40 Stylish Long Hairstyles for Older Women

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There’s an old notion that long hair signifies youthfulness, so, older women should avoid it because it’s no longer appropriate for their age. That’s an old school way of thinking, and it can be disputed in modern times. Women over 40 can wear a variety of lengthy styles ranging from buns and braided updos to loose curls and waves. See 40 pictures with long hairstyles for older women below and don`t forget to save the best ideas!

Long Hairstyles for Older Women

Updos with tucked in ends, such as low buns, chignons and French knots look elegant and can be worn as a casual or formal hairstyle. However, you don’t have to limit yourself solely to one type of hairstyles. Braided crowns, braid and bun updos, half up curly hairstyles and even flowing layered waves are among the options you can afford if you have healthy medium textured or thick hair. Here are the inspiring examples!

#1: An Elegant Chignon

If you are a lady whose social calendar is packed with luncheons, cocktail parties and galas, you must try the classy chignon bun as one of your go-to long hairstyles for women over 50. It is classic and conservative enough for more reserved crowds, but it is far from being dated or boring.

#2: Smoky Swirl

Older women with long hair who want a simple style that can last a couple of days without being retouched will enjoy this look. The best part is it works especially well with salt and pepper hair and creates a swirled appearance that is stylish.

#3: Festive and Formal Updo

For those who need a hairdo for formal gatherings like a wedding or a graduation, nothing beats this sweet curled pin-up. The bottom is fun and fabulous, the top is elevated, and the whole look makes a sophisticated and glamorous statement.

#4: Braided Low Bun

Less is more is not always the best motto when it comes to hairstyles as shown here. With bangs, braids and a messy bun, it may seem like a lot, but somehow all three elements work together. The long pieces at the end of the bangs instantly slim round faces.

#5: Sophisticated French Twist

A sleek French roll is classic and will look good at a variety of different events. The best part is that it’s easy to do and will last all day with minimal flyaway strands. Make sure to soften your features with layers around the face.

#6: Lovely Low Bun

A low bun is a great updo option in the collection of hairstyles for women over 60. The dress code for the event you are attending will determine the degree of messiness within your style: messier for casual settings and sleeker for formal affairs.

#7: Simple Side Braid

Standard long hairstyles for women over 50 need some twist that will instantly make them more exciting. Choose a side part with a neat braid on the smaller section and sweep your locks on the other side so that they cover your temple and ear for a pretty and stylish asymmetrical look.

#8: Half Up Half Down Style

Half updos are great because they have the ability to be both casual and formal, which is perfect when you have to go from the office to an after work event. Soft curls work better with a style like this because they won’t look flat.

#9: Milkmaid Braid

Bohemian beauties will love this fancy milkmaid braid. Wear it with a flowing blouse or breezy maxi dress. With less time spent primping or focusing on your hair, you can spend more time enjoying life.

#10: Sassy Braided Pony

Ombre is an easy way to incorporate color without fully committing to the upkeep and maintenance. If you are worried about dyeing your hair and making it brittle, you could use one ponytail trick. Use an attached pony or extensions of slightly darker or lighter hues to blend well with your natural hair color.

#11: Messy Bun with Romantic Strands

Older women with long hair want to avoid anything too structured as it can add years to their faces. This style is a perfect example of how to style your hair for a modern look. The strands with bangs frame the features beautifully and create a relaxed appearance.

Low Curly Bun With Bangs

Instagram / @swellbeauty

#12: Classic French Twist

A classic updo like the french twist is a more put together choice for women with long hair over 60. It’s eye catching, but it’s also not that complicated to achieve. If you are a classic style lover, secure any flyaways in place with hairspray.

Older Women's French Roll Updo

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#13: Tousled Side Ponytail with Bangs

Fringes are wonderful for mature women because they cover the forehead and distract from under-eye wrinkles. These bangs are complemented by a simple side half ponytail bun — producing a more playful look.

Side Curly Ponytail Hairstyle

Instagram / @hairbyjessielu

#14: Elegant Cinnamon Roll Updo

The cinnamon roll is among the top choices for hair updos, especially for those who have long hair over 40. It’s fab on older ladies because it’s fuss-free, elegant and polished.

#15: Interlocked Braids and Soft Bangs

If you’re over 45 and want a style that is a head-turner without trying too hard, then this is it. The interlocked braids have been swept into an updo to create a universally appealing look — and it’s a must-try ‘do out of all the long hairstyles for older women.

Loose Messy Updo For Long Hair

Instagram / @swellbeauty

#16: Blowout with Flicked Layers

You may be asking yourself, can older women wear bangs? Bangs are great for framing the face and tend to make it appear softer, but they are also incredibly fashion-forward, even more so when complimented by gentle waves that are flipped up at the ends. For that extra touch, make use of subtle highlights throughout.

Dark Brown Hair With Golden Balayage

Instagram / @igobygina

#17: Loose Bun with Curls

It may seem tough to find styles for long hair over 50, but updos are a guaranteed way to appear sophisticated at all times — whether it’s a formal occasion or something more casual. Create a small bouffant and pull your natural or styled curls into a loose low updo.

Curly Blonde Bouffant Updo

Instagram / @hairbyjayne

#18: Bold Color and Tight Curls

For the more adventurous, a bold color is a gorgeous addition to long hair on older ladies. It’s also perfect for those who want to show off their personality — although it will require regular visits to the salon, as regrowth is visible against the deep hue. Be sure to condition often, because the color draws a lot of attention to your hair, however, the curls help to disguise any split ends or damage.

50+ Medium Copper Red Curly Hairstyle

Instagram / @hairstylist_ani

#19: Voluminous Twisted Chignon

After 60 you can still rock updos that are elegant and classy, and the chignon is one of those styles that work great for women over 60. The chignon will compliment a wide range of face shapes, and it lends itself well to a variety of different settings, making it a top pick.

Formal Updo For Older Ladies

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#20: Laid-Back Beachy Waves

This look is a beautiful choice for brunettes with long hair cuts. Embrace your natural texture by only slightly enhancing it with a curling iron. The overall appearance is one that is laidback, although very eye-catching and modern. Also, highlights throughout create a more youthful feel.

#21: Intricate Bun

The loopy bun may take a bit more time to complete, but the end result is an updo that is incredibly elegant and, thus, a definitely winning special occasion option out of the many long hairstyles for older women. If you don’t have long locks then make use of hair extensions to achieve the updo of your dreams.

Loopy Bun Formal Updo

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#22: Elegant Updo with Soft Curls

Got a full head of absolutely beautiful tresses? Show them off! The combination of the braids and curls in this look make it the best updo for formal occasions like weddings — a great look for the mother of the bride. Or groom.

#23: Half Up Curly Hairstyle

The half up and half down hairstyle ensures the perfect balance, and is an example of how beautiful long hair for older ladies can be — no need to chop those locks once you pass 40! Plus, it’s especially flattering on women with thicker hair. The curls add volume, while the horizontal braid across the back of the head pulls the bouffant and the curls together nicely.

#24: Flat Twists and High Bun

When it comes to natural hair, long hairstyles for women over 50 are commonly achieved with extensions. A compact high bun with twists is pretty and comfortable to wear, while also fitting for any setting.

#25: Swirled French Roll

If you like classics and elegance, go for a French roll with a modern twist. Update it with bangs, a delicious hair color with highlights, and play with the shape of the roll, adding a personalized detail, like this dynamic swoop, for instance.

Older Women's French Twist Updo

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#26: Wedding-Approved Curls

The soft curls always make for a feminine appearance. A slight bouffant is highly recommended to add height at the front and balance lush curls on the bottom. Finish it off with a floral clip for a more romantic feel.

Curly Half Updo For Long Hair

Instagram / @spunkyanne

#27: Wrapped Ballerina Bun

Today older women with long hair can afford any hairstyles which before have been associated with the younger crowd. If your hair is healthy and thick, even the ballerina bun is achievable, although older ladies mostly prefer to wear hairstyles with some root volume as a surefire and safe choice.

Sleek High Sock Bun Updo

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#28: Thick Salt and Pepper Hair

If you’ve ever wondered should older women wear long hair or simply chop it off, then this picture will undoubtedly answer your question. If you have naturally thick hair that is in good condition it’s best to show if off with a simple, straight style. Embrace your natural color — there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident enough to go grey — and long grey hair can be very flattering. Add lowlights if necessary.

#29: Curled Updo with Light Bangs

Women after 50 don’t have to opt for hairstyles that are boring or dated, as this curled updo proves. Fine hair can be incredibly lifeless when left loose, however, it benefits greatly from a loose updo with curled ends pinned at the nape of the neck.

#30: Updo with Sweeping Side Bangs

Medium and long hair for older ladies should be styled, because when it simply hangs down, it may appear neglected. A little bit teasing at the roots, twisting and pinning makes for a pretty updo that looks polished, and it’s still easy to put together.

Voluminous Updo For Older Ladies

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#31: Low Bun with an Encircling Braid

Updos are perfect for formal occasions or a night out with your significant other. Mature women tend to have thinner hair, so use a bouffant to boost volume throughout the crown. You can also thicken your hair by adding a ponytail extension or a sock to create a thick bun with a braid.

#32: White Twisted Hairstyle

Don’t miss out on a look that you love just because you fear it may be too fashion-forward for you. Twisted waterfall braids may be popular among young girls, but they can also work in long hairstyles for older women. The key is to make them your own with special little details.

#33: Curly Top Updo

Curls are another universally appealing style that can work for any age group, especially if you have fine or thin hair. Creating an updo with spirals throughout the crown gives your style both volume and density.

#34: Long Vintage Waves

If you still have it, why not to flaunt it? Gorgeous blonde waves and choppy bangs are the perfect way to elevate long hairstyles for older women and make them more modern.

#35: Crown Braid with Chunky Highlights

Braid crowns aren’t just for music festivals and outdoor parties. With smoky eye makeup and minimal accessories, it’s one of the most romantic and quickest hairstyle for women over 40. It would be perfect at a formal event – pair with a one shoulder or strapless gown.

#36: High Bun with Petals

A high bun can seem boring without little details that elevate it. Outside of the cool silver color, this bun is special because of the petal-like details, which not only look interesting, but also provide a beatiful texture.

#37: Long Red Layers

Nothing makes your look young like a bright smile and bubbly, positive energy. Play off of your youthful inner beauty with a long haircut in a copper red color. Layers and big bouncy curls will top off the look.

#38: Twisted Half Updo with Curls

Ladies who are blessed with a full head of natural curls past the age of 40 should show it off at every possible moment. If your hair is extremely thick, a half ponytail is a great way to get your hair out of your face while keeping your length.

#39: Low Bun and Braids

Women are usually more caring about the choice of formal hairstyles, and we understand why. Our every day beauty is no less significant, but on special occasions we want to look exceptionally beautiful. This is definitely your look for the next big party. One of the quickest ways to refresh long hairstyles for women is by adding braids and a loose bun.

#40: Blonde Updo with a Swirl

Sometimes it’s best to stick with what you know well. A formal French knot updo is still a great head-turning style. Amp it up by making it even bigger and better with a single giant swirl.

All in all, the lesson to be learned is that in long hairstyles for older women, practically no style is off limits, no matter what age you may be. As long as you stay true to your personal style and remain confident, the sky is the limit.

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