60+ Chic Hairstyles for Women Over 40 to Consider in 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

There are lots of age-defying hairstyles and haircuts to choose from when you’re in your 40s. Plus, at your age you should consider getting a balayage to cover your random grays. It’s a great way to keep your hair color looking natural and the grow-out is seamless! At this age, it’s also a good time to invest in quality hair products to prevent long-lasting hair damage or hair loss.

Below is a collection of some of the most stylish and flattering hairstyles for women over 40. Most importantly, they’re found on everyday women like you!

Sun-Kissed Medium-Length Hair for Ladies 40 and Over
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#1: Sun-Kissed Medium-Length Hair

Sun-kissed, medium-length hair is a trendy look that you will love. Women over 40 love this look because it’s low-maintenance, both the color and the styling. Warm tones are in style so show it off with some beachy waves!

Deep Side-Parted Bob with Blonde Money Piece for 40-Year-Olds
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#2: Deep Side-Parted Bob

If you have a strong cowlick that prevents a middle part, try a deep side-parted bob with a blonde money piece. The side part will use your hair growth pattern to your advantage, creating envious volume and complimenting most face shapes. A baby-thin money piece will create brightness around your face and compliment your eyes, and a rooted dimensional blonde will keep the style low-maintenance.

Low-Maintenance Lob Cut on Gray Hair for a Forty-Year-Old

#3 Low-Maintenance Lob Cut on Gray Hair

Transform with a chic lob cut that marries elegance and ease. This shoulder-skimming style in a rich, silvery hue will complement your natural gray, enhancing the texture and fullness of fine hair. Ideal for an oval face, the sleek cut frames your features for a youthful refresh without the fuss. Keep in mind, a sleek finish requires regular styling to maintain its polished look and prevent frizz, especially if your hair has a wave.

Lowlights for Silver Hair and Ladies Aged 40 and Over

#4 Lowlights for Silver Hair

Embrace elegance with this bob cut enriched with silver lowlights, tailored to enhance volume and dimension for a sophisticated look. The expertly cut side-swept bangs blend seamlessly, accentuating facial contours. Perfect for those seeking a chic, easy-to-style haircut that balances grace and modern flair, especially for women over 40 wishing to highlight their natural beauty with a touch of silver sophistication.

#5: Face-Framing Long Bob on Straight Hair

A long face-framing bob gives straight hair a cool factor.

Short Curly Hair for Ladies in Their 40s
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#6: Short Curly Hair with Tendrill Bangs

This short curly haircut is a fun and bohemian shape with a shattered bang that will grow out into layers effortlessly. The rounded layers were cut with a straight razor, removing weight for added movement and boosting the curls. This look for women forty plus, was styled with a leave-in conditioner to help with frizz and to add moisture and also a salt spray to boost the curls and add some texture. The shape is great for any curly texture of hair and the length of the layers and bangs can be customized to suit the taste of each individual.

Tousled Short Bob with Face-Framing Bangs for Forty Year Olds
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#7: Tousled Short Bob with Face-Framing Bangs

A tousled short bob is very trendy. But when wanting to go for a shorter look, there are a few things you need to consider. For example, lifestyle, face shape, and facial features are a start. For styling options, if you need to throw your hair up in a pinch, you may be able to pin up your look, which can still be chic with face-framing bangs.

#8: Edgy Razor Cut with Caramel Babylights

Babylights are coming back. They’re ideal for your everyday pixie cut with a beautiful mix of brown and caramel hair color.

#9: Sweeping Waterfall Fringe

A flattering and modern haircut option for women aged 40 with straight, medium-length, and thin hair is a sweeping waterfall fringe. This haircut adds movement and softness to the look, but it still stays polished and sophisticated. You may want a sweeping fringe because this haircut frames your face in a graceful way and contributes to a more youthful and refreshed look.

Super Soft Curly Hair for Ladies in Their 40s
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#10: Super Soft Curly Hair

Super soft curly hair showcases a voluminous and lustrous texture that’s perfect for any woman with a natural curl pattern. These loose waves, paired with a soft brown color, are flattering for all ages. As we age, our hair texture changes. This is a great time to embrace your new texture by trying a different, low-maintenance hairstyle. This hairstyle enhances the hair’s natural movement and bounce, creating a look that’s elegant and approachable.

Golden Blonde Layered Style for Women in Their 40s with thicker hair
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#11: Golden Blonde Layered Style

Looking for a fresh, low-maintenance style that flatters your thick locks? Consider a golden blonde layered style. The layers give movement and texture and make brushing and styling easier. This style works best for women in their 40s who desire a youthful look that’s not too trendy or drastic.

Short Choppy Cut with Thin Hair for Ladies 40 and Over
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#12: Short Choppy Cut with Thin Hair

This short haircut for women over 40 is a loose, shaggy pixie. This is an ideal style for women going from a short pixie to a medium-length haircut or even ladies who are too afraid to embrace a true pixie. This short choppy haircut is carefree and super easy to style!

#13: Ash Blonde Pixie Undercut

An ash blonde pixie undercut is not only appealing on the red carpet, but it’s also the perfect on-trend hairstyle for women over 40. These types of cuts are more and more likely to feature an undercut, one of the latest trends inspired by Hollywood women.

#14: Undone Shaggy Bob with Short Bangs

shaggy bob with short bangs is a perfectly touchable look. If beauty yet practicality is important to you, this cut will check all your boxes! Easy to style, even easier to grow out and maintain, an undone shaggy bob is a must-try.

#15: The Pixie Cut

Go for the pixie cut if you’re looking for a crop that can transform you. Sometimes, cutting it all off can be the best way to create a new you. You’ll need to invest in a styling product or two for your new chop. Try Davines’ “Medium Hold Finishing Gum” or Ouai’s “Matte Pomade” to give your look an edgy finish.

#16: Side-Parted Fluffy Layered Bob

A side-parted fluffy layered bob is not only gorgeous, but it’s also the perfect cut to spring your hair back to life. It is also great to combat signs of aging with the soft side part hiding any wrinkles.  If you want to look a little younger, then this is the cut to try.

Beach Wavy Brown Hair with Subtle Highlights for a Woman Over 40 Years Old
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#17: Beach Wavy Brown Hair with Subtle Highlights

Beach wavy brown hair paired with subtle highlights looks stunning on women over 40. Those already rocking this shade of blonde will tell you just how many compliments they get! The subtle highlights are also low-maintenance allowing for a longer time between touch-ups.

#18: Mid-Length Blonde Hair with Feathered Layers

Hairstyles for women over 40 should always be flattering, and that is exactly what mid-length blonde hair with feathered layers does. This soft and subtle hair idea is full of movement and body, offering a youthful take on aging hair.

Short Wispy Blonde Bob with Side-Swept Bangs for Women 40 and Up
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#19: Short Wispy Blonde Bob with Side-Swept Bangs

A short wispy blonde bob with side-swept bangs is a great choice for older women with finer hair.

Textured Wolf Cut with Blunt Bangs for Ladies 40 and Over
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#20: Textured Wolf Cut with Blunt Bangs

A textured wolf cut with blunt bangs is a fun and flirty statement that can really enhance your facial features.

Short Wavy Stacked Bob on Copper 40-Year-Old Hair
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#21: Short Wavy Stacked Bob on Copper Hair

A short wavy stacked bob on copper hair is a classic romantic look. One of the most flattering cuts for fine hair is a stacked bob short in length, the layering creates natural movement and volume. Of all short haircuts, the bob is the most iconic and classic.

Voluminous Wavy Shoulder-Length Hair for a Lady Over Forty
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#22: Voluminous Wavy Shoulder-Length Hair

A voluminous wavy shoulder-length hairstyle is a cut that suits any face shape and hair texture. The cut is so versatile, you can wear it straight, wavy, or blown out with natural or big waves.

A 40-Year-Olds Brushed Back Wavy Bixie on Salt and Pepper Hair
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#23: Brushed Back Wavy Bixie on Salt and Pepper Hair

Try a salt and pepper soft wavy bixie cut. With this short hairstyle, it can be swept back and away from your face to create a beautiful lifting effect. Adding a few curls to your style will give you some extra volume as well. It’s an inspiring style for women in their 40s who want a short style with versatility in styling.

Medium Layered Cut with Flipped-Up Ends for Women Over 40
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#24: Medium Layered Cut with Flipped-Up Ends

If you’re looking for something low-maintenance, try a medium layered cut with flipped-up ends. A medium-length cut is a charming length and styles with ease. When you wear your hair with layers you will get maximum body and movement. For a hairstyle with flipped-up ends use a big round brush when blow drying. Use a light hairspray to finish.

Curled Bixie Hairstyle for Ladies Over Forty
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#25: Curled Bixie Hairstyle

A curled bixie hairstyle is super fashionable. When you want to have short hair, but not as cropped as a pixie, try a bixie. A bixie is a combination of a bob and a pixie. This haircut is very flattering for round or square face shapes. The extra volume on top helps to visually lengthen your face.

#26: Disconnected Pixie Mullet with Face-Framing Pieces

A disconnected pixie mullet with face-framing pieces is a bold, showstopper hairstyle. If you love playful, voluminous hair, be sure to give this haircut a go. When cutting a short hairstyle, it’s important to talk to your stylist about how long you’d like your “sideburn” pieces and how short you’d like your bangs to be.

#27: Choppy Brunette Hair with See-Through Bangs

Brunettes should try choppy hair with see-through bangs to transform their shape. If short isn’t for you, adding choppy layers but maintaining the length will give you a totally new style. Brunette hair is always a rich color and will compliment your see-through bangs well.

#28: Shullet with Bangs and Loose Waves

Consider a shullet with bottleneck bangs styled with loose ends waves. Cutting bangs is a great way to highlight your features. Ask your stylist for a shaggy mullet with bottleneck bangs to frame around your eyes and cheekbones to show off your best features.

#29: Blowout Style with Face-Framing Layers

A bombshell blowout hairstyle with face-framing layers is perfect for women over 40. With a long face shape like this and high cheekbones, you will want to layer your face proportionally to accentuate the feature and not make your face look longer with the long length. For older women, cutting some curtain bangs will bring attention up and to your eyes giving a beautiful lift to your face.

#30: Quiff Pixie with Shaved Sides

If you’re searching for something bold and out of the ordinary, try a quiff pixie with shaved sides. Gravity will tend to make the top fall so you’ll need a strong hairspray for your quiff. Ask your stylist to fade the sides a bit for a more beautiful shape.

Rooted Blonde Balayage on a Medium Haircut for Ladies Past 40
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#31: Rooted Blonde Balayage on a Medium Haircut

A rooted blonde balayage on a medium haircut can help to bend and camouflage any incoming grey hair.

Layered Pixie with Micro Bangs for Ladies Past 40
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#32: Layered Pixie with Micro Bangs

You should consider a layered pixie with micro bangs for its elegant simplicity. A short pixie is best dried more naturally and that makes it easy for you. For instance, notice the top does not have a lot of volume, making air drying a perfect choice. Ask your stylist for lots of textured layers and a tapered nape, and don’t forget to apply a paste for separation.

Sleek Neck-Length Cut with Blunt Ends for 40-Year-Old Women
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#33: Sleek Neck-Length Cut with Blunt Ends

A sleek neck-length cut is a great haircut for summer. Going shorter is great for the ease of a wash-and-go bob style and the blunt ends help ensure your hair stays looking smooth. This lovely cut is ideal for straighter hair types but can also be achieved by blowout or using a flat iron.

#34: Platinum Blonde on a Long Pixie Hair

Try platinum blonde highlighted streaks on a long pixie haircut to add dimension and create the illusion of fuller hair. Ask your hairstylist to cut your bangs right below your cheekbones if you want to accentuate your jawline.

Buttery Blonde on Collarbone-Length Hair for a Woman Over Forty
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#35: Buttery Blonde on Collarbone-Length Hair

A great way to wear your hair longer while still staying age appropriate is this buttery blonde on collarbone-length hair! The length is still versatile for wearing it up and down, with a soft face frame around the front and the blonde tone is great at helping hide the silver grow out while keeping your locks shiny!

Rounded A-Line Bob with Long Bangs for a Lady in Her 40s
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#36: Rounded A-Line Bob with Long Bangs

A rounded A-line bob with long bangs and a brown base is a chic, classic combination. Try this look if you want a style without a lot of fuss, that is still interesting enough to draw attention to. The precision haircut elevates the simple yet rich color.

Medium to Long Hair with Soft Waves for Forty-Year-Olds
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#37: Medium to Long Hair with Soft Waves

Medium to long hair paired with soft waves is a beautiful look, even on older women. You don’t have to have a short haircut because of your age. Beach waves are very popular when it comes to styling hair. They add a soft, youthful touch to any hair color. Using a large barrel curling iron will help you achieve this style.

#38: Long Messy Shag with Middle Part Bangs

Long messy shags with middle-part bangs are the hottest trend going on right now. It’s a great look for women that have some natural texture for easy styling, and a razor can help add more texture if you have a straighter texture!

#39: Medium Blonde Hair with Piecey Waves

Medium-length, blonde hair can be an option if you’re looking for something fresh yet, compliments your age. The color can help camouflage sprouting streamers that tend to come with time, making it easy to maintain.

#40: Pixie Bob with Razored Layers and Bangs

You should definitely try a pixie bob with razored layers and bangs. The shaggy layers styled closer to your head combined with a side bang will create an edgy shape. You’ll want to give your boring bob new life by adding razored layers.

Side Part Wavy Bob with Jagged Ends for Ladies Over Forty
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#41: Side Part Wavy Bob with Jagged Ends

A popular style that many women over 40 request is a wavy bob with jagged ends. This hairstyle features a side part but can also be done with a middle part.

#42: Chin-Length Round Bob with a Curtain Fringe

Try a chin-length round bob with curtain fringe to highlight your eyes and lift your hair off your face. If you want to spice it up, add some highlights that will bring lighter shades into your hair color.

#43: Tapered Pixie Crop with Shaved Sideburns

A tapered pixie crop with shaved sideburns is perfect for women who have an edgy style. The cut and layers are excellent to frame your face and follow the natural curve in your head. As short as this haircut is, the maintenance is every 3-5 weeks to keep it looking spectacular.

#44: Razored Asymmetrical Long Bob

Show your hairdresser this razored asymmetrical long bob if you need a fresh new look. Using a razor is beneficial if you have heavy hair and don’t want super short layers. The texture given with the razor removes excess weight and adds movement. These are hairstyles for women over 40 who want something to work for them in and out of the office.

Soft Wavy Hair with Side Bangs for Ladies 40 and Over
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#45: Soft Wavy Hair with Side Bangs

Soft wavy hair with side bangs is ideal for medium to fine hair. The bangs add a focal point and the waves keep you looking young.

Blonde Long Bob with Curtain Bangs for Women Over 40
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#46: Blonde Long Bob with Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs take center stage when paired with a blonde lob. It’s one of the best cuts for medium to thick textured hair because the layers hold their shape better and the cut helps take out the bulk. If you can work a round brush, blow dry your bangs back away from your face to create a swept look and accentuate those gorgeous cheekbones you have.

Fluffy and Textured Long Shag for Ladies Over Forty
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#47: Fluffy and Textured Long Shag

A fluffy and textured long shag is a perfect way to lighten up and take some weight off of thicker hair. Shags have always been popular hairstyles because of their texture and flexibility.

#48: Gorgeous Thick Dark Curls with Highlights

Show off your natural and gorgeous texture with highlighted thick dark curls. Cutting dead ends off keeps hair looking fresh and curls popping. Natural curly tendrils will shine with beautiful multi-dimensional warm tone highlights. Use a curl gel and defuser to get the most out of your show-stopping curls.

#49: Waved Long Blonde Hair

If you have long blonde hair, try a waved look. There are so many ways to style waves, whether it’s soft waves, beach waves, or Hollywood waves, as shown in this picture.

#50: Short to Medium Cut for Wavy Hair

If you want an easy-to-style haircut, try a medium-length cut on wavy hair. Low-maintenance haircuts are perfect for busy women over 40 because they can simply be washed and worn. Wavy hair is great to style and can be dressed up or down to suit any event or lifestyle.

#51: Sleek One-Length Bob Cut for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, there is nothing better than a sleek one-length bob. One-length layers make the most of fine hair and are easy to style. Keep in mind, that you won’t get much lift or volume with this shape but its simplicity makes it beautiful.

modern chin-length bob with bangs
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#52: Modern Chin-Length Bob

Pair bold bangs with beautiful blonde hair color. This will definitely bring out your irresistible side! The length is just past the chin which elongates the face. While the bangs hide any wrinkles making this a perfect cut for aging women.

choppy layered hairstyle for women over 40
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#53: Choppy Layers

Choppy layers create gorgeous mid-length hairstyles for women over 40. This one is for women who have thick tresses. The density allows your hair to support a voluminous, fuller-looking style. Thanks to the blonde highlights—they create a trendy, youthful dimension, too.

deep side part bob for women over forty
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#54: Deep Side Part Bob

Join the rose-gold trend with enchanting rosy highlights added to a luscious caramel base. This is the perfect side-part bob for women over 40 that will transcend time.

#55: Blunt Bob with Side-Swept Bangs

Showcase your wisdom; go gray! This is one of the best hairstyles for women over 40 who want to show up their natural silver hair color and roots. The soft swept bangs on this blunt bob give fine hair movement and texture.

the classic bob for ladies past 40
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#56: The Classic Bob

Brighten your aura with dark chocolate brown to create that classy yet trendy look. Plus, add that full choppy fringe for a youthful outlook that every 40-year-old woman needs.

#57: Long Layers with Fine Hair

When it comes to finding the best hairstyles for thin hair over 40, this is a must-try look to add more volume to thin hair. The burgundy color creates an illusion of depth hence, adding more dimension to your look.

long layered bob for round faces over 40
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#58: Long Layered Bob for Round Faces

A soft, choppy lob for round faces is a refreshing look. This cut is flattering on extremely thick hair releasing weight from the ends.

#59: Blunt Cut for Thick Hair

This look is a classic one-length textured bob. It’s beautifully timeless with some fun and flirty pieces to give it that modern edge. This cut is that it requires minimal effort, which is perfect for the busy 40-year-old woman. This particular look is suitable for all face shapes and doesn’t require lots of styling.

Mid-length bob for women over 40 with round faces
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#60: Mid-Length Bob Cut with Center Part

This is a very versatile mid-length bob haircut. The layers have a round shape and are very long & “barely there” – just subtly framing the face and starting just below the chin. Thanks to texturizing techniques like slicing, this haircut has lots of soft movement & feels light while still looking full and voluminous. Women with thin hair will achieve more volume with this look because of the mid-length that will leave enough hair to pull back into a casual ponytail but is just short enough to encourage bounce. Thick-haired women can opt for a more generous amount of texturizing so their hair feels light even with long layers.

Short Layered Cut
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#61: Short Layered Cut

Sassy, sleek and spunky! This look has the edge of a youthful personality partnered with the refinement that comes with wisdom and age. The short length and shattered layers allow for this style to stay fresh throughout the day. Thinning out areas on medium to thick hair types allows for the visual of fullness. The dramatic a-line brings a flattering balance to more round face shapes and frames all face shapes emphasizing feminine features.

#62: Curly Bob for Medium to Short Hair

This is an example of medium-length hairstyles for women over 40 with curly hair. The shape is unique with the addition of bangs, and it suits many different face shapes and body types. Curly hairstyles with bangs can look incredible with flirty pieces over the eyes and free, bouncy curls around the face. There’s nothing better than a medium-length bob that looks stylish and youthful. It frames the face and adds definition to specific facial features. Bangs are a nice touch to finish the look. Curly hair doesn’t always need to be long. It could look amazing in medium and short lengths.

Long beach wavy hair for women over 40
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#63: Beachy Wavy Long Hair

This is one of the greatest long hairstyles for women over 40 with thick and heavy hair. This cut provides lift at the crown and a balanced volume throughout the style, releasing weight while not comprising the fullness at the length. The layers cascade seamlessly like a “waterfall.” This cut suits women with all face shapes, hair types, and lifestyles.

medium choppy cut
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#64: Medium Choppy Cut

This is a shaggy bob cut with bangs that are very reminiscent of the 1970s. This choppy cut is great for almost any woman with a round, square-shaped, or smaller face. The length of the cut elongates the face, while the choppy face-framing complements the natural structure of the face.

cute messy cut with wispy bangs
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#65: Cute Messy Cut with Wispy Bangs

There is a lot of dry haircutting in the salon and this is a highly textured creation that sits as a shag with a fantastic textured semi-curtain bang. The messy look makes styling this cut easy with little maintenance. If you are lucky enough to have a natural wave, this wash-and-go style would be great for you.

perfect long shag for ladies over 40
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#66: Perfect Long Shag

A long shag for women over 40 is a staple for long-haired ladies who want to frame their faces and look younger while doing so. This cut is low-maintenance and the layering makes for easy daily styling. A long shag haircut can frame a face perfectly to accentuate your favorite features or diminish less desirable features. A long shag is perfect for hair with a little bit of wave as it lends itself to a more disheveled and natural look.

#67: Pompadour Undercut Pixie

Haircuts for women over 40 don’t have to be dull! A pompadour undercut pixie is a bold and eye-catching haircut that is easy to experiment with. Add a little extra spice with blonde highlights on top.