As any mature fashionista will know, looking for new short hairstyles for women over 40 isn’t the easiest of tasks! But instead of compromising on style this time around, why not look to the stylish red carpet walkers, who prove short hair over 40 doesn’t need to boring?
Whether you’re hunting for short haircuts for women over 40 to try – or just want to know which short hairstyles for fine hair over 40 serve up the most volume – we have all the inspo you’ll ever need, below. Go on, take a look!
1. Long bob
Looking for short hairstyles for women over 40 that aren’t too short? Then draw inspiration from Australian actress Cate Blanchett and go for an ultra-chic, long bob hairstyle.
2. Long wavy bob
The best thing about the long bob is that it’s easy to style, on-trend and instantly helps add a youthful edge to your facial features!
Editor’s tip: To boost the volume of this look (as well as inject some gorgeous natural-looking texture), try scrunching in some VO5 Sea Salt Spray for effortlessly tousled locks.
3. Side-part bob
Exuding a youthful charm and just a hint of glamour, this side-parted cut gives an updated feel to the classic bob.
4. Super short bob
We especially love how this hairstyle counteracts the circular look of Gabrielle Union’s face shape, drawing attention to all the right angles.
5. Edgy short hair
Prefer to wear your parting to the side? Keep this pretty look on your style radar. Short hair over 40 doesn’t need to be dull!
6. Relaxed pixie
When it comes to stylish short haircuts for women over 40, pixie crop hairstyles like Emma Thompson’s, always manage to surface to the top of the wanted list.
7. Feathered pixie
And Princess Charlene of Monaco’s playful pixie is another perfect example: we love how her flirty ‘do has been left in its natural state, for an off-duty model effect.
8. Pretty pixies
We just love Jada Pinkett Smith’s and her mum’s matching short crops. And in our opinion, Adrienne Banfield-Jones looks more like Jada’s sister than her mother!
9. ‘Long’ pixie
This practical and pretty hairstyle serves up tonnes of volume, is easy to style, and one of the most coveted looks around. The royal and celeb seals of approval are all the convincing we need!
10. Blunt bob
Would you believe us if we told you that Kelly Pipa has super fine hair?! We reckon that one of the reasons the star looks so youthful is due to her beautiful blunt cut bob, which helps create the illusion of density.
11. Half-up blunt cut
We especially love how pairing a blunt cut with some dimension-boosting blends of blonde can give a radiant and youthful appeal.
12. Classic bob
If you’re looking for short hairstyles for fine hair over 40, you won’t regret trying this stylish bob!
13. The layered pixie
Not all pixie crop hairstyles have to be super short, don’t you know?
14. Wavy pixie
Just take a leaf out of American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson’s book for example, who’s living proof that long, side-swept wavy pixie crops (yes, they do exist!) work a treat for mature women.
Editor’s tip: To help hold your crop, control flyaways and banish frizz for 24hr, spray some of the TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray through your short hair.
15. Retro cool
When it comes to short hair for women over 40, you can’t go far wrong by opting for full Cleopatra-esque bangs – like this failsafe pixie crop and fringe combo, we spotted on Paz Vega!
16. Sleek crop
This flattering look is sexy, youthful and perfect for ladies who prefer to live on the wild side. So basically it just has the whole package!
17. Wavy bob
If you want to add a touch of romance to your look, a curly Audrey Tautou-inspired bob is your best option.
18. Textured bob
Adding voluminous curls in the right places can help to soften your features, which is exactly what this ultra-feminine cut does.
19. Short black hair
Stuck with what to do with black hair? Short hairstyles for women over 40 can pack a pretty punch, too!
20. Afro short hair
No matter your hair texture you can definitely rock short hairstyles as proved by Adina Porter’s hairstyle.
21. Barely-there waves
Out of these stunning short hairstyles for women over 40 barely-there-waves is definitely a firm favourite of ours. Learn how to make short hair wavy with our easy video tutorials.