3 Long Hairstyles for Women Who Are Proud of Their Age


Our Hairstyles After 40 Trilogy is now complete thanks to the help of the styling team at Better Not Younger. They've come up with a list of the top long hairstyles that beautifully flatter thin tresses and texture changes that women over 40 start to see. 

Before we get started, remember that when trying out new lengths and styles, it's important to keep your face shape and lifestyle in mind. And above all, your new look should complement your personality, so you can truly make it your own! 

Long Hair Don't Care

You may have heard or read that after 40 women should not wear their hair below their shoulders. Not true! Women in their 40s, 50s and beyond can certainly rock long hair, and even go gray all the way! Here is the proof.

1. Loose Waves

Simple yet striking loose waves. They add volume to thin hair and can help soften a defined bone structure. They basically look good on everyone and you can get the look even without the use of hot tools depending on your natural hair texture and with the help of some styling tricks (think rollers and air-drying).

Pro-tip: Add extra volume with a side part.


2. Long Layers

Not just any kind of layers, we're talking about long layers that turn long hair into a work of art. They start at the chin for a face-framing effect and softly cascade over your shoulders. You can wear them sleek and glossy or curl them for a more playful and textured look. Remember to always apply a protective spray when using hot styling tools.

Pro-tip: Add even more dimension to long layers with golden- or honey-colored highlights.


3. Gracefully Long and Gray

If your natural color is now gray, this is a beautiful look to celebrate your stunning silver strands. Help them really come alive with the use of products designed just for them. We love our Silver Lining Purple Brightening Shampoo coupled with our Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque. Together they help strengthen, hydrate, smooth and soften your gorgeous grays while eliminating brassiness and yellowing.

Pro-tip: Try a gray subtle ombré for an updated and bolder look.

No matter if you are going from long to short, growing out your locks, or keeping the same length and simply changing styles, just have fun with your hair. For some more hairstyle inspiration for women over 40, visit Her Style Code.

And remember, regardless of the length, the key to healthy-looking hair is to to visit your hairdresser for frequent trims and to use products specifically developed for your hair's needs. You can find more tips on how to keep aging hair healthier and thicker-looking here.

Still not sure about trying out that new haircut or style you have been eyeing for several months (or have glued to your fridge door!), here is some additional inspiration from the words of George Bernard Shaw: “We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

Tell Us: How do you wear your hair? Share in the comments below!