Turning 40 is a big achievement and what better way to celebrate than with a flattering haircut? We reached out to professional hair stylists and hair experts to learn more about three timeless, trendy and celeb-fave hairstyles that beauties over 40 can use to highlight their best features, add a youthful glow and use for a fresh change. the holiday season. Read on for tips, suggestions and insights from Jean Will, hair expert and co-founder of NiaWigs Inc. and Gina Rivera, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites.
This article originally appeared on shefinds.com
#1 Side-split pixie
A pixie is always a classic, bold and elegant haircut choice to bring more attention to your beautiful face and cheekbones in particular, notes Will. By parting your already short to the side like Halle Berry and adding layers, you can create even more volume while preventing a flat, boring or stale look. If you want a new ‘do that won’t end up looking weighed down or lifeless, “it’s a perfect cut” for this, says Will. This hairstyle has the power to “make women over 40 look like they’re in their 20s,” adds Will, as its trendy, bold and easy-to-style appeal can bring more attention to your best features and “make your face looks young.”
#2 Layered Wavy Bob with Wispy Bangs
For those of us with more wavy or curly hair textures, this chic bob can add instant volume and movement while framing your facial features. Will explains that you can ask your stylist to first cut your locks into a bouncy, chin-length, face-framing bob. She also recommends adding whipped fringe to this style, like Selena Gomez, for not only a more youthful look overall, but also to hide any possible thinning or hair loss at the crown. “This hairstyle is perfect for women over 40,” she says. “It will help hide their forehead [and any signs of wrinkling or natural aging] to look younger. It’s suitable for women who have thick hair as well as thin.” Since this cut has bangs that can be worn down or parted in the middle, it naturally has the effect of making your face look even more symmetrical and emphasize your eyes and cheekbones (Plus, it’s easy to style!)
#3 Asymmetric Bob
Instead of settling for a flatter bob, Rivera notes that you can add volume to your hair instantly if it’s cut asymmetrically. This trendy look, as seen on Charlize Theron, is great for those who not only want lots of volume and movement, but also want to retain more length, says Rivera. “A textured asymmetrical bob is another great choice for fine hair,” she explains, as this style is “so hip that it’s perfect for making our ladies at their best look super chic.” After removing a bit of length from the hair (but not completely evenly), Theron’s asymmetrical look adds “movement and creates a youthful appeal.” Texturizing the hair, suggests Rivera, creates an opportunity to “remove some of the damaged ends and weight,” which also brings more life to the hair, she concludes.