22 Chic Volumizing Haircuts for Women Over 40 with Fine Hair

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

The best hairstyles for women over 40 with fine hair give an illusion of thickness and volume. As we age, it’s vital to wear a chop that’s not only stunning but must be low-maintenance, as well!

Stylist Tia Wilson of Goldsboro, NC recommends a classic bob. It’s chic and versatile to help you stay on trend while ensuring that it’ll work for your natural texture. With this haircut for fine hair, you can rock curls or wear your tresses straight!

“Go for a blunt cut,” Wilson suggests. “Too many layers and over-texturizing will make your hair appear thinner. Stay away from a shag,” she adds.

Make sure to find a hairdresser who you can trust with precision cuts. “A great stylist knows where to add the right amount of texture to provide the perfect movement for your hair,” says Wilson.

Once you pick out your desired cut, talk to your stylist about the styling and upkeep. Ask what hair products and tools you must have, and how to utilize them. “Make sure you leave the salon educated and confident in your new look,” Wilson points out.

Here are the best photos of the best haircuts for women over 40 with fine hair looking to add more volume!


#1: Blonde Shag with Curtain Fringe

A blonde shag with curtain fringe is a stunning crop for anyone struggling with how to style fine hair. The added layers and face-framing fringe will make thinner strands look fuller and more youthful.

#2: Balayage Highlights on a Sleek Bob

Balayage highlights on a sleek bob can really bring some fullness to your look. If you have finer hair, then look no further because this is one of the best styles! You must finish your hair with some volumizing products to really show off the dimension.

#3: Sleek Blunt Cut Bob with Highlights

If you want brightness around your face, I suggest highlights and face-framing bangs. A blunt perimeter will give your bob a sleek finish. It works great for fine to medium hair density with a naturally straight texture.

#4: Creamy Blonde with Dark Roots

Bring your complexion to life by trying creamy blonde with dark roots. Warm tone blondes always reflect light and warm up your skin tone. Having darker roots brings easier maintenance for a more natural look, offering less time at the salon. To keep blonde hair healthy use a deep conditioning treatment once a week.

#5: Wavy Hair with a Deep Side Part

Wavy hair with a deep side part is a great way to show off highlights and depth through color and movement framing the face. Use your natural curl pattern or curling iron to create soft waves that fall just under the collarbone. Avoid hair feeling “stringy” by keeping it trimmed every 6-8 weeks and adding texture spray or sea salt spray.

Choppy Layers and Side Bangs on a Bob for Women Over the Age of 40 with Fine Hair
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#6: Choppy Layers and Side Bangs on a Bob

Choppy layers and side bangs on a bob look spunky and fun. Straight hairstyles for thin hair can be low-maintenance because side bangs can grow out well and blend with the front choppy layers. Choppy layers can create texture and volume while accentuating the oval shape of one’s face.

Related: Slimming hairstyles for overweight women over forty.

Middle-Parted Lob with Curls for Women Over 40 with Thin Hair
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#7: Middle-Parted Lob with Curls for Thin Hair

The best hairstyle for women over 40 is a middle-parted lob with curls for thin hair. Keeping balanced abundance on either side with a middle part, and lots of movement and volume through the curls. Framing stylish glasses, lobs are known for feeling up-with-the-times without too much time spent blowdrying.

Chin-Length Asymmetrical Bob for Ladies Over 40 with Thin Hair
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#8: Chin-Length Asymmetrical Bob

When looking for a fun haircut that isn’t seen around every day, try a chin-length asymmetrical bob. Keep your fine hair at chin-length on one side and play with technical layering on the other. Pair with baby bangs for an extra edge, as long as your hairline will allow. Find a technical cutting expert and go wild!

#9: Sleek French Bob with Blunt Bangs

A sleek French bob with blunt bangs is edgy and fun and can hold a good shape all day. With straight hair, a blunt bob with bangs is the perfect match. No fighting for volume as the sleek look is the goal. Starting a little bit shorter with bangs can buy a week or two before they feel too long which makes it easier to stretch cut appointments from 4 weeks to 5 or 6 weeks.

#10: Asymmetrical Pixie

Asymmetrical pixies are a fun way to keep visual interest. Hairstyles for very fine hair can sometimes feel limiting, but when there’s some asymmetry involved it takes a typical pixie into a Sassoon-looking piece of art.

#11: Tousled Hairstyle with a Middle Part

A tousled fine hair hairstyle with a middle part screams bohemian vibes. Don’t be afraid of a bold middle part – they are back in action and welcome all ladies to rock it.

#12: Messy Bob Cut for Older Women

Messy bob haircuts for older women keep the feeling of being weighed down at bay. Having a stylist’s guidance on which products will work best with natural texture can help avoid frustrations while going for a messy look. Gives the benefit of looking fresh and light by embracing layers and getting rid of too much length.

Related: Trendy layered bobs for fine hair.

#13: Long Layered Haircut

A long layered haircut is a fabulous way to exude youth while keeping volume and movement. Long hairstyles look best when they are round brushed, curled, or scrunched to enhance natural texture. The idea is to create movement and body, so fine hair may need a good texturizing spray. The bigger the round brush, the more volume there will be.

Related: Volumizing haircuts for thin, long hair.

#14: Layered Curly Hair with Wispy Bangs

Layered curly hair with wispy bangs is a great way to add softness without weight. Flip around the top layers for volume while having some length for that younger feeling. Even wispy bangs require some styling and product for hold, typically a light spray should do the job.

#15: Neck-Length Bob Haircut

An elegant neck-length bob haircut is good-lookin’ year-round, especially in the warmer months. As time goes on, hair tends to become thinner and more brittle. Keeping it a little shorter can bypass ever having to notice that it doesn’t grow as fast as it used to.

#16: Textured Stacked Bob with an Undercut

For those with a wild side, go for a textured, stacked bob with an undercut. Get rid of too much bulk at the bottom with an undercut, maybe a cool pattern shaved in there, too! Short hair cuts for women over 40 don’t have to be simple or feel plain. If there is texture in the finest hair, use it by creating a stacked bob. A super fun way to show off that undercut is to bring it up higher on one side (or both) and keep the front layers tucked behind the ear.

Medium-Length Fine Hair with Loose Waves for Women Over 40
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#17: Medium-Length Hair with Loose Waves

Medium-length hair with loose waves can be incredibly versatile. Movement and curl give lots of visual interest and keeping fullness in the front can compliment fine hair. Keeping more hair forward frames the face nicely. Another benefit is being able to pull it all back properly into a bun while drying, let it loose once dry, and see how nicely those loose waves take shape.

Related: Medium-length haircuts for ladies over 40.

#18: Mid-Length Shag with Curtain Bangs

When looking for a flexible style, a mid-length shag with curtain bangs is a flirty and chic style. Shaggy hairstyles for fine hair are a fabulous go-to for volume, texture, and style. Scrunch it, round-brush it, curl it…whatever the desired method is, shags can deliver success to them all. Face-framing layers can be brought up to be considered curtain bangs which is a super fun way to have softness if a ponytail is the style for the day.

Textured Pixie Cut for Women Over 40 with Fine Hair
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#19: Textured Pixie Cut

Rock a textured pixie cut if you want modern, edgy vibes but don’t want to mess around with fighting to get volume. Pixie hairstyles can be incredibly liberating as they get lift and movement and stay that way with minimal styling. Pixies pair best with a light styling mold for fine hair followed by a firm to strong hold hairspray.

Pixie Shag with Bangs for Ladies Over 40 Years Old with Fine Hair
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#20: Pixie Shag with Bangs for Mature Women

Trying a pixie shag with bangs can be a confidence boost. Short hairstyles for a 40-year-old woman are bolder than ever. Forty is the new 30, so when some length needs to go, it can still be shaped into a youthful feeling shag but tailored to the individual. Adding bangs is a great way to soften lines around the face and attract attention to one’s eyes.

#21: Long Tousled Curls with Bangs

Long, tousled curls with bangs are forever feminine. Bangs can easily be round-brushed or curled with an iron while still complimenting a natural curl. Curtain bangs are a great way to blend into a natural curl as the longer areas can usually cascade right into the lengths of the fine hair.

Classic Angled Bob for Women Over 40 Years Old with Fine Hair
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#22: Classic Angled Bob for Fine Hair

A forever go-to for fine hair is a classic angled bob. Bob hairstyles for fine hair are an easy way to keep volume without using a ton of product. A good stylist will know how much texturizing to do based on hair type, hair density, and time allowed on a daily basis to style it.