A well-cut hairstyle that flatters your face shape won't just make you feel great, but it'll keep you looking young. From adding a fringe to getting a classic crop, be inspired by our favourite celebrity women over 40 - living proof you can be stylish at any age!
If anti-ageing beauty products are a firm part of your regime, you should probably also consider how your hair can help you defy the years. Anti-ageing is not just all about the rights creams and cleaners; having your fringe at the right length or your layers put in the right place will make all the difference.
Celebrities are a perfect source of inspiration as they not only look fabulous, but a photo of them can help you to articulate your vision to the hairdresser. We’ve collected our favourite celebrity hair looks for women over 40, so take a look and you might just spot your next hairstyle!
Celebrities who are over 40 with fabulous hair:
Amanda Holden loves wearing her hair down, but we think she also looks incredible with an up-do. Try her ponytail and parted fringe to add a soft, youthful edge to your look.
Ruth Langsford’s signature short style is super-flattering for women over 40. The sleek layering and voluminous style give the This Morning stars locks a fresh, sleek and chic vibe.
Charlize Theron looks super elegant with her short bob. The structuring around her face is very flattering and the loose wave adds a good amount of volume to the look.
Claudia Winkleman’s glossy fringe is nothing short of iconic – make sure you get yours cut just below the eyebrow as microfringes are hard to pull off! Keep the rest of your do shining with a good serum.
Jennifer Garner’s simple but striking loose waves help to soften her defined jawline. Ask your hairdresser to add honey-coloured highlights like Jennifer for extra lustre.
The ‘pob’ innovator has since grown out her structured do in favour of a more laidback cut. Choppy layers and a chestnut hue give the hair volume and shine, both of which are crucial for an anti-ageing look.
Kate Moss continues to prove she has still got it as she rocks the runway with a simple hair do. Keeping the hair loosely tucked behind her eyes creates the appearance of extra volume.
We love this big volume curl look on Eva Mendes. Her hair colour is also really well suited to her complexion.
Hillary Swank’s hair looks lovely and glossy. She loves the long casual wave style with a sweeping side parting.
Amy Adams is not a natural redhead but she rocks the ginger hair colour. She has lightened the shade in recent years but her hair still looks wonderful and healthy.
Drew Barrymore loves a loose wave and a subtle ombre style hair colour which really compliments her complexion.
Eva Longoria loves a simple up-do. This simple look is especially good for the hot weather as it gets all your hair out of your face. Don’t make it super sleek, it can look very elegant with a few wispy pieces of hair. Eva also likes a relaxed up-do with a few curls!
Heidi Klum is proof that the idea of long hair after 40 being a no go is absolute rubbish! At 45-years-old the supermodel is still rocking her long longs. With age it is normal for hair to thin but opting for a loose wave and pulling your hair to one side is a great way to add volume to your hair and distract from its thin texture.
A manageable fringe that skims the eyes can hide any frown lines – Davina McCall’s is both feminine and flattering.
Middle partings look great on mid-lengths. Run some straighteners over for a smooth and sleek finish like Cameron Diaz – but don’t forget to fluff the hair for volume.
If you’ve got fine hair then don’t dismiss a fringe. Try a soft sweeping one like Strictly judge Darcey Bussell to create the perfect, face-flattering look.
Julianne Moore’s simple below-the-shoulder cut is a great style choice! Keep ends healthy with regular trips to your salon.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s centre parting flatters oval face shapes, soften the look by slightly curling the front sections away from your face at cheekbone level with your straighteners for a great anti-aging effect.
Kate Beckinsale’s sleek up-do is perfect for the office or the bar. Curl your mid-lengths and ends before scooping up into a high ponytail, using a clean toothbrush to tame fly-aways.
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey looks worlds away from her on-screen character with her chic short cut.
Add some extra height with a side parting and tousled waves like Teri Hatcher.
Halle Berry’s bed-head waves give her bob a real volume boost.
If you’ve got curly hair, don’t shy away from a shorter style! Subtle layers like Meg Ryan’s will keep your look soft and feminine.
Take note from Catherine-Zeta Jones brave tighter curls for a ramped up party look.
We love Carole Middleton’s classic mid-length do. Get a couple of inches taken off at your hairdressers for an instantly refreshed look.
Sharon Osbourne always looks flawless! Her layered crop is full of volume and helps give instant glamour.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s glossy finish is so manageable! Use a hair mask once a week to keep looking healthy and add in a shine spray if you’re keen for more.
Nicole Kidman works an up-do effortlessly, pull a few strands free at the front and add a gentle curl to them to make the style even more flattering.
If you’re growing out a crop, longer sections styled forward will work wonders! Be inspired by Robin Wright with layers that sit alongside and just above the brows.
Sarah-Jessica Parker’s signature style is as glamorous as it gets! It’s so easy, just keep layers long and add a centre parting to really open up your face.
A textured crop is really easy to manage. Kris Jenner’s slanted off centre parting creates volume and looks effortlessly stylish.
Copy Helen Mirren and opt for soft layers to add extra volume. This is a great option for fine hair.
Having the front sections of your hair cut to just below chin length like Julia Roberts will make your features look more lifted.
Growing out a fringe? Ask your hairdresser to blend it into the rest of your hair like Pamela Anderson to give you more of a style.
Get a few soft highlights added to the mid-lengths of your bob like Jennifer Lopez to break it up and stop it looking too heavy, this tactic is great dor dark and thick hair.
top long hair looking frizzy by asking your stylist to cut a few inches off to keep long waves sleek and glossy like Claudia Schiffer’s.
A side fringe that skims the eyes can help make mid-length hair youthful – Elizabeth McGovern’s style is one to copy.
Up for adding a bit of an edge to your look? Use hairspray sprayed onto your hairbrush to sweep one side of your hair back over your ear, securing with grips, and let the other side hang loose like Cate Blanchett.
If you’re going for an up-do make sure to add volume at the crown of the head with a little bit of backcombing like Arlene Phillips to keep the look flattering.