There's no age limit on a haircut. Anyone, of any age, can and should wear their hair however they please. With that being said, it's common for women over 40 to commit to a shorter haircut. Why is that? Hair is personal and unique, so it's probably different for everybody. However, we have a few theories.
Our first theory is that short hair often translates to less time spent shampooing, conditioning, drying, and styling. It means less weight, less static, and less flyaways—and often less product. It might even mean less damage. Aside from the time and effort factor, there's just something emotionally freeing about chopping off your hair. For many women, this means rebelling against a false perception that long hair is somehow more feminine or more youthful (that perception, by the way, is purely and utterly ridiculous, and there are many celebrities proving that through their short and chic haircuts).
Keep scrolling to see our 15 favorites, from Victoria Beckham to Jada Pinkett Smith.
Is there anyone who personifies the word chic better or more often than Victoria Beckham? We don't think so. Here, she's pictured with a short, textured bob, complete with short face-framing pieces at front. It looks full of movement and body without looking overly "done."
Here we have VB, again, but this time it's a photo of her from all the way back in 2010. Sure, it's a throwback, but it's just as relevant today as it was then. Her wispy side bangs and black headband accessory give us major Audrey Hepburn vibes.
Halle Berry is the queen of the edgy, textured cut. Though she's switched it up in recent days, this will always be the haircut we think of when we hear her name. The key to this look is her piece-y separation, which we're assuming is achieved through a texture or salt spray like OUAI Dry Texture Foam ($28).
Kris Jenner is the owner of another iconic short haircut. The so-called "momager" and matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan has had a similar short haircut ever since her family broke out onto the scene in 2008. If it's not broke, don't fix it, right?
Tia Mowry showed off her gorgeous natural hair in a selfie she posted to Instagram. In the caption, she explains that it's the first time she's wearing her natural hair on TV since the days of Sister Sister. We love her shiny, springy curls, and the way they surround her face and complement her bone structure.
Tia's twin sister, Tamera, is also on the short hair bandwagon. The actress and talk show host showed off her razor-cut bob on Instagram a few weeks ago. It's so sleek and shiny that it's making us reach for our favorite Sachajuan Shine Serum ($33).
Charlize Theron's sleek bob is made all the better by parting her hair far off to one side, so it swoops over her face in a modern and editorial manner. Pair this cut with coppery eyeshadow and a matching lip, and you'll be red carpet-ready too.
We know what you're thinking...Samira Wiley isn't 40 or older. We know this, but we think her cool short-on-the-sides and longer-on-top haircut is too good not to include. This would look amazing on any women who wants to flaunt her natural texture without keeping any extraneous length.
Emma Stone is also younger than 40, but as we said, hair doesn't have an age restriction. We're used to seeing sleek and polished hair on the red carpet, but the bob she wore to the 71st annual Venice Film Festival had a tousled, lived-in look, and it was all the better for it. This mussed-up texture can be achieved with a texture spray (or foam, like the OUAI product we mentioned before).
Cameron Diaz wears her California blonde hair in a short cut, and we're fans of the way she styles it. To us, it seems like she works with her hair's natural bend and wave to achieve and beach-y and lived-in look. It's the epitome of an "I woke up like this" hairstyle.
Michelle Williams is coming up on her 40th birthday (she's 38 now), and she looks as amazing as ever. Personally, we hope she never grows out her textured pixie cut. She's living proof that there's no better combination than platinum and pixie cut.
Viola Davis's shiny bob is the stuff of short hair dreams. While we love a sleek, razor-cut bob, it's kind of refreshing to see something softer and less severe—in this case, we're referring to her feathered ends, which give off a subtle '70s vibe.
Ginnifer Goodwin's haircut can be classified as a lob, since it's grown out from her previous pixie cut in recent months. What we love most about her look is that she kept her hair shortest at the front (look closely and you'll see bobby pins securing it down across her forehead), which makes for a cool retro look. These so-called "baby bangs" have been in the spotlight ever since Bella Hadid wore them a couple of years ago.
Fun fact: I saw Diane Keaton in attendance at the Rodarte runway show I covered on Byrdie's Instagram (side note: follow Byrdie on Instagram for daily beauty inspo). She looked as fabulous as ever and it inspired me to take a look at her past hairstyles, including this layered and flipped-out lob.
Jada Pinkett Smith is another celebrity who is known for sporting short and chic hair. Here, her bob is slicked back into a red carpet style, but it's the perfect photo to show how adding volume to the roots is an effective way to elevate (pun intended) a short hairstyle. It's elegant and modern.
Next, in the spirit of short hair, check out our most favorite ways to style a pixie cut.