Without exaggeration, the right hairstyle can take 5-10 years off your look. The challenge many older women face is staying in their comfort zone with one haircut for decades, or choosing a style that is too severe. Updating your hairstyle in little ways every few years can work wonders for woman of any age. Not only does your hair condition change, you change as well.
A new hair hue, updated shape, and minor tweaks can work wonders. The good news is there’s nothing new under the sun, and your favorite pixies and bobs are still popular, but with a few new twists. We have 50 beautiful versions of your favorite haircuts. Let’s have a look!
Updated Haircuts for Women over 50
As you move forward in life it’s important that your hairstyle features some lift around your face and has movement. This is easily achieved with layers and trimmed or choppy edges. Heavy blunt cuts, and geometrical lines or shapes can contour a face but they aren’t kind to everyone. You risk looking severe or accentuating shadows, lines or wrinkles. Avoid over-processed ends or excessive usage of hair spray. This adds years to your look.
Chances are high that apart from a new hairstyle, you need to reconsider your hair color. As they age most women tend to choose lighter hues. This is understandable: they can make you look younger and mask gray hairs. On the other hand, if your base is too light for your skin tone, you look washed out. You may need to go darker with your base and add caramel or golden highlights around your face. Highlights always brighten your skin and look stylish.
Best Choices of Hairstyles for Women Over 50
Here are some flattering color examples and hairstyles for women over 50.
#1: Tapered Short Haircut
This short haircut has a tapered silhouette and luxurious fullness on top. It’s combed back and has a neatly cut nape. Note: the hair on the crown is layered to accentuate its fluid texture and thickness.
#2: Medium Bob for Wavy Hair
If your hair tends to be slightly curly or wavy, don’t be in a hurry to reject a medium-length bob. It still holds the proper shape with minimal styling effort. This special structure has the added bonus of cute spontaneous flicks.
#3: Medium Layered Hairstyle
This beautiful medium layered hairstyle gives lift around your face all thanks to the long trimmed layers. The elongated curtain bangs are subtle and youthful. A mature woman, with this particular hair texture, will find it a flattering look that gives her extra confidence!
#4: Shoulder-Grazing Haircut with Trimmed Edges
Shoulder length hair is convenient and universally flattering. This hairstyle draws one’s attention to the shaggy finish – which never goes out of style – plus, the edges look tidy but add a mischievous note.
#5: Chin-Length Layered Bob
The swooping, feathered bangs of a chin length bob help frame the face, as does the center part and slightly curled-under ends. This ash blonde color does a fantastic job of integrating any white or gray strands of hair, and in addition, keeps the cut looking classic and appropriate for a woman who is conscious of her appearance.
#6: Medium Feathered Bronde Bob
When you’re looking for a wash and wear hairstyle go with a feathered bronde bob with lots of light blonde highlights. This longer bob lays just between the chin and the shoulder. It’s the perfect length for fuss-free styling, and the silhouette is flattering on most face shapes.
#7: Long Layered Bob
A long bob, also known as a lob, is beautiful and classy. Adding well-placed layers and thinning out the contours is all it takes. When blown dry the tresses are straightened and slightly flipped inwards with the use of a round brush.
#8: Disconnected Bob
This long bob boasts a beautiful shape and effortless movement. It’s modern and trendy, starting from the shattered ends and finishing with the caramel and pale blonde highlights on a medium brown base.
#9: Metallic Bronde Bob with Feathered Layers
A messy, tousled bob is one of those stylish modern haircuts that look fabulous on most mature women. The feathery layers accentuate the cut, and the long bangs act as a perfect frame for the face. Metallic blonde highlights set off the ash brown base color of this classic bronde hairstyle.
#10: Short Mischievous Cut
To get this cute hairstyle, sculpt your cheekbones and soften an angular jawline, you’ll need a short shag cut with length at the nape and a rounded shape. To achieve the messy pointed flicks on the sides style with mousse using the scrunch method.
#11: Wavy Butter Blonde Bob
Buttery blonde, cute and curly, nothing says “youthful” better than a slightly inverted wavy bob with long side bangs. The dark roots and tousled appearance also contribute to the modern, trendy vibe of this shaggy bob.
#12: Bob with Swooping Layers
Here is another example of a neck-length lob haircut. These classy lobs can be parted on the side or down the middle. They work particularly well for women with straight, fine hair.
#13: Long Layered Gray Pixie
Women with a lot of confidence flaunt their salt and pepper hair color like a liberating badge of honor. This overgrown tapered pixie sports long, feathered layers with an elegance and sophistication. This cut gives the mature woman a sense of style.
#14: Extra Short Feathered Bob
A curly bob with a stacked back is the best choice for fine hair that needs a little extra oomph. This delicate blonde color and long, chin-length, side-swept bangs, adds an air of sophistication and subtle sensuality.
#15: Gorgeous Gray Bob with Swooping Layers
Grace and elegance are quintessential to a mature coif. The gorgeous way the hair flows backward showcases the beauty of natural-looking gray hair. The structure of the layers is architectural, and shows that this haircut is anything but staid.
#16: Long Razored Pixie
Here’s one of the sassiest shag haircuts for fine hair that we’ve seen this season. The bright blonde razored pieces of this long pixie bring life to the hair and show the active spirit of its wearer. When tousled at the top it adds extra height exactly where you want or need it.
#17: Rounded Golden Red Bob
Feathered layers and side bangs add a sense of uniformity to this rounded bob without losing movement. The golden red color is enhanced by bright blonde highlights, and the side part helps showcase the uniqueness of the hues.
#18: Short Feathered Cut with Bangs
A lot of women struggle with thinning hair as they get older. Combat yours with feathery layers and bangs. This puts emphasis on your hair’s volume. Teasing around the crown will boost the look, too. Regardless of your age, the cut is undeniably youthful.
#19: Mid-Length Choppy Wavy Cut
Layered bob haircuts are a safe and flattering bet for medium textured hair. A slightly inverted cut has a slimming effect, while the layers create dynamics. Throw in some loose curls and waves for texture if straight tresses aren’t your thing.
#20: Medium Wavy Hairstyle with Bangs
Women over 50 who prefer their hair at a medium length might consider cutting it into a shag with bangs and a center part. Bouncy waves give a lift to the face, and the bright blonde color with slightly darker roots is youthful and cheery.
#21: Medium Sliced Cut
Have fine hair? How about a shaggy cut? This versatile cut tend to work best on women with medium length straight and wavy hair. The bronde hair color with lots of blonde highlights complements most fair-to-light complexions.
#22: Steeply Angled Silver Bob with Layers
A sleek inverted bob in bright silver is an eye-catcher at any age. Straight hair is parted on the side and has long wispy, feathered bangs. If you are looking for some drama in a modern haircut to keep you looking youthful and vibrant, look no further than this one-of-a-kind option.
#23: The Ever Chic Shag
You’ve heard of the long bob or lob by now. Any woman who is 50 or older, most likely tried it before it was a trend. Not quite short, not quite long, this length is popular because it elongates the neck, is easy to style, and freshens up your look by drawing attention up to the face. To go with this style for thick hair, you need layers – piece-y ones, like in the photo, to look fabulous.
#24: Medium Feathered Cut with Bangs
Feathering is an old-school way of bringing femininity and movement to your hairstyle. Don’t worry though, the updated technique is just as cool now as ever. The flow is stunning and simply irresistible.
#25: Longer Cut with Feathered Layers
Whether you part it on the side or down the middle, a medium length haircut for fine hair looks best when you add bangs and a lot of feathery layers. It’s a classic style that’s easy to maintain. The chocolate brown color with light brown highlights helps to blend in gray strands.
#26: Shoulder-Length Haircut with Textured Ends
Modern hairstyles for women play around with color. While balayage is popular amongst younger generations, it works just as well for women over 50. You only need a few subtle touches to create that contemporary vibe.
#27: Dynamic Short Shag for Thick Hair
Show off your personality with a whimsical bob. The stark contrast between the blonde highlights and chocolate base brings a playfulness to this haircut. Chunky layers with volume and dimension complement the quirky cut.
#28: Medium Cut with Layered Flipped Ends
Flipped ends introduce a flirty and feminine vibe to this bob. While the medium length is sophisticated, the warm tones and flowing layers keep this cut from feeling cliché or trite.
#29: Lovely Gray Balayage Bob for Thick Hair
Be proud of your gray hair. In fact, put it on display with a gorgeous balayage. You don’t need a solid blonde or chocolate color to create a current bob haircut. Silvery strands teamed with an a-line cut are just as stylish.
#30: Medium Feathered Blonde Hairstyle
Shag haircuts for older women create an air of mystery, while at the same time softening wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. The swooping blonde layers flip up slightly at the ends and graze the shoulders.
#31: Layered Bob with Subtle Balayage
Even a subtle balayage exudes modern style. A bob is a streamlined canvas for these stunning hues. The root fade transforms a simple sleek cut into a multidimensional one, which always makes a haircut more interesting.
#32: Awesome Curly Gray Bob
Who says curls can’t be symmetrical and organized? If you are a curly-haired gal over 50 looking for a fashionable bob haircut, look no further. Make the most out of your gray bob by enhancing the color so those silvery tones shimmer and shine.
#33: Medium Feathered Cut for Thick Hair
This hairstyle might be better called “Diane Keaton’s” because it’s so reminiscent of the actress’s signature look. Gray blonde, straight, and feathered, the medium length cut can be parted in the center or on the side. It’s one of the great WOMEN over 50 wash and wear haircuts, with the extra bonus of being long enough to swoop it up into a ponytail.
#34: Chin-Length Layered Bob
Another flattering option for older woman is a chin-length bob with added layers. If your hair is slightly curly, you’ll achieve a cute flip at the edges naturally, otherwise you may easily curl them with a blow dryer and a round brush.
#35: Chic Shaggy Bob with Side Bangs
There is no reason a haircut for a mature woman can’t still feel fresh and modern. This shaggy style is just one example. The undone look still maintains a certain refinement and ease. What really elevates this hairstyle is the warm balayage blended beautifully into the bob.
#36: Short Layered Blonde Balayage Bob
Bob hairstyles for women over 50 shouldn’t be limited by anything but your imagination. Want something fun, but still a bit understated? Try a high-contrast palette like blonde and chocolate brown. Wispy layers will not only show off the gorgeous color but also add movement.
#37: Refreshing Pixie
Here is a short wispy style: playful fullness at the crown, soft bangs and edges gently framing the face and bringing out the facial contours and feature highlighting bright eyes and a beautiful smile.
#38: Short Stacked Bronzed Brown Bob
Many mature women experience lackluster tresses, especially if they continually dye their hair. This bold and bronzed hue covers up gray beautifully. Plus, the well-hydrated locks ensure this bob shines!
#39: Dark Soft Curls
Bob haircuts for women over 50 are in high demand because of their convenience, flattering length and versatility. Add softness to your look by pinning curly hair back on one side and adding sweeping side bangs on the other. This chin length style is great for showing off your cheekbones.
#40: Medium Rounded Layered Cut
For women over 50 medium hairstyles are a smart choice because they are so low maintenance. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing an ounce of style. You have enough length to play around with the layers and give your locks a fuller look.
#41: Medium Feathered Cut for Thick Hair
Thick hair can be a challenge, but opt for a layered cut and your problems may be solved. It helps to tame the volume and give your tresses effortless style, which is perfect if you’re looking for an easy wash-and-wear bob.
#42: Medium Layered Haircut with Wispy Bangs
Shag hairstyles for women of any age are a fun choice. Growing out a layered bob can also create a more carefree look. Bangs complement the playful vibes that this medium-length cut exudes.
#43: Messy Bob Cut for Thick Wavy Hair
Bobs are universally flattering hairdos that work across all generations. Pick a color and cut that are in tune with your personal style so that this popular hairstyle is unique to you. Curls give your locks lots of body while a platinum blonde is perfect for camouflaging gray strands.
#44: Punky Short Bangs
Rockabilly styles make a clear statement when done in shades of red, purple or blue. Here’s proof that there’s variety in short ‘dos and they aren’t limited only to bob or pixie hairstyles. This new take on short-medium hairstyles for women incorporates short bangs, longer wisps of hair at the neck, and the best texture of an abbreviated shag.
#45: Pastel Purple Layered Bob
Bob haircuts in unexpected colors are edgy — but not over the top. This classic hairstyle, made up of shaggy layers and feathered side bangs, is a really nice base for contemporary color. If you happen to be over 50, have a sense of style, and have naturally white hair, this may be an easy styler you to achieve.
#46: Platinum Short Bob
Three cheers for classy bobs! Make your daughters or nieces proud to hang out with you by rocking a sophisticated hairstyle done in modern platinum. Pair this cut with a black outfit and red lips for the highest contrast.
#47: Contemporary Asymmetrical Hairstyle
Here’s a modern cut that reinvents “going gray.” To keep gray hair looking cool, fresh, and-above all-lovely, be sure to get regular trims, since uneven ends tend to stand out more. Monochromatic clothes and simple accessories tie everything together to make a modern style statement.
#48: Touchable Waves and Side Bangs
Short to medium hairstyles for women look especially great when styled in soft waves. For this feminine look, blow dry your hair with a large round barrel brush to create volume. Next, curl long bangs away from your face. For the rest of your hair, curl it in alternating directions.
#49: The Over Fifty Favorite
Volume is often flattering for mature ladies with short hairstyles. Here the major volume is achieved with a round brush and blow dryer and enhanced by highlights. Light brown and blonde highlights are worked through the front and top of the hair while the underside is kept dark.
#50: Voluminous A-Line with Highlights
Older women are drawn to a-line haircuts for good reason — they give so much volume! Making hair appear thicker will totally transform your look and have you walking taller. Layered, swept-back bangs add a unique, modern touch.
Unsure about how to follow the current trends without the risk of looking like you try too hard? You may have already given up on your look and kissed your stylish looking photos from the past good-bye. It’s time to reconsider. Armed with one of these photos and a good stylist it will be easy to achieve the look you desire.