Saturday, October 8, 2011

10 Top Short Hairstyles for Women over 40

10 Top Short Hairstyles for Women over 40

Ever heard this? - 40 is the new 20! It's totally true. So if you’re in this age bracket, you’re in luck. We've got a ton of sexy and glamorous short hairstyles for women in their 40's.

No Nonsense Fun Girl

You love to have fun and this hairstyle does too! It doesn’t require a lot of your time, which appeals to you, but it’s also got styling options which should give you the freedom to do a lot of fun things with it.

How To Style:
Blow dry with a round brush to add in that volume and place bangs where you want them to lay. Finish up with a medium hold hairspray.

Tip: Keep hair freshly washed if you’re this blonde so your hair doesn’t get that greasy look.

Shaggy Layered Hairdo

Fully simple hairstyle to do, this shaggy layered haircut is made to look good even when you haven’t styled it. It’s short in the back and longer on top. The shaggy layers keep it from looking like a mushroom.

How To Style:
Damp or dry, add a little styling product like pomade, finger style it, then walk away. That’s it! Super easy. If you don’t trust your hair that much, style it dry and have a flat iron on low temp setting just in case.

Tip: Running your fingers through your style all day long may make it look greasy. Keep a small/travel size bottle of dry shampoo in your purse for emergencies.

Sleek Chic Bob

Short and sleek, this hairdo works for you all day long at the office and transforms with almost no effort when you change your clothes to meet up with friends afterward. Layering in the back keeps natural volume in the style so you don’t have to overdo it with product.

How To Style:
Use a volumizing mousse or styling crème while hair is damp then blow dry upside down with a paddle brush. Use a flat iron if necessary to smooth unruly strands. Parting hair to one side and adding the bangs keeps the style soft while maintaining its edge.

Tip: For extra volume, use a root boost powder or spray all over top and in crown area. The added body will help it retain body as you wear out the clock.

Super Short in Back, Full in Front

Shorter layers in the back cut down on styling time, while longer layers in front give you more styling options. The side part softens the overall look.

How To Style:
Blow dry hair with head upside down after applying styling product or volumizing mousse. Use a flat iron for stubborn or wavy strands. Finish it off with a medium hold hairspray.

Tip:Use your flat iron to flip a few of those ends out just for fun! A tiny bit of wax or pomade will help keep them pieced out.

Extreme A-Line Short Bob

Finely blunt cut bangs liven up the face of the wearer of this amazing hairstyle. The side part keeps it from looking too harsh. Layers up the back are precise and create a full wedge.

How To Style:
Use a styling crème in damp hair and blow dry with a large round brush or paddle brush, depending on your hair’s texture. Use a flat iron to get that really sharp perfect edge, but make sure the heat isn’t up too high so you aren’t burning your hair. Finish with a light hold hairspray that protects against humidity and adds shine.

Tip:A lot of salons offer free bang trims in between regularly scheduled trims. That does two things: 1) You don’t have to do it yourself and 2) The stylist knows you won’t mess up their hard work!

Soft Messy Bob

The longer layers in this short bob help give it a great shape. The overall effect is effortless and beautiful.

How To Style:
Blow dry using your heat protection spray and/or styling crème along with your large round brush. Part off to one side and use your fingers to mess it up a little after you’re done drying it. Use just a small amount of hairspray so you don’t weigh it down.

Tip: Using styling products while hair is damp and after hair is dry gives you extra layers of hold so you don’t need a ton of hairspray when the style is finished. That will help prevent “helmet head.”

Weekend in the Country

Softly styled A-line bob with longer side swept bangs.

How To Style:
Part hair on one side, then apply styling product to damp hair and blow dry with large round brush to smooth it out. When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to take care of any stubborn strands and spray with a finishing hairspray.

Tip: You can also air dry hair instead of blow drying. Use a flat iron or large barrel curling iron to smooth and polish hair, then add a little shine spray after using hair spray.

Playful Layered Bob

It looks soft and touchable, and it’s playful and fun too! Layers with heavy bangs give this style a very upscale bohemian feel. You love life and adventure and want that to reflect in your hairstyle. This is the one for you!

How To Style:
Blow dry using your fingers after applying a styling crème. Use a flat iron on a low setting to smooth out any kinks without sacrificing the body.

Tip: For a little extra body, use a little hairspray and blow dry upside down.

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