10 Chic Hairstyles for Women Over 40

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10 Chic Hairstyles for Women Over 40
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Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, so make sure it's age-appropriate and flatters both your face shape and complexion. Award-winning celebrity hairstylist Vasken Demirjian says that a great hairstylist will help you determine what looks best on you, so go into the salon with an open mind if you want to walk out with a fabulous head of hair.

Long, Bouncy Layers
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Long, Bouncy Layers

There's no rule that says you have to chop your hair off after a certain age. Actress Brooke Shields pulls off long, glossy layers with ease. The locks even make Shields look younger than her years. "Her hair is soft and bouncy and highlights are strategically placed," notes Demirjian.

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Vibrant Red
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Vibrant Red

If you dare — and if your complexion can handle it — consider a deep, vibrant red tone. Actress Debra Messing's red locks are cool, but with enough warmth to soften her complexion. "The reflection and the cooler tone on her color has a nice glow, making her hair stand out more than other redheads," observes Demirjian.

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Cropped and Playful
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Cropped and Playful

Halle Berry's signature cropped 'do is one that not all over-40 women can pull off. Still, if you have strong facial features, this short hairstyle can actually read very feminine. The playful styling, as worn by Berry here, is particularly youthful.

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Medium-Length Curled Bob
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Medium-Length Curled Bob

This medium-length, curled blonde bob worn by actress Helen Mirren is "flawlessly age-appropriate," says Demirjian. The curls add additional texture to her coiffure, which soften her features and complement her face shape. The near-platinum color also brightens her complexion and makes her appear younger.

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Golden Highlights
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Golden Highlights

One way to age gracefully is to stay true to your natural hair color, like actress Diane Lane does with her honeyed brunette mane. Demirjian says that her soft and golden highlights are the perfect shade, giving the rest of her hair color a "much-needed contrast."

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Loose Waves, Medium Layers
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Loose Waves, Medium Layers

This glossy and layered hairstyle, worn here by actress Salma Hayek, is flattering to a variety of face shapes and textures. The medium-length, layered hair lends itself to diverse styling, as well. Wear it in loose waves, like Hayek, straighten it or even curl it.

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Long, Strawberry Blonde
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Long, Strawberry Blonde

This strawberry-blonde, lush and layered mane, seen here on Connie Britton, is ideal for over-40 women with thick, lighter-colored hair. The fullness, shape and length complement her face and the warm tones and shiny texture keep her looking youthful. This look requires maintenance, explains Demirjian, but the gorgeous results are worth it.

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Long, Curly Bob
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Long, Curly Bob

This long bob — referred to by some stylists as a "lob" — perfectly frames actress Nicole Kidman's oval face. The tighter you curl, the shorter the bob will become, but the hair is still long enough to throw into a ponytail.

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Long, Straight Layers
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Long, Straight Layers

Jennifer Aniston is certainly "not the new kid on the block when it comes to enviable hair," says Demirjian. "The style is very simple, but elegant, and the straight blow dry allows the surface to reflect bountiful shine." Shine is key if you want youthful-looking locks.

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Long, Ombre Dye
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Long, Ombre Dye

Don't resist trends just because you're over 40. In fact, you should embrace trends. If necessary, alter them slightly to better suit you. For example, Sarah Jessica Parker's ombre faded hair is slightly darker and more luxe-looking than the standard version. "It compliments her skin tone like a perfect picture frame around her face," notes Demirjian.

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