25 Stunning Hairstyles To Make You Look Youthful

by Anjali Sayee

Once you reach a certain age, you know that there’s going to be more hair loss and you will have to be careful with how you treat your hair. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t style or grow your hair. It’s true, though, that there are a few hairstyles that might not suit you as you grow older 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.

Without further ado, here are the 25 best hairstyles that women over 40 can try right now!

25 Stunning Hairstyles To Make You Look Youthful!

1. Bangs All The Way

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Those were our top 25 hairstyles for women over 40. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, these hairstyles are sure to make you look stunning! Which of these hairdos do you want to try out? Comment below to 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.
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