Just because you’re over age 40, it doesn't mean you have to succumb to the “mom bob.” In fact, that may actually make you look older. Need proof that age-appropriate can still look and feel youthful? Take a look at these eight haircuts.

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Jamie Lee Curtis
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The Pixie Cut

Jamie Lee Curtis keeps her pixie cut feminine by wearing it a little longer at the ears and wispy around the forehead.

Helen Mirren
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The Chopped Bob

Remember Helen Mirren with long hair? Yeah, neither do we. She took a chance and looks ten times more youthful.

Diane Keaton
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The Textured Lob

Diane Keaton’s lob is a great cut for fine or thinning hair. (Layering = movement + texture.) It's also the ultimate wash-and-go style.

Allie MacDowell
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The Long Layers

A layered, collar bone-length cut like Andie MacDowell's is great for curly hair and a sure antidote to the dreaded poof-ball that can occur if you go too short.

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The Mod Bangs

If you’re gonna go for bangs, keep them slightly piece-y à la Ciara. It gives off an effortless feel.

Reese Witherspoon
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The Shoulder-Grazing Layers

A side-swept bang and light layers work wonders for Witherspoon and keep her straight locks from falling limp.

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The Sleek Lob

Super straight and angled in the front, this popular cut has been seen on everyone from Taraji P. Henson (above) to Olivia Newton-John.

Jane Fonda
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The Modern Shag

Let’s be honest: We couldn’t do this list without including Jane Fonda. The woman looks phenomenal and her shag has everything to do with it.

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