Luckily, age doesn't mean you have to follow specific "rules" like you can only rock a short 'do or you should stop having fun with your hair. It may, however, mean that when you hit your 30s, you choose a slightly more grown-up look than you did in your 20s.
Your hair texture and face shape traditionally influence your hairstyle. But, once you enter your 30s, your lifestyle may play an equally important role. Hear us out: It's a pivotal decade for many people, and everyone's life will take them down a different path.
If you're busy powering ahead in your career, you may opt to chop your hair to your shoulders or shorter. The (obnoxious, outdated) idea behind this is that the more kept your hair is, the more seriously you will be taken in the office. (We say do what you want with your hair.)
Or perhaps you're a busy parent and don't have a lot of time. So, you may want a low-maintenance hairstyle that works with your natural hair texture and doesn't require a lot of hair products and tools to keep it looking fabulous.
If you're single and looking for love, you might want to change your hair because you can and because the right person is going to fall in love with you because you're comfortable in your skin—and that extends into your hairstyle. If you're sporty and love a pixie haircut or a shoulder-length cut pulled into a ponytail, then own it. There's nothing sexier than a person with confidence.
Below, you can check out the 13 best celebrity hairstyles. These looks are chic enough for the red carpet yet low-maintenance enough for real life.
Long Hair with Bangs
Long hair with bangs is a flattering style that every face shape can pull off, as long as you can maintain your bangs. Cutting a fringe is a quick way to add maturity to your look without looking too severe. Keep in mind the maintenance, though. Some salons offer free bang trims, but you'll have to go for an appointment every few weeks. If that's too much of a commitment, then you can learn how to trim your own bangs.
Long Hair, Side-swept Bangs
No matter your age, you can pull off long hair as long as it's healthy. Try not to overdo your chemical treatments and use a heat protectant each time you apply a hot tool to your hair. It's easier to maintain healthy hair than it is to try and restore damaged hair.
And if blunt bangs aren't your style, then take a page from Reese Witherspoon's beauty playbook. You'll find that long, side-swept bangs are incredibly flattering and stylish when paired with long, straight hair.
The Shag Hairstyle
A shoulder-length cut that looks a bit wispy is fabulous. Shags are super popular because they look casual and unfussy, and can be sophisticated with a quick blow-dry. With the right cut, the shag can be air-dried to perfection. For extra texture, add a sea salt spray for that surfer babe look.
If you used to sport funky hair colors and now want to stick to a more subdued shade, embrace the chance. You can still color your hair any way you like, just keep in mind what hues would complement your complexion. And yes, it's okay to DIY your hair color at home. But if you want to go more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural color, it's safer to leave it to a trained pro.
Bronde hair is that magical, enviable color between blonde and brunette. It's a hot look, though—particularly for people who have naturally light brown or dark blonde hair. It's a great way to add a hint of color if you're not wanting an all-over change. The highlights can be placed so they complement both your hairstyle and your facial features.
The Classic Bob
The classic bob isn't going anywhere anytime soon. No matter the year, it'll always be a stylish choice. Because it oozes sophistication, it can be a great cut for professionals. Just be aware that this haircut can be high maintenance and requires a bit of styling.
As for hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair. If you have curly hair get layers cut in and texturize the ends to prevent it from turning into a triangle. If you have fine hair, ask your stylist for a "graduated bob," which has stacked layers cut shorter in the back and longer in the front. It gives flatter hair much-needed body and height at the crown.
The Long Bob
Long bobs (affectionately known as the "lob") are as popular as ever and they're extremely versatile. You can blow dry them straight, air dry them so your hair has some natural wave to it, or curl it into wavy perfection. Also, if you need to pull it back, there's still some length to work with.
The Perfect Length
When your hair falls between your chin and shoulders, it's considered the "perfect length." It looks great on people of all ages, but it seems to be most popular on people in their 30s and early 40s. Not only is this a great length for every texture and face shape but it's easy to maintain. If you go with a style that complements your hair texture, then your daily styling needs will be minimal at most.
Shoulder-Length and Thick
Shoulder-length hair is the most versatile, flattering hair length on all face types and for all hair textures. The key to the perfect shoulder length cut lies in, of course, the length. It can't be too long or too short. It looks best when it hits at the collarbone or a bit above.
Shoulder-Length with Bangs
This is a fabulous look for someone that wants to retain some youth. It's the perfect combination of a sexy blunt bang with the shoulder-length cut that is easy to care for and style. If you like to play up your gorgeous eyes with makeup, then bangs and face-framing layers will accent these features even more.
Just off the Beach Waves
These long, beachy waves never go out of style and you'll see it on almost every woman in Hollywood at some point. It's casual but has that super sexy look that screams confidence—and salt spray.
If you have long, thick hair, you can get away with this look. Even if your hair is on the thin side or doesn't grow long fast, you can fake it with the help of hair extensions.
Boho Chic Braid
If you enjoyed wearing braids in your 20s, there's no reason you can't wear one in your 30s. Braids look sweet and youthful while keeping your hair fully out of the way. They're also very pretty and casual. We love a braid in a boho-chic, slightly unkempt style that still looks put together like Kate Hudson's.