Your 40s are about achieving a (slightly) more grown-up mind-set and figuring out what that means for your look. It’s not, however, a moment to turn away from trends or to neglect your most impactful feature—yes, we’re talking about your hair. Whether you love long locks or are ready to make a chop, read on for the super-stylish cuts our favorite A-list 40-somethings are rocking.
Whether you have short hair now or you're looking to switch things up, a pixie cut like Charlize Theron's is the perfect way to get noticed. It puts your face on full display, so your dewy, glowing skin can take center stage.
Put a youthful spin on a chin-grazing chop by infusing tons of texture and lived-in waves. A deep side part à la Diane Kruger feels playful and sexy.
When in doubt, go for a lob. A soft wave is a sophisticated take on the slightly shorter-in-the-back cut. Keep the front length between the chin and collarbone for a modern yet wearable look.
If you're blessed with thick hair, consider yourself lucky and talk to your stylist about layers. Cascading lengths frame the face and remove unnecessary weight from your ends. If it works for Jennifer Aniston, it can work for you.
If you love showing off the hard work you've put into your skincare routine but can't quite commit to a pixie, a blunt cut creates the illusion of thicker hair and keeps front pieces out of your face. Jada Pinkett Smith shows off her radiant complexion as often as she can, and you should too.
Jennifer Lopez seems to maintain the same voluminous mane she had in her early 20s. Her secret may include a handful of extensions, but it also involves long, sideswept bangs. To get her look, take your favorite clip-in extensions to your stylist and have them cut the hair for you. Ask for tons of layers and chin-length bangs.