Stylish Haircuts for Men in Their 40s

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Great Haircuts for Men in Their 40s

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As we get older, maintaining a fresh and youthful look starts with the right haircut. Mistakes many men make as they get older include holding on to a haircut that's too trendy or opting for a haircut that is too safe.

Getting older doesn't mean you have to adopt a boring haircut. Here are some great options for haircuts that will help you look younger into middle age.

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The Short Caesar

Short Haircuts for Men in Their 40s
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The classic Caesar cut is a great option for many men in their 40s as it is easy to maintain (and especially good at covering up a bit of a receding hairline). George Clooney worked this hairstyle for years, and it's one of those timeless cuts that almost never goes out of style.  

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The Loose Pompadour

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If you are lucky enough to a great head of hair and want a bit more of a "rock and roll" attitude that's still age appropriate, this loose pompadour may be a good option,  especially if you have an oval or slightly long face shape.  

The model in this photo has a slightly receding hairline, so the cut works perfectly.  A short beard also helps frame his face well. He's chosen to leave his hair gray, which really makes his eyes pop.  Sometimes a lgray can be a great thing, especially if you have light-colored eyes.

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The Ivy League

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The short Ivy League cut is another great shorter option for men in their 40s who want an easy-to-maintain hairstyle. There is enough length on top to offer just a bit of versatility in that it can be worn neatly combed to the side, forward as a short Caesar, or messy with a bit of paste to add texture.  

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Great Haircuts for Men in Their 40s

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I'm never a fan of coloring gray hair -- I think men should own it (you've probably earned every one of your gray hairs).  For this model, I think he's chosen the perfect hairstyle to highlight his hair color and texture (the gray also makes his eyes stand out more).  For this cut, the hair is scissor cut to about 1" all over the head.  A bit of paste is used to give slight separation and texture.  

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The Shaved Head

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Sometime of us tend to lose our "edge" as we get older, and one way to maintain get that edge back and give yourself a powerful look is to shave your head.  

If you have the right head shape (oval or square work best with a shaved head) this may be a good option, especially if your hair is thinning. Combine the shaved head with a short beard and you've got an ultra-masculine rugged look.

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The Short Layer Cut

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A short layered haircut works well with this model's receding hairline. The fuller sides also help balance his wide jaw and frame his face well. For this style, the hair is cut into shorter layers all over the head. Use a bit of pomade for added shine and control.  

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Great Haircuts for Men in Their 40s

Medium Haircuts for Men in Their 40s
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This short layer cut is another good option for men in their 40s who want enough length to be versatile, yet still have a style that's easy to maintain. It works well in that it can be worn with minimal product and casually styled with fingers (as shown).  There is enough length, however, that the wearer could apply a bit of pomade and add a clean side part and style it like a pompadour for a more formal look.

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The Long Shag

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I live in California and I see a lot of this long shag style on aging surfers out here and it looks great. If you still have a full head of hair and want a longer style, this long shag may be a good option for you. I will caution you to stay far away from this type of hairstyle if you have thinning hair as it will make you look like your hair is thinner than it is.  

For this style, the model's hair is cut in long layers all over and the sun has added natural blond highlights. If you are not a surfer, don't worry -- you can always cheat this hairstyle by having your salon add natural looking highlights and using a bit of salt spray. such as TIGI Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray). 

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The Long Layer Cut

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Okay. Full disclosure here. I kinda hate this guy. I'm sure he's a decent guy. He's probably very nice and maybe even helps orphaned children. But just look at that head of hair!  It's thick and shiny with an amazing gray color. It's the kind of hair I really need to have. Yeah, I secretly hate him for it. That said, if you've got a great head of hair, show it off! He does that by having the hair cut in long layers (with a bit of taper around the sides and back). For styling, just a bit of pomade is used to sweep the hair back and add shine. Caring for gray hair can require a bit more work, but it can be very worth the extra effort.

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Great Haircuts for Men in Their 40s: The Alejandro González Iñárritu Hairstyle

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This is another fun option for guys who work in a more creative field and like a longer style. Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu has been seen sporting a similar style for quite some time and it works well for him. The hair is cut in long layers all over the head and styled with a bit of matte paste to add separation. Because of the casual nature of this style, I think it's worn best with a short, natural beard.

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The Short Textured Cut

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For this style, the hair is cut clipper short on the sides and back (about a number three blade) and left about two inches long on top. The hair on top is point or razor cut to add separation and texture. This hairstyle works particularly well for men who may be thinning or have a receding hairline. If that is the case with you and you want to wear this style, make sure to use the lightest styling product possible to avoid creating too much separation in the hair (which shows more scalp).