Turning 40 is a huge achievement, and what better way to celebrate than with a flattering haircut? We turned to professional hair stylists and hair experts to learn about three timeless, on-trend, celebrity-loved haircuts that beauties over 40 can use to accentuate their best features, rock a youthful glow and add a fresh twist take care of the holiday season. Read on for tips, suggestions, and insights from Jean Will, hair expert and co-founder of NiaWigs Inc., and Gina Rivera, celebrity hair stylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites.
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#1 Pixie with side parting
A pixie is always a classic, bold, and elegant haircut choice to draw more attention to your beautiful face and cheekbones, especially, Will notes. By parting your already short cut to the side and adding layers like Halle Berry, you can create even more volume while preventing a flat, blunt, or dated look. If you want a new dress that doesn’t end up looking weighed down or lifeless, “this is the perfect cut,” says Will. This hairstyle has the power to “make 40+ women look like they’re in their 20s,” adds Will, as its trendy, bold, and easy-to-style appeal can draw more attention to your best features and “make your.” face looks young.”
#2 Layered Wavy Bob with Wispy Bangs
For those of us with wavier or curly hair textures, this chic bob can provide instant volume and movement while framing your features. Will explains that you can ask your stylist to first cut your locks into a bouncy, chin-length bob with face-framing layers. She also recommends adding fine fringe to this style, like Selena Gomez, not only for a more youthful look overall, but also to hide any potential thinning or shedding at the crown. “This hairstyle is perfect for women over 40,” she says. “It will help hide her forehead [and any signs of wrinkling or natural aging] look younger. It suits both women with thick and thin hair.” Because this cut has bangs that can be worn down or parted in the middle, it looks natural to add even more symmetry to your face and your eyes and shoulders to accentuate cheekbones. (Plus, it’s easy to style!)
#3 Asymmetrical Bob
Rather than settle for a flatter bob, Rivera notes that you can add instant volume to your hair when it’s cut asymmetrically. This trendy look, as seen on Charlize Theron, is great for those who not only want lots of volume and movement, but also want to keep more length, says Rivera. “A textured, asymmetrical bob is another great choice for fine hair,” she explains, as this style is “so hip it’s perfect for making our ladies super chic in their premium look.” After a little length off removed from the hair (but not quite evenly), Theron’s asymmetrical look “adds movement and creates a youthful vibe.” Texturizing the hair, Rivera suggests, creates an opportunity to “remove some of the damaged ends and weight,” which also adds more life to the hair, she concludes.