When you step over a certain age, you wonder what upgrades to make to your image so that you could look decent, respectable, fairly youthful, and not outdated. Women who are aging gracefully and try to look modern always admire everyone around. Your hairstyle is a key concept of your image, so you should review your options carefully to pick those styles which will present you in the best light. Older celebrities, such as Kim Besinger, Lisa Rinna, Madonna, Kris Jenner, Sharon Osbourne and many others show with their examples how stunning you may look when you are over 50.
Tendencies in Hairstyles for Women Over 50
Many women refer to the age of 50 as their second youth and the time when they can finally enjoy life to its fullest. When you are over 50, that doesn’t mean you must choose some specific styles and stop doing something you liked before. A woman remains a woman, no matter how old she is. So, your favorite pixie, bob or a graded cut are still with you, because they are timeless. The other thing is the older you become, the simpler styles you should stick to. Give your preference to clean cuts and soft lines that keep your locks off the face. With bangs women often look younger. So, if you are used to wearing bangs, there’s no sense to give up on this idea. Opt for the wispy bangs reaching your eyebrows, like Kris Jenner or Lisa Rinna styles, or soft side waves like Kathy Hilton’s bangs, for instance.
If you hair is fine, it’s better to try a short-to-medium version of a bob haircut or cheeky pixie hairstyles with some teasing at the roots for the added volume. Thick hair looks awesome in layered medium/long styles, and you can try anything from an extra short pixie to long bobs, whether you prefer curls, waves or straight tresses.
Grey hairs are a common problem of all women over 50. Lighter tones are easier to maintain, that’s why many older women opt for blondish or caramel hues. On the other hand, darker intelligent shades, such as burgundy, auburn and dark chocolate are also popular. Highlights for women over 50 are usually very subtle, just 1-2 tones lighter than the basic color. So, it’s better to avoid too drastic transitions of hues. The idea is to look elegant and modern.
Hairstyles for Women Over 50
Here are 80 worthy hairstyles to inspire you and select some looks you can adopt for yourself in 2017.
#1: Medium Layered Haircut
This stunning cut with discreet layers and subtle honey highlights looks incredible on fair complexions. To achieve the seamless style, your longest locks must graze the shoulders, while the top layers are cut gradually shorter. Besides the fact that it looks great, the hairdo is also quite easy to maintain – complete the look with side-swept bangs on the front and style the tips with a round brush.
#2: Short Auburn Bob with Layers
If you go for a layered bob, make sure it is styled to shows off your dynamic cut. The way these shorter layers have been brushed back and set creates a cool version of feathered hair.
#3: Medium Layered Hairstyle with Bangs
Today most stylists agree that age doesn’t imply any restrictions on hairstyle choices. You can pick any hairstyle that flatters your face, hair type, and personality. However, as a rule, moderately voluminous short and medium hairstyles on women in their 50’s look better than sleek ones. This layered style with soft highlights is a beautiful example.
#4: Bold and Spiky Pixie
You can highlight your natural beauty by using a bold color to complement a minimalistic cut. For instance, the spiky pixie looks sophisticated but it is actually easy to style. The sassy spikes can be styled with wax and swept towards the front. Different nuances of the hair color can add another dimension to the cut.
#5: Straight Blonde Bob with Bangs
A bob is a classic ‘do that works for any age. It is all about finding the right shape, length and color that enhance your features. Adding a fringe and some soft highlights around your face is a good option to test out.
#6: Sassy Short Hairstyle for Women
There is nothing predictable about this short cut. It works with thick and moderately thick hair types and enhances one’s facial features. We recommend this daring sassy cut for women with oval-shaped faces. As far as styling goes, simply mussing up the strands with a hair product while blow-drying will do the trick.
#7: Medium Style with Blonde Highlights
A lot of hairstyles for women over 50 are cropped, but there are plenty of stunning medium and long options. Something that hits around the shoulders is the best if you desire some length without getting into Rapunzel-like strands.
#8: Brown Blonde Layered Hairstyle
Check out the way these layers fall. It seems like it can be a complicated ‘do to style at home, but it isn’t. Ask your hairstylist to chop some feathered layers in your hair. When you’re blow drying your mane, use a round brush to flick the ends towards the back. Finish with hairspray.
#9: Soft Curly Blonde Bob
Opt for a style that embraces the natural texture of your tresses. Curly or wavy-haired women would benefit from something similar to this. It is a wash-and-go style that allows your hair to lie how it wants without becoming messy.
#10: Mid-Length Hairdo with Bangs
Sometimes longer hair isn’t the most flattering in over 50 hairstyles, especially if your locks are on the thinner side. In spite of this, do you still love long haircuts and want to choose something appealing for your fine hair? The style in this picture features the right layering and shows that medium to long hairstyles for women (those that hit just a few inches past the shoulders) can be great.
#11: Over 50 Short Layered Hair
Ladies with straight hair can still add some texture in their hairstyles without any hot styling tools. Work with your hairdresser to create a layered cut with choppy ends. Ask for some blonde highlights to play up the pieces.
#12: Blonde Cropped Hairstyle
The right cut looks good from all angles. You don’t see your style from the back all the time, but others do. A style that gracefully tapers towards the neck through feathered layers creates a thicker head of hair.
#13: Short Crop with Side Bangs
Short haircuts for women over 50 are popular for a reason. There are many haircut styles that you can have your pick of. When selecting your favorite short hairstyle, consider trying something cropped short in the back with longer bangs, like this beautiful pixie.
#14: Blonde Lob with Long Bangs
Are you still not sure whether a long bob is the right look for you? Speak to your hairdresser about it. They will show you different options. If you want some swooping bangs and layers around your face, here’s is a good example to take with you to a salon.
#15: Medium Hair with Sweeping Layers
There is nothing wrong with an air-dried ‘do, but one that is styled with a brush always has a sophisticated polish. These layers are gently brushed back off the face to add a nice bit of movement.
#16: Layered Bob with Highlights
There is a myriad of different bobs. It is amazing how a few layers can reinvigorate any old style. Layers work for thick and thin hair. Plus, you can come up with new finishes depending on what way you angle those layered pieces.
#17: Shoulder Length Hairstyle with Flicked Out Ends
There is no need to have a haircut that is overly complicated. At your age, it’s best to aim at healthy hair with a nice finish. The way the ends have been layered and turned out in this hairdo is lovely. It works for day or more formal occasions.
#18: Stacked Bob for 50 Year Olds
This hairstyle combines the youthfulness of a short-to-medium cut with the grace befitting a 50 year old woman. There’s a clever technique in obtaining the illusion of volume by gradually moving from shorter to longer strands. Daring to go for bangs offers the illusion of a narrower frame. The look appears polished thanks to the clean and neat nape.
#19: Side-Parted Blonde Balayage Bob
Medium hairstyles are always the safest choice if you are unsure about shorter lengths. When it comes to women’s haircuts for over 50, the side-parted bob is a popular pick. You can add some edge to your style with color. If you’re not quite ready for a bold dye job, experiment with darker roots and balayage highlights.
#20: Short Piece-y Crop
A sleek crop is elegant, but piece-y ones can be just as chic. Define the different layers in your hair with a bit of styling gel or mousse. These products enhance texture, define the ends of your layers and create a totally cool, polished look.
#21: Reverse-Ombre for Short Grey Hair
Traditional ombre styles start dark at the roots and fade lighter towards the ends, but the benefit of the reverse is that fading from light to dark not only provides an overall brighter appearance, but adds great depth. This particular color combo is a fantastic hair color option for those not ready to go grey all over, as the dark contrast helps maintain a youthful edge.
#22: Medium-Length Golden Bob
When most people think of hairstyles for women over 50, they assume you have to sacrifice length and color. Thankfully they’re wrong, and this golden blonde bob is proof. The bright-blonde balayage paired with a sleek, voluminous bob sends a chic and sophisticated vibe, well-suiting for women of any age.
#23: Layered Graduated Bob
While we agree age is nothing but a number, it’s still a wide-spread idea that short to medium length haircuts with volume tend to work best on middle aged women, as opposed to super-sleek ones. Gradually going shorter and adding more layers is a popular way to achieve this.
#24: Shoulder-Grazing Wispy Cut
If you’re dealing with fine hair, make sure you choose a style that works with your texture instead of against it. Opting for a wispy, layered cut will put some necessary movement into otherwise straight and lifeless strands.
#25: Warm and Wavy Lob
If you’re in search of modern haircuts for women over 50, consider this. The popular lob features a lived-in look due to its randomly placed, alternating curls, yet it still maintains its polished feel thanks to a sleek, side-swept bang. The warm brunette shade also oozes a youthful energy.
#26: Layered Bob with Blonde Babylights
Loads of layers serve many purposes, and this adorable cut that’s perfect for 50 year olds utilizes them all: they remove weight from thick and heavy hair, provide tons of height around the crown (which has a face slimming effect), and they add movement. Placing blonde babylights at the tips of the layers make them POP!
#27: Shoulder-Length Flip
The biggest appeal of shorter styles is the convenience factor. Ask your stylist to recommend some cuts that only require a round brush to style, and no hot tools. This not only saves you time, but it saves your hair from the damage curling and straight irons leave behind after repeated use.
#28: Buttery Blonde Mid-Length Hair
Blonde is a popular color choice for older women hairstyles, as grey roots respond better to bleach than being covered with color, plus the re-growth is less noticeable against a lighter shade. This stunning, buttery blonde mane would look amazing at age, but no matter what your age is, it’s best reserved for super healthy hair.
#29: Long Bombshell Red Locks
Long and vivacious, this look proves that over 50 haircuts and styles don’t have to be boring – all they take is a spunky attitude to pull off! Bonus: a red base accented with blonde highlights is sure to warm up your complexion!
#30: Wispy Balayage Bob
Wispy hair is practically synonymous with youth, so for a fresh feel, consider a style with some piece-y layers you can playfully push off your face. Pair it with the popular balayage, and you’re likely to shave 5-10 years off your appearance.
#31: Warm Balayage With Short Layers
If you were blessed with loads of hair, show it off with the powers of balayage. Lightening strategically placed strands will brighten you up and add gorgeous dimension. In case your hair is thick, when opting for medium to short womens haircuts, be sure to ask for enough layers to combat the weight of your hair and enjoy a lighter, airier feel.
#32: Blonde Pixie
Middle aged women often opt for pixie cuts, and for good reason! The tapered silhouette keeps the feeling of length in front and at the top, but cuts out the daily maintenance that longer hair requires. With such a style, remember it’s important to keep the hair at the nape of the neck cut clean to maintain a polished appearance.
#33: Choppy, Stacked Bob
Stacked bobs continue to be popular, with their biggest appeal being their wash-and-go readiness. They lend particularly well to thicker hair textures, but can also work with thin hair types. This choppy blonde bob features chunky layers, making her already full hair look even more voluminous.
#34: Botox Bangs
If you haven’t already, you’ll notice that hairstyles for older women often incorporate bangs. This is because bangs are a fantastic way to hide an aging-forehead, which is why some hairstylists refer to them as “botox bangs.” Don’t want to inject your forehead, but want to detract from the wrinkles? Just cover them with bangs!
#35: Modern Sculpted Bob
Looking to frame your face and add height at the crown? Consider a graduated bob. A long, wispy front layer can hug your face, while shorter, curled layers add texture and height. This is a great choice for thick and naturally-wavy hair textures.
#36: Creamy Blonde Waves
Long curls are always an extremely popular look for women of all age groups, but note the biggest feature that makes this particular style a better choice for middle aged women: the side-swept bang. Without the bang, these long locks could drag down an aging face. But with them, the look is flattering and sophisticated.
#37: Roundbrush Bob
If you have an angular face, there are short womens hairstyles that can help soften it. This bob is full of layers that after a quick round-brush session would result in gentle, curved lines ready to soften your features.
#38: Textured Bob with Bangs
Textured bobs have always been a favorite of the female hairstyles, especially among middle aged women. It’s a guaranteed way to cut back on maintenance without sacrificing style or sass. Many of them only require a bit of quick finger-sculpting with some product, and they’re good to go.
#39: Long Bangs, Short Crown
Love the look of face-framing layers, but not the upkeep of long locks? There’s a style for that! Keep the front of your hair long and sleek so you can still run your fingers through it and tuck it behind your ears, but have your stylist chop short layers throughout the back of your hair for elevation at the crown.
#40: Medium Length Layers with Balayage
With age comes wisdom…like the fact that spending hours on your hair no longer seems like a good use of your time or energy, hence the appeal of short to medium haircuts. This look is every bit as stylish as the one you had in your younger days, but without the need for a curling iron – just round brush these layers into place for a soft, bouncy coif.
#41: Layered Auburn Hairstyle
Who said that turning 50 means getting rid of long hair? If you have always wanted to have bangs and tousled layers that fall just below the shoulders, then this is the look for you. Feminine, and full of volume, plus the rich deep layers create a higher or lower contrast with your skin tone that stands the test of time.
#42: Highlights and Lowlights in Medium Length Cut
Long hair is not for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you have to go super short, either. This cut is the perfect medium length for fullness and dimension. Soft layers with light and dark strands mixed throughout equals a perfect 10 in haircuts for older women.
#43: Blonde Graduated Bob
Over 50 doesn’t have to mean boring hair, but we understand you don’t want complicated tresses either! This style takes the modern day bob and literally lifts it a notch. With a beautiful pearl blonde base, the stacked layering adds height and easy styling options to get you on your way.
#44: Grey-Blend Short and Wavy Haircut
Want to jazz up those grey hairs with a fresh cut and color? This style adds soft blonde highlights to accentuate the natural grey undertones and make them look purposeful. With a blowout creating both an inverted flip along with the base curling inward, this look is the best for all face shapes.
#45: Shiny and Short Bob with Long Layers
Hairstyles for short hair can get confusing when you aim to be on trend but not look like you tried too hard. This cut and color are modern yet simply elegant. Working on a light base with undertones slightly darker, the long layers add a fresh feel to this short, slightly angled cut.
#46: Red Curls
Enhance the natural beauty of being a redhead with some subtle highlights and shorter layers. This cut looks uber-chic with the slight touch of a curling iron to accentuate the nuances of the gorgeous hair color. Perfect for day or night; be prepared for those around you to get major hair envy.
#47: Messy and Inverted Chocolate Brown Cut
Want to know the secret of beachy waves on short hair? It’s in this brunette cut! Blow dry your short to medium hair and add loose curls to random pieces. Then tousle the crown and add styling paste to create whatever look you want that day. And the more strands out of place, the prettier the result will be!
#48: Short Radiant Bob with Bangs
Women hairstyles change over time but one thing that never goes out of style is a spot-on cut and color. This inverted bob with a fall-like copper tone is perfect for women over 50 and youthful at the same time because of the blunt bangs, dynamic layers and a fresh color. When styling, do rough drying, using your fingers instead of a brush, and then add some waves or curls for a relaxed, contemporary look.
#49: Heavy Fringe, Highlights and Lowlights
Hair can be artwork. For ladies over 50 who take the time and discipline in keeping blonde looking shiny and on trend, this is the most suitable look. Just grazing the shoulders, the shaggy waves bring out the bright blonde strands set off by the darker brown interior to create a medium length hairstyle that turns heads everywhere.
#50: Platinum Pixie
Short hair – don’t care. Showing off blushed cheekbones and an unforgettable smile, this is the wash-and-wear hair that looks like a million bucks. Very natural and simplistic, the pixie cut is both sweet and sexy when compared with other female hairstyles.
#51: Short Hair with Long Multicolored Bangs
A flattering ‘do to show off a face with glasses, this style is short with an edgy twist. The long, multicolored bangs let the world know that fun hair can still happen in short hairstyles for women over 50. The shine that bounces off the healthy burgundy base is exquisite.
#52: Highlighted Bob Hairstyle
Want to keep the cut simple but add distinction to the color? This sleek bob is a go-to option for women with fine hair, as the highlights add texture without weighing strands down. Smooth ends make this style office-ready or perfect for a night out on the town.
#53: Short Hairstyle for Fine Hair
As we age, our hair follicles get weaker and hair may thin out. This is the right cut for middle aged women that brings back volume and radiance with a simple face-framing style. With fringed bangs and subtle highlights, this look only requires a blow dry and some light hairspray to keep fine hair in place all day.
#54: Thick Inverted Bob with Highlights
Short haircuts for women over 50 can get tricky for those with thick hair, as you don’t want your look to be too full and unable to hold a style. This inverted bob is beautiful for fuller tresses, as it tapers around the nape giving the longer strands more control to hold a curl or wave. The lowlights are the finishing touches to make this look seasonless.
#55: Textured Razor Cut Bob
Whether you have dark hair or a beautiful blonde balayage like in the photo, this is a sassy look that will continue to grow with you. The medium length is perfect for 50 year olds who still want to show off their sexy side. Throw in some loose curling iron waves with a little bit of styling product, and the world awaits you!
#56: Flipped and Bouncy Medium Haircut
This is an over 50 haircut that still knows a thing or two on how to turn heads! Full of flirty curls that are flipped and sprayed to hold their shape, this style moves with you as you tackle the day. Tease the crown for volume that won’t be shaken. Va-va-voom!
#57: Redhead Bob
Between the shiny, healthy red tones and the sleek, even bob, this cut and color do all the talking. Minimal makeup is required for those who have this beautiful cut. Blow-dry with a round brush, and watch the youngsters take note of one of the most timeless short women’s haircuts.
#58: Strawberry Blonde Short Stacked Cut
You’re ready for short hair, but you still want some contrast and dimension. This cut combines beautiful honey and strawberry blonde tones to make for a style that’s mature yet playful. It is long enough to add a few curls to the sides. Backcomb and spray the hair at the nape to complete the perfect look for 50 year olds.
#59: Short Blonde Hair with Long Bangs
Simple and yet so modern. This cut looks beautiful with light hair but could also work for you, the dark hair beauties out there. Shorter strands in the back that lengthen as you come toward the face; this style is easy to maintain without any fuss. Throw in some soft highlights, as in the picture, to add a subtle contrast to the look.
#60: Long Hair with Bangs for Over 50
This is one of haircut styles for women that shout feminine and romantic. As long as you commit to keeping your tresses healthy and professionally styled, rock it as long as you want! The bangs add youth and structure the soft piecey curls. If age is just a number, long shiny hair is here to stay!
#61: Wavy Bob Haircut with Heavy Fringe
A wavy finish is a good choice if you’re searching for something on the softer, more youthful side. It is less strict than a stick straight ‘do. To play up the tousled texture of your mane, try adding a few beach blonde highlights.
#62: Straight Silver Bob
Have you decided to embrace gray now when it’s all the rage? Show off your silver locks with a minimalist haircut that brings all the focus on them. A straight, side-parted bob is something worth trying.
#63: Bob with Bangs for Middle Aged Women
And what about some sassy short to medium haircuts for you? Women over 50 can easily afford something flirty and playful like this razored bob. Medium length hairstyles can fall anywhere between the chin and the shoulders. Her cut is a superb idea for ladies who want to customize a classic cut. Go for choppy ends framing your face and a delicious chocolate color.
#64: Tousled Haircut with Dark Underside
All it takes to make short haircuts very cool and modern is one unexpected element. Hairstyles for over 50 are at their best when they stick with this simple rule. This short layered female cut with a contrasting underside is a fresh take on the classic bob.
#65: Medium Short Brown Bob
If you’re a 50 year old woman, celebrate the milestone by trying a new haircut or experimenting with new hair styles. The right haircuts for women over 50 focus on gorgeous color and lovely shape. Take a closer look at this picture, and you will see how harmonious a hairstyle can be when it is done correctly.
#66: Layered Medium Cut
This cut is a bit more conservative and works beautifully with most face shapes. It involves gracious layers towards the nape. Use a blow-dryer and a round hairbrush to add volume to the upper half. The side swept bangs can be cut asymmetrically to blend seamlessly with the rest of the hair.
#67: Asymmetrical Bob with Highlights
Fifty is the perfect age for experimenting with one’s hair. Just take a look at this fabulous asymmetrical bob with highlights. The charming lady in the photo enhanced her ashy blonde hair with deep plum highlights. Stacked layers at the back allow achieving some extra volume.
#68: Inverted Spiky Bob
How daring would you say you are? If you’re thinking of playing around with your hair, this medium cut is perfect for you. The inverted spiky bob with asymmetrical lines features super short strands on the back, slightly longer ones on one side, and a rebellious fringe on the other. The secret to this look lies in puffing up the back while providing a super-sleek coating on the sides.
#69: Pixie with a Maximum Lift
Short cuts on the sides, feathered tips, and slightly raised roots are the three attributes that describe this puffed-up pixie. Hair stylists consider this cut one of the most dignified short looks for women over 50. It combines the best of both worlds: it’s elegant and at the same time modern and fresh. Dedicate 5 minutes of your time to achieve this ‘do by blow drying the hair with a brush and applying some setting cream.
#70: Playful Curls with Short Fringe
This discreet and youthful haircut is perfect for all ages. Women of 50 and over prefer it because it’s comfortable and easy to style. If you choose to wear it with medium length hair, you will be able to diversify the look with curly, wavy or straight locks. Another bonus would be the fact that the fringe flatters most face shapes and shifts focus towards the eyes. Stylists state that this is one of the best haircut styles for women. Add a bold cover (like the auburn in the image) and you’re all set!
#71: Sassy and Sexy Pixie
This raven pixie with a feathery finish is irresistible. It looks contemporary and a little bit sassy – exactly what is in demand for good-looking women over 50 with class and style in blood.
#72: Flipped Blonde Lob
Openness and clean lines of this elegant classic hairstyle communicate an absolutely dignified feel. And the thorough layering down the mid-ear point just makes it livelier and more latter-day.
If you want this signature hairstyle, ask your stylist for a cut with layering down the mid-ear point that is a good idea for medium thick hair. Medium brown highlights in dark brown hair will add dimension and emphasize the texture.
#74: Classic Blonde Bob
Bob hairstyle is timeless and ageless. This one with a side parting and accurate grading for the tresses, framing the face, suits women over 50 with fine straight hair perfectly.
#75: Elegant Off-Centered Downdo
Thick hair and a medium length are excellent opportunities to introduce some grading for the locks, framing your face. Very faint, illusive highlights create an absolutely natural sun-kissed effect, complimenting your beautiful tresses.
#76: Sassy Silver Over Pixie
It’s amazing how flattering one of the biggest fears of all women – grey hairs may appear in modern sassy hairstyles. A chic pixie with shattered outlines in an excellent choice!
#77: Heartwarming Shoulder Length Waves
Center-parted waves, kissing your cheeks gently, suit round and square faces. Subtle caramel highlights will bring out the color of your eyes and refresh the overall look.
#78: Smart Ultra-Short Bob
Very short bobs with volume on top and graded edges are an excellent match for oval faces. Faint chocolate feathers in black hair are right to the point when you need to bring out the dark brown eyes.
#79: Edgy Layered Hairstyle
Ever-young layered razor cut would be suitable for active and jovial women over 50 who understand that their age is just a number. Opt for a noble hue, such as burgundy, and you will make a splash in the neighborhood!
#80: Enhanced Elegance
The long golden blonde with thin pale ribbons is very complimentary for the fair skin and green eyes. Soft supple curls only for the ends and long side-swept bangs with very light teasing speak elegance fluently.
Well, these were some pictures for inspiration. Try to choose a hairstyle that will reflect your character and bring out the dominating traits of your personality. Let the world around know that you are still young, jovial and irresistibly charming.