22 Age-Defying Hairstyles for Black Women Over 40 in 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

If you’re a woman over 40, selecting a visually appealing, age-appropriate, and low-maintenance hairstyle can be challenging. Below are 22 fabulous and fierce hairstyles for black women over 40 that will please and accommodate your needs and wants!


#1: Rezo Cut Curls with Highlights

Curly hair needing a cut is ideal for getting some Rezo cut curls with highlights. One of the greatest challenges for women with naturally curly hair is knowing when and how much to cut off without taking away too much. The Rezo technique will add volume and plenty of texture without taking too much off. Ask your stylist if they’re familiar with the technique so that you keep your length and volume.

#2: Black Shiny Bouncy Curls

Jet black shiny, bouncy curls are a timeless style for all ages. Even if your natural curl pattern is too large or small, this style can be achieved with Flexi rods and the size of your choice. One of the prettiest features is that you can wear your hair in this style and watch your curls fall more and more each day, creating a new curl pattern and a slightly different look as time passes.

Sleek & Smooth Drop Curls for Black Women Over 40
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#3: Sleek & Smooth Drop Curls

Get into these drop curls! Perfect for a date night, these soft, loose curls give an elegant vibration to your style choice. Humidity and heat can drop the curls quickly, so this style is best for indoor or cool weather activities. To maintain this look, wrap your hair in a silk scarf at night in the opposite direction of your side part, then comb it out with a large tooth comb in the mornings.

#4: Cheek-Length Bob Cut

A bob cut at cheek length looks wonderful on natural hair. If you’re a woman with tight coils, you will love this chop as it compliments tighter curl patterns and textures.

Hollywood Curls for Black Women Over 40 Years Old
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#5: Hollywood Curls

Who doesn’t love Hollywood curls? You will love this vintage curl if you’re looking for an ultra-glamorous style.

#6: Classic 1950s Curls (Pin-up Girl Look)

Classic 1950s curls should be a go-to style for short to medium-length hair. This vintage curl style is not only incredibly flattering but also exudes class and glamour. Try a pin-up girl look for your next event and watch heads turn!

#7: Red Carpet Curls

Red carpet curls will make you feel like a star. This blown-out, wavy style is soft enough to wear all day but structured enough to go out at night.

#8: Afro Spiral Curl

An afro spiral curl looks incredible when cut into a pixie hairstyle. This modern twist on the afro curl combines pulled-out texture with faded and designed sides. If you’re looking for a unique cut, this one is for you!

#9: Whitney H. Curls

If you’re a woman over 40 with natural hair, you will adore a set of Whitney H. curls. This bouncy, voluminous style will inject youth and life into your locks and boost your self-confidence!

#10: Freestyle Bouncy Spiral Curls

Bouncy spiral curls are a go-to hairstyle for women over 40. Bouncy curls like these can last up to two weeks without a wash.

#11: Classic Layered Bob Cut

A classic layered bob will flatter you if you want a shorter chop. The layered bob is a great way to make your aging hair look fuller, thicker, and healthier.

#12: Multi-Layered Asymmetrical Bob Cut

If you have a round face shape, you will find a multi-layered asymmetrical bob cut to be the most flattering. The slight angle forward will preserve length around your face, smoothing and elongating round face shapes and jawlines.

Side-Swept Bangs with Curls for Black Woman Over 40
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#13: Side-Swept Bangs with Curls

Side-swept bangs paired with curls look gorgeous on short hair styles. This angelic style looks particularly glam with blonde or lightened locks.

#14: Loose Waves

You should try loose waves if you are looking for a professional yet attractive hairstyle. Loose waves on long hair can be worn day to night as they are a sleek, multi-faceted style that will match most occasions.

#15: Asymmetrical Bob

If you’re a woman over the age of 40, you will love an asymmetrical bob! This easy-to-maintain, chic haircut will not only flatter your face, but it will also make everyday styling a breeze.

Bob Cut for Black Women Over 40
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#16: Bob Cut

A bob haircut is a flattering style for women over 40. As women age, hair can often fall flatter and a bit thinner. A bob cut is a great way to combat this, as its blunt ends and shorter length create an illusion of thicker, fuller locks.

The Slanted Bob Hairstyle For Women Over 40
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#17: The Slanted Bob

The slanted bob is a gorgeous chop for ladies over 40. This super flattering hairstyle is especially complimentary for women with round face shapes as the angle forward will slim the cheeks and jawline.

#18: The Pixie Cut

The pixie cut can be styled to suit your face shape and facial features. By customizing the pixie haircut to each individual, a perfect frame can be made and accentuate the facial features you want to draw the eye towards.

Kinky Tight Curls for Black Woman Over 40
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#19: Kinky Tight Curls

Kinky tight curls are becoming more and more common in hair styling. Natural texture is becoming the preferred hairstyle over other hairstyles that have been popular due to its ease of styling and low-maintenance vibe.

#20: Straight Bob Cut

A straight bob cut is a bold statement haircut that creates dynamic lines. A straight bob haircut can strengthen the jawline of your round face and elongate and slim your facial features.

#21: Multi Curls Side-Swept

Try side-swept multi-curls for defined and elegant curly hair. Side-swept hairstyles create the illusion of larger and more open facial features. Such cute black hairstyles are an elegant way to complete your look for any occasion.

#22: Loose & Light Spiral Curls

Loose and light spiral curls are a great way to add bounce and contrast to your naturally dark hair. The light tones combined with loose spiral curls create a bouncy, airy, and textured hairstyle that can be customized to complement your skin tone.