42 Stylish and Sexy Short Hairstyles & Haircuts for Women Over 40

Short hairstyles and haircuts for women over 40

Here are 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 a decade ago. 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.

Check out these pictures of short haircuts for women over 40 that are flattering, daring, and modern.

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Edgy Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Jillian Drinkwater
Stylist @ Bluebird Salon in San Luis Obispo, CA

How would you describe this look?

Women in their 40s have hair that’s starting to thin, so a short haircut cut into a pixie is perfect.

Keep your hair short and fun by adding a blue/teal hair color combination that is still flattering but not too much!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a fun look so you need to have fun rocking it!

For styling, we used Bumble and bumble Sumo Clay. It’s a matte clay that gives moveable and workable hold.

This look is great for someone who loves short hair and would have a fun time taking the time to style it in its edgy fashion!

Diagonal Fringe & Disconnected Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Belinda Goodwin
Colorist / Stylist / Make-up Artist @ Belinda Goodwin Hair & Makeup in Darlinghurst, NSW


How would you describe this look?

The most flattering short haircuts for women over 40 is a one-length, short bob with bangs.

It has a diagonal fringe and disconnected undercut at the nape area. The undercut/disconnection at the back creates more of an edgy look for those wanting something classic with a twist. The diagonal fringe is optional and can also be cut square. You could also opt for no fringe at all and this style will still look great.

When it comes to short haircuts for ladies in their forties, the disconnected undercut isn’t for everyone.

My favorite thing about this look is that it is excellent for ladies over forty with fine but dense hair that don’t have time for lots of blow drying. It is perfect for those who desire a contemporary, feminine look and like to be noticed.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for all hair types, although thicker hair will need weight taken out to reduce the triangle look from the front. It is especially good for fine, dense hair as it instantly makes your hair look thicker without much blow drying. The best face shapes this haircut will suit are longer/oblong, oval, and triangle.

This no-fuss cut and color is really suitable for professionals and busy moms.

Carefree, Whimsical, and Sexy

Q&A with style creator, Christine Bontempo
Stylist @ Beyond Measure Salon and Spa in Tega Cay, SC


How would you describe this look?

This short-length hairstyle pops of fun!

For women over forty, this short style is a great way to style your hair

It’s a great way to make your hair look shorter, care-free, whimsical, and sexy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For each client, I take into account their lifestyle, maintenance, personality, hair texture, and face shape. I think the most important things to consider for short haircuts for women are hair texture, neck, and face shape. I think this haircut looks great on women over 40 with an oval or heart-shaped face.

We were contemplating doing an undercut, but we cut it into a pixie and give it time for the front/top to grow out and we can go from there.

Perfectly Trendy Long Pixie Cut

Perfectly Trendy hairstyle
Instagram @l_andco_salon

Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Garner
Salon Owner @ L & Co. Salon in Mandeville, LA


How would you describe this look?

A long pixie is a trendy short cut that is the perfect edgy style for 40-year-olds.

For women over 40 looking for something short and sassy, this may be the look for you. This cut is low maintenance due to its convenience of quick and easy styling. Short haircuts for women should be easy to maintain at home.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For a woman over 40 considering this short crop, I would consider face shape and hair texture. This specific cut is great for someone looking for a smooth and sleek style by day, and a sassy and textured style by night.

You can add volume or texture to your short strands by using root lifting products. Use heat tools to create a youthful and natural-looking messy curl. This cut is super cute and quite a hit due to its elegance and convenience!

Asymmetrical Lob with Dimension

Q&A with style creator, Amie Michelle
Master Cosmetologist / Stylist / Salon Manager @ The Loft Salon in Cumming, GA


How would you describe this look?

Short bobs are perfect short haircuts for women over 40 because they are super flattering.

This is an asymmetrical bob also has some highlights and lowlights to give it added dimension.

My favorite thing about this cut on short hair is that it’s an edgy spin on the classic bob haircut. It’s slightly longer than a normal bob, and the one elongated side really draws attention to the shape of her face and neckline!

Any advice for someone considering it?

When styling short styles like this use all Living Proof products. Prior to cutting, I used their Full shampoo and conditioner. Before blow drying, I used their thickening cream at the root and their nourishing oil on the ends to keep things nice and smooth.

Gorgeous & Textured

Gorgeous & Textured hairstyle
Instagram @asuka._hair

Q&A with style creator, Asuka Aoki
Director Stylist @ Tao of Hair in Perth, WA


How would you describe this look?

This is very short hair with short layers.

With short haircuts for women in their 40s, it is very important to create volume and shape it to highlight their features.

This helps them feel more open and vibrant in daily life.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For those who are considering this short crop, it is very important we take into account a few factors such as hair type, face shape, time, and lifestyle.

When it comes to short hair, we like to look at if your hair is straight or curly, thick or fine, because it is important that we get to know our client and for the client to know us as we are entrusted with their hair. Some short hairstyles will work with specific types of hair, but some may not. This style especially suits people with wavy or curly hair.

Another thing to keep in mind when your hair is cut short is whether or not this hairstyle will suit the shape of your face. Even though a style may not suit your facial features, there is always a way to work around it and find an exact short hairstyle that suits you best.

With all hairstyles, lifestyle plays a big factor is how your hair is. Short hair like this is easy to maintain and therefore makes your daily routine easier. You can enjoy a lot of different looks with just styling and product use.

Chic Short-Medium Length Bob

Q&A with style creator, Bre Turner
Cosmetologist @ L Salon and Spa on West in Marietta, OH


How would you describe this look?

Cut your hair short into a bob as a good in between cut for ladies over 40 who want to go shorter but not “too short”.

One of my favorite things about this cut is that it has longer layers that make it possible to wear it fun and flirty with some waves, or sleek and straight.

This cut goes with many face shapes and most hair types. There are many women over 40 who choose this cut, especially during the spring and summer months for a fun, short, and seasonal style. It’s also pretty simple when it comes to styling as well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To get a fun and flirty when going short, use a flat iron or a 3/4 to 1-inch barrel curling iron to create loose waves. I recommend using a good texture or working spray to give it that fun, messy, and textured look. My favorites are Matrix Texture Spray and Kenra Working Spray. Top it off with a light finishing hairspray.

Multi-Dimensional Style

Multi-Dimensional Style hairstyle
Instagram @hello_hairbyj

Q&A with style creator, Jessie Bonèy
Hairstylist / Owner @ Style House Hair Studio in Eugene, OR


How would you describe this look?

Short hairstyles for women over 40 are multi-dimensional lots of texture and lines.

If you have short hair, make it so it can be worn straight or wavy, leaving you with great options for whatever the day holds.

When hair is cut short it’s great to add in the dimension of color, giving light and depth to each angle. I’m really loving the look of a slightly shorter length in the back. It’s so flattering for so many people.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for women turning 40 wanting this look would be to embrace their natural texture. Embrace your curl, your color, your texture, your own unique look, and rock it!

A-Line Bob with Wispy Fringe

A-Line Bob with Wispy Fringe hairstyle
Instagram @bliss_babe_britt

Q&A with style creator, Brittany McCaskey
Stylist @ Bliss Salon At Caravails in Columbus, GA


How would you describe this look?

This is an short A-line bob with shorter layers and a wispy fringe.

For being 40 years old, the layers can be pushed forward for a fun and edgy look, or round brushed back for the typical short stacked bob.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this short straight hairstyle, we used Kitoko Oil before blow drying and used it again after styling to keep it shiny and frizz-free. We also used Puff Me to give her short fine hair some volume.

This cut and style would work for all ages and hair textures. It’s fun and very low maintenance!

Soft and Blended

Soft and Blended hairstyle
Instagram @sailawaysalon_lauren

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Vlaming
Hairstylist @ Sail Away Salon in Winnipeg, MB


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This stylish short hairstyle for ladies over forty is soft and blended and can be worn on straight or curly hair and is very low maintenance.

The hair color was achieved through the balayage and foil highlighting technique. For women are 40 with grey hair, adding babylights with the shadow roots help to conceal the rapid regrowth.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For these short textured waves, I used a trusty flat iron. I always put in some sort of volumizing mousse on damp hair (blow dried in) to set the hair for either waves or a sleek look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client has naturally curly hair but styles it mainly straight on a daily basis. She has a slender face and long neck, so the bob haircut complements her extremely well! The short length is quick and easy for someone who doesn’t have much time in the morning to style their hair.

The bob haircut is a classic haircut that stands the test of time, can be styled many different ways, and keeps mature women over 40 looking youthful.

Fresh and Young Pixie Cut

Q&A with style creator, Emily Michael
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Salon 27 Hair & Tanning in Berne, IN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This super short hairstyle is great for women in their forties with glasses who still wants to look fabulous!

My favorite thing about this short pixie cut style is that there are so many elements to it. From the color to the texture to the undercut, they all harmonize so well together. The look feels so fresh and young but polished at the same time.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To style, I prepped her wet hair with Matrix Miracle Creator. I dried it directionally, sprayed it with Joico Ironclad, used my flat iron to bend sections for texture and smoothness, then finished it with Joico Texture Boost which is one of my all-time favorite products for texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This short style works extremely well for women over 40 with thick hair. The undercut makes it less bulky, more manageable, and adds a touch of funk and youth. It is perfect for ladies with all face shapes, especially those with round faces as it can be tailored to their particular needs to flatter and frame.

Fun & Sassy Pixie Haircut

Q&A with style creator, Anthony Scott
Hairdresser @ Lunatic Fringe Sugarhouse in Salt Lake City, UT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This super short hair looks fun and sassy that you can wear all down, all up, or super messy.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The products I recommend are a texture spray and clay pomade (matte or shine, your choice). I used Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray, a root volumizer called Swept Up, and Bumble and bumble’s Sumo Clay.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend these short tresses for any forty year old lady looking for something low maintenance that is versatile and a little edgy.

Wavy Ombre Bob

Wavy Ombre Bob hairstyle
Instagram @subtle_magic

Q&A with style creator, Tara Plas
Owner and Operator @ Subtle Magic Beauty and Wellness in Vancouver, CA-BC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

A short wavy bob hairstyle is perfect for ladies over forty who struggle with thin, fine hair.

The best short hairstyles for fine hair have lots of texture to create more volume

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Once your hair has been cut into the proper short length bob for your face shape, have some layers and texture added. How much depends on the thickness and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This short hairdo can work for almost any woman over 40 and is most suited to those who want something easy with a lot of style. It’s a great way to manage wavy thick hair, and a great way to maximize straighter thin hair!

It is also fresh and modern looking, and a great choice to blend white hairs when we aren’t ready for an all over color treatment.

Theresa

short hair with red highlights
Hair by Elizabeth Stenstrom, Makeup Betty Mekonnen for L Salon & Color Group, San Mateo, CA

This chic bob is styled with a deep side part that gives it an asymmetric short look.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Give the hair a deep side part using a comb.
  3. Blow dry the hair using a styling brush.
  4. Smooth sections of hair using a flat iron.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Style Satin Rapid Blowout Balm smooths the hair and protects it from heat while giving it shine and condition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Pat

short platinum blonde hair
Hair by Elizabeth Stenstrom, Makeup Betty Mekonnen for L Salon & Color Group, San Mateo, CA

The length of this short sexy haircut is pretty much the same all over and is styled with a lot of texture.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth sections of hair with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a styling product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Style Concrete Extreme Definition Clay gives the hair texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Susan

short curly hair
Hair by PK Design Team, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen for Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA

Super feminine hairstyles and haircuts feature big, bouncy, feathery curls.

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Set sections of hair in hot rollers.
  3. Once they have cooled, remove the rollers and comb through curls with your fingers.
  4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects the hair from thermal irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Doreen

short blonde hair with side part
Hair by PK Design Team, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen for Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA

Since this sleek and stunning short haircut’s graduation/stack has a steep angle, it gives volume at the crown area instead of the occipital bone area. This helps boost fullness for older women over 40.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Further smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for shine.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Micromist Spray gives the hair a weightless shine while taking out frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Lori

short brown hair with bangs
Susanne Dillge and Makeup Betty Mekonen for Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

This trendy short haircut and style is tighter and shorter on the sides, and longer and bigger on top.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply a product to keep the hair on the sides down and to add texture and height to the hair on top.
  4. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Style Concrete Extreme Definition Clay gives hair texture and definition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Cathy

blonde highlights
Becky Bennett for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

This short asymmetrical haircut and style is a pixie on one side and gradually gets longer into a bob on the other side.

How To Style:

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

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protection Spray smooths, repairs and protects hair from thermal heat.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Leslie

short brown hair with spikes in back
Acacia Cronic for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

This high volume haircut is short on the sides and longer on top. This pixie cut with long bangs gives women over a 40 with a round face a face-slimming effect.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair on the crown with a round brush, lifting up to create volume.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the hair with a styling brush.
  4. Tease hair on the crown area.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Thick & Volume Mousse gives the hair serious volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Women over 40 with wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density wear this look best.

Erin

wavy short hair
Hair by David Bakey, Makeup Jess Moss for Currie Hair, Skin and Nails, Glen Mills, PA

This haircut is as short as a pixie would be just in the back, but gradually gets longer in the front. It is styled with messy stylish organic waves.

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Wrap sections of hair with a curling wand.
  3. Apply a product for texture.
  4. Set with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Iron Spray protects hair from the heat of irons up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Judy

short black hair
Lisa Jordan for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

This flattering haircut is short as a pixie on the back and gradually turns into a bob in the front. It is styled straight and with texture.

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  3. Apply a product for shine.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Spray smooths, repairs and protects hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Gloria

blonde hair with a middle part
Kelley Danford for Elon Salon, Marietta GA

This is a universally flattering long layered bob that is shorter in the back and longer in the front.

How To Style:

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

Recommended Products:

Caviar Style Satin Rapid Blowout Balm smooths the hair and protects it from heat, while giving it shine and condition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Sexy Fringe

Short Hairstyle for Women Over 40 with Fringe
Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Over 40 bangs 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 with short hair, 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.

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.

Organic Waves

Short Hairstyle with Organic Waves
Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Short hair with organic waves are more youthful through your 40s compared to structured perfect curls. They seem softer, more natural, freer, and most of all, more on-trend!

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.

Deep Side Part

Short Hairstyle with Deep Side Part
Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

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

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.

Soft Waves

Short Hairstyle with Soft Waves
Style by Rhiannon Schwind, Makeup by Monica Wilson, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Anything soft and touchable will always be more youthful than structured, stiff hairstyles. These short locks have beautifully soft and shiny waves just at the ends of the hair, without going too short.

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 best.

Tousled Bob

Short Tousled Bob Hairstyle
Style by Kim Padgett, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

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 short bob hairstyles.

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.

Touchable Shag with Volume

Short Hairstyle with Volume and Waves
Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short shags are the best short hairstyles for women over 40 because they add 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 make it very youthful.

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.

Asymmetric Chic Crop

Short Asymmetric Hairstyle
Style by Yellow Strawberry Global Salon, Sarasota, FL

As we get older, our hair sometimes gets 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!

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.

Cherry Red Asymmetry

Short Asymmetric Hair Cut with Bold Red Highlights
Style by Christine Adkins, Textures Hair Studio, Garden City, NY

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

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.

Peek-A-Boo Blue

Short Asymmetric Hair Cut with Layers and Peek A Boo Color
Style by Ryan Burns, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

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

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.

Princess Cut

Short Blonde Princess Diana Haircut
Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Women over 40 can look like a royal with this classic Princess Diana-inspired haircut.

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.

Wavy Disconnection

Short Asymmetric Haircut with Waves
Style by Nicole Slusher, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, PA

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

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.

Airy Feathered Layers

Short Haircut with Volume and Texture
Style by Global Hair & Fashion Group

This pretty hairstyle for women over 40 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.

Pixie Dust

Short Feminine Pixie Haircut
Style by Kendall Quigley Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

This gorgeous pixie draws emphasis to its wearer’s delicate feminine features.

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.

Naturally Fabulous

Short Curly Haircut with Volume
Style by Mia Moyer, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, PA

Maximize the natural beauty of your short curls and get this fabulous haircut for women over 40!

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.

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

Bobbed Dimension

Triangular Bob with Highlights Side View
Style by Folicle Salon & Spa, Charlotte, NC

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

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.

Easy Texture

Short Haircut with Layers and Texture
Style by Edie Noppenberger, Edie’s Styling Center, Clearwater, FL

This look features a short layered haircut that easily allows the hair to be styled with tons texture. It’s a great cut for women over 40 with thicker hair.

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.

Sleek Bob

Sleek Bob with Layers
Style by Julianne Davis, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

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

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.

Long Layered Bob

Short Layered Bob with Texture
Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

This long bob has just enough layers to have some texture in the front, allowing the hair to keep most of its density. Which is great for women over 40 with thinning hair.

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.

Teased Bob

Teased Bob Hairstyle For Women with Layers
Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Bobs with layers are one of the best short hairstyles for women in their 40s.

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

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.