20 simple hairstyles hairstyles for curly hair for women over 40


There’s a terrible misconception that women let go of themselves and stop caring about their looks when they’re forty. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, women become much more confident and understand what they want at this stage of their lives. This is also reflected in their outfits and hairstyles. So, a great way to embrace your wild side at this age and let go of all your inhibitions is to play crazy curly hair!

Now there are many different ways you can style your curly hair. But before we get into our favorite picks, let’s take a look at how to make different types of curls at home.

How to curl your hair using a curling iron

What you need
Heat protectant
Curling iron (in the size of your curl choice)
Hairspray (optional)
How to style
When using a heat styling device on your hair, you must use a heat shield to protect it from damage. Heat protectants may be in the form of a serum or a spray.
Start by picking up a 1 to 2-inch section of hair. Don’t go for sections larger than that; otherwise, your curls won’t have many definitions.
Wrap this section of hair around your curling iron for 15-20 seconds to create your curl.
Repeat these steps until you have curled all your hair.
Shake your curls with your hands if you want them to look more natural.
Spritz on some hairspray if you’ve got a long day ahead of you and don’t want your curls to unravel.
If you want to create a fuzzy/messy/textured curl, just spray some texturizing spray over your curls and run a hairbrush through it.
How to make big voluminous curls using a hair dryer

What you need
Mousse voluminous
round brush
Smoothing Serum
How to style
Start by applying a dollop of mousse over your washed, wet hair. This gives your hair a lot of volumes.
Start by blow-drying your hair while simply brushing it.
Once your hair is semi-dry and slightly straight, begin to roll individual sections of hair around the round brush and then förige to create large curls.
Shake out your curls to give them more volume, and apply a smoothing serum to eliminate all the frizz.
How to Curl Your Hair Using a Flat Iron

What you need
Heat protectant
How to style
Prep your hair with a heat protectant.
Take a 2-inch section of hair.
Clamp your straightener down about a third of your roots.
Start twisting the flat iron away from your face so that the section of hair begins to wrap around it.
Keep turning your iron slowly, giving your hair plenty of time to curl.
Keep twisting it until it reaches the end of your hair, and your curly hair will fall out naturally.
Repeat this process until you have curled all your hair.
What type of curls to choose based on your face shape
The shape of your face plays a big part in determining how your curly hair will look on you. Since there are a variety of hairstyles to choose from, you must choose one that suits your face shape. Big, blow-dried curls on layered hair work perfectly for round faces, as they give more definition to your facial texture. For oval and oblong face shapes, tightly coiled kinky curls work as they add tons of volume around the faces and give them a softer look. Any kind of curly hair that has been set to the side and swept is perfect for anyone with a square-shaped face. People with diamond and heart face shapes are the lucky ones who can wear all curly hairstyles with elan.

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Well, now that you know how to curl your hair and what type of curls work best with your face shape, let’s delve into the best curly hairstyles to practice if you’re over 40!

20 Glamorous Curly Hairstyles For Women Over 40

1. Shaggy Red-Headed Bob

Now that you’ve hit 40 and have a little time to yourself, why not shake things up and have some fun? This shaggy bob with texturized curls looks cool all by itself. But get your hair colored in a bright red shade to add funk to your look.

2. Textured Spiral Curls on Medium Hair

Just imagine: frolicking in a meadow, wearing a long flowy dress and wildflowers in your hair. This is the kind of curly hairstyle that would fit that fantasy perfectly. These large spiral curls (easily obtained with the help of a curling iron and some texturizing spray) look beautiful when done on medium or long hair.

3. Messy Curls on Layered Long Bob

Go back to the 70s with this messy style that will channel your youth. The key to an excellent curly style lies in the layering. Layered haircuts make curls look super defined like no other cut. So, try this layered long bob style with messy curls and bangs looking young and fresh again.

4. Kinky curls with subtle blonde locks

Kinky curls have a look that no other kind of curls can match. So, get that curling iron off you (or try this chopstick technique?) to give your short bob a kinky twist. Complete your hair transformation with subtle light brown highlights to give your hair a perfectly sunkissed look.

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5. Curly Cropped Bob With Cropped Bangs

Gone are the days when long hair was the only suitable hairstyle for a woman. It’s time to break that barrier and experiment with unconventional styles, don’t you think? So check out this ultra-cropped curly bob where everyone will sit up and pay attention to you. The half-cut bangs only add to the funky vibe of this look.

6. Elegant Open Curls

If there is one actress who has aged gracefully in Hollywood, it has to be Julia Roberts. And one hairstyle that she has managed to perfect over the years is the loose open curl style. Her shoulder-length blonde hair’s relaxed, wavy style embodies elegance and class.

7. Romantic Curls Bob

You were probably in love with her the first time you watched Mail; you have dreamed of seeing her ever since. Well, your search ends here! These soft romantic curls (the result of a 1-inch curling iron) done on a short bob are sure to make you look like the cute protagonist of a feel-good rom-com!

8. Center Parted Curls

If you’re looking for a red carpet look, then a red carpet look is what you get with this Michelle Pfeiffer-inspired curly hair look. Just leave your hair in a pair of curlers at night to wake up in the morning with a transformed look!

9. Pin Up Curls

Being 40 doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream of looking like a pin-up model! After all, life begins at 40 o’clock. So get those trusty curlers off yours and leave them on the bottom half of your hair overnight to get this sexy Marilyn Monroe to look.

10. Loose Curls Long Bob

On countless occasions, I wondered if Nicole Kidman ever got older. And I’ve concluded that she’s some kind of immortal being. And over the years, she’s perfected her signature wavy long bob look to the T. Just a few minutes with a curling iron after you put on your outfit should work great to create this look.

11. Rock Chic Curls Bob

It’s incredible how far a set of hair curlers and a can of texturizing spray can take you when styling your curly hair. This rock-chic look, done with the items mentioned earlier, will make everyone think of you as a woman who is in total control of her life and doesn’t give a shit about anyone.

12. Sleek Curls

When it comes to curly hair, you can play with textures and styles to create unique hair looks. Take Sandra Bullock, for example. She parted her texturized curls in the middle and sanded them down with some hair gel and bobby pins to create a stunning style of contrasts.

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13. Low-Defined Curls

A classic look that Hollywood actresses return to is the soft curl look. This straight-on-top/curly in-the-bottom style is the easiest way to create a red carpet-ready look. Do what Salma Hayek did and part your hair on one side to make it look like the epitome of elegance and class.

14. Wet Curls

Admit it, and nothing can beat the sex appeal of the wet hair look. And when done on curly hair, the effect is even more stunning. Sofia Vergara shows us how it’s done with her layered hair in voluminous curls and given the ‘wet’ effect with the help of some hair gel.

15. Tightly rolled curls

As you get older, you may find yourself letting go of that straightener and having to conform to social beauty standards, leaving your hair the way it is. So, if your hair is naturally curly (because the Lord knows you can’t recreate this curl), it’s time to ditch those heating tools and just leave them as they are.

16. Double-Toned Vintage Curls

Eva Longoria is a starlet who beats the hair game every time she steps on the red carpet. So it’s no surprise that she looks stunning in these vintage-era-inspired curls. Her short bob’s brown and black combination only enhances the look of her super-defined curls.

17. Super Shaggy Curly Bob

The great thing about curly hair is that you can go as subtle or crazy as your heart desires. So, if a sexy mop of shaggy curls is what you want, this is a style you should check out. These super textured curls on a short bob result from the great use of a diffuser on a blowdryer.

18. Swept Curls With Bangs

When it comes to Susan Sarandon, subtlety is her style statement. So, her take on curly hair had to be super simple and understated. On her long bob, she’s gone for gently sweeping curls and some wispy bangs to create this classy hair look.

19. Sweetheart Curls

Diane Lane has that face that seems to say she’ll always be there to nurture and comfort you, don’t you think? Or this sweet curly hairstyle only adds to her fresh face. Get out your curling iron and spritz on some texturizing spray to get these sweet curls.

20. Lion’s Mane Curls

First and foremost, I’m pretty sure Jennifer Lopez sold her soul to the devil to look still like she’s 20. Second, you cannot resist this curly hairstyle. With big texturized curls flowing down her face, Lopez seems nothing short of a ferocious goddess who will eat your heart out for breakfast if you cross her hair.

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