30 Best Long Hairstyles for Women Over 40

By on May 21, 2015

Style isn’t just for the younger crowd–ladies over 40 can have great hair too. With these 30 best long hairstyles for women over 40, you can have the sleek, gorgeous hair that you always dreamed of. We used some of the top pictures from the stars to create a list of today’s most desirable, unique cuts. Check out your favorites and add a comment if you have any additional long hairstyles that you just cannot live without. 

1. Jennifer Aniston : A Modern Take on “the Rachel” 

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If you loved Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle in Friends, you will love her hair now.  The front portion of her hair frames her face and really makes her features jump out. Unlike “the Rachel” cut, this one is sleeker and more modern. Not long ago, there were celebrity magazines that guessed she spent over $100,000 to get her hair and make-up look. Fortunately, you can get the same style with a simple flat iron and an excellent cut. 

2. Jennifer Lopez: Ravishing Beauty 

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It is hard to believe that the princess of Latin pop has finally joined the over 40 set. Her hairstyle is a great one to imitate because it is fairly easy to do. Combine a just-got-out-of-bed look with a bit of teasing if your hair is not naturally voluminous. Even better- use a volumizing hair spray or mousse to help you get the look. If you have wavy hair, start out by straightening your ends a bit. You want to keep some of the waves though to really accomplish this look. When you have straightened your hair to a perfect balance of waviness, use your hands to tousle the strands. The goal of this look is messiness, so really work your hands through your hair.  


3. Sofia Vergara: Sleek and Sexy 

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Sofia manages to maintain such a sexy bombshell look that is far younger than her real age. To get the same type of style, start by straightening your hair with a flat iron if it is too curly. You may need to add some mousse or other product to remove any frizziness. With a large curling iron, add in some tousled, loose curls. If you look at her picture, you can see how she used some longer, looser curls to frame her face. This is a great technique for accentuating facial features and really drawing the eyes to your facial features. 

4. Gwen Stefani: Marilyn Monroe Remake 

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We can’t all have Marilyn Monroe’s good looks and effortless hair, but Gwen Stefani certainly comes close. I love how relaxed and easy this hairstyle looks. It seems like the perfect style to wear out to the beach or to a day at the office. If you are looking for a versatile long hair style for women over 40, this is your best bet. 

5. Jenny McCarthy: Blonde Bombshell 

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Jenny McCarthy won’t be lounging around in pajamas with this hairstyle! This styling recalls some of the best of the 1940s haircuts with large curls and a side-swept elegance. You will probably need some bobby pins in the back of the style to make sure that each hair remains in place. She managed to accomplish this look using large, loose curls and a bit of product to keep them in place. 

6. Salma Hayek: Soccer Mom Update 

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Some of the previous looks are hard to keep in place for the busy lady or soccer mom. When you are rushing through errands, you need a look that remains intact. This windswept cut is an easy style to do and remains looking good all day. If the wind blows your hair, it will only make the look appear even more windswept. All you need to do is add some large curls toward the front. Then, use a straightener to make your bangs flip out. For a more cohesive look, you will want to add a few flipped out or curled portions in the back. 

7. Halle Berry: Back to the Basics

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This look is as simple as it gets for a formal event. All you need are some large rollers or a curling iron with large tongs. Once you curl your hair, do not bother with shaking it out too much. If you noticed Halle Berry’s style, she has kept most of the curls intake. She does not have a lot of hair framing her face like other cuts on the list, but really, Halle Berry does not need it. Berry manages to look effortlessly gorgeous with this extremely simple style.  

8. Nicole Kidman: Effortlessly Chic 

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Perfect for a day at the office, this style brings a heightened level of chic to any outfit. It features just simple, large curls on the tips and the rest of the hair has been straightened out. Straighten your hair like normal and add some mousse to it for staying power. Afterward, a few basic curls are all you need to complete the look. To have the exact same style, pin back your flyaways and bands like Nicole Kidman did. 

9. Julia Roberts: Tousled Beachcomber 

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Is it just me, or is this style perfect for a day at the beach? If you want an easy morning, place your hair in medium bendy rollers the night before. Use some hair spray and let it dry for a few minutes in the morning. Once the hair spray has dried, shake out your curls. If some of the curls remain in clumps, use your fingers to separate them and voila! You have the perfect, simple style. 

10. Gwyneth Paltrow: Professional Power Cut 

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Are you ready to take on the world and conquer a business empire? With this simple, straightened look, you can dominate the professional world. Use a hair straightener to get the extremely sleek ends that she has. For the same glossy look, add a dime-sized amount of almond oil or coconut oil to your hair. These oils will give your hair the sleek look that you want, while also infusing your strands with powerful antioxidants. If you have not tried conditioning with coconut oil, you need to put this task on your to-do list!

11. Jennifer Garner: Ravishing Brunette 

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I love Jennifer Garner’s style because it will still look good hours later. Since it has a messy, carefree look to it, this style is perfect for long days at the office or driving kids around. Some loose, separated curls are all it takes to complete this style. If your hair is naturally wavy or curly, you are in luck! All you need to do is throw in some curl boosting mousse and you are ready to go. You may have to add a few stray curls, but this style should not take a long time to do. Bangs are ideal for this look if you want to have a more youthful looking appearance. 

12. Heidi Klum: Wavy Supermodel Chic 

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I am constantly amazed by how youthful and thin Heidi Klum remains. She has had children, hosted her own reality show and made waves as one of the world’s top models. Despite her fame and star power, she is wearing a look that you can easily copy at home. In 20 to 30 minutes, you should be able to accomplish this chic style with just a few basic beauty tools. 

13. Kate Beckinsale: Voluminous Country Star 

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Kate Beckinsale may be known for her acting, but this look screams country. It has some of the same voluminous styling that Dolly Parton was once famous for. Tease your hair or use volumizing mousse to get it to new heights. Afterward, use a medium or large tonged curling iron to add in curls at the bottom. If your hair has problems holding a curl, a basic hair spray will help you tame your locks. 

14. Uma Thurman: Ready to Hit the Runway 

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This Kill Bill star keeps it simple with straight, easy to maintain hair. Grow your hair long, add a few layers and avoid the temptation to get bangs. If you have naturally straight hair, there is an excellent chance that you are already sporting this easy look. For wavy or curly hair, you will need a good hair iron and you are ready to mimic this look to perfection. Uma Thurman’s look can be used for weekend fun, errands or days at the office. It is so versatile that you can basically wear it to any event. 

15. Christina Hendricks: the Curvaceous Bombshell  

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Known for her voluptuous figure and immense acting talent, Christina Hendricks is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s style icons. Her look her mimics the curls of the 1940s and 1920s, but has a looser, more modern take. We love the way that her hair frames her face on the left, and the red curls are a perfect complement to her porcelain skin. 

16. Robin Wright: Catch the Wave 

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Large, over-size curls, a bit of waves and startling good looks are all it takes to copy the style of Robin Wright. Since this look focuses on a messier style, it is easier to maintain throughout the day. You can use some curling rods or a curling iron and just shake out your hair when you are done. The messier this look is, the better!

17. Winona Ryder: Convenient Elegance 

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Personally, I hate wearing my hair down, so I really love Winona Ryder’s look. Using a small tonged curling iron, curl the back of your hair, but leave the front alone. Use a band or some pins to brush back the front of your hair. Afterward, you can curl any of the remaining hair that has not been included in the ponytail. Easy to do and convenient for day-to-day life, this cut is perfect for the busy over 40 woman. 

18. Shania Twain: Volume Says It All 

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It looks like Shania Twain has gone for the stereotypical country look: voluminous hair and curls. The look has remained popular over the years because of its sheer beauty. Tease your hair for the volume and throw in some stray curls. It does not take much to get this look, but the results are gorgeous. 

19. Leslie Mann: Blonde Vixen 

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There is something about these loose, separated curls that just screams vixen. To really copy the look, make sure that you have separated out some of your wavy curls. Pull back the front section of your hair with a bobby pin or clip and your look is good to go. 

20. Jada Pinkett-Smith: Alternative Chic 

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Jada Smith has a look that is certainly not for everyone. If you are ready to take a razor to your hair, then you might be able to copy this up-do. Keep the front portion voluminous as you pull back the rest into a straight, loose ponytail. It certainly has an edgy feel to it, but I do not know if this look is ideal for everyone–I don’t think that I would be able to shave off a portion of my hair. If you are ready for a drastic change, then this cut is it. 

21. Julie Bowen: the Polished Low Ponytail 

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I love how simple and elegant this look is. Straighten your hair and pull it back into a polished, easy low ponytail. If you have any split ends or flyaway hairs, a basic hair serum or coconut oil will help you smooth out the top. This style is perfect if you normally spend the day engrossed in work or a litany of errands. You do not have to worry too much about keeping it just right–it will stay put through all of your day. 

22. Pamela Anderson: Beach Bombshell 

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Can you believe that Pamela Anderson is over 40? It seems like just yesterday she was running across the beach on Baywatch. Her hairstyle has a youthful take and looks like it came fresh from the beach. Loose, tousled curls look windswept and appear effortlessly arranged. 

23. Catherine Zeta-Jones: A New Take on Classic Straight Hair

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This hair style is perfect because it is designed to keep hair out of your face and is easy to do. Straighten your hair like normal. Section out the front so that you can straighten in an upwards and backwards motion. This should help you to keep this section facing backwards with a voluminous look. If you are tired of hair getting in your face, sweep back the strands behind your ears. Since the front section is straightened away from the face, it should stay (mostly) out of the way throughout the day. 

24. Helena Bonham Carter: Bellatrix Remix 

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You may recognize Helena Bonham Carter from her appearance as Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter series. This phenomenal actress seems to have taken a cue from her movie-counterpart with a cut that has the perfect zaniness and other-worldliness to suit the wizarding world. Go for tousled, large curls and mess up your hair as much as possible. To get that volume, you can’t keep your hair perfectly neat. The only change I would make is the bow–it is a bit much for the average person, but Helena Bonham Carter manages to pull it off perfectly. 

25. Jennifer Connelly: Gothic Goddess 

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This honestly looks exactly like my hair does when I wake up. Straight, slightly wavy and loose are the goals for this style. If you want the same gothic-style look, dye your hair to match hers. 

26. Naomi Watts: Simply Beautiful 

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Naomi Watts uses a style that is a mixture of beach beauty and 1940s pin-up. Unlike many similar styles, you do not need a bobby pin to keep your hair to the side. Curl the ends of your hair, and brush one side back. To really match this style, you will need to have a few shorter ends framing your face for a soft, lovely look. 

27. Lucy Liu: Ready to Take on the World 

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For the most part, you just have to straighten your hair to have this style. If your hair is naturally wavy, the ends should curl a bit on their own–although you can always help them out a bit. Make sure to use a serum to tame the flyaway hairs so that you get a look as sleek and gorgeous as Lucy Liu’s style. 

28. Denise Richards: News Anchor Chic 

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Denise Richards look calls to mind the typical news anchor: gorgeous, professional and intelligent. Some tousled waves, a few loose curls and mostly straight hair create a look that is versatile and easy to care for. 

29. Lauren Graham: Windswept Professional 

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For this look, you need to have tighter, smaller curls. I would use a curling iron instead of bendy rods because you want the top portion to remain fairly straight. Pull most of your hair back into a high ponytail, but leave a few strands out to drape the face in loose curls. 

30. Minnie Driver: Down the Middle Part 

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For a while, it seemed like the down-the-middle part had gone completely out of style. Minnie manages to bring this part back to life with an effortlessly straight style. The best long hairstyles for women over 40 are the styles that you will actually do. If you are too busy to spend time doing cascading curls, some of these styles provide the perfect alternative. A few loose curls take very little time, and add a simple elegance to your style. If your hair is naturally straight, there are a number of straightened hair-dos that will work perfectly for you. 

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