The best hairstyles for women over 50 will flatter your aging hair, yet remain stylish. No matter what your hair’s length is, here you’ll find a great example of a flattering hairstyle for women your age.
Key Things to Know First
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Look for a hairstyle that creates softness around the face. It must camouflage fine lines or wrinkles on the forehead to keep a sharp perimeter that enhances your jawline. Be mindful of your natural texture and how much time you’re willing to spend styling. Choose a chop that works with your hair type to give you many more good hair days. The key to a great haircut lies in weight distribution. Thick tresses must be thinned to avoid looking like a Christmas tree. Thin hair doesn’t need too many layers, so opt for a light texture.
Enjoy these pictures of the trendiest hairstyles for women over 50!
Playful Stacked Bob
Short haircuts can be looking fun and youthful, too. Consider a playful stacked bob such as this masterpiece. A few layers will bring out movement and texture if you have fine, thin locks. Spice it up even more by adding highlights around your face.
Beautiful Shoulder-Length Hair
Layered medium-length haircuts for women over 50 look beautiful when styled with wavy ends. Adding texture and waves is a great way to add fullness to your hair.
Voluminous Bob Blowout
If you have limp hair, ask your stylist what techniques you can use to give it the body and volume you desire. You may have to use volumizing, texturizing, and thickening products. You may also need certain hot tools like a curling iron or hot tools to set your style. It may take a little more effort, but with the right advice, tools, and products, anything is possible!
Lob with Dimensional Silver Tones
Opt for a lob, or long bob, that hits at or passed the shoulders for a great transition hairstyle when embracing an all-over natural look. For medium-length hairstyles, this helps embody a youthful silhouette that grows out gracefully or can be artfully placed by a professional for a seamless grow-out.
Straight Blonde Bob with a Shadow Root
A straight blonde bob with a shadow root is a trendy and modern hairstyle for women in their 50s. Who says straight locks can’t be stylish? To recreate this style, I would blow-dry your hair with a round brush to polish your ends and add volume to your hair.
Elegant Bob Cut with a Side Part and Side Bangs
Try a classic and elegant bob with a side part and some side bangs for the perfect transitional cut. Women over 50 would suit this cut and style most as it lifts the face and adds volume and movement while keeping your face shape beautifully framed. Mature hair can be more coarse or textured which works well with shorter styles as it adds volume to the cut naturally without much styling time or hassle.
Short Strawberry Blonde Hair with Soft Layers
Let the world see your femininity with soft layers on your short strawberry blonde hair. Light reddish blonde hues can add a fun and flattering touch to many different haircuts and styles.
Modern Round Bob with Long Side Bangs
Try a modern round bob with side bangs if you have fine hair and if you like to have a sophisticated style. Beveled layers in the back give the cut a soft rounded edge while still keeping your hairline full looking. Remember to get a volumizing root spray to style your bob.
Layered Feather Cut on Bobbed Hair
A layered, feathered bob cut will make you feel fabulous and super glamorous. A dimensional highlighted color will really help your entire style come to life. You need to remember, before choosing this look, that it will need attention for it to look divine. A round brush blowout is necessary when styling and finishing with soft curls will really make your hairdo all come together nicely.
Thick Long Blonde Curls
Be a natural diva with thick long blonde curls. If you wear your hair curly, having layers will help your natural curl style easily. One of the greatest ways to get body and volume is to have layers. You must have either short or long layers depending on your hair density to give your curls a lift and make them big and bouncy.
Side Part Shoulder-Length Hair with Soft Waves
A shoulder-length hairstyle paired with a side part and soft waves is a timeless look. At this length, you can create lots of hairstyles for any occasion. I would use a curling iron with a 1.25″ barrel instead of a thinner barrel to create looser waves.
Shoulder-Length Blonde Feathered Hair with Short Layers
Be a trendsetter with shoulder-length blonde feathered hair with short layers. Bangs are flattering on most haircuts for women over 50. They help conceal forehead wrinkles and will give a nice frame to your face. Shorter layers are great at creating body and will add some lift to your crown.
Short Bobbed Hair with Peek-a-Boo Bangs
Short bobbed hair with peek-a-boo bangs can add volume to your hair. For styling, make sure to round brush the ends of your hair beveled towards your face for a polished hairstyle.
Sun-Kissed Medium Layered Cut with Side Bangs
A sun-kissed medium layered haircut with side bangs looks amazing on almost everyone. Medium-length hair gives you the best of both worlds, you can still wear your hair up but it’s still easy to style. A layered style with soft highlights is always a safe route to take.
Middle-Parted Medium Hairstyle with Long Layers
It has become common for women of all ages to embrace their hair and its natural growth. Some may forgo the need for a professional, however, when my clients partner with me in this transition, I suggest a new hairstyle like a middle-parted, medium hairstyle with long layers which can give them a youthful style or we may opt to add dimension to match their salt and pepper as it grows in.
Bleach Blonde Layered Hair on a Medium Cut
For fresh and bright locks, consider bleach blonde layered hair on a medium hairstyle. For women over 50, a blonde hairstyle will give your complexion a brighter overall appearance. A haircut with layers will give your hair movement and volume. If your hair ends are split, a medium-length cut is perfect to get a nice clean look. Blonde is high maintenance so be ready to get your roots done every 4 weeks.
Super Short Curly French Bob with Razored Layers
Try a super short curly french bob with razored layers for a cute and easy shape. Curly hair doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you have the right hairstyle. Ask your hairstylist for a razor cut with square layers, which will help you achieve a flatter top and a modern style. Play around with different curl products to find the right one for your hair that enables you to air dry.
Short Honey Blonde Hair with Tousled Layers
You have to try short honey blonde hairstyle with tousled layers for something new and fun this season. This style of one of the most flattering hairstyles for older women. I am all about this look if you’re looking for an ultra-feminine appearance.
Side-Parted Medium Layered Hairstyle
A side-parted medium layered hairstyle accentuates the facial features you love. Hairstyles that have soft layers are very flattering to all face shapes. With this look, you can enjoy weightless volume that will have your friends asking you who your stylist is.
Collarbone-Length Cut on Salt and Pepper Hair
Women over 50 often rock a collarbone-length cut if they have salt and pepper hair. When your hairstyle is grazing your collarbone, it’s the perfect easy-maintenance length. If you have a thicker head of hair you will want to thin it out a tad so it will sit down rather than out. If you are into the look of your natural salt and pepper color there has never been a better time to go for it.
Adorable Undercut Pixie with Textured Choppy Layers
An undercut pixie with textured choppy layers looks adorable from all angles. If you go for this length, keep in mind you will need maintenance cuts at least every 6 weeks. A lot of pixies can make you look older, while this style creates a youthful look.
Ash Blonde Lob with Face-Framing Layers and Bangs
If you want to perk up your hairstyle, you should try an ash blonde lob with face-framing layers and bangs. I love to frame the face and bring out my client’s beautiful features. Add that angle around your face and the result is a lighter and trendier shape, that makes your eyes pop. Ladies who are wanting to make their hair color last longer, an ash blonde is a great way to hide gray roots.
Short to Medium Hairstyle with a Deep Side Part
You might want to consider a short to medium haircut with a deep side part. At the age of 50, bringing your length up can make your cut more stylish and youthful. To achieve the right shape of the cut, medium layers should be used to give you a blunter bottom. Take notice of your features, for example, if you have a large forehead, bangs might be a better option. A short to medium hairstyle compliments most face shapes, however, narrow faces will want to create more volume on the sides for balance.
White Chin-Length Bob with Light Bangs
A white chin-length bob with light bangs is one of the most classic and beautiful haircuts for women over 50. This hairdo is ideal for women wanting to look young and fresh. Choosing this cut will help you feel more youthful and invigorated.
Wavy Blonde Bob with Brow-Length Bangs
Trying a wavy blonde bob with brow-length bangs could be the perfect change for you this year. This hairstyle is low-maintenance so a little growth doesn’t affect it like it does some other cuts. The brow-length bang takes it to the next level making it a great choice.
Collarbone-Length Razored Shag with Bangs
Try a collarbone-length razored shag paired with bangs, if you want to accentuate your face add some face-framing layers. This hairstyle will give your look a charming personality. This look is styled easily air dried or can be styled using a round brush and blow dryer.
Jaw-Length Shaggy French Bob with Choppy Bangs
A jaw-length French bob with choppy bangs is excellent for longer face shapes. If you are short on time, a shaggy jawline-length hairstyle is easy to manage and quick to dry. You can choose to dry it wavy or straight if it’s the versatility you are searching for. The choppy bang and hair surrounding your face are a great way to soften lines and wrinkles.
Airy Medium-Length Hair with Soft Bangs
An airy medium-length hair cut paired with soft bangs is beautiful and effortless. Try adding a soft bang to create perfect face framing. Make sure you ask for dry texturizing and give inspiration pictures to your stylist to show him or her the soft movement you want.
Soft Choppy Pixie on Brown Hair
A soft choppy pixie on brown hair helps warm up peachy skin tones and is a great way to add depth. Going a level darker can help accentuate your natural eye color and highlight your features.
Ear-Length Curly Haircut
Ear-length curly hair is a perfect style if you are looking for a wash-and-wear, low-maintenance hairstyle. I recommend this haircut to women over 50 as it will give you a fun, perfectly crafted finish. For daily styling, add a curl cream then defuse your curls for structure, lift and hold.
Short Swept Back Feathered Hair
One of the more popular hairstyles for women over 50 is short swept back feathered hair. Soft and flirty hair is always in style. The perfect short length mixed with feather soft layers makes your hair look chic and feminine. To keep your hair away from your face, use a round brush to feather the ends back and use a holding hairspray or light-hold gel to keep your hair in place.
Super Short Pixie with Textured Bangs
The super short pixie paired with textured bangs is an amazing way to hide your forehead wrinkles while remaining extremely fashionable. Keep your image fresh with the wispy fringe sitting just on or above your eyebrow, and the ends slightly flicking out.
Nape-Length Graduated Bob with Highlights and Lowlights
A nape-length graduated bob paired with highlights and lowlights is a perfect style for women over 50. It’s a very sleek, comfortable hairdo that exudes so much youthfulness that will leave you feeling your best.
Soft Layers on Longer Hair
Soft layers in longer hair will help reshape your tresses and avoid losing much of your length. Long, luscious layers in natural silver hair will not only complement each other, but your fair complexion and dark eyes will shine with all that natural glitter. You have to maintain your silver for it to look healthy and bright, so start by using a toning shampoo once a week and hair trims every 8 weeks for it to always be on point.
Low-Maintenance Extra Short Tapered Cut
Try a low-maintenance cut if you want wash-and-wear hair. For straight, fine hair a short tapered crop is the way to go. This cut takes minimal styling and minimal products. For extra shine and hold consider using a pomade or a little hair spray.
Very Short Messy Hairstyle
Look chic and edgy with a very short messy haircut. If you don’t want to be bothered with long styling times, this cut is for you. Use some texture paste, tousel and go. Keeping your ends more wispy will give a soft feminine feel. Bring in a picture of your favorite short hairdo to show your hairdresser at your next appointment.
Effortless Side-Swept Style for Shorter Hair
You should consider an effortless side-swept style if you have shorter hair. In our middle ages, our hair can become thinner, especially around the temple area. If your hairdo is suffering, trying a short style with bangs can really help fill in those areas. You’ll appear younger and more stylish as well. Ask your stylist for a short and layered asymmetrical cut and you’ll feel fantastic.
Short to Medium French Bob with Razored Layers
A French bob with razor-textured layers will give your face lift and structure. Hairstyles for women over 50 should consider taking the shorter route as it compliments aging hair and gives it a fun, youthful style.
Shoulder-Grazing Silver Curls
Shoulder-grazing silver curls can really give you a carefree boho feel. If you don’t have natural curls, a perm can absolutely solve that problem. Ask your stylist for square layers to maintain length in the crown. Apply a curl-enhancing product to your curls and either air dry or use a diffuser. Refrain from running your fingers through as you dry to reduce frizz.
Mid-Length Grey Hair with Flicked Ends
Mid-length grey hair paired with flippy ends is a classic look that compliments most facial shapes. Ask your stylist for shoulder-length hair with medium-length layers, and blow dry with a medium round brush upward on the ends. If your natural hair color has both salt and pepper you will get beautiful contrast. If your hair is all gray you can have a dark shade added with lowlights for some dimension.
Medium to Long Layered Cut on Grey Hair
Choose a mid-length layered hairstyle if you have grey hair and you want bounce, lift, and dimension added to your hair. A natural money piece combined with soft face-framing layers will give you so much lightness and structure to your overall look.
Wash-and-Go Textured Lob Cut
An easy textured lob cut is a great choice if you’re wanting a soft, sexy look. Rock this style with your beautiful natural highlights that accentuate your natural curl. Style your bouncy curls with a curl cream or mousse to get a glamorous finish.
Spiky Cropped Cut with Bangs
If you are searching for a funky short hairstyle you should consider a spiky cropped cut with bangs. The best haircuts for women over 50 are stylish shapes with bangs. The bangs will soften facial aging and make you look younger. Keep in mind, spiky hair works best on straighter hair textures. If you have wavy hair, a flat iron can be used on your crown section to achieve the desired shape.
Front Layer Cut on Straight Hair
Try a front layered cut if you have straight hair and you’ll feel stylish and beautiful. Transform your strands to frame your face and change things up. The front layers can be blown away from your face for versatility. Some of the greatest hairstyles for women over 50 can be long and youthful, so don’t let your age hold you back.
Medium Shaggy Cut with Loose Curls
If you want to get bold try bangs on a medium-length loose curly shag cut. Consider some shorter curtain bangs that can offer versatility. Wear them parted in the middle, swept to one side, or across your entire forehead. Ask your stylist what length of bang is suited for your face shape and take cowlicks into consideration as well. A fabulous way to style your waves is with some curl cream or a salt spray that you can diffuse into your hair or air dry.
Neck-Length Cut with Soft Curls
Choose a neck-length cut paired with soft curls at your next salon visit. Bringing your length up will make your hair healthier and more sophisticated. Women who have decided to embrace their natural color will look beautiful with the soft curls of the shape. You should try to style your hair flatter to keep your cut more current. Try curling your long layers around a wand to achieve a shape that is closer to your head.
Below the Shoulder Shaggy Curly Cut
Cutting your hair below the shoulders into this shaggy curly cut is the ideal hairstyle for women who want a modern, trendy hairstyle that will give their curls life again. Women of any age can pull off this hairstyle, but if you’re looking for a hairstyle to make you younger looking, look no further. This haircut is wonderful at shaping your face shape and getting your curls back to looking hydrated, and bouncy, and gives your curly hair a nice shape.
Blonde Pixie Shag
Try a blonde pixie shag if you want a hairstyle that will give your hair more texture. There’s no such thing as too much texture and these shorter, messy layers will create a stunning look. You can style this pixie shag with some texture paste to really define your layers.
Gorgeous Silver Hair
If you have medium-length hair and it’s starting to grey, then consider getting one most gorgeous hairstyles for women over 50 you’ll see here. Whether you are a natural gray or you’re trying to incorporate gray into your hair, there has never been a better time. Silver hair is totally taking over and looks beautiful. Cool tones of gray and silver will make your blue eyes pop and will look great on cool skin tones. Take a leap and try the silver color you have always wanted.
Voluminous Curls with a Side Part
Voluminous curls with a side part are a great style to show off your natural texture! If you have natural curls, a shoulder-length cut with layers will really bring your curls to life. Don’t forget the curl-enhancing cream to really make your curls bounce.
Short Copper Cut with Side-Swept Bangs
A short copper cut with bangs is a great shape and style for women over 50. If you’re looking to add some flair to your style that’s age-appropriate, we love the side-swept bang with a shorter style. Blow drying with a round brush will add volume and shine. Always finish with a medium to hard hold hairspray to keep the bangs and volume in place.
Sassy Medium-Length Bob
For a sassy style try a medium-length haircut like this one. It’s so easy to manage and very versatile as it can be worn smooth and sleek or fun and flippy. Upgrade it by incorporating blonde highlights and lowlights, achieving such a spectacular dimension. Now, who’s down to get this sassy medium-length bob?
Chic Rounded Bob with Wispy Bangs
Try a rounded bob with wispy bangs because it is elegant yet edgy. It is an undercut from recession to just below the round of the head, with an asymmetric micro fringe all tied into a classic bob. The strong lines accent her bone structure bringing attention to all her best features. I love the marriage of color and cut in this look because it’s both strong and soft.
Fun A-Line Bob with Layers
This is a fun, effortlessly chic, low-maintenance style that perfectly accentuates facial features. It’s a confidence-boosting hairstyle! To help create and maintain this hairstyle, I would recommend using lightweight styling foam. It works great to give that beach waved, undone look that is very popular right now.
Amazing Angled Bob
When considering hairstyles for women over 50, it’s important to pick one that works with your hair density. An angled bob will work well for most hair types. However, if you have finer hair, then consider adding layers.
Long Blonde Bob
A long blonde bob is a take on a modern shag. This cut and style were created to be versatile and easy to style. Ask your stylist for a modern shag, leaving the layers a little bit longer around your face. With this cut, you can apply a little curl cream and air dry for a more free beachy look.
Grey Pepper Bob
A grey pepper bob is very versatile and can be suitable for almost every face shape. This look will forever be in style. As far as color, this is her natural grey and for women 50 plus who want to go grey, they have to be ready to commit to the grow-out/transition. When styling this look you can keep it clean and polished or create texture for some fun.
Eye-Catching Blonde Bob
Try an eye-catching blonde bob with just a little volume for a sleek look for a woman of any age. This style gives the appearance of dense hair perfect for women who are starting to thin. This chin-length asymmetrical cut is one of the best examples of short hairstyles and haircuts for women 50+.
Gray Feathered Layers
On natural grey hair try feathered layers for a really adorable cut that will take years off your appearance. Going with a length past the chin, not to mention those cute side-swept bangs, can compliment a round face by making it appear longer.
Mid-Length Cut with Long Layers
This beautiful mid-length hairstyle with natural highlights and soft layering looks glamorous from every angle. Complete with cute side bangs to complement this lovely shoulder-length mane.
Classic Layered Pixie Bob
A layered pixie bob is one the best hairstyles for women over 50 who want to grow out a pixie cut and want to skip that awkward grow-out stage. This cut is great for coarse and fine hair and any face shape and skin tone would work perfectly for this cut. This pixie bob hairstyle will need to be maintained with a cut every four to six weeks to keep the shape and prevent it from bulking out. Use the right products so you can recreate the same salon look at home!
Blonde Hair with Long Waves
A soft buttery blonde blue hue can really flatter a woman over 50. The best thing about it is the way the light hits the brighter blondes to not only bring out her beautiful features but also create great movement as it showcases the classic long-layer haircut. This is a hairstyle for women over 50 who are seeking a more natural, low-maintenance color to reflect their lifestyle. I keep it light in the front along with adding some soft layers to frame her face.
Elegant Inverted Wavy Bob
An inverted bob is one of those haircuts for women over 50 that are easy to pull off. But if you do have a rounder face then I would suggest keeping the length in the front somewhere past your chin so it elongates your face. As far as the back you can go as short as you want! That is the beauty of an inverted bob it can look amazing with as less or as many layers, and any length!
Piecey Pixie Cut
Opt for a fresh look like this stunning piecey pixie cut that flatters older ladies over fifty! This is one of those super-easy hairstyles for women over 50 with grey hair. With a mist of a texturizing spray, the result will create more movement and a classy finish. To better recreate this voluminous short hairstyle, show your stylist pictures, too.
Long Pixie with Choppy Bangs
Look edgy and young as you flaunt this gorgeous long pixie with choppy bangs. The golden highlights work best for women over 50, adding a touch of youthfulness. When you have an oval, diamond, or heart-shaped face, you can rock this textured long pixie, for sure!
Short Curly Bob Style
A short bob hairstyle is perfect for women with curly hair. The length and texture keep the curls tamed while adding volume. Just like how the flowers are starting to blossom, gray hairs will start to pop out here and there. Cover them up with a blonde balayage.
Cute Short Bob Cut
Go for this cute short bob cut to class up your colored hair. Its layers, shape, and bangs—these all suit most older women’s features. A lovely chop like this works great on dense tresses if styled a bit tousled and textured. Or simply wear it straight and sleek, as pictured above.
Related: Best short bobs for ladies over fifty.
Salt and Pepper Short Cut with Glasses
Flaunt this hair trend with flair while wearing your everyday specs! Sport this salt and pepper short cut with glasses for maximum sophistication. With its neat chop and hair color, it’s one of those ideal short hairstyles for women over 50 with glasses.
Shaggy Long Bob with Curtain Bangs
Shaggy, layered long bobs with curtain bangs are the best hairstyles for women over 50. With it’s fuller-shape this trendy style gives an impression of youthfulness. A medium-length hairstyle like this layered long bob looks amazing with side bangs, too. If you opt to show off your black locks, use oil for a glossier effect.
Versatile Long Hair with Curtain Bangs
This long hair with curtain bangs is versatile and one of the best long hairstyles for women in their 50s. Wear it however you want it—whether you like it straight or with beach waves—not a problem! If you’re a 50-year-old with bright blonde locks, you can start a craze!
Related: Long hairstyles with curtain bangs.
Modern Wedge Bob with Bangs
This modern wedge bob with bangs is perfect and suitable for women over 50. It offers layers that will add life to your ash caramel blonde mane when styled with a dash of texture. If you want a look that gives fullness, don’t miss sporting one that’s as flattering as this wedge hairstyle.
Silver Chin-Length Graduated Bob
This bob is a very versatile haircut. Whether it’s styled curly or straight, the sharp line creates such a polished clean look. It’s a timeless hairstyle for older women that will never go out of style! This bob style is great for all hair types, but especially for fine hair because it can make it appear fuller. It’s great on most face shapes, especially oval. If you have a more square or round face shape, wear this look slightly longer through the front and have the length at least past the jawline to elongate the face.
Gray Covering Blonde Balayage Lob
This gray covering blonde balayage lob offers layers that accentuate your hair color and adds texture and movement. As one of the best haircuts for women over 50, this one is effective and very stylish to cover grey hair. Match this neck-length chop with side bangs for a more youthful vibe.
Long Blunt Bob on Natural Silver Hair
A long blunt bob is a beautiful option if you’re a woman over 50 with natural silver hair. Haircuts for older women are often stereotyped as boring, but this sleek hairstyle is not the case! Your hairstyle can also play into your personal style, no matter what age you are.
Soft Short Pixie with Wispy Layers
A short pixie with wispy layers is an easy-to-manage hairstyle that will look great on you. Once you have tried a short pixie, I promise it will be your new go-to hairstyle. Dry this carefree cut with your hands towards your face or away and you’ll be styled in minutes. The nape is tapered and will keep you cool. The base of this cut is the wispy layers which can give you volume on the top if you want it.
Classic Inverted Cut on Short Blonde Hair
Combine a short, classic inverted cut with blonde hair for an edgy style that’s full of volume. Wedged layers and texture will help create lots of movement and fullness in your fine hair. If you prefer a more piecey , use a dry wax spray to define the ends more.
Mature Gray Pixie with Shaggy Layers
If you could pick any hairstyle, why not make it a gray pixie with shaggy layers? Delicate razor-cut layers create a soft, wispy face frame. Short spiky layers create the illusion of height in your crown.
No-Fuss Gray Bob for Women with Glasses
A no-fuss gray bob feels like a timeless classic style for women with glasses when styled up and away from your face. Bob hairstyles are great to accentuate the jaw and neck while the back-combed bangs open up your face.
Brunette Stacked Bob with Highlights
Most of the flattering hairstyles for women over 50 you’ll see have highlights. I suggest you get some and pair them with a stacked bob. A good reason to add highlights to a stacked bob is to accentuate the layers. Caramel highlights give sleek and straight hair a multi-dimensional effect.
Short Gray Hair with Micro Bangs
To make your eyes pop, try micro bangs on your short gray hair. Keep your hair tapered around your face for a more flattering and modern cut. Lots of texture keeps your layers blended.
Wedge Cut with Swept Bangs for Thick Hair
A wedge cut with swept bangs for thick hair is a textured take on the classic bob. To make the most of your style, I would round brush your hairstyle for extra volume and shine.
Romantic Loose Updo
This exquisite yet easily achievable style looks perfect for a wedding and other formal nights you’ll attend. It lifts up your hair beautifully and adds volume to it.