As we age, our beauty routines should evolve with us. Just like how our bodies process hangovers differently from our 20s to our 40s (welp!), our hair and skin change as well. Don’t neglect them! As women we tend to help others before we help ourselves, but hair is a low effort, high impact way to take care of ourselves. Go to the salon once, and you feel like a whole new person. And you don’t need to overthink the cut–just take a cue from these over-40 celebs!
“A fresh haircut at any length will instantly refresh your look,” celebrity stylist Dayna Goldstein tells us. “When you hit 40, you might want to consider taking a solid 1.5-2 inches off your current length. Taking off a few unnecessary inches will instantly make your hair appear fuller and fresher.”
It’s so true! We let go of our bad boyfriends and other baggage from our younger years, so why can’t we let go of a few pesky inches of hair (which is probably rife with split ends anyways).
“A lot of women hold on to extra length that may no longer serve them… don’t be afraid of change!” Dayna, who has styled Camila Cabello, Laura Prepon and others, says.
Julia Roberts, 50, has taken a few inches off her signature long locks:
“She also has a soft side part so it’s not too harsh on her face,” Dayna explains. Which brings us to our second tip.
Try bangs! “Consult with your stylist first, but bangs are the new Botox!” Dayna says.
Jennifer Lopez just revealed a new look with bangs, via her stylist Chris Appleton:
Malin Akerman also cut bangs in recent years for a fresh new look, Dayna points out.
Another pro-tip is to switch up your part. “If you’ve worn your hair parted on one side for several years, try switching it up to revive your look,” Dayna advises. That truly is a 2-second trick for looking 10 years younger! “Long time center part wearer? Switch to a soft side part (see: Julia Roberts, above) with a soft side swooping bang.”
Or go longer! “Older doesn’t always mean shorter. Been someone wearing short hairstyles most your life? Plan for a longer look for the 40s,” Dayna suggests. “It’s just another way to refresh your look.”
See: Ginnifer Goodwin, a long time pixie wearer who now has longer locks as she’s approached her 40s.
So, there you have it–more than one idea for what to do with your hair when you hit 40!