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50 Gorgeous Hairstyles and Haircuts for Women Over 40

You might think that hairstyles for women over 40 are less chic and eye-catching than hairdos for younger crowd. However, these 50 looks will change your mind!

Welcome warm weather, sunshine, summer breeze, and… your new hair inspiration! We tend to shorten up our styles to keep hair off our necks or at least easy to pull back when it’s hot outside, but there are ways to stay cool and keep the length you love if short isn’t for you. And if you are feeling bold and ready for cropped locks, there’s something for you as well!

From a cute shoulder-length shag or a long a-line bob to an ultra short pixie, your only problem will be deciding which look to try!

1. Short and Sweet!

Shorter on one side than on the other is the perfect option if you want to keep your length but try a shorter style too.

2. Icy Blonde

A twist on the short hairstyle you love? Add some blonde ice for a cool summer-ready look!

3. Side-Part with Waves

A short curly cut with a side-part is manageable and trendy. Light waves can be easily done with a straightener.

4. Classic Blonde Highlights

Ease into a new do by taking length up above the shoulders and trying subtle highlights.

5. Shoulder-Length Straight Cut

Add a touch of beautiful silver over a brown base to upgrade your shoulder-length hair and mask first gray hairs.

6. Lighter for Summer

Let the waves in your short, curly hair remind you of the ocean waves and the beach where you’ll be hanging out the next weekend!

7. Sassy Short

This pixie hairstyle is perfect if you’re not the one who spends too much time on your hair in the morning!

8. Cropped and Cute!

The simple short cut looks trendy with a side-swept bang and blonde undertones.

9. Blonde Layered Cut

Show the world you’re ready for summer with an all-over blonde and a long-layered cut!

10. Dramatic Red

A bold move for shoulder-length hair? A rich red and a deep side part for extra drama.

11. Long Straight Blonde Hair

Subtle highlights are so beautiful on long straight hair with bangs!

12. Concave Bob

If you’ve been growing out your pixie hairstyle for a while, it may be time to try a cute short inverted bob with side bangs.

13. Edgy Undercut Pixie

Go for spunky and spiky with a short pixie dressed up by peek-a-boo highlights for flair!

14. Super Short Haircut

Short androgynous pixies look very trendy with a silver balayage.

15. Blonde Balayage Lob

Be beautiful with a brightening balayage. Don`t be afraid to leave roots darker.

16. Classic Short Bob

You know what never goes out of style? A short bob cut with subtle highlights.

17. Insta-Worthy Long Hair

You’ll want to post this one all over your Instagram – the popular long, blonde hairstyle.

18. Tapered Pixie with High Crown

A little wave action at the top brings attention to the nice cheekbones and chiseled bone structure.

19. Loose Curls

Summertime means you need a relaxed hairstyle. With a short-to-medium cut and loose waves you’ll always look your best.

20. Bright Blonde Medium Cut

Get your medium-length hair summer-ready and add chunks of blonde!

21. Short Hair, Don’t Care

Wave goodbye to hair problems like frizz when you upgrade to an extra-short pixie hairstyle.

22. Work-Ready Shoulder Length Style

Take this classic cut to work and pull it back by the end of the day for an evening event.

23. Pack a Punch

A bold color like purple, dark pink, and burgundy, works wonders on a shag hairstyle.

24. Modern Straight Haircut

Don’t want to go too casual? Keep locks straight and add a short feathered bang.

25. Curly-Sue

Be the envy of the office with an adorable hairstyle like this!

26. Shiny Smooth

Pin-straight will always be popular – rock it with a high-low cut and a mid-part.

27. High-Low Bob

If you have thick hair, in summer you need to wear it all the time up, but a stacked bob will have you looking your best with your hair down even in the heat of July!

28. Brunette Pixie-Bob

Experiment with a longer pixie hairstyle and work some curl in for personality.

29. Blondie with Straight-Across Bangs

Bangs are always a classic finish for short haircuts, especially when point-cut to emphasize a wavy hairstyle.

30. Side-Parted Shortie

Tired of the same old middle part? Part the hair a little further than halfway to break up the symmetry.

31. Soft and Sweet

A subtle curl in blonde highlighted hair keeps you looking fresh.

32. Voluminous Bob Over 40

Combine a tapered shape with extra body around the crown for a fun take on a short hairstyle.

33. Big Sun-Kissed Curls

With hair shining like the sun, you’ll ooze summer vibes all year long.

34. Style Envy

Treat yourself to a cut and color this trendy, and friends will be asking you for style tips!

35. Platinum Pixie with Shaved Nape

Who says platinum is only for young people? Rock it with an edgy pixie hairstyle!

36. Auburn for Cold Season

When transitioning from warmer weather to cold seasons, go for a beautiful auburn shoulder-length style.

37. Razored Wavy Bob

The inverted cut is both cute and professional! Work in a little curl on the side for a spark of sassy.

38. Youthful All-Over Curl

You can never go wrong with classic blonde all-over curls. They’re playful enough yet work-appropriate.

39. Keep Your Length

Not ready to let go of your long locks? You can still try something new with a blonde balayage and a zig-zag side part.

40. Geometric Hair Envy

A sleek and smooth hairstyle like this would work best on fine, thin hair.

41. Blonde Bombshell

Prove blondes do have more fun with a rich color, luxe curls and a flattering fringe.

42. Spike It Up

Get a little spiky at the crown of your head when you sport a trendy pixie hairstyle.

43. 50 Shades of Blonde

Another stunning A-line bob. Different shades of blonde will play with light perfectly.

44. Sassy Brunette Bob

Is your hair on the thin side? Work with what you have and shape it into a perky little bob.

45. Luscious Layered Over 40 Haircut

Shoulder-length hair looks even better when layered and given choppy ends. And these lowlights… they are simply gorgeous!

46. Purple Power

Have fun with your hair! This graduated bob rocks a deep purple to punch things up.

47. Metallic Color

Hair color that is subtle yet noticeable. The cute pixie hairstyle looks much better with shiny highlights!

48. Simple Style

Reshape boring hair into a fashionable and flirty short do.

49. Ultra-Short Pixie with Baby Bangs

Already have short hair and not sure what to do? Go even shorter for an edgier pixie hairstyle!

50. Perfect for Summer

Probably one of the more popular youthful hairstyles, a long cut that works in waves. It will knock 10 years off your age, really.

Surely now you have a better idea of current hairstyles for women over 40. With the right attitude, your hairstyle will be the envy of your friends or the inspiration for strangers who also want to try something new.

by Serena Piper
Serena graduated from the University of Oregon where she majored in magazine journalism. She is a published writer both in print and online. She currently lives in Daytona Beach where she works at the Early Learning Coalition, an organization supporting children of low-income families. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, country music concerts, exploring Florida, and of course, the beach.