5 Top trending haircuts and colours for over 40’s

We’re thrilled to ask our favourite hair wizardry expert, Amy Gaudie, who is the owner and director of Urban Chic salon, back for a chat about trends in mature locks. We asked Amy to share with us her insights into the most sought-after hairstyles and colours that she is currently seeing. Amy has also kindly provided us with tips and tricks to nail home hair care no matter your style – yes, even if you have on-trend pink hues in your hair! Hair-inspiration is always one of our favourite stories to read. Does it get your thinking about a big change? It does every time for us! 💇‍♀️💇‍♀️💇‍♀️ Enjoy and do please share with us if you take one of these to your hairdresser for some hair-spiration xx

best hairstyles over 40's
Jane – ‘Peach Bob’

Creating pastels is my favourite way to personalize a classic cut like a bob, or even adding a peek-a-boo under cut to add a little edge! I do these colours regularly for my natural grey-haired clients as it really helps when the regrowth comes through.

Step one would be to pre-lighten the hair, step two is to apply the pastel toner. The great thing about using pastel shades is that you can literally change the colour every appointment, whether that be pink, peach, purple or pale blue. To maintain these colours at home I recommend a personalised coloured mask that contains direct dye. I would recommend coming into the salon every 6-8 weeks to maintain the colour and style.

best hairstyes over 40's
Connie – ‘Short Pixie’

The secret to the perfect pixie cut is keeping it soft and feminine with wispy-like texture. There is a couple of must-dos with this one! Regular cuts, 4-6 weeks maximum are essential, as well as using products to emphasise the texture. Pixies are super simple to style – all you need is your fingers and a hairdryer.

First add a blow-drying spray, something that adds texture and body but is still lightweight – I like to use WELLA’s Sugar Lift from the EIMI range. Once the hair is dry, finish it with a paste, nothing too stiff as you want your hair to feel natural but still have enough hold. My go-to is the System Professional Sculpting Clay. I like to keep the colour simple when the hair is short so that it’s not over-complicated. Either super fine foils or a shoe shine technique is perfect for a natural enhancement.

best hairstyes over 40's
Andy ‘Short and Fun Asymmetrical Cut’

Working with someone’s natural texture is amazing. #curlygirlmovement. Why not make short hair fun and use what you already have? Embrace your curls, take away areas that are difficult. E.g. make it shorter around the back so you don’t have to worry about it and leave length where you find it easy to manage. Whether that’s scrunch blow-drying or using a straightening iron/tong to create big, bouncy movement.

Super hydrated curls make for the best-defined curls. I love to use a gel cream called Curl Definer from WELLA’s EIMI range, it works really well for a wash and wear, scrunch finish. When adding colour to curly hair I prefer to make it more lived in, so you can’t see obvious regrowth lines as it grows out. Using multi-tones is perfect to achieve this.

best hairstyes over 40's
Joanna ‘Blonde Bixie’

Having short hair can be so much fun, and super versatile in shape. However shorter hair can be high maintenance; I recommend 4-6 weekly appointments to keep your hair in perfect shape. Styling your hair can be easy using a simple Denman Brush to stretch and smooth your hair.

I prep the hair with a gel called Texturizer from the Sebastian Professional range; this plumps and defines the texture in the haircut. This will still give you a smooth and shiny finish. Once the hair is dry spray with a dry shampoo; I like to use Dry Me from WELLA’s EIMI range, as it also delivers maximum volume and texture. Adding colour variation to this kind of hairstyle will really be defined and add dimension.

best hairstyes for over 40's
Sunny ‘Long Blonde’

The key to keeping your hair long is simple – we have to look after it! A great home care regime is a must. My favourite blonde products are the WELLA System Professional Luxe, Hydrate or Repair Shampoo with a corresponding mask. Silver shampoo is also essential to keep out the brassy tones. Luxe oil is my other go-to; it helps repair split ends and nourish the hair. All of these being used at home makes a huge difference in keeping your blonde locks beautiful! I also recommend regular appointments – between 5-10 weeks – depending on your shade of blonde and technique.  Foils can be up to 10 weeks apart while all over blondes should be 5 weeks apart.


We have always loved hearing from Amy and appreciate her sharing these snaps of her beautiful clientele. If you’re Brisbane-based, we think you should hot-step to see her at Urban Chic!

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