Hairstyles that flatter 40-year-old women include a variety of lengths but are usually layered, with soft styling. Hairstyles with bangs are rounded or feathered so that the bangs flatter the face.
Many women feel that they have to cut their hair very short as they get older and practically cement it in place with styling products to look age appropriate. Salons assist women with finding the most flattering cuts to give them attractive, confident style.
Longer hair is possible on women over 40, but it should be layered around the face. Do not cut the layers back too far. The effect should be barely noticeable. Blunt ends work on longer hair that is past the jawline. Subtle layering works on shoulder length curly hair too.
If considering shorter hair, consider going with a bob cut. This cut keeps hair at about the chin level to help frame the face and works well with angular features. Add layers, and if adding bangs have them curve down slightly at the edges. This helps soften the style and adds a feminine touch.
If super short hair is the only option, the shag cut keeps it fun and flirty. Deeper layers add an edgy touch. Adding some styling cream or gel gives it a medium hold without a cement-hardened appearance.