12 suave hairstyles for men over 40 featuring Leo DiCaprio, Matt Bomer & more

Beth | 01 November 2018
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Proving that style has no expiry date, check out our selection of stylish hairstyles for men over 40.

The search for age-appropriate hairstyles for men over 40 can be hard to navigate. After all, just because you’re no longer in your twenties why should that have to mean sacrificing great hair? It doesn’t!

Besides, we’ve got it on good authority that 40 is the new 30, so we’ve put together a guide to the best over 40s haircuts to ensure their your most stylish years yet.



12 top hairstyles for men over 40



 

Hairstyles for men over 40: Headshot of Adrian Grenier with dark wavy hair, wearing a suit and tie
Proof that you don’t need to have long hair to go for a wavy style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Adrian Grenier

You might remember Adrian Grenier for his shaggy curls but it’s this short wavy style that makes the Entourage star one of our over 40s hair icons. Striking the right balance between textured and neat, it’s timeless enough to work well at any age.

Next read: How to get curly hair tutorial

Hairstyles for men over 40: David Beckham with a buzz cut and facial hair, earing a blue shirt and navy suit
Buzz it like Beckham. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. David Beckham

Ever the style maven, David Beckham has been sporting a stylish buzz cut lately, serving as a reminder to us all that shaved looks make excellent hairstyles for men over 40. Plus, we’re sure you’ll agree that the appeal of not having to style it in the morning is seriously tempting.

Next read: More A-list guys who have rocked a buzz this year

Hairstyles for men over 40: Close-up of Dominic Cooper with brown choppy textured hair, smiling at the camera
Opt for a messy look with lots of texture. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Dominic Cooper

If you prefer a messier look for every day, Dominic Cooper’s roughed-up, short back and sides cut is perfect. The disheveled top layers keep the look casual and full of movement while the shorter cropped sides give it a cool edge.

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Editor’s tip: Getting messy hair right is an art. To nail it, try using the TONI&GUY Men’s Mattifying Putty to help give your hair that just-got-out-of-bed look and give it hold to last all day.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Gerard Butler with short curly brown hair and stubbly facial hair,wearing a shirt and a brown leather jacket
Pairing any of these hairstyles with a beard will give a more rugged look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Gerard Butler

Rocking a beard? Gerard Butler’s rugged cropped cut and beard combo is perfect for the modern man and requires next to no upkeep other than the occasional trim.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Close-up of James Marsden with textured brown hair
If you prefer to wear your hair slightly longer, this look is great for that. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. James Marsden

Looking for hairstyles for men over 40 that work with hair that’s a bit longer? Keep mid-length hair looking sharp by working it into a relaxed quiff. Use James Marsden as your mane hair inspiration, keeping the look soft and tousled rather than stiff for a more youthful vibe.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Photo of Joe Manganiello with gelled up brown hair and grey facial hair, wearing a white shirt and blue suit jacket
Gelled-up styles offer style and control. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Joe Manganiello

Hair that seems to have a mind of its own? Gelled hairstyles can help you to look more put together when you want to smarten up – just look at Joe Manganiello’s dapper brush-back.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Photo of John Hamm with dark brown swept back hair and stubble
This dapper style always looks really suave and put together. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. John Hamm

John Hamm knows that the slick back look is a winner. He makes it work by not using too much product so it doesn’t look too overstyled, meaning it’s not limited to just formal events.

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Editor’s tip: Want to know a hair hack for making your ‘do look thicker? Work some of the VO5 Lifting Paste through damp hair before blowdrying – it’ll give you visibly more lift, in turn making you look like you’ve got a fuller head of hair. You’re welcome.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Photo of Josh Duhamel with dark grey side parted brush back hair
Enhance your hair’s volume with a root-boosting side part. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Josh Duhamel

Fine hair? Don’t stress it, as there are plenty of clever hairstyles for men over 40 that specifically target the look of thin hair and make it look thicker.

Make like Josh Duhamel by styling your hair to one side, using a fine tooth comb to carve out a deep side parting for a transformative root-boosting effect.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with slicked over mid brown hair
Take on Leo’s trademark slicked-back style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo’s slick hair is iconic, so follow his lead and you’ll always look like Gatsby. This hairstyle can also be adapted to work whatever hair length you have, so it’s pretty versatile.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Photo of Matt Bomer with dark brown slicked quiff hair
Take your looks to new heights with this modern take on the quiff. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Matt Bomer

You don’t have to go full-on Elvis to rock a quiff. The right quiff can really add to your look without making you look outdated. Want the proof? Enter exhibit A: Matt Bomer. Need we say more?

Hairstyles for men over 40: Close-up of Orlando Bloom with curly tousled dark brown short hair
Naturally curly hair? Let your curls be the focal point of your style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom offers up one of our favourite curly hairstyles for men over 40 with this curly cropped style. By keeping the sides shorter, he’s kept his curls neat and controlled while making the most of the texture.

Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Cream

Editor’s tip: Got curly hair yourself? Define and shape your curls with a hair cream like the Lynx Natural Look Flexible Control Creamto keep them looking their best.

Hairstyles for men over 40: Photo of American Pie star Seann William Scot with short light brown hair, wearing a blue shirt and blazer with a burgundy tie
Cut down on styling time with a classic crew cut. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

12. Seann William Scott

American Pie alumni Seann William Scott’s crew cut hair is one of those styles that will just always work. It’s the ultimate no-fuss, easy hairstyle for guys who don’t want to have to spend time styling in the morning. What more could you want?