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20 Absolutely Perfect Short Hairstyles for Older Women

Who says you have to be young to have fabulous looking short hair? Age is just a number. Take a look at these hot short hairstyles for older women and be inspired!

#1 Gatsby Glam

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This seductive hairstyle is a perfect blend of swirls and soft curls. The elegant shape is awesome for a fancy night out.

Elegant Short Hairstyle for Older Women with Curls

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

Elegant Short Hairstyle for Older Women with Curls Side

Style by Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Get your hot roller sout for this glamorous hairstyle! Start by plugging them in and heating them up.
  2. Use a comb to part hair on one side and brush through.
  3. Roll in your hot rollers and secure.
  4. Leave them in until they cool completely.
  5. Remove the rollers and brush your hair out gently.
  6. Arrange the waves in the direction you want them to lay.
  7. Spray strands with a strong hold hairspray to hold them in place.

Recommended Products:

Try a hot roller set from Babyliss, Conair, or Remington. They all have ceramic rollers that heat up fast and get the job done.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or square shaped faces would be complemented by this soft hairstyle. Medium to thick amounts of straight, wavy, or slightly curly hair would be able to get this look from the hot rollers.

Tip:

Plan your prep. Do your makeup or get dressed while you are waiting for your hot rollers to cool down.

#2 Sexy Pixie

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sassy pixie is styled curly and straight up. Hair is trimmed really short on the sides and around the ears for a no muss no fuss look with tons of attitude.

Sexy Pixie Short Hairstyle for Older Women

Style by Nancy Hamilton, Makeup by Ms. Jackson, Lady of Grace, Peoria, AZ

Sexy Pixie Short Hairstyle for Older Women Side

Style by Nancy Hamilton, Makeup by Ms. Jackson, Lady of Grace, Peoria, AZ

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair with a diffuser to keep that natural curl or allow strands to dry on their own.
  2. Grab your favorite pomade or hair wax and start lifting hair up from the roots to create tons of volume.
  3. Spray to set if needed.

Recommended Products:

Try American Crew Pomade. It has medium hold with high shine!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or heart shaped faces would be ideal. Thick, curly strands are the best types for this look.

Tip:

Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to break down product build up caused by styling this look.

#3 Tapered Beauty

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This slimming hairstyle has lots of volume on top and is tapered at the ends. The fun, textured fringe is very flattering as well.

Short Tapered Hairstyle with Volume

Style by Dee Dee Hightower, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short Tapered Hairstyle with Volume Side

Style by Dee Dee Hightower, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Use a small round brush to roll the length under around the face.
  2. Use the same small brush to lift the roots and roll hair back on the top to add volume.
  3. Roll bangs forward.
  4. Spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Enjoy Texture Spray. Use this product on strands before drying to really show off your layers and add a little volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval shaped faces will be balanced out by these forward-facing bangs. Naturally straight or slightly wavy hair types are best with thin to medium amounts of hair.

Tip:

Bangs are a great option for mature ladies who want to cover up any wrinkles on their forehead. Bangs are much cheaper than Botox!

#4 Classic Cut

Written by Irene Bredthauer

A chin-length bob with tapered layers is flattering on most women and is a timeless hairstyle. The side part and beveled ends keep the look modern.

Classic Bob with Tapered Layers

Style by Madeline, Barberia Salon, Foster City, CA

Classic Bob with Tapered Layers Side

Style by Madeline, Barberia Salon, Foster City, CA

How To Style:

  1. Use a comb to detangle damp hair and part strands to one side.
  2. Blow hair dry with a medium-sized round brush. Really roll the ends under to create a nice polished finish.
  3. Use a flat iron to tame any frizz.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Big Shine Spray! Use this small product to pack a big dose of shine to your strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Because of the way the hair falls right at the chin line, this hairstyle would be great for heart or round shaped faces. Thin to thick amounts of hair that is straight or wavy naturally would be a good match for this look.

Tip:

A one-inch flat iron is the perfect tool to create tons of looks. Invest in a nice ceramic iron to give your strands the love they deserve.

#5 Layered Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This tapered bob has tons of layers cut into it to give a soft, feathered texture to the look.

Short Layered Bob Hairstyle for Older Women

Style by Becky Bennett, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean damp hair and part it to the side.
  2. Grab your blow dryer and a small round brush to roll the hair under as you dry.
  3. Use the same small brush to lift the roots and roll hair back on the top to add volume.
  4. Roll bangs forward and to the side.
  5. Spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Use a fun pomade or light hair lotion to show off all the great texture created from all these layers. Try Grooming Cream from Prive for some shine, too.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, heart, or square shaped faces are great candidates for this hairstyle. Thin to medium amounts of hair on the straight or wavy side naturally is ideal.

Tip:

This cut would look adorable with hair tucked behind the ears as well!

#6 Classic Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This chin-length bob is cut bluntly and with minimal layers. A deep side part and bangs really spice it up!

Classic Bob Short Hairstyle For Older Women

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Classic Bob Short Straight Shiny Style Side View

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Comb out hair and part to the side.
  2. Blow hair dry with a medium-sized round brush. Bevel ends under while drying to create that flipped under effect.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth hair out when completely dry. Done!

Recommended Products:

Purchase the Infra-Shine flat iron in a 1” size. It works fabulously, has ceramic plates, and a temperature control setting.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are best for a chin length bob. Add some bangs if you have a longer, more oval shaped face. Medium to thick hair that is naturally straight is best. Pull out your flat iron if you need to.

Tip:

Bangs are great at hiding forehead wrinkles! Consider cutting a few instead of opting for Botox.

#7 Full Fringe

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short haircut has tons of layers and tons of textured bangs. The result is a high volume style with lots of interest and body.

Full Fringe Professional Short Style

Style by Callie Walton, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Full Fringe Professional Short Style Side View

Style by Callie Walton, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply your favorite volume enhancing products.
  2. Remove most of the moisture out of hair with your dryer and your fingers, then go in with a small to medium-sized round brush to add body and direct hair where you want it to go.
  3. Polish off your look with a large curling iron when hair is dry.
  4. Spritz on some hairspray to keep your look in place.

Recommended Products:

Use the Body Full line of hair products from Redken to really amp up the volume. Try the Volume Amplifier from the line — it’s fabulous!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round faces are ideal for this full banged haircut. Medium to thick hair that has some wave is best.

Tip:

Soft bangs grow out easier than blunt cut bangs.

#8 Stacked Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short hairstyle feels nice and cool because the hair is kept up and off of your neck. Short, stacked layers blend softly into sleek, chin length strands in the front.

Stacked Bob Short Hairstyle For Older Women

Style by Tamela Bishop, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Stacked Bob Short Hairstyle For Older Women Side View

Style by Tamela Bishop, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply some styling foam to damp strands and comb through.
  2. Blow hair dry and use a medium-sized round brush for the front strands. Really concentrate on making them as smooth and frizz-free as possible.
  3. When your hair is totally dry, use a flat iron to polish off hair strands.
  4. Rough up your hair with your fingers in the back to separate and show off your layers. Use a texture spray if needed.

Recommended Products:

Privé Shine Spray is the perfect finishing touch to your hairstyle. Mist it once over the top of your hair and let it work its magic.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round faces look great with a bob, especially when the sides are kept sleek and slender. Medium to thick hair that is on the straighter side is best.

Tip:

Short hair can lose its shape fast, so keep up with your haircut appointments.

#9 Layered Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hairstyle’s length is cut by the jawbone and has sweet, sassy layers throughout. A side part and bangs help frame the face and add more interest to the look.

Layered Bob with Bangs For Older Women

Style by Sonja Barclay, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling foam to damp hair and comb through.
  2. Part hair to the side, then blow hair dry with a small round brush. A smaller brush will help give more volume and body to your finished look.
  3. Remove all the moisture from the hair and polish with a flat iron if you need to.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair gives you just that with their Big Altitude Bodifying Blow Dry Mousse. It has a lightweight formula that gives incredible volume without weighing hair down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This short bob is cut above the chin, making it a great choice for longer, oval shaped faces. Thick hair that is on the straighter side is ideal, although you could always use a flat iron on curls if needed.

Tip:

Bangs help camouflage a long forehead and add balance to long faces.

#10 Perfect Pixie

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short hairstyle is tapered close around the ears and neck, but kept longer and feminine on top. Styled sleek and soft, this is a stylish choice for older women who don’t want to spend a lot of time on their hair.

Perfect Pixie Blonde Cut For Older Women

Style by Kathy McCaffrey, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Perfect Pixie Blonde Highlights Back View

Style by Kathy McCaffrey, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair forward in the front and towards the back on top.
  2. When hair is completely dry, go in with a flat iron and bump your bangs under.
  3. Use the iron wherever else is needed to add smoothing.
  4. Finish off your look with your favorite styling wax or pomade. Use your fingers to pinch the ends and add a pieced-out effect.

Recommended Products:

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Paste Texture Pomade is an excellent choice to add polish, definition and hold to your hairstyle.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer, oval shaped faces are ideal for this haircut because of the long bangs. Round shaped faces could work as well. Fine to medium hair thickness is ideal on straight to wavy texture.

Tip:

Always consider your desired haircut when deciding on hair color. The color should compliment your cut, not clash with it.

#11 Textured Treasure

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This edgy pixie has tons of fun texture throughout. The longer bangs and sandy color help add style and drama.

Short Blonde Pixie Wispy Short Hairstyle For Older Women

Style by Michelle Plummer, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Short Blonde Pixie Wispy Short Hairstyle For Older Women Back View

Style by Michelle Plummer, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. When hair is damp, comb bangs forward and to the side so they can dry in place.
  2. Let hair air dry or use a blow dryer to remove moisture.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth out bangs and add shine.
  4. Grab your favorite styling aid to add texture and polish off your look.

Recommended Products:

Redken has a ton of amazing styling pomades. Try Rewind – it’s their pliable styling paste with flexible hold. Run it through your hair and then pinch the layers to show off your amazing texture. It adds incredible shine, too!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This pixie has longer bangs which make it great for longer foreheads or more oval shaped faces. Heart and round shaped faces are ideal for pixie haircuts. This model’s hair type is medium to thick and is on the straighter side.

Tip:

Ask your stylist if they offer complementary bang trims. Sometimes a quick snip off your fringe can help make your whole look feel fresh again!

#12 High Contrast

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Make a statement with this boldly colored short hairstyle. Hair is cut short and tapered around the perimeter while layers are left long on top for a fun and full silhouette.

Short Cut with Blonde Color

Style by Amanda Patrick, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Short Cut with Blonde Color Back View

Style by Amanda Patrick, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Use a blow dryer to remove moisture from your hair while directing it in the direction you want it to lay when finished.
  2. When hair is almost dry, grab a small round brush to add polish and volume to your style.
  3. Flat iron your bangs or any other areas that may need more smoothing. Be careful not to overdo your flat ironing and remove that hard earned volume.
  4. Spray hair with a medium hold spray to lock your style in place.

Recommended Products:

Try L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray to set your look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would be complemented by this hairstyle. Add some more front facing bangs if you have a longer face shape. Thick hair that is on the straighter side is the best hair type for this look.

Tip:

Keep your short haircut looking feminine with the right details. Keep it soft around the ears and neck and play up your makeup to keep a girly feel.

#13 Copper Cut

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Stand out from the crowd! This super short pixie is kept fresh and new with its piecey bangs, textured layers and vibrant color.

Copper Cropped Older Woman Style

Style by Kelley Danford, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Copper Cropped Older Woman Style Shaped Back

Style by Kelley Danford, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Out of the shower, simply use your fingers to arrange hair in the way you want it to fall when it dries. Push the bangs forward and tousle up the rest of your hair to break up the layers and show off your texture.
  2. When your hair is dry, rub your favorite pomade on your palms and run it through hair in the same directions it’s falling.

Recommended Products:

American Crew Tea Tree Defining Paste gives your hair added texture and thickening for increased definition. Great memory, hold, and pliability.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are perfect for pixies. This pixie is great for hair that is fine to medium in thickness that has straight to wavy texture.

Tip:

Even short hair can make a statement. Amp up your style power with a punch of bold color. You’ll look fresher and feel younger!

#14 Beautiful Asymmetry

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Add an edge to your short hairstyle by giving it an asymmetrical shape. Long shaggy layers on one side of the face are contrasted by tapered pieces around the opposite ear.

Beautiful Asymmetry Blonde Cut For Older Women

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

Beautiful Asymmetry Blonde Cut For Older Women Side View

Style by Cutting Loose Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair smooth and to the side to really play up the asymmetry.
  2. Use a flat iron to smooth out pieces even more.
  3. Spray on some hairspray or run some type of slightly sticky product through strands to define your layers and add texture.

Recommended Products:

Privé Texture Spray is amazing at enhancing your edgy layers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Thin to thick hair that is more naturally straight is awesome for achieving this short shag. Oval, round or square shaped faces will wear this look best.

Tip:

Keeping one side of your short haircut on the longer side help keeps the look feminine.

#15 Spiked Up

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Add some spice to your pixie with this fun spiky texture! Hair is left slightly longer around the fringe for even more pizzazz.

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair forward and smooth bangs to the side.
  2. Use your favorite hair wax or pomade to really rough up the hair. Don’t be shy! The spikes are the elements that really make this style spark.

Recommended Products:

Redken Rewind is a pliable styling paste with medium control and works perfect for this hairstyle.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would look great with this spiky pixie. Thick hair is preferred and wavy hair is perfect.

Tip:

Spray some hairspray over your hair after styling to hold the look in place.

#16 Pure Blonde

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short haircut is kept fresh and modern with the dusty blonde coloring. Hair is left long and wispy around the perimeter to keep a sweet, girly feel.

How To Style:

  1. Use your fingers and a blow dryer to dry your hair and direct hair in the direction you want it to lay. You should push hair forward and to the side as it dries to get a similar shape to the model shown.
  2. When hair is dry, grab your flat iron and flick a few pieces up and back away from your face for those fun, flirty pieces.

Recommended Products:

Use a light hairspray like Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Spray to add subtle texture to your pixie.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have fine textured hair but lots of it, this cute, wispy pixie is great for you. The tapered neck and fuller length on top make it great for oval shaped faces.

Tip:

Use lightweight products to enhance your style. Heavy or greasy products will weigh it down and make hair look crunchy.

#17 Auburn Glow

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This asymmetrical haircut is layered throughout and shows off tons of texture and magnificent flips.

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side section up the top two thirds of hair.
  2. Start with the bottom section and flip out with a 1¼-inch curling iron.
  3. Drop down a little more hair and continue using the curling iron to flip hair out.
  4. Finish flipping out the entire head of hair on the sides of the face and curl the back of your head under if needed.

Recommended Products:

Kérastase Oleo Relax Serum is amazing at adding incredible shine and, more importantly, protects hair from any hot tools.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round faces would look best with this face slimming hairstyle. Straight or wavy hair that is on the thick side is best.

Tip:

Curl or flat iron hair under for an entirely different style.

#18 Stacked Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This stacked, chin length bob has a textured cut with medium length layers. Side bangs and a blonde streak in the front help add interest and drama.

Stacked Bob with Bangs and Highlights

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Stacked Bob with Bangs and Highlights Front View

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Detangle hair and part to the side once out of the shower.
  2. Blow hair dry with a medium-sized round brush. Bevel ends under while drying to create that flipped under effect.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth hair out when it’s completely dry.

Recommended Products:

Redken Glass is a light serum that you can apply to wet or dry hair to smooth and protect your hair strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are best for a chin length bob. Thin to thick hair is great and the straighter your hair is naturally, the better.

Tip:

Adding short layers at the neck like this hairstyle shows is great for hot summer months. Hair is shorter at the nape so you feel cooler.

#19 The Perfect Part

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hairstyle has a tapered neck that blends up to short volume enhancing layers at the top. The front is kept longer for a stunning side bang that frames the face beautifully. This look is very soft and wearable!

Perfect Part Pixie with Long Bangs

Style by Tracy Stoddard, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Perfect Part Pixie with Long Bangs Side View

Style by Tracy Stoddard, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. When just out of the shower, use a comb or your fingers to create a deep side part and arrange hair in the way you wish it to dry.
  2. Let hair air dry or use a blow dryer to remove moisture.
  3. Use a flat iron to smooth out bangs and front pieces to add shine.
  4. Grab your favorite styling aid to add texture and polish off your look.

Recommended Products:

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Paste is a great product to define your layers without making it stiff.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This super flattering hairstyle is great for round or heart shaped faces, and perhaps even slightly oval shaped faces. All hair thicknesses will work, but straight to wavy hair is best.

Tip:

If bangs seem to bother you when you’ve had them in the past, opt for short bangs above the eye or longer ones that you can easily tuck behind your ear.

#20 Sweet Sophistication

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This side swept, curly bob is super cute and a great idea for a more formal short hairstyle.

Sophisticated Wavy Short Brunette Cut

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Sophisticated Wavy Short Brunette Cut Side View

Style by Deborah Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Section up half of your hair so you can access the bottom half of your hair easier.
  2. Grab a 1-inch curling iron and curl the under part of your hair.
  3. Drop down the top section of hair and continue curling until your entire head of hair is curled.
  4. Use a flat iron to smooth bangs over to the side.

Recommended Products:

Lock in your look but keep it soft and flexible with Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray. It smells great, too!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes would be flattered by this curly classic. Any hair thickness would work for this style and straight to slightly naturally curly hair would work as well.

Tip:

Add a fun, colorful flower to your hair for an outdoor event.

Short hair can look fresh, sophisticated and sexy at any age. Work with what you’ve got and rock one of these amazing short hairstyles.