These 31 Gorgeous Long Hairstyles For Women Over 40 Are Trending This Year

Long hair never goes out of style, and this year, women in their 40s are embracing length with fresh, modern long hairstyles. Think elegant layers, subtle highlights, and low-maintenance cuts that turn heads. These long cuts are designed to flatter your features and fit your lifestyle. Let’s take a look at some of the best long hairstyles for women over 40.

1. Long Feathered Layers

Long Feathered Layers Hairstyle on woman with blonde hair, side view.

This stunning long hairstyle features soft, feathered layers that cascade down, creating a gorgeous waterfall effect. The platinum blonde shade adds a hint of glamour, while the face-framing layers highlight the cheekbones and jawline. The layers provide movement and body, making it an excellent choice for women with fine hair who want to add volume and dimension.

2. Smooth Wavy Blowout

Smooth Wavy Blowout  Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

Soft waves with a blowout give your hair a silky, polished finish. This style is ideal for adding body and dimension to straight or slightly wavy hair, enhancing its natural texture while keeping it smooth and frizz-free. To achieve this look, use a large-barrel curling iron to create loose waves and finish with a smoothing serum to keep your hair glossy and sleek.

3. Choppy Feathered Layers

Choppy Feathered Layers Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

These choppy layers create a textured, tousled effect that adds depth and personality to your hair. This style works wonders for adding volume and movement, particularly for women with thin hair that needs a little extra boost. The highlights really stand out with each graduated layer!! 😍

4. Long Blonde Shag

Long Blonde Shag Hairstyle on smiling woman.

Revive the iconic shag haircut with a long blonde cut that is a throwback with its classic rock-and-roll vibes. The long shaggy layers create a voluminous look that’s full of texture and life. The light blonde tones catch the light beautifully, adding a radiant glow to your locks.

5. Highlighted Curls

Highlighted Curls Long Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

Celebrate your natural curls with added dimension and brightness through subtle, soft highlights. This style enhances the texture and bounce of your curls, giving them a sunkissed, vibrant appearance. The highlights add a touch of warmth and depth, making your curls stand out beautifully. To maintain your curly style, use a curl-enhancing cream and a diffuser to define each curl, ensuring they stay frizz-free.

6. Long Layered Curls

Long Layered Curls Hairstyle on smiling woman with blonde hair.

These long, layered curls offer the perfect blend of volume and definition, making your hair appear full and bouncy. The layers help in distributing the weight of the curls, preventing them from looking too heavy and amplifying their natural movement. To style, apply a curl-defining cream to damp hair and use a diffuser to dry, scrunching the curls gently for added bounce and separation.

7. Choppy Layers with Long Curtain Bangs

Choppy Layers with Long Curtain Bangs Hairstyle on smiling woman with blonde hair.

Channel a modern vibe with this trendy hairstyle featuring choppy layers and long center-parted curtain bangs. The choppy layers add texture and volume, giving your hair a playful look, while the curtain bangs create the perfect frame for your face. Use a texturizing spray to enhance the choppiness and a round brush to style the bangs, ensuring they fall smoothly on either side of your face.

8. Voluminous Ash Silver Brown Waves

Voluminous Silver Waves Hairstyle on smiling woman with silver gray ash brown hair.

These soft waves flow effortlessly, creating a romantic look that highlights a blend of silver, blonde, and brown shades. The volume at the roots adds a lift, giving your hair a fuller look. This stunning style liberates you from the tyranny of constant root touch-ups as you grow in silver strands.

9. Choppy Layered Waves

Choppy Layered Waves Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

These waves create a soft, wavy pattern that frames your facial features. The choppy layers add texture, giving your hair a relaxed and tousled appearance. This style is fantastic for adding dimension to fine hair, making it look fuller and more voluminous.

10. Long Waves with Center Part

Long Waves with Center Part Hairstyle on smiling woman with light brown hair.

The center part of this long hairstyle adds symmetry, drawing attention to your features and enhancing the balance of your hairstyle. Ideal for all hair types, this style offers versatility and a polished appearance. To keep your waves looking smooth and defined, use a smoothing serum and a large-barrel curling iron, finishing with a shine spray to add a glossy finish that keeps your hair looking healthy and radiant.

11. Half Up, Half Down

Half Up Half Down Hairstyle on smiling woman with blonde hair, side view.

Transform your look with this sophisticated half-up, half-down hairstyle. By pulling the top half of your hair into a gentle lift, you create volume and height while leaving the rest of your locks to flow freely. It’s perfect for medium to long hair, giving you the best of both worlds with the freedom of loose hair and the control of an updo.

12. Thick Curls with Deep Side Part

Thick Curls with Deep Side Part Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

Make a bold statement with luscious, thick curls paired with a dramatic deep side part. This look is all about showcasing your natural curl texture. The deep side part adds even more volume to this already vibrant style, enhancing fullness and body. The highlights woven through the curls add a sunkissed glow, creating a multi-dimensional effect.

13. Long Blonde Beach Waves

Long Beach Waves Hairstyle on smiling woman with blonde hair.

The soft, tousled waves add texture and movement, creating a relaxed and summery vibe. This style is ideal for adding body to straight or wavy hair, with the blonde tones enhancing the beachy feel. The result is a light, airy appearance that’s casual and chic.

14. Soft Glam Waves

Soft Glam Waves Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

This style works beautifully on medium to long hair, providing a luxurious, red-carpet-worthy finish. To achieve these soft glam waves, use an extra-large-barrel curling iron, curling sections away from your face. Finish with a light hairspray to keep the waves in place while maintaining their soft, touchable texture.

15. Straight Silver Hair

Straight Silver Hair Hairstyle on smiling woman with gray hair.

These long, straight locks highlight silver hair’s natural shine and elegance, creating a minimalist yet striking look. This style is all about smoothness and simplicity, perfect for showcasing the unique beauty of silver strands. To maintain this sleek, straight look, use a smoothing serum and a flat iron to achieve a flawless finish.

16. Long Layers with Bangs

Long Layers with Bangs Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

This style breathes new life into lengthy locks, infusing them with movement and vitality. The piece-de-resistance? Those bold bangs frame the eyes and accentuate your best features. This cut is a godsend for women battling thinning hair, as the layers create an illusion of thickness and volume. Plus, the versatility is unmatched – wear it sleek for a polished look or tousled for effortless chic.

17. Highlighted Beachy Waves

Highlighted Beachy Waves Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair and blonde highlights.

Transport your look to sun-soaked shores with these radiant beachy waves. This style marries the laid-back vibe of beach hair with the polish of salon-perfect waves. The carefully placed highlights mimic the sunkissed effect of a tropical getaway, brightening your complexion and adding depth to your locks.

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18. Feathered Layers with Curtain Bangs

Feathered Layers with Curtain Bangs Hairstyle on smiling woman with blonde hair.

These piecey feathered layers create a beautiful, textured cascade of locks that moves with you, injecting life and volume into your mane. The curtain bangs serve as the perfect face-framing accent, softening angular features and drawing attention to your eyes. This style is a game-changer for women with thick hair, as the layers help to remove bulk without sacrificing volume.

19. Long Brown Shag

Long Brown Shag Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

Choose to revive 70s cool with this modern take on the classic shag. The choppy layers throughout create a tousled look, and the rich brown hue adds warmth to your complexion. One of the biggest advantages of this style is its grow-out-friendly nature – as your hair lengthens, the style only gets better, reducing the need for frequent trims.

20. Face-Framing Curtain Bangs

Face-Framing Curtain Bangs Hairstyle on smiling woman with honey blonde hair.

The gradual length of these curtain bangs contours the face, accentuating cheekbones and softening the jawline. This cut is particularly flattering for women with high foreheads or round faces, as it creates the illusion of a more oval shape. The best part? These bangs are incredibly low-maintenance, blending seamlessly with the rest of your hair as they grow out.

21. Loose Waves with Center Part

Loose Waves with Center Part Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

This elegant style features soft, loose waves cascading from a sleek center part. Ideal for straight to wavy hair, this style offers plenty of versatility. To achieve these loose waves, use a large-barrel curling iron on sections of your hair and gently brush through the curls for a smooth, natural finish.

22. Face-Framing Feathered Layers

Face-Framing Feathered Layers Hairstyle on woman with blonde hair, side view.

Try a look that’s equal parts retro and modern with these face-framing layers. The wispy, textured ends create a soft halo effect around the face, enhancing your features and creating the illusion of fullness and volume without sacrificing length. The layered structure allows for easy styling – simply air dry with a texturizing spray for an effortless, tousled look, or blow-dry with a round brush for a more polished, feathered finish.

23. Long Curls with Bangs

Long Curls with Bangs Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

This style celebrates natural texture, encouraging your curls to spring to life. One of the greatest advantages of this cut is its ability to suit various curl patterns – from loose waves to tight coils. The layers throughout help to remove bulk and encourage definition, while the length provides weight to help control frizz.

24. Textured Sunkissed Layers

Textured Sunkissed Layers Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair and blonde highlights.

The multi-dimensional hues of this style mimic the natural lightening effect of the sun, creating depth throughout the hair. The layers are strategically placed to enhance movement and create a piecey look. This style is perfect for women with thick hair, as the layers help to remove weight.

25. Straight Honey Blonde Hair

Straight Honey Blonde Hair Hairstyle on woman with long hair.

The pin-straight styling of this long cut showcases the hair’s health and shine, creating a luxurious, glossy curtain effect. This cut is a dream for women with naturally straight hair, requiring minimal styling effort for maximum impact. The absence of layers allows the shade to take center stage, with the golden hue catching the light beautifully and warming up your complexion.

26. Long Silver Waves

Long Silver Waves Hairstyle on smiling woman with gray hair.

This style proves that going gray is about making a bold, confident statement. The long, loose waves add movement and softness, preventing the color from appearing harsh or severe. This cut is particularly flattering for women with naturally wavy or curly hair, as it works with your natural texture. One of the biggest perks? Saying goodbye to frequent root touch-ups.

27. Tousled Layers with Bangs for Thick Hair

Tousled Layers with Bangs for Thick Hair Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

Tame your mane with this perfectly crafted cut for thick hair. The tousled layers remove bulk and add movement, preventing the dreaded “pyramid” effect often associated with thick hair. This style is ideal for women with naturally voluminous hair, allowing you to embrace your texture without feeling weighed down.

28. Blonde Shaggy Layers

Blonde Shaggy Layers Hairstyle on smiling woman with blonde hair.

This shaggy cut breathes new life into limp or fine hair, creating the illusion of fullness and texture. The choppy ends and face-framing pieces add interest and movement, while the blonde hue brightens your look. As a bonus, as your hair lengthens, the layers blend seamlessly, reducing the need for frequent trims.

29. Long Layers for Thick Hair

Long Layers for Thick Hair Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair.

Long layers remove weight without sacrificing length, allowing your thick hair to move and flow naturally. The face-framing layers add softness around the face, highlighting your best features. This cut is incredibly versatile – wear it naturally for a bohemian vibe, or style it sleek for a more polished look.

30. Long Highlighted Layers

Long Highlighted Layers Hairstyle on smiling woman with brown hair and blonde highlights.

The multi-tonal shade with highlights adds depth and dimension, creating the illusion of movement even when your hair is still. The layers are strategically placed to enhance your hair’s natural movement and remove bulk, making this an excellent choice for women with thick hair. This style is a win for low-maintenance women – the highlights grow out gracefully, reducing the need for frequent touch-ups, while the layers allow for easy, wash-and-go styling.

31. Silver Shaggy Layers

Silver Shaggy Layers Hairstyle on smiling woman with gray hair.

These shaggy, choppy layers create texture and movement, preventing the silver hue from appearing flat or dull. This cut is a game-changer for women transitioning to their natural gray, allowing for a seamless blend of colors during the growing-out phase. The textured layers make this cut incredibly low-maintenance – simply scrunch and go for a modern, cool look.

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