Flattering Hairstyles for Women in Their 30s

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Find Out What Hairstyles Look Great on Women in Their 30s

Jessica Biel. Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty

This gallery features gorgeous hairstyles for women over 30. As a bonus, all of the celebrities featured are in their 30s as of the time of this writing.

In your 30s, your lifestyle may actually dictate your hairstyle as much as your hair texture and your face shape does.

If you're busy powering ahead in your career you may opt to chop your hair to your shoulders or shorter. The more kept your hair is, the more seriously you will be taken in the office. If you're busy at home with kids, you may need a low-maintenance hairstyle. This means a cut that works with your natural hair texture and one that doesn't require a lot of hair product or hair tools to keep it looking as good as possible.

Single women looking for Mr. Right may be putting more effort into their hair. You've probably read the articles that men prefer long hair whether it be straight or curly. While this may be true of the average man, I always feel a woman should first be true to herself because the right guy is going to fall in love with you because you're comfortable in your skin and in your hairstyle. If you're sporty and love a pixie haircut or a shoulder-length haircut pulled into a ponytail, then own it. There's nothing sexier than a woman with confidence. There's nothing less sexy than someone trying to be something she's not.

Let's start with Jessica Biel (born March 3, 1982). Long hair with bangs are flattering because bangs are flattering. Anyone can wear long hair, but it can drag a face down. Bangs are fresh and fabulous. From blunt bangs, to side-swept bangs, the following looks in this photo gallery are all super popular this year.

Keep in mind that bangs take some maintenance. Most salons offer free bang trims, but if you are like me and you can't be bothered to travel ever few weeks to see your stylist, learn how to trim your own bangs. It's easier than you think.

Photos of Long Hair With Bangs

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The Shag Hairstyle: A Great Look on Women Age 30 & Older

Nicole Richie. Jamie McCarthy for Getty

I love a shoulder-length cut that looks just a bit mussy. The shag, as seen on Nicole Richie (born September 21, 1981) is super popular these days because it looks casual and unfussy but can be blown-dried into something a bit more put-together and sophisticated. With the right cut, the shag can be air dried into perfection. Just a few spritzes of a sea salt spray (make your own here using this recipe), a few scrunches with your hands and you're good to go.

This look is perfect for busy moms, single women, and working women, too.

 26 of the Most Amazing Shag Hairstyles

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Lauren Conrad's Boho Chic Braid

Super long hair is very popular among the teenage set and women in the early 20s. Here, Lauren Conrad (born February 1, 1986) has one braid running through her hippie hair. Braids are pretty trendy. Wear them now before they go out of style for a decade or so.

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Bronde Hair

Bar Rafaeli. Getty Images/Epsilon

 Bronde hair, that magical color between blonde and brunette is hot, hot, hot at the moment. Seen here on model Bar Rafaeli (born June 4, 1985), it's pretty much perfection. 

See photo galleries of bronde hair color

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The Pixie

Michelle Williams. Walter McBride for Getty

The pixie has become Michelle Williams' (born September 9, 1980) signature cut. I love how it brings attention to great bone structure, pretty eyes and full lips.

It's the perfect look for trendsetters, short, petite women and women who rock the Audrey Hepburn look. 

See 20 Amazing Pixie Hairstyles

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Shoulder-length & Thick

Keira Knightley. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

Shoulder-length hair is simply the most versatile, flattering hair length on all face types and for all hair textures. The key to the perfect shoulder length cut lies, simply, in the length. It can't be too long or too short and looks best when it just hits at the collarbone or a bit above as this cut does on actress Kiera Knightley (born March 26, 1985).

“The finish should appear blunt but should never be blunt, as blunt looks cheap,” explains stylist Harry Josh in Vogue Magazine. “You texturize the ends with maybe a feather razor so the line appears clean, but there is actually a lot of movement in it. Too much of a block, and it looks heavy.”

The Year's 20 Best Shoulder-Length Hairstyles

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The Long Bob, Wavy (or Not)

Michele Placido; Violante Placido. Ernesto Ruscio for Getty

Long Bobs 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 perfect wavy perfection.

The Year's 20 Best Shoulder-Length Hairstyles

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Long, Beachy Waves in a Gorgeous Color

Jessica Chastain. Frederick M. Brown for Getty

Jessica Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is famous for her gorgeous red hair, on display here. You can color your hair at this age anyway you want, just make sure to pick a hue that flatters your skin tone and don't attempt to color your hair yourself if you're going more than 2 shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color.

See The Year's 6 Hottest Hair Color Trends

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Long Hair, Side-swept Bangs

Reese Witherspoon. Toby Canham for Getty Images

No matter your age, you can get away with ever-popular long hair as long as your hair is in good condition. But consider having bangs cut in as well, as Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) does here. Her side-swept bangs are extremely flattering and stylish paired with her long, flat-ironed hair.

Photos of Long Hair With Bangs

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The Classic Bob

Agyness Deyn. Jamie McCarthy // Getty

The classic bob like this one on model Agyness Deyn (born February 16, 1983) is not going anywhere anytime soon. It will always be a stylish choice for women no matter their age. It's a great cut for professionals because it oozes sophistication. But this cut can be high maintenance, requiring a bit of styling.

Who can wear it? Anyone with a nice jawline and neck will look good in a bob. If you have a round face, a long bob is a better option for you. As for hair texture, bobs work best on thin to medium hair. If you have curly hair, a bob will turn into a triangle on you, unless you get layers cut in and the ends texturized (see photos of short, curly hairstyles that are adorable) and if you have fine hair, ask your stylist for a "graduated bob," which are stacked layers cut shorter in the back, longer in the front that give hair needed body and height at the crown.

In any case, you will likely need a great flat iron to keep your bob in phenomenal shape. See my list of the best flat irons.

The Year's 20 Hottest Bobs

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Shoulder-length, With Bangs

Kerry Washington. Alexandra Wyman for Getty

This is one of my favorite looks because it combines the sexiness of the very trendy blunt bang with the shoulder-length cut, which I'm so in love with. I like this cut on actress Kerry Washington (born January 31, 1977) so much I got it myself.

20 Great Hairstyles With Bangs

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"Just Off the Beach" Waves

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Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna (born March 19, 1986) has a head of gorgeous hair here. 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 this look with the help of hair extensions.

I am going to bet that every single woman in Hollywood has had this hairstyle at some point in her life. It simply never goes out of style. It's casual, super sexy and we all know men love long hair.

The secret to sexy, beachy waves is salt spray. Spray it on, scrunch your hair and off you go. Get my recipe here: Salt Spray Recipe for Hair.

The Secret to Sexy, "Beachy" Waves

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That Perfect Length Between the Chin & the Shoulders

Margherita Missoni. Tullio M. Puglia for Getty

There's a new trend these days in hair length and it's that perfect spot in between the chin and the shoulders. It's a great length for women of all ages, but the trends (I've noticed) is among women in their 30s and early 40s. Heiress Margherita Missoni (born February 21, 1983) wears this look beautifully.

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