Avoid These Hairstyles Over 40

Hairstyles women over 40 should avoid


Forty may very well be the new twenty, but when it comes to your hair, this isn’t always the case. With new color and style options available for your hair today, from neon blue to spiky or braided, it can be tempting to want to try something new. For women over the age of forty, however, these trendy styles may end up looking sad and just plain wrong. Talk with your hair stylist before you attempt to try anything new.

Here are some styles that women over forty should really try to avoid.

Burgundy hair

As teens, many 40-somethings began dying their hair a version of crimson in the 1990s. As a teenager, dark, purple-based reds took on a mysterious, tough look. Today, however, those teens are now over forty. They are beginning to get a few wrinkles. This hair color couldn’t be worse for this age group because it washes out the skin and draws attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Opt for warmer colors that enhance a youthful appearance.

The high ponytail

Tight and perched high on the head, this hairstyle accentuates lines and facial imperfections and is the opposite of the soft, natural look women over forty should strive for.

Unnatural colors

This is quite obvious, but worth mentioning anyway. Blue, purple, pink and green are gorgeous colors but when they are growing out of the head of a forty-something-year-old, the result can be scary. It’s appropriate for those experimental stages of your teens and even twenties; adults really just can’t pull this off unless you’re a rock star.

Fishtail Braid

This is another fun trend for teenagers. The fishtail braid can look sloppy and unkempt on someone over forty. If you are over forty and love a good braid, there are lots of classier and more flattering braid options.

The Mom Haircut

Many women in their forties may be moms, but there is no reason their hair should be announcing it. The “Mom haircut” ranges from unflattering, rounded bobs, to short, spiky hairdos that are often the result of impulsive “I need a change” moments. Trust us, this haircut doesn’t look good on anyone anymore.

There is a saying in the fashion industry that goes something like this: If you are old enough to have worn it the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it the second time around. Even though they can sometimes work, most of the time can make you look like you are trying to relive your glory days. If you go for a look despite your hair stylist’s advice, you are going to look like you’re trying too hard. It’s okay to be in your forties. Embrace it! You are fooling anyone trying to relive your cheerleading days with your hair. You are way better off with a style that is more grown up.

If you are thinking about a hairstyle change and you are over forty, visit the experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough before you do anything drastic.

Phone: (908) 874-5252


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