Hairstyles for women over 40 with naturally curly hair

Updated February 21, 2017

Women over 40 are much more confident and mature than they were in their 20s and 30s. As a result, they are no longer afraid to express who they are. Part of what makes a woman over 40 so confident is her hairstyle. A hairstyle can help a woman define who she is and tailor it to fit her lifestyle. Once you find the right hairstyle, hair products can help maintain the look and keep women over 40 with curly hair looking their best.

Chin-Length Hairstyles

Curly chin-length hairstyles, such as bobs, are a good way for a woman over 40 to let her hair move freely while looking fashionable. Part hair in the middle to even out the weight of the curls, or sweep it to the side and pin it for a simple look. Thin out chin-length hairstyles to lessen the amount of volume for thick curly hair, or layer it to add body to loose curls. Light gel mixed with a little water can help keep curls in place while allowing the curls their natural bounce.

Very Short Curly Hairstyles

Very short curly hairstyles are manageable, and help keep the daily routine simple for women over 40. Women with tight curls may benefit from short hairstyles that are closer to the scalp to prevent a frizzy or puffy look. Cut loose curls can be cut at various lengths---a short top and a slightly longer bottom, for instance, allows the hair to feather naturally. Women with very short curly hairstyles can use sculpting gel to keep curls in place, or pomade to add shine and control frizz.

Shoulder-Length Curly Hairstyles

Shoulder length curly hairstyles help add volume and bounce to hair for women over 40. This type of hairstyle provides more versatility, as hair can be worn loose for an night out, or tied back for a sporty look. Women with fluffier ringlets can thin out hair to prevent it from looking puffy. Women with thin hair may benefit from a hairstyle with layers, which adds volume. Frizz due to curls can be tamed with mousse or gel products, then brushed or separated with a curl pick.

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Anya Meave is a freelance writer from San Diego, Calif. She began writing in 2009 for various websites. Majoring in telemedia, she has written scripts for student projects and has been chosen to submit a spec script for the 2011 Nickelodeon Writers Fellowship. Meave has an associate degree in photography from Southwestern College.