25 Best Long Hairstyles For Women Over 40

by Anjali Sayee

Who says that hairstyling is for the young? However, once you reach a certain age, you know that there’s going to be a bit of hair loss and you’re going to have to be careful about how you treat your hair. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t style or grow your hair. It’s true though, that as you grow older, there are a few hairstyles that might not suit you even though they made you look gorgeous when you were younger. Finding which hairstyles suit you and going simple are the two vital keys to looking beautiful.

While the mom bun is a classic over 40s hairstyle, I’m not adding it to my list as it transcends all hairstyles and women of all ages are wearing it now.


I’m also not adding the low pony in my list as that is the go-to hairstyle for most women over 40 and I want this list to showcase different hairstyles.

So, what are you supposed to look for while picking hairstyles? Here are some pointers.

Things To Focus On

As you age, your hair becomes weak, so stay away from hairstyles that create tension or add pressure on your hair follicles like a tight high ponytail. Tight hairdos might also cause traction alopecia.

Try bangs! Side bangs, Side swept bangs or a full frontal fringe is perfect for women over 40. They hide any wrinkles that form on the forehead. And if you have a round face or a heart-shaped face, then bangs will help thin down the face, giving it more structure.

Hairstyles with layers are best suited for women over 40. Layers make you look younger and add definition to your face and look good on any face shape, be it square, round, oval or an inverted triangle.

Without any further ado, here are the 25 best hairstyles for women over 40.

25 Best Long Hairstyles For Women Over 40

1. Michelle Yeoh – Simple And Elegant


Actress Michelle Yeoh looks stunning in this hairstyle. A low bun with simple side bangs looks classy and works well for any event or meeting.

2. Gabrielle Union – Straight Hair Never Looked Better


If you have a round face, then this look is perfect for you. Poker straight hair with a middle parting frames your face while giving it a slim look. Add some color to add more flavor to the hairstyle. Add lighter shades near the bottom as that adds focus to the bottom of your face, making it look elongated.

3. Halle Berry – Bangs It Is Then!


Lightly feathered bangs with feathered ends, as seen on the beautiful Halle Berry, look amazing on women over 40. If you have an oval face, then definitely try this hairdo. The feathered bangs divert the focus to your eyes.

4. Helena Bonham Carter – Waves And Tendrils


We’ve all seen Helena Bonham Carter with some crazy hairdos, but she looks incredible in this hairstyle and you can too! If you have a slightly boxy face, this hairstyle is for you – simple waves with tendrils on the sides of your face.

5. Jennifer Aniston – Classic Jen


I just had to add this classic Jennifer Aniston look. A slight side parting with two layers and some face-framing highlights will work wonders in making you look young. If you have a round face, try this hairstyle as the layers accentuate the lower half of your face, giving it more definition.

6. Jennifer Connelly – The Low Bun


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 gold! This hairstyle is perfect for women with oval faces.

7. Julia Roberts – The Beehive


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

8. Marisa Tomei – A Vintage Feel


This hairdo gives out a tad bit of a retro feel. Marisa Tomei looks beautiful in this slightly wavy blunt hairstyle. The side parting helps accentuate her cheeks.

9. Octavia Spencer – The Side Bun


The low side bun with side swept bangs looks super classy. If you have a formal party to go to, do try this look. If you have a round face and you think you won’t be able to pull this off, think again! The side-swept bangs help slim your face down while diverting focus to your eyes.

10. Rachel Weisz – The Curly High Pony


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

11. Sandra Bullock – Side Swept Hair


Side swept hair is such a sophisticated look. It adds a mature glow to your face. The side parting and curls at the end bring the attention to the bottom half of your face. The slight highlights frame Sandra Bullock’s face perfectly.

12. Sofia Vergara – Middle Parting With Waves


This simple yet stunning hairstyle is a go-to for your daily schedule. The waves at the bottom bring the focus to the lower half of your face, making your jawline look slim. The middle parting makes your face appear slimmer near the cheeks.

13. Taraji P. Henson – Wavy Side-Sweep

Taraji P Henson looks fantastic! Wavy side-swept hair with harsh ends makes you look younger. This hairdo accentuates your eyes and eyebrows.

14. Tina Fey – The High Bun


Comedy genius Tina Fey often jokes about how dorky she used to look when she was younger, which is unbelievable looking at her in this amazing hairstyle. The big high bun is a favorite among a lot of women over 40. Add height to your hair near the crown if you have a big forehead.

15. Toni Collette – Tapered Bangs


If you have a round, heart-shaped or a square face and are looking to frame it perfectly, this is the hairdo for you. The tapered side bangs make your face look slender and long.

16. Uma Thurman – Half Ponytail With Side Bangs


Gorgeous Uma Thurman’s hairstyle is so simple yet stylish. Perfect for any occasion! A half ponytail with side swept bangs is easy to mimic.

17. Kelly Hu – Naturally Straight


Show off your naturally straight hair like Kelly Hu. If your face is slightly round, add volume near the middle parting using a round brush.

18. Lucy Liu – All Tied-In Ponytail


The key to the right hairdo for women over 40 is to go simple. Lucy Liu looks pretty in that mid ponytail with all her hair tied. If you have an oblong face, a middle parting will look great.

19. Charlize Theron – Bun With A High Puff

A low bun with a high puff in front is a suave hairdo. If you have a long face like Charlize Theron, this hair will soften your face because of the puff.

20. Kate Beckinsale – Flair Waves In A Ponytail


When you’re over 40, being simple counts. Try this classy hairdo sported by Kate Beckinsale. The wavy light curls in the pony make your face look slim.

21. Lauren Graham – The Pin Up


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

22. Rebecca Romijn – Face Framing Half Ponytail


Rebecca Romijn looks impeccable in this half ponytail hairdo. Her mismatched parting adds to the look. The waves and highlights frame her face and accentuate her facial features.

23. Courtney Cox – Layers

Layers are godsent for women over 40. The layers frame your face, bringing more definition to it. Courtney Cox shows us that layers are the best. Layers also add volume to your hair, making it more bouncy.

24. Lisa Kudrow – The Bouffant


Try the bouffant bun with a side parting. If you have a slightly chubby face or a large forehead, try this hairdo with deep side swept bangs as that will help give the lower half of your face a narrow look and take the focus off your forehead.

25. Nicole Kidman – Braid It!

A simple braid can go a long way. Copy Nicole Kidman with this gorgeous messy braid. The side parting and upturned hair add volume to her mane and accentuate her eyes.

These are our top 25 hairstyles for women over 40. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a businesswoman or a working mom, these hairstyles are sure to make you look stunning! Which one among these stole your heart? Comment below and let us know.

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Anjali Sayee

Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.