As we get older, many of us slowly start to shorten our locks, making them easier to manage and maintain.
But while there are loads of lovely short styles out there, we’re here to tell you, that you can still pull off a set of long, flowing strands as well as the next woman! Yes, really.
In fact, there is a whole host of long hairstyles for women over 40 (and even long hairstyles for women over 50), that will allow you to remain at the very top of your hair game!
Flattering long hairstyles for women over 40
1. Long and straight
Think that your straight locks lack style and substance? Well, think again! Because this simple look works for women of any age – just look at Jennifer Aniston for inspiration, she’s still rocking her long, straight hair like a total pro (go, Jen!). But if you find that your strands often fall flat and look devoid of life, why not get your stylist to work some lusicous layers into your cut?
Layering is absolutely key when it comes to giving long, straight hair a healthy dose of youthful energy, while also helping to add shape, texture, and movement to same-length locks!
If you didn’t already know, wavy hairstyles have been a huge hit this season, as they work to effortlessly give your appearance a fun and playful finish. Try working in some textured layers into loose, flowing waves, and plump up your mane using the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray. Psst! This ‘do also works an absolute treat for any of you with thin or fine strands, as the addition of waves will help to give lift and texture to your hair.
Tip: If you’re really after a fashion-forward styling hack, then try rocking your hair in an off-centre or deep side parting, to really bring out the best in your long, wavy hair.
3. Face-framing layers
Want a way to maintain your long locks, while also helping to uplift your appearance? Say no more. Because what you need, is a lovely set of face framing layers in your mane. These subtle layers have a bright and refreshing effect on your face, and are a great way of adding a new dimension to same-length locks, with loads of movement and volume.
This look is also an ideal choice for women who find that their long hair gets a bit unmanageable, as the shorter layers in the front take away some of the weight and thickness of your locks!
4. Cool curls
Looking for a way to give your ‘do a boost of youthful vitality? Then this look could be the answer. Great for adding a glamorous edge to your signature style, working some curls – whether loose or in ringlets – will instantly give plenty of lift and bounce to your hair! And to really make your curls stand out from the crowd, we’d recommend adding a healthy dose of the VO5 Curl Defining Mousse to damp tresses, before drying them with a diffuser and a hair dryer.
Sophisticated ponytail. Credit: Verity Jane Smith
5. Sleek and sophisticated pony
Want a hairstyle that’s chic but also keeps your tresses out of your way? The sleek and sophisticated ponytail is great for keeping your long locks safe and sound, and party-ready. Winning!
Tip: No matter what long hairstyle you choose to rock, just remember to book regular appointments with your stylist for a trim (approximately every 6-8 weeks), to keep your long hair looking fresh, healthy, and in tip-top condition!
Celebrity inspiration: Hairstyles for women over 50 with long hair
6. Sandra Bullock
Long hairstyles for women over 40 with bangs seem rather rare. But if you are in need of inspiration, Actress Sandra Bullock, who has upheld major roles in films such as The Proposal and The Heat, has been sporting the look for as long as we can remember! To ensure that she always looks on-trend, she often styles her mane into textured waves, as well as accompanying her ‘do with a fringe.
7. Courteney Cox
Having had a fair few mane changes during her time as Monica Gellar in the hit TV show Friends, star Courteney Cox has since settled on a style that is timeless and effortlessly elegant.
Often working her glossy brown hair into soft, romantic waves, Courteney has opted to style her mane with a soft side fringe at this red carpet event, and having cut in some long layers! Helping to create movement and body, this style is the ideal way to pump up the sometimes flat look of aged hair.
8. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker may be 51-years-old, but that doesn’t stop her from wearing her long hair super straight and sleek. We reckon that one of the reasons why she looks so youthful is thanks to her blonde balayage hair colour, which helps to frame and lift her face!
Editor’s tip: Considering dyeing your hair like Sarah’s? Then you’ll want to invest in a shampoo and conditioner duo for coloured hair, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, as this will help to maintain your colour’s vibrancy.
9. Demi Moore
Actress Demi Moore has sported long, lustrous hair throughout most of her career, and we’ve pretty much grown accustomed to it. But something that sets Demi’s mane aside from the rest, is how shiny it is: she clearly knows how to look after her sultry dark locks, and for that, we salute her!
Editor’s tip: Looking to ramp up the shine factor of your tresses? Then grab your bottle of the TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Spray and give your mane a healthy spritz all over.
10. Oprah Winfrey
If, like Oprah Winfrey, you have naturally curly or coily hair, then let it grow and embrace it! Long curls can help to create volume and body, and you know what they say: the bigger the hair, the better!
11. Cindy Crawford
Since hair tends to get thinner as you age, you’ll need to pump some volume back into your locks, to help fake the appearance of fuller strands. But don’t worry, because it really couldn’t be simpler to plump up your mane! All you have to do, is add in lots of long layers, like Cindy Crawford has done, and you’ll be rocking a full, bouncy ‘do just like that.
12. Brooke Shields
Actress Brooke Shields is living proof that hair has no age limit. The star is often spotted out and about sporting long, shiny brown locks, and her bouncy blow-out and chic middle parting helps to create a classy, elegant look that is hard to beat! After all, if it isn’t broken, why fix it?
Feeling inspired by these lusciously long locks? Loved seeing which A-list stars are rocking long haircut styles? Then we bet that you’ll want to check out our Long Hairstyles page, to up your mane game.