70 Classy and Simple Short Hairstyles for Women over 50

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As we are getting older, we review our style in clothes and hair ‘dos which is quite normal, since looking the same for decades is rather boring, dated and unstylish. A woman doesn’t stop being a woman with age. Changing looks and experimenting with styles is in her nature. However, with years we strive for more comfort, and short hair is a good base for low-maintenance hairstyles which look stylish and aren’t perceived as “old woman’s helmet-like ‘dos”. Here are 70 great images with short hair.

Recommendations on Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Do you need to stick to any specific rules when choosing hairstyles if you are older than 50? Only partly. Generally to look stately and elegant, it’s recommended to comb your locks back, opening your face. Excessively shaggy hairstyles may appear sloppy and awkward. Bangs are ok, they make you look younger, but try to keep them neat and thin or styled to one side so that your forehead is not completely covered. Consider lighter hair hues, and you will easily take years off your face. Some older women look extremely flattering with silver hair. If you are not the lucky one, think of brown to blonde solutions or highlights.

Other than that, you may stick to general recommendations on the choice of hairstyles, i.e bear in mind your face shape and hair texture. Fine hair looks cuter when cut short and layered, while thick coarse tresses feel better in elongated cuts. They don’t have to be long. Lisa Rinna’s type of short-to-medium hairstyle is a very good option for thick hair.

Classy and Simple Short Hairstyles for Older Women

Below there are the brightest examples of short hairstyles for older ladies you can come across in Internet.

#1: Lovely in Lavender

Use white hair to your advantage. It makes a great backdrop for the softest pastel colors without the tedious effort of bleaching and toning. Create fullness with short feathered layers and wispy fringe for a funky and fun style.

#2: Bouncy Bob for Women 50+

The only way to create shape within short haircuts for women is with an expert layered cut. If you have straight hair, you can give it extra body by flipping out the ends with a large barrel curling iron.

#3: Angled Ash Blonde Cut

Older women sometimes experience softness in the face as they age. An angled cut adds sharpness to the curved edges and draws attention to the narrowness of a pointed chin.

#4: Chic Chocolate Layers

Many believe that the babylights technique—where very fine, delicate highlights are woven throughout—is only for blonde hair. But, it can actually work for any color as long as you make the highlights a few shades lighter than the base. The result is the natural-looking shimmer like in the photo.

#5: Pixie for Women Over 50

Pixies are among the most popular short hairstyles for women, but they best suit women with slim faces because they show off high cheekbones. Cropped cuts are perfect for older females because they provide texture for limp thinning strands.

#6: Long Blonde Bang

Adding a light, golden color throughout the front of your hair cut will bring warmth to your complexion. This will create a youthful glow and instantly brighten your eyes.

#7: Sassy and Stacked

Stacked hair styles are beneficial for women over 50 for a couple of reasons. First, by placing multiple short layers on top of each other you can achieve a voluminous bump. Second, they provide a modern and youthful edge to basic bob cuts.

#8: Blonde Bob with Bangs

Pop culture is obsessed with taking things like “dad hats” and making them cool. Next up: the mom bob. Short hair cuts that typically have been styles of busy moms on-the-go are now desirable with many different age brackets. A nice mix of ash blonde and brown tones makes them modern.

#9: Soft Tousled Waves

If you don’t want to commit to a completely different hairdo, why not style the one you have in a new and exciting way? Instead of sleek short layers, incorporate some soft flicks throughout the crown for touchable tousled texture.

#10: Short and Simple for Women Over 50

When you are retired, you want a hairstyle that requires minimal effort and won’t need frequent trips to the salon. Short layers will retain the shape of the cut as it grows out. Plus, it doesn’t require much prep work in the morning—just brush and go.

#11: Serious Side Bang

Pixie cuts are surprisingly versatile depending on the amount of length you leave in the crown. Longer bangs in short hairstyles for women over 50 not only provide softness to such a severe style, they also allow you the option of pinning them back, swooping them down or spiking them up for a variety of styles.

#12: Cool Color for 50+

One of the best ways to ensure that you get exactly the style that you ask for is to bring inspiration pictures with you to the salon. So, if you desire the perfect wash of teal like the hairdo here, make sure to provide your stylist with an accurate example.

#13: Silver and Sophisticated

Silver hair makes a striking statement in super short styles because it looks cool and chic at the same time. To create depth, mix in a dark charcoal hue at the roots.

#14: Trendy Two-Tone

These images are proof that you are only as young as you feel. Although this two-tone messy blonde and auburn hairstyle may not be for all women in their 50’s, it suits this woman’s vibrant personality.

#15: Modern Mullet

A mullet is not something you would usually see in short haircuts for women over 50, but somehow here it works. By keeping the layers flat around the perimeter, it looks modern and not dated like the mullets of lead singers of bands in the eighties.

#16: Spiked and Stylish

Messy spiked texture not only looks cool, but it also instantly adds major volume to thin straight strands. Gels can leave short hair looking crunchy and brittle, so opt for a styling product like Sebastian Matte Putty for a soft moldable style.

#17: Messy Short Layers

Hairstyles for older women don’t have to be so complicated. You have earned the right to do what you want, so feel free to just get out of bed and go. The messy bed head still has some shape and structure thanks to the short layers accentuated with subtle highlights.

#18: Red and Rad Haircut

Have you found yourself back on the dating scene? Get your groove back and get noticed with a bold beautiful hair color. You are sure to be the center of attention in whatever room you walk in to.

#19: Brushed Back Long Pixie

Hot curlers are the perfect tool to give cropped hair styles a bit of fullness in a short amount of time. If you have a little more time, use sleep in rollers overnight to achieve the same effect in the morning.

#20: Slick Tapered Haircut

Take a note from Tilda Swinton or Kate Lanphear next time you are searching for edgy yet sophisticated hairstyles for short hair. It’s the best of both worlds. Longer side bangs slim round cheeks without creating any extra bulk around the face, while shorter layers in the back add texture and volume to fine hair.

#21: Voluminous Classic Cut

Start with a classic short cut. This is a beautiful way to wear some older women hairstyles that will never seem too boring or stuffy. With a bit of product and a hair-dryer you can create a fresh and flirtatious short hairdo at any age.

#22: Carol Brady Inspired Hairdo

Here’s a wonderful example of a short women’s haircut inspired by TV icon, Carol Brady. We all know about her mock mullet. And although, that may not sound too stylish, it works well for older ladies. There are layers and volume on top tapered towards the cute feathers, covering the nape.

#23: Trendy Short Haircut For Older Women

Sweet and charming, this trendy cut is perfect for older women who want an easy and fresh everyday look. Actually this feathered breezy style can transit from casual to formal in the blink of an eye!

#24: Rounded & Full Short Hairstyle For Older Women

Looking to give yourself a younger look? It’s easy to achieve with a short classy ‘do! Thick hair can be worn shorter as well, and if you’re the lucky one who can still boast of thick locks, this rounded bob is a great idea to try.

#25: Voluminous Short Curly Hairstyle With Highlights

Older women usually want something that works for every occasion but also stays easily manageable. This cropped cut is all about embracing natural volume and creating a high quiff-like top. These types of short hairstyles work because you can enjoy your natural texture and have no styling issues.

#26: Wispy Feathered Style

If you’re inspired by the images of other ladies you see in this list, then don’t be shy to try a short haircut you like. You may also like a style with lengthier feathered strands like in the photo. Just take a look at this woman, with her longer, side bangs and the overall wispy appeal!

#27: Classic Pixie Haircut for Women

Now we’re showing off a classic pixie haircut that’s easy to maintain and so much fun to style and embellish. No matter what color your hair is or how old you are, this style can be worn with confidence and boldness every day of the year.

#28: Short Stacked Bob

We all see this style quite often, as it’s one of the easiest looks to pull off when it comes to short hair. Ask your hairdresser to create stacked layers in the back and maybe a sassy asymmetrical frame with bangs in the front?

#29: Two Tone Short Tapered Haircut

Take a peek at this sleek style that works perfectly for older ladies with a chic personal style. We love the trendiness of this short crop, expressed through the perfect trim for the edges and creative hair color solution.

#30: Fiery Textured Shorter Style

What stands out the most about this hairstyle is its fiery-red hue. These locks are bright, vibrant and bold. What can balance this powerful energy? Short piecey haircut styled towards the face!

#31: Long Pixie Hairdo

Pixie cuts are usually cropped quite short. This look sticks to the style while still giving a lot of interest and comfort. Long piecey bangs frame the face is a sort of sassy peek-a-boo, and the volume on the crown is pretty flattering too.

#32: Shoulder-Length Cut With Bangs

Classic, timeless and simple, this long bob was made to make women feel confident with their hairstyles at any age, including those who are over 50. It’s easy to manage but still very feminine as you can curl and straighten your locks to your pleasure and delight.

#33: Vintage-Inspired Bob Hairstyle for Short Hair

Reminiscent of the 1920’s bob with fringe, this style has got that timeless feel that older ladies look for in hairstyles, but it’s also fresher and livelier than ‘q-tip do’s we cringe at.

#34: Stylish Cropped Cut With Side-Swept Bangs

If you’re a fan of sassy hairstyles and you want to take your passion to a higher level, try out this trendy haircut. Ask your stylist to include some layers around your crown for added volume. But make sure to keep some length in the front around your bangs for a sweeping effect.

#35: Traditional Style With Short Hair For Women Over 50

Here is a preferred short look for women of all ages. In case you also wish to feel ultra feminine, try a chin-length cut that works great for hair of any texture. Here we see soft, long layers and some bangs that highlight the face.

#36: Messy And Wispy Cropped Style

Older women hairstyles sometimes seem boring, but you’d be surprised what you can get away with no matter what your age is. This cropped cut has a bit messy yet wispy nature that we see suits the lady so well!

#37: Easy Short Hairstyle for Women Over 50

Here’s another pixie-like wispy cut, we love. With a short hairstyle you should always pay attention to what you’d like to accentuate in your face – from your eyes to your cheekbones – anything can go into thought when choosing your next styling idea.

#38: Ruffled Pixie

Short edgy pixie with highlighted ends is effortless in styling and fabulous-looking in day-to-day wear. Besides, it’s a great coloristic pattern for gray hair in brunettes. You are going to look much younger, fresher and brighter.

#39: Gorgeous Feathered Look

Fun texture and fabulous volume around the crown with tapered sides and the back create this incredible short hairstyle with a cute feathered finish. It bears just the right amount of sassiness to make an impression of a modern and active lady, is that you?

#40: Volume & Shagginess

Raquel Welch is simply irresistible. Her edgy voluminous shag screams with beautiful texture and wonderful choice of hair hues. A nice lift at the roots and layers of flicks for fairly thick hair are exactly what it takes to achieve this fabulous effect.

#41: Sassy Pixie

Sharon Stone demonstrates one of the most inspiring examples of short hairstyles which are sassy, stylish and quite acceptable over 50. This texturized pixie is enhanced with a few bold nonchalant spikes on top. I would recommend this to women with oval faces and regular facial features.

#42: Silver Pixie With Feathery Texture

Jamie Lee Curtis has made this silver pixie her statement hairstyle. The feathery texture and salt-and-pepper color are its major attractions, but the most important thing is that it becomes Jamie Lee.

#43: Elegant Short ‘Do With Volume At The Roots

Glenn Close wears a very simple short hairstyle with some lift at the roots and neat bangs across the forehead. It’s ideal to reveal the beautiful oval of her face and classy earrings. I would also recommend removing the yellowish tint from her grey locks to get a clear noble silver hue.

#44: Bob With Highlights

A bob cut is above time, it’s elegant and classy. It’s a good solution of transition from long locks to shorter hairstyles which are, however, not extremely short. Pair it with thin bangs and consider illusive highlights for a modern quirk.

#45: Short Textured A-Line Hairstyle

Katie Couric’s radiant look instantly draws attention to her bright blue eyes and stylish A-line ‘do with the enhanced texture and disconnected ends. Subtle highlights and some volume around your face are big pluses.

#46: Soft Auburn Look

Here is a layered chin-length haircut combed back to open the facial contours. Backcombing close to the roots and nonchalant bangs, caressing the forehead, bring this sweet look to perfection.

#47: Ultra-Shiny Short ‘Do

The layered hairstyle with volume on top and boosted shine features great texture and serves a flattering framing for the face with its flirty jagged edges on the cheeks and forehead.

#48: Short Wispy Style For Fine Locks

Fine tresses seem thicker when cut short. With brown blonde coloristic solution like this and subtle backcombing you’ll add some more body to your short tresses. Style them backwards for a gorgeous elegant look with a tint of carelessness.

#49: Classy Wet Look Bob

Jodie Foster rocks bob hairstyles quite often, but this one stands out with its particular charm and naturalness. The adorable messy waves with a light effect of wet hair flatter Jodie’s face, softening its contours, and they do suit her image in whole.

#50: Reddish Brown Locks With Boosted Volume

Kate Mulgrew’s broad face benefits from hairstyles with added volume that can be easily achieved at shorter lengths thanks to backcombing. A nice lift at the roots and light voluminous texture build up this sassy hairstyle, appropriate for ladies over 50.

#51: Swept Back Blonde Locks

At the age of 56 Sharon Stone still remains a sex symbol. Her sassy short hairstyles are always a part of her image. For the Cannes film festival the actress had her short blonde locks lifted at the roots and swept back to get this effortless and relaxed look.

#52: Sleeked Back Sassy ‘Do

Another Cannes’ style from Sharon Stone is gaining a more sophisticated and formal touch, manifested in the sleeker finish and neater texture, but some flattering lift at the roots is still present here too.

#53: Volume On Top & Tapered Silhouette

I like this short wavy hairstyle from Robin Roberts even more. It features the harmonious tapered silhouette flattering Robin’s face, and outstanding aerial texture of short curls above her forehead.

#54: A-Line Shag

The secret of looking modern and stylish for older ladies is simple: avoid overly gloomed, hair-to-hair hairstyles, as they add years and make you look old-fashioned. Check Diane Keaton’s lovely A-line shag. It’s contemporary, chic and perfectly imperfect. Choose your optimal length, flattering silhouette and texture, and be sure to follow the mood.

#55: Blonde Asymmetric Hairstyle With Bangs

Helen Mirren’s lovely face shape has retained its charm and grace through years. So, she can easily afford chic asymmetric hairstyles like this one. Note that Helen’s elegant ‘do for short hair is complimented by wispy bangs across the forehead.

#56: Short, Bright, Messy

The bright look of Joan Jett suggests a dazzling hairstyle to match. This messy layered look with chaos on the crown and neat sides gives the optimal effect. It brings out Joan’s eyes and compliments both her appearance and personality.

#57: A-Line Asymmetric Bob

Ellen Barkin’s classy blonde bob with deep darkened roots feature elongated front pieces and long side bangs which shape the flattering A-line silhouette and a sort of sexy peek-a-boo style.

#58: Short Hairstyle With Bangs For Curly Hair

Sigourney Weaver’s thick curly hair is easily styled in short hairstyles. Although the chosen length is hitting at her jaw corners, and it should actually accentuate her strong jaw line, Sigourney’s curls soften all the angles and add an elegant feel to her look.

#59: Touchable Curls

Jessica Lange’s caramel blonde curls render her look the light careless feel that is flattering for a woman in any age. The fluffy blonde curls appear voluminous, touchable and extremely feminine.

#60: Soft Face-Framing Locks

Glenn Close looks fantastic, rocking this natural-looking hairstyle with the length at the nape. Her soft silver blonde locks frame her face and convey extra grace and delicacy to her looks. And the earrings are again there to enhance the shine of Glenn’s eyes.

#61: Textured Curls

Here is one more length and one more hairstyle for Glenn Close from the Breakthrough Prize Awards. As we see, textured blonde curls paired with a women’s tuxedo jacket look pretty impressive.

#62: Short Curls With Highlights

Lauren Hutton remains very beautiful at her 70 y.o. Her short haircut with defined curls adorned with coloristic compliments looks young and lively. I love the blonde touches at the ends of her locks here and there.

#63: Fascinating Pixie With Sleek Sides

The short haircut for blonde hair seems very refreshing. Although it’s very neat and accurately groomed, it still features light roughness on top as a cute modern touch. I bet nobody will ever guess your true age with such a gorgeous hairstyle!

#64: Discreetly Angled Bob

Bob is a fabulous hairstyle, rocked by ladies from 6 to 60 and over. Not to look dated, ask your hairdresser for an angled cut, but you don’t have to end up with very sharp angles. Add highlights and wispy bangs.

#65: Short Fluffy Curls

Ashy blonde delicate curls, swept backwards, shape a beautiful elegant style with a romantic tint. As it turns out, you can look dignified and feminine with a quite short and rather simple hairstyle.

#66: Extra Short Pixie Crop

Pixie, same like bob, is extremely flattering for ladies of any age with regular oval (or close to oval) facial shape. Being proud of your salt and pepper hair and sporting a cropped pixie like this deserves the highest praise, really.

#67: Jane Fonda’s Style

If you hair is thick, you can confidently copy Jane Fonda’s signature shaggy hairstyle with layering down the cheek bones and flipped out ends. With subtle highlights it will sparkle much brighter.

#68: Soft Shag Hairstyle

Shags don’t always look challenging and emphatically youthful. Older women can also sport shag hairstyles like this with soft jagged edges and backcombing at the roots.

#69: Sexy Shaggy Style From Lisa Rinna

This hairstyle is a windfall for women with dense straight hair and oval, square or triangular face shape. If you feel like duplicating Risa Rinna’s ‘do, ask your hair stylist for a razor-textured shag haircut and style the flicks outwards with a round brush when blow-drying.

#70: Classy Tapered Short Hairstyle

Check this cute style: the elongated bangs and tresses on the crown are very harmoniously blended with the tapered sides and the back. Style the bangs slantwise and treat your short tresses with your favorite shine-boosting product.

Dear ladies, we know how important it is for you to find a hairstyle that would look on you not only flattering but also present-day. Feel free to follow the examples above, check hairstyles of older celebrities and shy away the salons where they curl your hair into tight curls and overspray it to the crust. Your hair should look lively and not overly styled.

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