While there is no set rule on how hair needs to be styled, there are some tips that should be followed once the big 4-0 is reached. While your 20s were simply about trying every hairstyle you saw in Vogue, you should be more mindful in your 40s about the kind of hairstyles you choose to look young. In addition, proper hair care is also a must!
Many women in their 40s often flaunt the wrong hairdos due to issues like:
- thinning of hair,
- moisture loss,
- lack of sheen,
- lack of volume,
- graying, and
- damaged hair, as a result of using hair dyes and hair styling products over the years.
It is essential to choose a hairstyle that:
- makes you look chic and fun,
- is low maintenance,
- rectifies or covers your problem areas,
- is great for an everyday look, and
- does not require too many styling products.
We have compiled some hairstyles for different types and texture of hair. While these are not exactly anti-aging or beauty tips, they will surely help you get a younger look.
Best Hairstyles for Women over 40
Hairstyles for Coarse Hair
Pick from: Short crop or curly pixie.
Why: These unique, low maintenance hairstyles are typically described as “wash and wear.” A good beauty tip for a younger look, is to ask the hairdresser to chop it a little closer to your face, so it does not look outgrown in a couple of weeks. Try keeping the sides short and the upper mane a little longer. This hairstyle requires confidence to carry it off, since the entire focus is drawn towards the face due its short cut.
Hairstyles for Thick Hair
Pick from: Face framing layers, sleek and straight, gentle lower waves, or high bun.
Why: Thick-haired women may be most blessed. Hair fall and thinning is rarely a concern, and hair can be styled in an endless number of ways. Our best picks are face framing layers, where the layers are chopped in varying lengths starting from the eye area down to the chin, including soft waves, especially towards the lower half. There is a little maintenance required with these hairstyles for thick hair. The high bun is best for a casual day out.
Hairstyles for Straight and Limp Hair
Pick from: Straight hair with side bangs or long waves.
Why: Limp hair takes away volume and makes it look lifeless. A good way to manage it is to opt for haircuts that add volume, perhaps with long, voluminous curls or waves. A helpful anti-aging tip is to also pair it with side bangs to highlight your face. “A great rule of thumb is to separate the bangs at the highest point of your eyebrow arch to accentuate your eyes,” suggests Rodney Cutler, Founder and Stylist of Cutler Salons, New York.
Hairstyles for Thin Hair
Pick from: Short, wavy, layered, stacked, or blunt bobs.
Why: Bobs soften the collarbone, frame the face, and help tackle hairline issues. They also give adequate volume for thinning hair. The type of bob and the length should depend on the shape of the face. Bobs are also very simple to take care of and look great while messy too! A good hair care tip is use a little mousse or hair styling product and run it through the bob with simple finger movements. This works best for a party look while a simple blow dry is good to take care of it every day.
Hairstyles for Oily Hair
Pick from: Asymmetrical cut, short pixie, or a lob.
Why: Oily hair looks greasy, limp, and lacks volume. It’s also difficult to style and maintain. Oily hair requires regular washing with a good shampoo. Try to limit the use of hair products, as they can seep into the scalp and mix with the oil, causing more hair issues. The asymmetrical cut, short pixie, or lob work by adding layers and volume to the hair, thus covering traces of an oily scalp.
Hairstyles for Frizzy Hair
Pick from: Any haircut which falls between the shoulder and bust, are good picks for women with frizzy hair.
Why: As women age, natural frizziness also increases, making it difficult to maintain a good hairstyle. A safe bet is to opt for a moderate length of haircut with minimal layers. At this length, the frizz becomes easier to maintain and the hair also appears healthy. The frizz becomes difficult if the hair is longer. Along with a good hairstyle, frizzy-haired women should also use good anti-frizz products to maintain and style their mane.
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Hairstyles for Curly hair
Pick from: Face framing long layers, a messy short bob, or natural shoulder-length hair.
Why: Most women think that curly hair is a challenge. However, the most beautiful and elegant hairstyles can be created with curly hair. It doesn’t lose volume, looks great on every face, and a simple hair wash is enough to get your curls looking fresh instantly. Long layers, messy bobs, and natural curls can be chosen for a casual look, or along with a few accessories for an elegant evening look. Keep it shorter than chin length for an easy-going hairstyle.
Hairstyles for Gray Hair
Pick from: Textured bob, platinum bob, or long and lean.
Why: A textured bob has soft, rounded layers that end just above your collarbone and suits women with thick, frizzy or normal hair as well. A platinum bob is an even bob that has been straightened and frames the face over one side, while the long and lean look is great for those who love keeping it simple. A good trick is to add texture to your hairstyle to make grey hair look fresh and elegant.
Hairstyles for Wavy Hair
Pick from: Parameter layering, a center-parted mane with loose curls, or long, voluminous waves.
Why: Parameter layering uses a simple, flowy technique where hair appears more healthy and full of volume with seamless layers. The center-parted mane is a good pick for wearing your hair down; while long, voluminous waves work wonders for naturally wavy hair.
Hair Care Tips for Women in Their 40s
While these hairstyles are flattering and help to take of years, proper hair care and maintenance is also essential. Most women in their 40s are pretty much settled in life in terms of finances, career, and family. They are far more confident and comfortable in their own skin than they were in their 20s. At this stage in life, taking good care of overall health, weight, skin, and hair is crucial—some effort is required to look young and fit.
Good health reflects on the skin and hair. However, hormonal changes occur in the bodies of women in their 40s, and they show up on the face and hair, mostly in terms of dryness. So, an important tip is to stay hydrated and be sure to eat a healthy diet that includes the required proteins, vitamins, and minerals. These play a huge role in the quality of hair.
Here are some small but important hair care tips.
- Avoid blow drying too often.
- Give hair an oil massage at least once a week.
- Avoid using too many hair colors; apply color once a month.
- If allergies develop due to chemical hair colors, try using natural hair colors or henna-based colors.
- It’s alright to have some strands of grey or white hair; after all, it has even become quite fashionable.
- Shampoo and condition hair twice or three times a week.
- Look for mild shampoos with protein and vitamin E from fruit extracts, milk, or other natural sources.
- Avoid using hair sprays and such chemicals too often.
- Trim the hair periodically to avoid split ends.
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