30 Best Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40

By on December 24, 2015

If you’re looking for a hair overhaul and are sick of the boring hairstyles people around you normally suggest, why not think short this time around?

Not just easier to maintain and care for, short hair gives you a great way to really revamp your look, while still managing to look sexy, cute, sophisticated and everything else you could want to look like. 

Just check out these 30 Best Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40:

1. Jenny McCarthy : Sexy Sprinkled Spirals

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If you’re looking at growing out your bob to a slightly longer hairstyle, this cute grow-out with spiral curls is great! Simply curl sections of your hair with wide-barrel curling iron bit by bit, after blowdrying upside down, and tease the curls out a bit to add more volume to a long face. This is actually a great look for morning after the night before hair, when you don’t have time to wash it and start again. Pop some dry shampoo on greasy roots and you’re good to go for the rest of the day. 

2. Halle Berry : Cutest Pixie Flicks

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If you’ve recently cut your hair into a super-short pixie look and still aren’t sure of it, don’t worry too much because in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to pull off this little Halle Berry number. With longer layers on the top with a parting on one side, you can achieve this tousled, slightly punked-up look with a bit of warmed up hair-wax, and a blowdryer with some volume-boosting mousse will give you the bounce. 

3. Lena Headey : Side-Parted Curly Bob

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You don’t actually need to have asymmetrically-cut hair to achieve this look, and any bob-length chin length and below can be made to look like this, simply by sweeping hair right across with a deep side-parting. 

Once you’ve created the perfect parting, slick one side back behind the ear, highlighting your good side. On the other side, create outward facing curls with your hair curlers, and hairspray into place. Take the curling tongs back closer to the roots the further back and around your hair you go to achieve those cute little curls. 

4. Robin Wright

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Sleeked and simple is key here, and wish a simple flick of the hairdryer and some finishing spray is all that is needed to recreate this look. 

It’s a very short pixie cut that won’t suit everyone, but with these pronounced and impressive cheek bones and facial bone structure, it would be a shame not to show them off. Longer at the top and shorter around the back, some highlights can add a bit of depth if your hair is thin, and you may find it too short for really thick hair types, unless you’re willing to use plenty of product. 

5. Patricia Arquette : Simple, Sleek Bob

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With this look, Patricia Arquette has installed revived a boring, one-length bob by taking some of the air at the front, and training it with straighteners to fall just over the face, falling seductively over one of your eyes. Finish it off with some hairspray, and add some straightening and sleeking serum to the ends, and you have a look that looks super sexy and super sleek.

6. Julie Bowen : Funky Edgy Bob

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This look can be softened down, or toughened up, depending on what kind of product you use. If you were to blow-dry it with a large round brush for example, it would have cute, flicked-out tousles that would frame your face beautifully. With wax or serum however, the look is somewhat different, as Julie Bowen shows here. 

It’s a chin length bob with plenty of random, choppy, and edgy layers thrown in for good measure, and with a few shorter layers at the front, swept over to one side, you have imitation bangs that can help soften out a larger forehead. 

7. Pamela Anderson : The New Bowl Cut

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Basically a ‘bow-cut’ with a sense of style, this is  a very simple, stylish look that is easily created with any kind of bob, layer or otherwise. Using a large barrel curler or your hair straightening irons, simply flick the hair under, both around the ends of the hair, and at your hangs. Pamela Anderson here has parted her bangs slightly to show off that wrinkle-free forehead, and you could always add a headscarf for a fifties feel too! 

8. Naomi Watts : Simple, Slee & Stylish Bob

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Keeping things simple here, and Naomi Watts has brought a simple, see and stylish bob to the table. Sitting just below her chin with a few longer layers added to the front, this short ‘do is perfect for when you really need to cut off those dead ends and start again. A centre parting works well here, but set it slightly off, and you can use it to create more volume, and a softer appearance. 

9. Vera Farmiga : Side-Swept Wavy Bob

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You might not think that you can get away with beach boho waves when you have short hair but here, Vera Farmiga shows you how you can. One length to the chin, with a few chopper layers at the bottom, you can achieve this simple and quick style by adding a beach spray to your hair (dirty hair works better than just-washed hair), and tousle it with your fingers upside-down. You can even make your own beach spray with rock salt and water, giving you a look that is simple, safe, and clean for your hair too! 

10. Portia de Rossi : Slicked Back Style

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This slicked-back style really adds a powerful edge to her look, and you can achieve this with any length of bob too. Her’s is just above the chin, with shorter layers framing her face, but slicked back like this is something that anyone can do. You do need to have picture-perfect makeup for something as daring as this, so no foundation tan-lines here! 

11. Ashley Judd : Light & Girlie Wavy Bob

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A more romantic look here, Ashley Judd is rocking a chin-length bob that has been curled and flicked to perfect with the assistance of a pair of curling irons. 

A larger barrel is better for creating these cute, romantic, loose waves, and with a bit of hairspray, can really girlie-up any look, whether it’s all one-length hair, or feathery layers. 

12. Cate Blanchett : Flicked-Out Bob

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If you had a sharp, one-length bob and you were growing it out to a slightly longer hairstyle, you could do a lot worse than this Cate Blanchett beauty. Perfect for in-between hair, a pair of hair straighteners, a large-barrel curling iron, or even your hairdryer and a large, round brush can be used to achieve this cute look. Stop it looking too dirty but flicking your parting slightly over to one side, and you could even consider adding a scarf too. Great in-between hair! 

13. Alyson Hannigan : Tousled Romantic Bob

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This is a great look for Alyson Hannigan’s red mane, and the bob (slightly below chin lengths) has been shortened a tad with super-cute and romantic curls, tousled out with waxed fingers. 

The side parting has been created before the curls are started, and you can either use a large-barrel curling iron to achieve the out-flicked loose waves, or your hair straighteners. You can also easily achieve a lighter version of the look with a round brush, your blow-drying your hair, and a touch of hairspray.

14. Rebecca Romijn : Short Cropped Blondie 

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This chick simple gets more beautiful over time and although we loved her with those boho-long beach waves, this cropped blonde bob really suits her. Chin-length hair is given a bit of added volume with those beautifully choppy layers, and she’s had a few shorter lengths thrown in around her face to help soften. With a simple blow dry and a touch of mousse, you can achieve this look, making it great for busy, working mothers! 

15. Kristin Chenoweth : Power-Bob

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This simple, effective one-length bob sits just below the chin which really helps to soften a wide jaw. It’s a no-muss, no-fuss kinda look, and washing and blowdrying will take about fifteen minutes maximum. Sleeking things down is easy using your hair straighteners and some smoothing serum, and you could even girlie-up the look with some loose waves if you wanted to. 

16. Faith Hill : Pixie Cut Facelift

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Following in the footsteps of the likes of Jenna Elfman and Charlize Theron, Kristin Chenoweth has gone for the pixie-cut facelift. When you compare this blonde beauty’s short ‘do to her longer hair extension days, the reinvention is simply phenomenal! 

She’s kept things slightly longer on top, graduating down into a short undercut, and with the blonde and caramel highlights and toned down makeup, simply looks ten years longer in just a matter of hairdresser hours! 

17. Catherine Bell : Short n’ Croppy with Bangs

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This is quite a brave hairstyle, and definitely isn’t one easily pulled off by those with rounder faces. As someone that has personally attempted this look, it’s not great if you have hamster-cheeks (as I have), but if you have a thinner face, or a large forehead, this is the perfect look over 40 for you. 

A simple bob with some loose waves and choppy bangs really helps to frame the face, and its a very easy look to achieve, setting your hair in hairspray after you’ve using a small curling tong to work your magic. Let things free a little with your fingers and some hair wax and you’re good to go! 

18. Anne Heche : Romantic Wavy Bob

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This is such a beautiful look for Anne Heche, and although makes a bold statement colour-wise, really helps to frame her pretty little face. The shoulder-skimming bob has choppier ends, making it easier to wear on most face types, and the side-swept bangs cut shorter to longer really skim the face, adding a cute yet sexy appeal, and cutting up a larger forehead. 

19. Carrie-Anne Moss : Short Waves

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This Matrix beauty has come a long way since the slick, combed down look we once knew and loved her for. These days, Carrie-Anne Moss sports a more romantic look, with a chin-length bob that is just as simple as her short ‘do to maintain, long enough to pop back into a mini-pony tail, and with these loose waves show, create the perfect dreamy day hair that is easily mussed up a tad for nighttime occasions. 

20. Parker Posey : Big n’ Bouncy

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Parker Posey really goes all-out in this bouffant-bob, and adds volume to a level we’ve not really seen before. It’s not a look easily pulled off by many people, but if you want to make a statement and really make the most out of the fact you still have beautiful hair with plenty of bounce and volume, this big n’ bouncy bob is right for you. 

Cut to frame the face, there has been some heated rollers, perhaps a bit of back-combing, and a good ol’ blow-dry to achieve this look, and it’s not one that will take just a couple of minutes to set up. But if you have a shorter bob that you could tease into shape and are willing to wear it with pride, around half an hour in the mirror will have you up and running. 

21. Jenna Elfman : Side Swept & Slicked

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Jenna Elfman looks stunning with this slicked-over style, and you know that she just means business! To the chin and one-length, you can change the length of the hair to match your face shape, and you could change from either a side or centre parting too, making it great for so many face shapes. Slicked to the side like this probably won’t work for really long face types, but for round faces you might just find it very flattering! 

22. Annabeth Gish : Super Short & Long on Top

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Annabeth Gish is another woman making a bold statement with this super short, yet long at the same time style. The undercut is kept short, but the layers on top have been left longer, helping her to create a very short ear-length bob that still manages to frame the face nicely. 

A great style for when you’re trying to grow out a shorter style but without losing some of the top length, it’s simple enough to wear and again, when the parting is moved, can achieve a number of different hair styles. 

23. Shawnee Smith : Shoulder Length & Sassy

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If you didn’t want the straight and sleek look , you should add some loose waves with heated rollers to your long bob, and tease into a sexy, short and sassy style with an ombre twist that is really on trend.  

Caramel ends but with darker roots, this is the perfect summer style to help give your hair a break from bleaching and over-dying. Leave the roots to do their thing naturally, just lightening the bottoms and trimming as you go. 

Curled with a medium sized barrel curler and help with some hairspray, you have a perfect night-out look, and you could even add a bow or other accessories to liven things up! 

24. Melora Hardin : Bob Pixie

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The Bob-Pixie look is a great in-between look for when you’re growing your pixie out into a bob. It’s cropped around the back, but kept slightly longer at the front, with the asymmetrical style keeping it both modern and fresh. Add a few highlights and feather out the ends with layers, and you have a look that takes barely any time at all to achieve, and is no fuss whatsoever! 

25. Halle Berry : Short & Spiky

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Simple, effective, and with barely any time taken to achieve, this Halle Berry favourite is one of the easiest short styles you can have over 40, and suits every hair type and colour you could think of too. Some texturising wax really help you to achieve the small spikes in this look, and with just minutes taken to wash and then dry, you may wonder why you didn’t cut your hair this short before! 

26. Robin Wright : Short, Side-Parted Pixie

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This haircut really suits Robin Wright, and she wears her pixie the sleek and sophisticated way – straight, and with a side parting. It gives her the illusion of having bangs, but she could always still sleek things back if she wanted things more fuss-free. 

27. Julie Bowen : Cute & Girlie Bob

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This chin-length bob sported by Julie Bowen is instantly girlied-up with curling tongs used just on the ends of the hair. Heated rollers will give you that added volume at the roots, and if you use a bit of dry shampoo and a touch of back-combing, you’ll get that much softer look from quite a hard hair-cut! 

28. Vera Farmiga : Face Framing Waves 

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Vera Farmiga has a longer-length short bob that rests between her chin and shoulders, but with the loose and large curls, perfectly achieved using a large-barrel curling tong, falls just below her chin. Add some smaller, tighter curls to the underneath and the back, set with hairspray, and you have an instant way to make a super-straight bob much cuter. Finish with some tousled waves framing the face and a side-parting, and everyone will want to take your picture! 

29. Portia de Rossi : Marilyn-esque Bob

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We think that Portia de Rossi looks very Marilyn Monroe-like here, with the short blonde bombshell hair that has been flicked and curled under with the help of a medium-sized barrel curler. Flicking out at the back adds a super girlie appeal, and the face-framing curl is almost victory-roll like, and fifties in appearance. 

30. Rebecca Romijn : Short & Voluminated Bob

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This massive bob is a pretty brave choice but when you have a face as beautiful as this one, it would be a shame not to draw attention to it. You’re going to need a few tools to achieve this Rebecca Romijn look, and you’ll need to start with drying your hair upside down. If you can try this on dirty hair, you’ll have much better lucky. 

Mousse will be needed to add volume, and you’ll also need to pop some heated rollers in to help set a bit of bounce in. Centre parting’s can be quite harsh on some faces, so don’t be afraid to put it a little off-centre, but not too much that your hair then becomes uneven. Use your hair straighteners to achieve large waves, or a barrel-curler, and set the whole thing with plenty of hairspray, back-combing the roots if necessary for more bounce. 

So there you have them – the 30 Best Short Hairstyles for Women Over 40! Beautiful and bubbly, these beauties just go to show that you don’t need to be resigned to a boring hairstyle just because you’re closer to 50 than 20. 

So what are you waiting for? Is it time for your hair to go under the knife…?

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  1. Singh

    March 7, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Hi kim, thanks for this article. This article has given me so many ideas about how a women can cut her hair short and be pretty at the same time. I liked the Halle Berry hairstyle more than all other styles. Thanks.

  2. Ruth

    November 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I just turned 44 in August single again with 2 teenagers an 2 pré teens,and dating my junior,I now need a hairstyle that is suitable for my age,and blessed that my facebook is still wrinkle free.lately I’m into short curly hair style and I have gained a little bit of weight. I would love to know what short hairstyle is suitable for since I’m in military? Thanks Ruth