Pamela Anderson did it, same with Robin Wright. Halle Berry has been doing it for years. These 40+ gals chopped off their locks and now sport sexy short hairstyles.
If you are feeling the itch to go short and chic, but aren’t sure if it will suit you, then you need to read this advice.
Celebrity Stylist Billy Lowe has some things for you to think about before you get the big chop.
Billy: One of the biggest issues a woman faces when she decides to cut her hair short is body consciousness. I’m not talking head & shoulders. It’s everything including facial features, your neckline, even your head shape and how your hair frames your face. For example:
A Short Cut = A New Headshape
You’ve got to remember that if you’ve had longer hair all your life and you decide to go short – your entire head will appear to have a completely different shape than before (usually it will be a lot rounder looking). This means you have to be very careful of any cuts or styles that look like a helmet or a bowl.
Remember Sally Field’s famous line in Steele Magnolias: “Shelby was right. It does look like a brown football helmet!”
A Short Cut = More Scalp
Another thing to think about if you decide to go short is that more of your face line and scalp will be visible. This is where it becomes a balancing act if you have fine or thinning hair. Sometimes keeping hair, a little longer will help hide hair loss or thinning. Other times, the short hairstyle can help hide hair loss if you tease it.
A Short Cut Demands Texture and Movement
The biggest mistake women make when going short is the dreaded stacked bob that just stacks higher and higher and higher (I call it The Q-Tip cut). Stiffly coiffed hair gives you a “bowl-shaped” style. This is very aging. The key with short hair is to have softer texture throughout.
You can also achieve this by NOT turning your round-brush under when you blow dry. Instead, use an outward blow-drying technique and a backward-directed technique on the sides to add softness and texture. A short, soft style is ALWAYS en vogue no matter what your age and it definitely makes a statement.
A more feathered look like Jane Fonda’s usually makes a stronger statement than hair that has a softer fall and moves carelessly. Both are good. Your personality will determine which style you prefer.
Tip: Shaping clays work beautifully for shorter styles as they are more mattifying and add texture and shape without feeling too waxy. A little bit goes a long way.
Face Shape Will Also Determine the Right Short Cut
Face shape can definitely play a pivotal role in establishing a cut that’s right for you. Many hairstylists make the dreaded mistake of cutting round layers rather than square or inverted layers on shorter styles, making round faces look rounder, and long faces look longer.
Lifestyle Counts Too
While it’s important to follow a head shape, it’s also important that your hairdresser considers your lifestyle -, how much time do you have to work with your hair, what styling products you are familiar with, and what’s going to work for you overall? Be honest with your hairdresser. You want to be able to maintain your short hairstyle with no fuss.
How Trendy Can You Go?
Miley Cyrus’ short pixie buzz is cute on her but it’s not for everyone. It’s a great “street smart” look, but I wouldn’t suggest it for mature women.
The Best Short Haircuts for Women Incorporate Color, Color, Color
I’m all about it! Short hair can have a lot of fun with color because it grows out, gets cut more frequently, so the ends of the hair are never any older than 2-3 months, six months or a year at MOST depending on the length. Experiment and have fun. Take a closer look at these 40/50+ Instragrammers below, sporting some of the best short haircuts for older women.
Final Tips on Short Haircuts
- Remember to keep timely appointments. There’s nothing worse than a perky, short cut that has lost its shape.
- Use products recommended by your salon professional. Gloss and Toss® will help keep up that youthful shine that makes short hair sexy.
- Don’t do it yourself. Get a professional cut.
- Very short haircuts for women need to be trimmed every 4-6 weeks to keep their shape.
- Avoid the “self-bang trim”. It shows. It does.
- Collect photos from look-books of short haircuts for women over 40 for inspiration. Write out what you like or what you see, describe it to your stylist & take photos with you to your salon appt if you’re thinking of making a change.
A change is as good as a rest. A perky, short haircut might be just what you need to Look Fabulous After 40, so go for it.
Thanks Billy! Billy Lowe is a noted hair & beauty expert based in Beverly Hills, and the Founder/CEO – GLOSS & TOSS®
“Celebrity Shine in a Bottle!”™ Visit: www.billylowe.com