21 Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40 That Aren’t Boring

Get inspired by our round-up of the most stylish short haircuts for women over 40, right now!

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

short hair over 40: cate blanchett with long bob swept to the side
Cate Blanchett’s short side-swept lob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40:Actress Elsa Pataky (Chris Hemsworth's wife) with a long wavy blonde bob wearing a red dress
Actress Elsa Pataky rocking wavy short hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Sharon Stone with a relaxed side part bob wearing a mustard coat
Sharon Stone off-duty with her chic crop. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Gabrielle Union's super short bob
Gabrielle Union’s ‘summer’ bob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Charlize Theron's short award ceremony hair from three angles
Charlize Theron proving short can be innovative too! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Short hairstyles for women over 40: Emma Thompson short hair in a pixie cut
Emma Thompson’s signature short hair in a pixie cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hair over 40: princess charlene with boyish, feathered pixie cut
The (royal) relaxed short pixie. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Jada Pinkett and mum Adrienne Banfield-Jones with short blonde pixie cuts
Jada Pinkett Smith and her mum Adrienne Banfield-Jones. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Jada Pinkett Smith with a swooping long pixie wearing a sparkly purple top
Jada Pinkett Smith with her cool short hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for fine hair over 40: kelly pipa with highlighted blunt bob cut
Kelly Pipa’s highlighted blunt cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Charlize Theron looking down with her short hair half-up
Stylish, sleek half-up hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Viola Davis with sleek blunt straight bob
We love a classic. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re looking for short hairstyles for fine hair over 40, you won’t regret trying this stylish bob!

13. The layered pixie

short hairstyles for women over 40: Lisa Rinna with feathered layered short haircut
Lovely layers work well with short hair – just ask Lisa Rinna. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Not all pixie crop hairstyles have to be super short, don’t you know?

14. Wavy pixie

short hair for women over 40: the wavy pixie, as demonstrated by sarah paulson
Sarah Paulson is a huge fan of the wavy pixie. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short haircuts for women over 40: paz vega with short sleek retro pixie cut hairstyle
This hairstyle oozes vintage appeal. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Kristen Wiig with blonde short pixie haircut
This sleek pixie looks super flattering on Kristen Wiig. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

audrey tautou proves short hair over 40 doesn't have to boring, with her curly look
The curly chin-length bob on Audrey Tautou. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Charlize Theron with a lightly waved blonde bob
Light waves with short hair is a winner! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

short hairstyles for women over 40: Viola Davis with wavy 'straight' bob
Viola Davis is a fan of shorter hairstyles like the bob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Stuck with what to do with black hair? Short hairstyles for women over 40 can pack a pretty punch, too!

20. Afro short hair

Woman with afro short hair
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

No matter your hair texture you can definitely rock short hairstyles as proved by Adina Porter’s hairstyle.

21. Barely-there waves

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.