Glitter PhotosBelieve it or not, you don't have to go short in your 40s. Forty really is the new 30 (think about Courtney Cox). In these years, your personality might drive your hairstyle. If you ooze sexuality, go for sexy waves that hit just below the collarbone. Funky and athletic? Opt for a short, sleek look that is as befitting to a 20-year-old as you. My friend, Nia, who's about to turn 50 but looks 40, has a haircut that totally fits her funky personality: It's short and edgy.

Tip #1: Take care of your hair. As we age, our hair gets brittle. Treat your locks to a hot-oil treatment once a week and get your hair trimmed every 6 weeks. See the best hair products of all time.

Tip #2: Layered hair is very flattering, flat hair isn't. Give your fine hair body with layers, no matter your hair length. If you have coarse hair, weigh it down with length and consider thinning it out with a razor cut or layers.

Tip #3: Go for color. If you're blonde, try highlights. If you have dark hair, go for caramel highlights or go a shade or 2 lighter all over. Get the scoop on finding the perfect hair color for you.

Whether you have long, medium or short hair, check out these celebrity hairstyles for inspiration

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Length – With a few exceptions, shorter hair is more flattering to the woman over forty. However, be warned that it is not wise to go extremely short. While overly long hair has the appearance of drawing down already sagging skin, making the face appear older and drawn, extremely short hair can be harsh and too masculine for many mature faces. Soft, fringy lines work better for older skin than severely cropped lines.

A short style doesn’t have to look old fashioned. The reason young girls can wear short hair styles and still look very fashionable is mostly because they will use up to date styling techniques and the latest in styling products.. Study the styles that attract you in magazines or hairstyle books. Incororate some of the outstanding features of the style into your look.

As your skin color fades, you want your hair to compliment it. Think about going a little lighter or getting some highlights around your face (or both). Finding a good colorist who can advise you can really help. 

When you change your hair style or color, you need to re-think your makeup. For instance, if you lighten your hair you probably want to soften your makeup.


First go to a reliable hairstylist to get the cut. For today’s styles, all the hair will have to be texturized so that it does not appear heavy. Thick hair will require a lot of texturizing. The styles are full toward the top (not bouffant) and close toward the bottom.