The Best Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

We’ve had some fantastic questions lately asking How to keep hair shiny, how to grow gray gracefully, and what are the best hairstyles for black women.

Now here’s an email I got about a very common problem after 40, and that is thinning hair. What’s the best hairstyle to make it look thicker and stylish? Our Fabulous After 40  hairstylist Chris Maclachlan has this expert advice.

Hi, Chris,

My hair is very thin. I color it to cover the gray and it is naturally very straight. I like to spend as little time on my hair as possible, and I’ve even thought about letting go gray. What hairstyle would you suggest?

Thank you, Jenny Continue reading “The Best Hairstyles for Thinning Hair”


How to Grow Out Short Fine Hair

There comes that point where you just want a change, and often that means growing out your hair. But what kind of style do you transition to if all you’ve ever known is really short hair?  Fabulous After 40 hair expert Chris Maclachlan has this advice for my reader Genie.

What should Genie do with her hair?

Hi Chris,

I’m a 68 year old woman with a round face.  I’ve decided to let my hair grow out after having had short hair since I was 13. I’m sick of short hair and REALLY want to do something different.

I like having some length to my hair.  It’s about half way down my neck and I’m trying to get it so I can pull it back in a pony tail when I garden or we go camping. I just want something DIFFERENT!!!! I’m SICK of the same old thing!!!!!

I’m willing to cut it if you have any suggestions that will not look just like I’ve always looked.  My hair is very fine and I color it.  It has a little wave but not much body.

I’d be grateful for any help you can give me.  Thanks. Genie

Hi Genie,

I can’t believe you are 68 !!  You look great and have beautiful skin. Continue reading “How to Grow Out Short Fine Hair”


Long Hairstyles For Women Over 40… A Do or a Don’t?

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Can you wear long hair at any age?

Have you ever hear of a 16/61?  I never did until recently, and, believe me, it’s not a polite term. Apparently, it refers to a woman who looks 16 from behind, but 61 from in front! Ouch!!

We’ve all seen women our age who look like this, and you’ve got to admit that many times it has to do with the fact that they’ve held onto their long hair for way too long.

Now, I want to make this clear….I am not saying you shouldn’t wear long hair over 40, some women do suit it, but I do believe it is harder to wear long hair as you grow older.It’s easy to fall into the trap of hair that has never changed since college days. This type of long hair can easily date you and drag down your looks.

I was curious to get a professional opinion on this, so I turned to top hairstylist Chris Maclachlan. Here’s her take on long hair for women over 40.
Continue reading “Long Hairstyles For Women Over 40… A Do or a Don’t?”