Bet You Haven’t Seen Medium-Length Haircuts This Flattering For Women Over 40

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Written by Rachel Miller

Updated: March 16, 2024

Does your hairdo need a change, but you’re unsure about going “too short? Try a marvelous medium-length style instead!

Medium-length haircuts are ideal for women over 40 because they offer the more youthful appearance a shorter haircut can offer without really going short. 

These haircuts are all curated just for our ladies over 40 to give your hair everything it needs to step up your style game. Whether you’re after something new and trendy or classically captivating, you’re sure to find something in our list of marvelous medium-length haircuts for women over 40.

Sleek A Line Bob with Side Swept Bangs

Starting with something structured, a medium-length A-line bob with side-swept bangs brings your look a sophisticated aesthetic with an added flair from the side-swept bangs. But even more than that, this medium-length haircut provides a sleek, flattering frame for your face, complemented by the bangs.

#2. Medium Curled-Out Layers

Medium Curled Out Layers

Indulge your medium-length hair with billowing curled-out layers for a voluminous, defined look that gives your locks windswept movement and a whole lot of style. You can create these cascading curls or enhance your natural waves with a curling iron or wand. Or, you can use a round brush and blow dryer.

#3. Cinnamon Swirl Balayage on Medium Hair

Cinnamon Swirl Balayage on Medium Hair

The “Cinnamon Swirl” balayage technique creates a deep, multidimensional look on medium-length hair of all densities, making it incredibly versatile. However, like most balayage, it shows much better on straight or wavy hair than on curls. The cherry on top of this look is the warm glow the cinnamon swirl gives your skin.

#4. Mid-Length Layered Bob with Beach Waves

Mid Length Layered Bob with Beach Waves

There’s nothing like a mid-length layered bob styled in beach waves for that “always on vacation” aesthetic. The layers add volume and body to your bob cut, while textured beachy waves give that effortless beach babe charm.

#5. Dark Chocolate Lob with Subtle Highlights

Dark Chocolate Lob with Subtle Highlights

If dark and mysterious is your vibe, we’ve got just the look for you! Add some dramatic glamour to your style with a dark chocolate-lob kissed by subtle highlights for that extra touch of mystical charm.

#6. Shoulder-Length Cut with Soft Curtain Bangs

Shoulder Length Cut with Soft Curtain Bangs

For a combination of simplicity and style, go for a classic shoulder-length haircut with cute, face-framing curtain bangs. This cut may seem understated, but it offers unlimited styling options, making it the ultimate versatile style for women over 40.

#7. Sunkissed Wavy Mid-Length Hair

Sunkissed Wavy Mid Length Hair

Adding some sun-kissed tones to your wavy mid-length hair is the best low-key way to get that sunny glow, especially for darker hair. The highlights add a summery radiance, enhancing your facial features while adding movement and body to your waves.

#8. Two-Tone Balayage with Feathered Layers

Two Tone Balayage with Feathered Layers

Take your medium-length cut to the next level by adding two-tone balayage and feathered layers. The multitoned balayage creates a striking appearance enhanced by the texturized feathered layers.

#9. Tousled Medium-Length Shag Cut

Tousled Medium Length Shag Cut

The tousled medium-length shag cut is the go-to medium-length haircut for women over 40 who want to make a statement with an edgy and contemporary look. The tousled layers provide texture and volume, making this cut ideal for those with finer hair, but this cut would really work on any density or texture.

#10. Soft Blonde Waves with Dark Roots

Soft Blonde Waves with Dark Roots

Adding darker roots to soft blonde medium lengths is a tasteful way to make your look a little more natural and laid-back while adding visual contrast at your roots, creating the illusion of more volume. Plus, this is a cute way to let your roots grow out!

#11. Lavender-Infused Straight Cut

Lavender Infused Straight Cut

If you want a striking style that screams all things playful, your new look should definitely be the lavender-infused straight cut. This usually low-profile look is shaken up by a vibrant violet tone that will turn heads wherever you go!

#12. Vintage-Inspired Feathered Waves

Vintage Inspired Feathered Waves

Embrace the elegant charm of the Gilded Era with vintage feathered waves inspired by the soft brushouts of old Hollywood. Feathered layers bring this classic into today by adding more natural body and volume, while the timeless waves bring that famous soft movement and dimension to your hair.

#13. Asymmetrical Cut with Undercut

Asymmetrical Cut with Undercut

Show off your edgy side with an asymmetrical cut completed by an undercut for extra contrast. This spunky style isn’t just about contrast and visual interest. It also gives thin or finer hair some much-needed texture and volume while giving your look all of the confidence of an avant-garde style like this.

#14.  Warm Chestnut Balayage Lob

Warm Chestnut Balayage Lob

Add a rich and rosy tone to your lob haircut with warm chestnut balayage. The seamless blend of hues gives your hair a multidimensional boost, and the warm, rosy hue reflects on the skin, providing an effortless glow to any skin tone.

#15. Mid-Length Wavy Cut with Baby Bangs

Mid Length Wavy Cut with Baby Bangs

Let’s talk about the mid-wavy cut with baby bangs, which brings a playful twist to classic styles. The addition of baby bangs creates a focal point while the waves give a soft and gentle appearance. To achieve those waves go for a medium barrel curling iron. Remember to keep those bangs trimmed for the best results. It’s a style that combines retro elements with vibes.

#16. Sleek Bob with Razor-Cut Ends

Sleek Bob with Razor Cut Ends

For something sleek and simple, go for a bob with razor-cut ends. This staple style screams chic but only needs minimal styling. Because of its clean lines and structured look, this haircut is best on straight hair with medium to finer densities. Otherwise, it could look more like a mushroom cut. 

#17. Textured Layers with Honey Highlights

Textured Layers with Honey Highlights

Add depth and dimension to your medium-length hair with textured layers complemented by smooth honey highlights. These sweet honey highlights brighten up your skin while the layers provide texture, movement, and volume. Who could ask for more?

#18. Medium-Length Curls with a Deep Side Part

Medium Length Curls with a Deep Side Part

Calling all our curly queens who need more oomph in their everyday looks! A medium-length cut enhances your natural curl pattern, giving you more body texture. Then, to bring this look up a notch, style this cut in a deep side part for some more volume and a little bit of asymmetry.

#19. Chic Blunt Cut with Platinum Highlights

Chic Blunt Cut with Platinum Highlights

Embrace a bright new day with a chic blunt cut, perfected with platinum highlights. This super-stylish cut frames your face, enhanced by the cool, bright highlights that give straight, fine hair all the dimension it will ever need!

#20. Rose Gold Waves with Shadow Roots

Rose Gold Waves with Shadow Roots

For something bold and vibrant, try some trendy rose gold waves featuring subtle shadow roots. The shadow roots add depth to the full-bodied rose gold-colored. But the main thing is, this trendy haircut takes years off your face while highlighting its best features!

#21. Espresso Coils on a Shoulder-Length Cut

Espresso Coils on a Shoulder Length Cut

Enhance your captivating coils with a chic shoulder-length cut glazed with a lavish espresso brown color. Just like a good brunette tone should, this earthy hue exudes confidence and class, while the cut intensifies the bounce and body of your natural curls for maximum shape and fullness.

#22. Angled Bob with Auburn Highlights

Angled Bob with Auburn Highlights

If you think the angled bob couldn’t get more flashy, think again. Adding vivid auburn highlights takes an iconic style and turns up the heat for ultimate allure. Plus, the highlights can warm up cooler skin tones. Goodbye bronzer!

#23. Mid-Length Cut with a Waterfall Braid

Mid Length Cut with a Waterfall Braid

Take your look to new heights with a mid-length cut finished with a cascading waterfall braid. This kind of braid isn’t just for show. It creates texture and movement in straight and wavy hair.

#24. Choppy Layers with Silver Streaks

Choppy Layers with Silver Streaks

Embrace boldness with an undeniably sophisticated look with choppy layers and silver streaks. Uneven layers give a lived-in vibe, and the silver streaks add just the right amount of dignified glamour.

#25. Classic French Bob with a Fringe

Classic French Bob with a Fringe

Striking, youthful, and flattering, the French bob really has it all for fine to medium straight hair. But if you want that little extra “something-something,” a fringe bang never hurts a style like this! Keep your ends shaped perfectly by styling with a round brush and blow dryer.

#26. Medium-Length Loose Waves with Lavender Tips

Medium Length Loose Waves with Lavender Tips

Get creative with color, and give your medium-length waves a spunky touch with silver roots and lavender tips. This gorgeous color contrast scrams style is only enhanced by waved (both natural and styled. Plus, if you have graying roots, this is the perfect way to dress them up.

#27. Soft Feathered Bob with Ash Blonde Tones

Soft Feathered Bob with Ash Blonde Tones

For a soft, sophisticated look, a feathered bob complemented by cool ash-blonde undertones is the way to go. This style brings volume and texture through feathered layers, while the bob style is always great for framing your facial features. Then, as the fancy cherry on top, the ash blonde color adds a refined element.

#28. Mid-Length Cut with Choppy Baby Bangs

Mid Length Cut with Choppy Baby Bangs

Give your simple mid-length cut some character with choppy baby bands. This retro-esque style is perfect for medium to thick hair that needs something chic but also super-easy to style every day.

#29. Straight Lob with Icy Blue Highlights

Straight Lob with Icy Blue Highlights

The lob haircut is the ideal medium-length haircut for women over 40 who want a combination of casual and glamorous.  Then, you can add some cheeky icy blue highlights to make your look a little more playful.

#30. Flowy Beach Waves with Sun-Kissed Highlights

Flowy Beach Waves with Sun Kissed Highlights

Have a hot girl summer all year round by styling your hair with flowy, full-bodied beach waves, intensified by sun-kissed highlights for an added glow. Just make sure to pick a tone that complements the base hair color.

#31. Reverse Ombre with Loose Curls

Reverse Ombre with Loose Curls

Add a snappy twist to your mid-length hair with a reverse ombre boosted by loose curls. This revered style starts with lighter roots that transition into darker ends, offering a unique take on traditional ombre hairstyles.

#32. Half-Up Top Knot with Textured Ends

Half Up Top Knot with Textured Ends

Shake up the sophisticated top knot look by making it a half-bun instead. Then, give the look even more flair with textured ends. This fits all hair types, from thick and curly to thin and straight and everything in between.

#33. Layered Cut with Chocolate Lowlights

Layered Cut with Chocolate Lowlights

A medium-length layered cut is ideal for giving your hair some subtle dimensional. But if you want something better for yourself, something that gives you more volume and radiance, indulge in some earthy chocolate lowlights.

#34. Shaggy Lob with Platinum Blonde Front Pieces

Shaggy Lob with Platinum Blonde Front Pieces

Want to get that grungy look but keep your bombshell blonde? Well, you can have the best of both worlds with this style. A shaggy lob gives you all the edge you’ll ever want, while carefully placed platinum front pieces highlight your bombshell blonde making it, dare we say, atomic?

#35. Razor-Cut Medium Hair with Mahogany Streaks

Razor Cut Medium Hair with Mahogany Streaks

For a stylish flair on a classic style, go with a razor-cut medium hairstyle with show-stopping mahogany streaks. The razor-cut ends add a sharpness to the look, while the vibrant mahogany streaks make the whole look an eye-catcher.

#36. Sleek Angled Bob with Cherry Highlights

Sleek Angled Bob with Cherry Highlights

A sleek angled bob with cherry highlights makes a stylish statement on darker, medium-length hair. The angled cut adds visual interest while also being able to be tucked out of your face, while the cherry highlights bring bursts of fun and vibrant color to the look.

#37. Voluminous Mid-Length Cut with Copper Balayage

Voluminous Mid Length Cut with Copper Balayage

Crank the heat on your hairstyle with a mid-length haircut tinted with fiery copper balayage. The voluminous cut gives your hair fullness, volume, and body. Then, the look is set ablaze with bright copper tones for warmth and radiance.

#38. Mid-Length Curls with Side-Swept Bangs

Mid Length Curls with Side Swept Bangs

A mid-length cut allows curls to regain their natural shape while giving you more volume, which is perfect for women over 40 with thinning hair. But that’s not where it ends. Finishing off this curly cut is splendid side-swept bangs.

#39. Straight Cut with Teal Money Pieces

Straight Cut with Teal Money Pieces

Give your flat, fine an eye-catching and edgy boost with a straight-cut hairstyle fitted with jaw-dropping teal money pieces incorporated throughout your locks. The straight cut is a great low-key base for the alluring teal highlights that skyrocket your style and showcase your wild side.

#40. Wavy Bob with Golden Ombré

Wavy Bob with Golden Ombre

A wavy bob with golden is a casual look with a touch of sun-kissed radiance. Soft waves give off a laid-back vibe, with the ombré effect creating even more depth and dimension for those times when you want a straighter look without the style falling flat.

#41. Blunt Cut with Pastel Pink Tips

Blunt Cut with Pastel Pink Tips

Another combination of simple and sassy, the blunt cut gets a punchy new look with pastel pink tips. The coloring gives the dignified blunt cut a youthful edge that can give you a spike of spunky confidence, especially after all the compliments you’ll get.

#42. Side-Parted Layered Lob with Honey Accents

Side Parted Layered Lob with Honey Accents

For a style that brings versatility and sophistication, go for a stylish side-parted layered lob glazed with honey accents. This layered cut creates the illusion of full-bodied hair for all densities, while the honey accents bring a natural brightness to your face, highlighting its most important features.

#43. Medium-Length Slicked-Back Hair

Medium Length Slicked Back Hair

A slicked-back style on medium-length gives a polished and powerful vibe like none other. It deviates from traditional feminine looks to make a bold and modern statement that holds all of the elegance a woman could want.

#44. Wavy Asymmetrical Bob with Silver Highlights

Wavy Asymmetrical Bob with Silver Highlights

Super-chic and striking, the asymmetrical bob has everything in a medium haircut for women over 40– volume, visual interest, texture, and more. And even better, the silver highlights allow you to explore the world of gray in a really unique and trendy way.

#45. Voluminous Curls with a Middle Part

Voluminous Curls with a Middle Part

There’s absolutely nothing more classically flawless than medium-length voluminous curls with a middle part. This balanced hairstyle provides everyday glamour for all hair textures and densities and works for any occasion.s.

#46. Feathered Layers with Platinum Money Pieces

Feathered Layers with Platinum Money Pieces

Feathered layers create movement and texture for medium-length hair, giving you a retro-inspired glam that you can style easily in minutes. Then, the platinum blonde money pieces swoop in to brighten things up and make you feel like a million bucks.

#47. Mid-Length Cut with Deep Side Part and Caramel Streaks

Mid Length Cut with Deep Side Part and Caramel Streaks

Part your mid-length locks into a deep side part for something naturally exquisite, with a heavy dose of old-school glam. Then, throw in some charming caramel streaks for added dimension and radiance.

#48. Tousled Medium Bob with Seafoam Highlights

Tousled Medium Bob with Seafoam Highlights

Take years off your face with a whimsical coastal style like a tousled medium-length bob washed with seafoam highlights. The tousled texture lends windswept movement to your hair, while the charming seafoam highlights introduce a youthful, seaside vibe.

#49. Poker Straight Medium Cut with Neon Green Edges

Poker Straight Medium Cut with Neon Green Edges

Make a seriously bold statement with a poker straight medium cut with no-bluff neon green highlights. This sleek and super-stylish hairstyle provides a blank canvas for the electrifying green edges that command attention and make you look years younger.

#50. Curly Bob with Deep Burgundy Undertones

Curly Bob with Deep Burgundy Undertones

Give your curls some love with a luxurious medium bob cut infused with deep, dramatic burgundy undertones. The cut adds volume and enhances your curl texture. The deep burgundy hue provides richness and depth while giving your skin a girlish rosy glow. Combined, you have a captivating curly cut in one of the most confident colors.

#51. Medium-Length Waterfall Waves with Ash Blonde Highlights

Medium Length Waterfall Waves with Ash Blonde Highlights

Refined and fabulous. That’s how we describe medium-length waterfall waves with ash-blonde highlights. These full-bodied waves create a billowing movement illuminated and detailed by the elegant ash-blonde highlights.

#52. Choppy Lob with Lavender Tint

Choppy Lob with Lavender Tint

Make your look a little more playful with a choppy lob infused with a dose of trendy lavender. The choppy layers create an edgy shape that gives you a youthful edge played up by the whimsical lavender tint.

#53. Sleek Straight Hair with Royal Blue Money Pieces

Sleek Straight Hair with Royal Blue Money Pieces

You won’t find anything that says super-sleek with a touch of chic, like smooth and straight hair. Then, you can really put the power in it with royal blue money pieces. This striking style is perfect for an edgy change to rewind the clock a bit. 


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