18 Haircuts for Women Over 40 That No Longer Pass the Vibe Check

The big 4-0 is an age of wisdom, grace, and… possibly a few questionable haircuts. Look, these 18 haircuts were definitely cool back in the day! But come on, then isn’t now, guys! If you recognize your style in this list, you might want to book a hair appointment – ASAP.

The “Karen” Bob

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This bob might have made you the most fashionable PTA mom back in the day, but if you’re trying to merge seamlessly into the contemporary world without turning heads (for the wrong reasons), it might be time to reconsider.

The Crimpy Wave

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Sure, it was all the rage at sleepovers and school dances, but let’s be honest: those crispy waves aren’t fooling anyone in 2023. Let’s keep the electric nostalgia to our Spotify playlists and away from our hair.

The Over-Teased Crown

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If your voluminous crown is now giving skyscrapers a run for their money, it’s time to rethink. Trust us; your scalp will thank you for less torture, and so will the innocent bystanders who get lost in the fluff.

The Mullet

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We all remember the mullet’s glory days. It might’ve been the signature look for rock legends and rebellious teens, but in the age of minimalist chic, this cut might be a tad out of tune.

Super Spikey Pixie

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The spiky pixie is where gel dreams came true. It was bold, it was fierce, and boy did it defy gravity. If you’re using more hair gel than shampoo these days though, it might be a signal to let those spikes lie flat.

The Bowl But Not Cool

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If your hair inspiration comes from a cereal bowl, it is definitely time for an intervention. Sure, the bowl cut was straightforward maintenance and oh-so practical, but so are fanny packs, and we see where they ended up.

The Poodle Puff

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There’s a fine line between luscious curly locks and looking like a canine showstopper. After all, you want compliments, not offers for doggy playdates.

Poker Straight & Flat

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Life’s too short for hair that doesn’t bounce. The pin-straight, no-volume look had its moments of fame, but if your hair’s so flat it’s practically two-dimensional, maybe it’s time to introduce it to volume again.

Chunky Highlights

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Bold, contrasting color chunks seemed like a good idea when pop stars made them famous, but unless you’re still sporting butterfly clips and platform sandals, those highlights might feel a little outdated.

Rat Tails

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Some retro revivals are welcomed with open arms. Not so much for the rat tail. It’s one of those styles that makes us question our past choices. For the sake of modernity (and your neck’s dignity), maybe it’s time to snip that little tail.

Overly Asymmetrical Bob

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Dramatic and edgy, the extremely asymmetrical bob made many feel like runway-ready rebels. But if only one side of your head catches a tan, the balance might be a bit off.

The Drippy Bangs

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Maybe it’s time for a fuller, drier look that doesn’t scream “I forgot my umbrella.” Those bangs can make it seem like you’re permanently fresh out of the shower, but whilst a dewy look is great for skincare, for bangs? Not quite the vibe.

The Perm Overload

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Ah, the perm. It brought life and bounce to many. But if you’re looking more electric shock than elegant chic, maybe it’s time to tone down the curls.

Tight Braided Crown

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When this style is so tight it’s practically a facelift, maybe it’s time to loosen up. After all, you want to look royal, not like you’re wearing a helmet made of your own hair.

The Fountain Ponytail

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This ponytail sprouting from the top-center of the head does scream “fountain of youth,” but not in the way you want. It’s playful and quirky but perhaps more suited for a toddler’s birthday party than a 40-something’s night out.

The Straggly Layers

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Layers can be the life of a hairstyle, but if yours resemble the uneven trimmings from a craft project gone wrong, a refresh might be in order. Hairstyles shouldn’t really make you ponder the meaning of “even”, guys.

Overly Feathered

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Feathered hair, reminiscent of our favorite ’70s sitcom stars, might make you feel like dancing to ABBA. But, if you’re leaving a trail of feathers behind (metaphorically speaking), it’s time to calm those wings down a notch.

The Wet Look Gone Wrong

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There’s sultry wet-look, and then there’s “caught in a torrential downpour”. If you’re constantly being handed towels, it might be time to rethink that style. And maybe also dry off.

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