After reaching a certain age, you may notice an increase in hair fall, and you should be more careful in the ways you treat your hair. But this does not mean that styling or growing hair is impossible. You can try a hairstyle to make you look younger. Some hairstyles might not suit you after growing old, even if they looked good on you once. Finding a suitable hairstyle is important for looking beautiful.

Without any further delay, let us take a look at the 25 best hairstyles women over 40 can try.

25 Stunning Hairstyles To Make You Look Youthful!

1. Bangs All The Way

Lightly feathered bangs work well for women over 40. Halle Berry looks like a vision with these bangs. Notice how the ends of her hair are feathered, as well. This adds focus to the eyes while not drawing attention away from her forehead completely. If you have an oval face, try this out!

2. Asymmetrical Blonde Bob

Gorgeous Uma Thurman never fails to floor us! If you want to look young, follow Ms. Thurman’s impeccable style. Opt for an asymmetrical bob that doesn’t have too steep of an angle. Choose a hair color that goes with your skin tone.

3. Naturally Straight

A perfect way to flaunt your locks is by going natural! Kelly Hu looks amazing with her straight locks styled in a slightly messy parting. If you have a round face, part your hair on the opposite side of your natural parting. This will add some volume to your locks.

4. Braid It

Nicole Kidman slays any hairstyle she sports. Here, she’s wearing a simple braid with a side parting. The upturned hair adds more volume and frames her face beautifully. Don’t forget to keep the braid messy!

5. Half Ponytail With No Parting

The key to a good hairdo for women over 40 is to keep it simple. Marcia Cross stuns with the simple yet classy half ponytail. Notice how it doesn’t really have a parting, but lots of volume has been added at the top with the help of some light teasing. This draws attention away from a long forehead without using bangs.

6. Perfect High Bun

Comedy genius Tina Fey often jokes about how funny she used to look, which is unbelievable when you look at her now. The big, high bun is a favorite among women over 40. It adds a ton of volume to your hair and looks soft and romantic.

7. Face-Framing Half Ponytail

X-Men star Rebecca Romijn looks flawless with this half ponytail hairdo complete with a mismatched parting. The waves and highlights frame her face beautifully and accentuate her facial features.

8. Blonde Face-Framing Layers

Cameron Diaz always floored us with her blonde locks. Layers are a godsend for women over 40. They frame your face and add more definition to it. Layers also add volume to your hair, making it more bouncy.

9. Classy And Elegant

Michelle Yeoh always looks youthful, so let’s take a leaf out of her style book! Try a low bun with classy and simple side bangs. They work well for a busy meeting, a formal event, or a cocktail party. Style it with a side parting, allowing the long bangs to fall loose.

10. Side-Swept Curls

America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, shows us how to walk the red carpet in style. She’s sporting a sophisticated side-swept hairstyle. The curls and side parting make for a great combination. They accentuate the lower half of Reese’s face.

11. Curly High Ponytail With A Bouffant

If you have an oval face, try this look. The high pony with a puff in the front looks brilliant on Rachel Weisz, and it can look great on you too. The curls at the end add volume to your hair.

12. Classic Jen

Jennifer Aniston has sported the same layered hairstyle for a very long time. She keeps spicing it up with highlights or sharper or longer layers. A slight side parting with two layers and some face-framing highlights will work wonders in making you look young.

13. Sunkissed Waves With A Middle Parting

Everyone’s been going crazy over this look. Sofia Vergara flaunts some tousled and sunkissed beachy waves here. The waves at the bottom add focus to the lower half of your face, making your jawline look slim. The middle parting makes your face look slimmer near the cheeks.

14. A Vintage Feel 

The ever beautiful Marisa Tomei is sporting a lovely retro wavy hairstyle here. This slight wavy blunt hairstyle adds loads of texture and dimension to her face. The side parting helps accentuate her cheekbones.

15. Light Waves In A Ponytail

When you’re over 40, simple hairstyles go a long way in making you look fresh if you do them right! Try this classy hairdo sported by Kate Beckinsale. The light wavy curls in the ponytail make your face look slim.

16. Poker Straight

Gabrielle Union has a round face, which is why she can pull off this look flawlessly! A middle parting paired with poker-straight hair makes your face look slimmer. Add some color to spice up this hairstyle. Lighter shades near the bottom draw attention to the lower half of your face, making it look longer.

17. The Side Bun

Octavia Spencer shows us how to dress like a diva! She stuns us with the side-swept bangs and low side bun combo. The side-swept bangs help slim your face while framing your eyes. If you have a round face and you think you won’t be able to pull off this look, think again!

18. The Sleek Bouffant

Lisa Kudrow has not aged a bit since her Phoebe Buffay days. Try the bouffant bun with a side parting. If you have a slightly rounder face or a large forehead, try this hairdo with deep side-swept bangs as they will draw attention to the lower half of your face and take the focus off your forehead.

19. Choppy Waves

Quirky Helena Bonham Carter has given us some exquisite hairstyles over the years, but this one is perfect if you want to look youthful. Her simple choppy waves have been tied up in a half ponytail with small strands of hair pulled out from the sides. If you have a square-shaped face, this hairstyle is the one for you.

20. High Pouf Bun

Let’s be honest, Charlize Theron is a goddess. Not only is her acting flawless but so are her hairstyles. A low bun with a high pouf in the front is a suave hairdo. If you have a long face, you need to give this look a try.

21. Tapered Bangs

Toni Collette is a brilliant actress with stunning style. If you have a round, heart-shaped, or square face, this is the hairdo for you. The tapered side bangs make your face look slender and long.

22. Low Bun

This hairstyle is perfect for women with oval faces. The classic low bun is an elegant hairstyle for women over 40. Pair it with some dark red lipstick, like Jennifer Connelly, and you are good to go!

23. The Beehive

The beehive! This hairstyle is a total stunner. The high volume at the top of your head makes your face look slim and long. Add side bangs, like Julia Roberts, to bring horizontal attention and accentuate your eyes and mouth.

24. Wavy Side Sweep

Taraji P Henson looks fantastic! Wavy side-swept hair with harsh ends makes you look young. Notice how the waves look crisp? It adds texture to the hair and makes it look thicker.

25. The Pin Up

Well, hello there, Lorelai Gilmore! Lauren Graham looks like a fashionista with this beautiful hairdo. Just clip the top of your hair with bobby pins to mimic this look. Add a small pouf to add height and volume to your hair.

Besides these hairstyles, here are a few things that you can do with your hair to look more youthful.

Things To Focus On

  1. Your hair becomes weak as you age, so it’s better to avoid tight hairstyles. They create tension and add pressure on your roots. Tight hair can also cause traction alopecia. Use hair mousse to give your hairstyle a tight and sleek look instead of tying it tight.
  2. If you want to color your hair, opt for softer shades rather than contrasting ones. Softer shades work better with your skin tone and look more natural. Don’t use heavy chemicals on your hair as they can damage your hair.
  3. Bangs are your friend! Side bangs, side-swept bangs, or a full frontal fringe are great for women over 40. They hide any wrinkles that form on the forehead. If you have a round or heart-shaped face, bangs can help slim it down and give it more structure.
  4. Hairstyles with layers can take years off your face. Layers add definition to your face and look good on any face shape, be it square, round, oval, or inverted triangle. Instead of sharp layers, opt for soft and fine layers. Also, don’t opt for heavy layers, unless you have an oval or a heart-shaped face.

Infographic: Hair Tips To Look Younger

While different haircuts do help shave years off your age, they may not be enough to sustain a youthful look. You need to focus on your hair health to avoid looking much older than you are. The infographic below talks about a few ways in which you can maintain your hair to look younger. Keep scrolling!

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Age gracefully with these hairstyles that make you look younger. It is never too late to experiment with your gorgeous tresses. You can style your hair in many different ways and effortlessly pull off an elegant look. For instance, bangs and layers are your new friends that can erase many years from your face. However, avoid wearing your hair in tight hairdos and braids to prevent hair breakage and hair fall. Instead, take our collection as an inspiration and recreate these stylish hairstyles. You may also add your own spin to them and make them your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does short hair make you look younger or long hair?

Stylists say that rather than the length of your hair, it is your hairstyle that can make you look a certain way. For example, voluminous hairstyles will make you look younger, while sleek hairstyles will make you look more mature.

Does a ponytail make you look younger?

High ponytails can make you look younger. They tighten your facial features and open up your face for you to apply youthful makeup with sharper features. They also add height to your body frame.

Do curtain bangs make you look younger?

Yes. Stylists swear by the effectiveness of bangs in making you look younger as they make your face small and cover hairlines and forehead wrinkles.

Does red hair make you look older or younger?

Hair stylists claim rich red shades make you look younger by reflecting light on your face and giving it a radiant and youthful appearance.

Key Takeaways

  • You may be wise to avoid tight hairstyles as you age, but that does not mean you have to give up on elegance.
  • Adding light waves, layers, or bangs to your hairstyle can make you look younger and more stylish.
  • You can also go for sleek updos or side-swept styles to look beautiful.

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