and heart face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium in density can wear this style.

#22 Bobbed Dimension

Written by Shannel Mariano

This gorgeous triangular bob is enhanced by its warm dimensional color.

Triangular Bob with Highlights

Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

Triangular Bob with Highlights Side View

Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a serum to the hair.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops add shine and control frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any hair type can pull off this flattering look.

#23 Easy Texture

Written by Shannel Mariano

This look features a lot of short layers that easily allows the hair to be styled with tons texture.

Short Haircut with Layers and Texture

Style by Edie Noppenberger, Edie’s Styling Center, Clearwater, FL

Short Haircut with Layers and Texture Back View

Style by Edie Noppenberger, Edie’s Styling Center, Clearwater, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Power dry the hair with fingers.
  3. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Shaping Cream adds flexible texture to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any hair type can pull off this textured style.

#24 Sleek Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

This sleek long bob features layers that are shorter in the back and longer in the front.

Sleek Bob with Layers

Style by Julianne Davis, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to the hair.
  4. Smooth with a flat iron.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press is a thermal protection spray and a hairspray in one.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium to high in density and medium to coarse in texture can wear this bob.

#25 Crown Volume

Written by Shannel Mariano

The high graduation in the back of this cut gives it instant volume in the crown area. The layers being shorter in the back and longer towards the face make the hair naturally fall towards the face creating a vert flattering style.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth pieces of hair with a flat iron.
  4. Use a product to add texture to the hair.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is wax in aerosol form that allows you to have an even and controlled distribution of the product.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium in density can wear this cool style.

#26 Piecey Pixie

Written by Shannel Mariano

The cut, color, and style of this look is ALL about texture.

Pixie Hairstyle with Texture

Style by Above and Beyond, Vermilion, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with fingers, lifting the hair on top to encourage volume.
  3. Use a product and fingers to spike and detail the hair.
  4. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Reformer is a strong hold cream with a matte finish and is perfect for achieving this look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with any hair type can wear this spiky ‘do.

#27 Long Layered Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

This long bob has just enough layers to have some texture in the front, allowing the hair to keep most of its density.

Short Layered Bob with Texture

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Smooth the midshaft to the ends with a flat iron.
  4. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight is a finishing spray that gives long-lasting hold without the crunch.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium in density can wear this layered look.

#28 Wavy Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

Bobs can be styled so many ways. This model has her bob styled with waves that sweep away from the face creating a very flattering and feminine look!

Bob Hairstyle with Waves and Short Layers

Style by Doraliz Zendra, Victoria Station Salon, Vienna, VA

Bob Hairstyle with Waves and Short Layers Back View

Style by Doraliz Zendra, Victoria Station Salon, Vienna, VA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  4. Smooth and wave hair backwards with a flat iron.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight is a flexible hold spray that keeps your hair touchable.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any hair type can wear this wavy bob.

#29 Teased Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

Another way to wear a bob is smooth with volume. This bob is has layers that fall below the occipital bone in the back and gradually get longer in the front.

Teased Bob Hairstyle For Women with Layers

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Teased Bob Hairstyle with Layers Side View

Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Tease the hair in the crown area.
  5. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray is perfect for holding teases!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can pull off this style.

#30 Curly Bob

Written by Shannel Mariano

Curly bobs are gorgeous! This graduated bob is designed to have volume, even without styling. It is shorter in the back and longer in the front, therefore pushing hair towards the face.

Women's Curly Bob Hairstyle with Volume

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair in different directions using a medium barrel curling iron.
  3. Set with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press is a thermal protection spray and hairspray in one. It will protect the hair from the heat and help the style last longer.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density can rock this curly bob.

Don’t forget to take pictures to your stylist on your salon visit and enjoy trying different looks on the already fabulously 40-year-old YOU!