5 Stylish Shoulder Length Hairstyles for Women Over 40

All Things Hair | 13 September 2016

Age is just a number; gorgeous hair is forever.

When women get older their hair preferences usually change where they might opt for shoulder length hairstyles. Not only is this hair length easier for maintenance and day-to-day styling, shoulder length hairstyles are a stylish option if you still want some length but might not want hair that’s that long. After all, flattering shoulder length hairstyles aren’t just about keeping everything tidy without split ends–it’s a choice to creating a new look when you reach this new point in your life. Read on to discover our top favorite shoulder length hairstyles to try out when you’re 40 and older.

The Best Middle Aged Shoulder Length Hairstyles

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1. Shoulder Length Bob

Opt for a classic hairstyle with a blunt, layered bob. The stacked bob is super simple for an everyday look; just add some hair mousse, like the Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousseto amp up your volume. Then, towel-dry your hair and blow-dry it with a round ceramic brush for some added lift. You’ll look blowout chic in no time.

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2. Wavy Mid-Length

Not too long and not too short, the shoulder length cut is just the right length for any specific hairstyle you want to achieve. To make the most of your mid-length cut, ask your stylist to add in a few layers. The addition of piecey sections of hair will add a sense of movement and flair, not to mention added volume which is always good in our book. Whether you’re looking for a blowout or braids, take care of this hairstyle by keeping it nice and clean with a super nourishing duo like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe Rebalancing Shampoo and the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Restoring Conditioner. This power duo will provide your hair with some much-needed moisture, making it soft, smooth and super manageable.

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Rock your natural curls when you get older. Photo credit: Dvora

3. Go for Natural Curls

When you get older you might be over constantly going for blowout hair. Why not embrace your natural curls as you learn how to style it and maintain this look. Try out some of the TRESemmé Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse to help shape your curls while adding moisture and shine.

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4. Hair Highlights

Dismiss the notion that highlights aren’t age appropriate because the slight golden tints will only liven up your look. Whether you want to keep it super subtle or go a bit chunky, the addition of a blonde hue can take your look from drab to fab. What’s more, blonde highlights have a certain quality of disguising gray hair; so if you’re in the market for a solution to your silver fox syndrome, this just might prove to be the perfect fix.

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6. Full Color

With age comes a desire for total renovations–whether that’s for your home, your wardrobe or your hair; we’re on board for an adventure into the unknown. When determining your hair color make sure you let your stylist know exactly what you’re going for and be sure to bring in a picture for reference. Apart from the obvious color boost, dying middle aged hair has the added benefit of reviving slightly less lively locks by adding texture to your strands.

Going for more shoulder length hairstyles? Check out some shoulder length hair ideas to try for Fall.