Here’s the truth about your hair and aging: you should choose any haircut or style that makes you feel amazing. All hair is different, all personalities are different, and there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to styling. But maybe you’ve been feeling lately like your current hair style isn’t YOU anymore. Whether you’ve outgrown your old look and are bored with it or you feel like the cut itself is leaving your hair looking more limp and lifeless and want to achieve more volume in your hair, you may feel like it’s time for an update and a nice change. Great — but the first thing you probably shouldn’t do is run to your salon with a photo of a celebrity sporting a cutting-edge style.
haircuts for women over 40
Back in the day, my only source for haircut inspiration was found in coffee table catalogs at a local salon. If I wasn’t going for a standard trim, I’d have to frantically flip through each page to choose what I was going to do next before it was my turn to sit in the salon chair.
Now, thanks to the internet and social media, we have access to experts who can help us choose the best haircuts for our face shape weeks before our appointment so we can make a decision, change our minds, and change them again, all before it’s too late. If only this was the case sooner, I would have been saved from more than just a few not-so-cute haircuts.
I am happy to say that we no longer have to learn the hard way. All it takes is reaching out to some stylists to ask about the best haircuts. In this case, we inquired for all of our beautiful readers with round faces to find out what the best round-face haircuts are.
Gina Rivera, a celebrity hairstylist and the founder of Phenix Salon Suites, recommended long layers for round face shapes. “These styles tend to create a balance that makes the face appear to be slightly longer rather than wider,” she said.
If you don’t opt for layers and choose a one-length haircut, the roundness of your face will likely be overemphasized, according to celebrity hairstylist Annagjid “Kee” Taylor.
Similar to shag cuts, “chin-length layers help elongate and frame a round face,” said Andrew Fitzsimons, a celebrity hairstylist who has styled some of our favorites (Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, J.Lo, and Megan Fox). Adding a smaller curl pattern to this style if your hair isn’t curly already can be one of the best round-face haircuts—especially if you are a fan of styles with a lot of volume.
As far as parting your locks goes, stylists agree: A deep side part or a middle part will give your face the illusion of length.
If you prefer a shorter style that requires minimal styling, Kee said that you can never go wrong with a pixie cut. This is arguably one of the most popular round-face haircuts, so if you are looking for inspiration, Ginnifer Goodwin and Michelle Williams are two celebrities who do the pixie cut right.
If you have curly hair and are worried about how your hair will look with a pixie cut, Kee recommended a layered bob. Once your hair drys and the pattern of your hair is formed, you will be left with tons of volume.
According to Rivera, a long shag cut is another great style for those with round faces. “The shag layers can help frame the face, creating a focus on the center vertical line of the face rather than the width of the face.”
Fitzsimons agreed and encouraged adding bangs to haircuts with a shag effect to further accentuate your face shape.
Fear not: A side-swept bang or a bold bang will add an edge to your look and compliment your face shape, so don’t be afraid of them! Fitzsimons recommended them both but suggested avoiding soft, wispy bangs, as they can result in further accentuating the softness of your features.
As we age, many of us think we have to stick to a mature, short haircut, but turning 40 does not have to mean playing it safe! Rocking your ageless beauty is possible with experimentation and adventure, and what better way to mix things up than hitting the salon for a new haircut?
We spoke with Gina Rivera, celebrity hairstylist and Founder of Phenix Salon Suites for three sexy haircuts you can definitely pull off at any age, and that women over 40 can always rely on for timeless, chic and effortless energy.
Flat, lifeless hair be gone— read on for stylist tips for each kind of cut, and why short hair doesn’t have to be boring (and definitely isn’t with these styles!)
1. Textured Bob
Fun, flirty and full of movement, this hairstyle centers around layers and texture to prevent a dull and flat look. It’s timeless and as seen here on Emma Stone, effortlessly glamorous and can be parted in the middle or side depending on your face shape and what works for you.
“A textured bob is always a terrific youthful look,” says Rivera. Texturizing, she says, provides a fuller look with more volume, “which tends to be youthful.” In addition, removing weight and creating movement “always increases the appearance of youthfulness,” she adds.
2. Trendy Pixie Cut
This haircut allows full, undivided attention to your beautiful face! With lots of layers, this style also provides its wearer with skyrocketing volume and its youthful exuberance never goes out of style, as seen here on Halle Berry, who often rocks this look as her iconic go-to.
“A pixie is such a fun look for aging beauties,” Rivera says. “The pixie is very stylish and trendy which can create a youthful feel in itself.”
3. Layered Shag
This cut is the best of both worlds— it’s not *too* short if you’re not quite ready for a big chop, but it still provides volume and a punky edge from the collarbone length and up. Paired with sultry, eyebrow-grazing fringe like here on Alexa Chung, the shag has been a cool and signature look for many rock stars and beyond since its debut in the 1970s.
“Face-framing cuts like the shag also work well for taking years off,” adds Rivera. “The shag is a great style for softening features because it frames and highlights your face.”
Overall, there are so many great haircuts for women over 40 that prove sexiness and beauty are truly ageless and that getting older (despite what anyone or society says) means you can still experiment and mix things up for as long as you wish to! These cuts are undeniably classic, and your stylist can help shape them for your face and hair type.
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