The best hairstyles for women over 40

Hairstyles for women over 40 needn't be old-fashioned...
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  • Your forties can be a great time to experiment with your hairstyle and try something new

    Here you are, out of your thirties, and you’re probably wondering if you’re in need of a style overhaul. The good news is that hairstyles for women over 40 are just as cool and contemporary as younger women’s hairstyles. Even minor changes like a new parting or strategic layering can have a dramatic impact on your look. And it will knock years off your face.

    What the experts recommend

    “A layered bob (see No.11 in our gallery), as opposed to a traditional one-length cut, is great as it builds back lost volume as well as giving a thicker look,” advises Sana D Khan, Director of the London Hairdressing Academy. “A bob always looks very put together and can be played in many different ways.”

    “For thinner hair, try a long pixie cut.” (see No.19 in our gallery). “Thrown to one side with a long side-swept fringe, it works amazingly,” says Sana. “It’s very stylish and modern and requires a shorter amount of time to style.”

    Browse our inspiration gallery for 40+ hairstyles

    From luxe tumbling curls, to side-swept fringes and flattering shorter hairstyles, to easy-to-achieve updo hairstyles and no-fuss bob haircuts, we’ve rounded up the very best hairstyles for women over 40.

    Whether you’re a low maintenance kind of woman or a have-all-the-hair-tools-money-can-buy kind of women (including the best of the best hair dryers!), there’s plenty of hair inspiration here.