38 Chic Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Be fabulous over 50 by expressing yourself through your hair. Feel amazing and look amazing. Here are 38 short hairstyles for women over 50 to inspire your next look!

Modern Layered Bob

Modern Layered Bob hairstyle Instagram @wysongdeidre

Q&A with style creator, Deidre Wysong
Hairstylist @ Sola Salon Studios – Studio 29 in Naples, FL

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a modern layered bob. I love it because it is versatile and current.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

When it comes to style maintanence, I tell all of my clients that a great finished look must start with a professional shampoo and conditioner. Next, I recommend a volumizing foam/mousse and some root lifter throughout the top scalp area followed by a large round brush blowout. Lastly, I recommend a spritz of light and flexible hold finishing spray that holds just enough while still allowing movement.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Although this style could work on most anyone, it’s especially great on a client with mostly straight and moderately thick hair.

Square Layered Pixie

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Q&A with Style Creator Stacey Shuler-Abdella

Master Stylist @ Voodoo Hair in Canada


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a disconnected, square layer pixie with a long asymmetrical fringe. I love the fun and feminine vibe this look gives. It is a short sexy cut with serious sass!

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

To create this look, use KMS Add Volume Styling Foam for wet styling, Blow dry high volume into the top and low volume on the sides and back. After blow dry styling is complete, add KMS Hair Play Dry Wax to the hair and work it through to enhance the texture. Finish the look and make it last with KMS Hair Stay Medium Hold Spray.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This look is great for many women in today’s busy world. If you are a fashion forward lady on the go that wants a versatile and stylish look, this haircut will suit you.

It is ideal for medium to course textured hair that is straight or has a slight wave. The cut can be customized to work with every face shape.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Make sure to find a stylist that has experience with short haircuts and ask for their advice on versatile styling tips. Always consider getting the products your stylist uses to create your look. It is hard to recreate your look without the right tools!

Short and Sweet Pixie

short-and-sweet-pixie-cutElena Gatzios / Instagram

Q&A with style creator Elena Gatzios

Stylist @ Hair by Elena G, Central Florida

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it? 

This is a trendy, fashion-forward pixie that is easy to wear year round. My absolute favorite thing about this look is that it’s very versatile. It can be worn so many different ways and each style looks like a different haircut!

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look? 

For added volume and longer lasting hold, I recommend using AG-Foam on damp hair. After blow drying, I like AG-Texture Gloss for texture, placement and definition. Finally, finish a look like this with AG-High and Dry hairspray for lasting hold.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This haircut is fantastic with any texture of hair, but looks best if the hair is on the medium to thick side. Dimensional color enhances the best features of this cut. You can do bold colors with this cut, but I would be careful of placement. If not put in the right place, bold colors could throw the whole look off.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Feel comfortable in your own skin, because this short haircut exposes a good portion of your face and neck. To keep this style looking its best, you need to head to the salon every four to six weeks for maintenance.

Textured Inverted Bob

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Q&A with style creator, Phuong Tran

Stylist @ Sukis in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this cut and color and what’s your favorite thing about it? 

This cut is a textured asymmetric inverted bob. I love how playful it can be when it’s styled curly! The color features multidimensional highlights in warm toffee and caramel tones.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

My favorite product to achieve this textured curly look is a L’Oréal professional product called Next Day Hair. It is a mineral texture spray with a little bit of hold so it gives the hair some grip, volume and an effortless look.

What type of person would this look work well with?

This look would be great on anyone wanting a flexible style that has the potential for being playful. When styled smooth it can look more classic and sleek, whereas if styled curly and textured, it looks more edgy.

How could someone recreate this style at home?

1. Apply  L’Oréal Professional Full Volume Mousse to damp hair.

2. Use your fingers to pull the hair up as you blow dry the root. Let the hair cool for a few seconds before you let it hair drop to achieve more volume.

3. Once the hair is dry, use a 1-inch curling iron to curl one-inch sections, alternating curl directions as you go.

4. Finish with L’Oréal Professional Next Day Hair texture spray and run your hands through to create a perfectly disheveled look.

Modern Take on The Classic Bob

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Q&A with style creator, Allison Nahoopii

Master Stylist and Image Consultant @ Color Queen Salon in Honolulu, HI


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it? 

This style is a modern take on the classic bob. It is super soft, casual, and very flattering.

Which products would you recommend for this look?

Try Aquage Silk Oil for softness and shine and Kenra hairspray for light hold.

What type of person would this look work well with?

Even though this is a timeless and fairly universally flattering look, the wearer should be confident and comfortable wearing short hair.

What’s a little tip you’d give to someone who’s considering this look or already has it?

The blowout is crucial to this style, so be prepared and committed to spending a minimum of 10 minutes blow drying your hair.

How could someone recreate this style at home?

1. Throughly towel dry hair.

2. Add hair oil from mid lengths to ends.

3. Grab your blow dryer and use your hands until the hair is 80% dry, then use a round or flat brush to smooth and shape your strands until 100% dry.

4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Creative Color

Creative Color hairstyleInstagram @saraluxesalon

Q&A with style creator, Sara Bierman
Owner/Independent Stylist @ Salon Luxe in Appleton, WI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a creative spin on the evolving vivid color trend! More clients are wanting to see a pop of color or do something fun while still keeping it acceptable for everyday work. With this look, we added a variety of purple in smaller weaved sections to keep it soft yet fun.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Using a great sulfate-free shampoo and rinsing will cool water is the best way to get more longevity out of these fun colors. We styled this look with a nice root lift and an all over volumizing foam to add a volumious yet sleek finish!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think anyone can have fun with their hair! If your client wants some color, find out what they like and what their comfortable with. Incorporate these things while using your creative skills to create an everyday, liveable style!

Lived-In Pixie

Lived-In Pixie hairstyleInstagram @chelvis4hairz

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Marie Dorsey
Senior Aveda Stylist @ Salon Norrell Aveda in Tampa, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a lived-in pixie that was done with point cutting and a razor. My favorite thing about this look would be the movement/texture of her hair. This is a little bit longer than a traditional pixie.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep to give that beach look and Aveda Thickening Paste to get some fullness in those hair follicles. You can also use the paste to piece out the hair around the edges. I use it on wet and dry hair. Always rub it together in your hands before use!

I recommend finishing with Aveda Air Control Hairspray. This is my all time favorite hairspray because it is really more like a texture/light hairspray. It can give you great hold or more of a loose hold, depending on how you use it.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to the girl-on-the-go. I get it, our time is the most valuable thing we have. This is a quick and easy hairstyle for everyday life. Hair

The ideal hair type for this look would be fine to medium density. Slightly curly is okay too! The best face shapes would be square, round, triangle, and of course, oval can pull anything off!

Long Undercut Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Robin Spaulding
Independent Stylist and Educator @ Sashay By Salon in New Orleans, LA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a long undercut pixie. I love it because you have the freedom to shave a lot of your hair off and enjoy the benefits, but you can also grow it out easily because the rest of the hair is so short.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Kadus Professional Xtra Strong Mousse when styling for flexible hold if blow drying to create a great foundation for the hair. I recommend the Kadus Pro Fiber Gum to piece out the look and provide texture and hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Honestly, a lot of people can pull off this look. I customized this cut for a client with a longer face by throwing longer pieces around the front to soften up her look. I feel like a longer front helps transition someone who is not used to a pixie cut.

Chin-Length Bob

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Wright
Hairstylist @ Hair the Wright Way in Roanoke, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This modernized chin-length bob is one of my favorites because it is so versatile. It can be playful and fun, or styled sleek for sophistication. We utilize a light razor technique in the finishing details to compliment a carefree style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To keep her hair in optimum condition, we used Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner. To protect and repair weakened hair, I always recommend a protein-based strengthening system. Her regime is easy and customized. We love the scent, as well as the function.

Redken Satin Wear provides heat protection, shine and bounce. After blow drying, a small dab of Rewind Texture Paste is used to accentuate fun flippy layers. We sealed the deal with Redken Triple Take high hold hairspray to make her style last all day!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style can really uplift and accentuate bone structure. Common face shapes such as oval and round particularly look great. This look is styled to suit your personality, so I recommend it for all ages. The cut looks amazing textured or smooth and flatters most with a clean line from the nape to jawline. Natural body on fine to medium hair shows off volume and texture as well. You just can’t go wrong with a sassy bob!

Choppy Pixie

Choppy Pixie hairstyleInstagram @hair_wiz

Q&A with style creator, Denise HairWiz Roy
Master Stylist @ HairWiz in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a carefree choppy pixie. I created this look on my client who has an oval face. The playful pieces that frame the face help you create different looks for work or play.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I use HairWiz Sparkle Shine Spray to maintain the natural shine, Bed Head Pomade Stick to create the wispy effect, and HairWiz Magical Spritz to hold it in place.

This particular client has a relaxer. She works out and needed a no-fuss cut because of the choppy layers cut into the hair which were created by using HairWiz Choppy Shears. She can shampoo and condition her hair, mold it down with Nairobi Styling Foam, then tie it down with a scarf or strips until dry. To style, mist the Sparkle Shine over the entire head, then use a 1/4-inch flat iron. Simply start at the top and slightly bevel the iron in a circle pattern completely around the entire head. To finish, finger style until desired look is achieved.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I love the versatility of this “Windy City Pixie”. Almost anyone can wear it!

Playful Bob

Playful Bob hairstyleInstagram @tmhairstylez

Q&A with style creator, Tessa
Diverse Hair Artist @ Salon Parastar Spa in Cambridge, ON


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as playful and sassy. I love that there is loads of texture created with a razor and slide cutting. This cut would look great classic and sleek, or pumped up with styling.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I recommend using the flat wrap blow dry technique. Once dry, use your favorite texture dust at the roots (L’Oreal in this case) and through the mids and ends. L’Oreal Wild Stylers salt spray works best. To finish off the look, take a small amount of light hold styling wax, warm it in your palms, then define the pieces around the face.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style would work well for the on-the-go or business woman who has fine textured hair and not a lot of time. It can really cut down on styling time when you just refresh the style each morning versus washing and restyling every day. I feel most face shapes could work well with this cut because you can alter it to give the illusion of an oval face shape.

Rounded Bob

Q&A with style creator, Junya Sakurai
Hair Designer/Founder @ Junya Sakurai Hair Design. in Honolulu, HI


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this short bob hairstyle is the beautiful round shape. It makes a perfect back and side look.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommended Milbon’s products (it’s based on Japan). I mostly use Liscio Shampoo and Moroccan Oil Hydration Cream.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a great look for naturally straight hair or slightly curly hair. It can work for all face shapes. This haircut is also very easy to style from day to day!

Striking Pixie

Striking Pixie hairstyleInstagram @villageonmain

Q&A with style creator, Rhiannon Thackeray
Senior Stylist @ The Village on Main in Northampton, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This pixie is edgy, while also maintaining a level of softness. My favorite thing about it is how her natural texture lends itself perfectly to the cut and shape. It simultaneously showcases the unexpected pop of color. She has a natural wave that almost always behaves exactly how you want it to, so not a lot has to be done for it to look sharp.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend anything that enhances texture or gives a little hold. For this style, I used Aveda’s Brilliant Universal Styling Creme to give her a little shine and to create separation and weight. I also often find myself reaching for a pomade and hairspray such as Aveda’s Men’s Pure-formance Pomade and their Aircontrol Hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think that this look can work for a variety of textures and compliments many face shapes. It’s a very low maintenance style and the swept bang and undercut melt two looks together in a striking way.

Undercut Pixie

Undercut Pixie hairstyleInstagram @hfdzk

Q&A with style creator, Rene Janssen
Stylist @ HFDZK in Eindhoven, NL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing about this look is the versatility! It is wearable in a many different styles. She can wear it sleak or very messy, or to the left, right or toward the front. On days when she’s feeling extra sassy, it can be worn up as well. The options are endless!

I believe that each short hairstyle for women should have the ability to be worn in different styles depending on your mood or the occasion.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Maintaining this look is as easy as it gets. I cut the sides with clipper over comb and 6mm guard. The top is cut with point and channel cutting techniques. To recreate the look, just blow dry it in the direction you want to wear it with some beachspray (like Osis+ Session Label Salt Spray) and style it with a soft wax that stays soft troughout the day. I prefer Tigi Bed Head Styling Manipulator Matte Crème Matte Wax with Massive Hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The look is appropriate for all ages and suits women with a love for short hair. Age is just a number and you make it look good if you feel good! This particular cut is perfect for straight and thin hair. Grey hair is often a bit stubborn, but that’s not a problem at all if you thin it out a little on the top.

Disconnected Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Erin
Hair Maven @ Parlor Salon in Richmond, VA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a disconnected pixie. My favorite part about this look is the undercut. I love how the shattered length lays over the shaved section, creating a strong yet subtle mix of texture and dimension.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The best products to maintain and recreate this look are going to be texture products like dry shampoos, matte pastes, texture sprays, and wax sprays. Whatever product type you prefer that can give you movement and separation to achieve the dimension will work. My personal favorite for this look would be Conundrum Paste styling cream by Unite.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone of any age looking to do something that can be wild, casual, and/or classy at any given time. It is a very versatile look and works with most hair types. For those with naturally curly hair, a similar style can be achieved with a slightly different approach cut and style-wise, but it is certainly doable!

As far as face shape, I personally don’t follow the common rules associated with picking a style. I think every client should pick whatever cut they want if they think it’s going to make them feel good. If I need to make small adjustments to help flatter their individual features, then that’s what I’ll do!

Tousled Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Monica
Hairstylist/Redken Color Specialist @ Salon Vizions in Johnstown, PA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a tousled pixie with a sassy attitude! Razor cutting and texture shears create lots of texture for versatility in styling. I love this cut because it is so versatile as it can be styled so many different ways and works great for so many different hair types and lifestyles.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

For this particular look, I used Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight to help tame the wave in the hair and blow dried using just my fingers for that unstructured look. I then used a flat iron to bend the hair a little and finished with Redken’s Shape Factor to give hold and that piece-y look. For a more finished formal look, use the Shape Factor to smooth the hair.

You could also use a light weight spray gel and curling iron for more waves followed by a sea salt spray for a more casual look.

Always use a stylist recommended professional shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair in optimal condition!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style works best with medium to thick hair that is straight to wavy. It doesn’t really require a lot of effort for it to look good and can be easily styled formal or casual, making it ideal for all lifestyles.

Modern Pixie

Modern Pixie hairstyleInstagram @howertonhair

Q&A with style creator, Kannon Howerton
Master Stylist and Director of Education @ Rooted Aveda in Draper, UT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I wanted to come up with a modern take on a short pixie by leaving length and soft texture in the back and the sides right by the ear, places you normally don’t see length. I love the versatility and the styling options you have with this haircut!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The great thing about this haircut is that the texture and piecy-ness is all in the haircut. To prep and style their hair, I used Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep and Nourishing Styling Cream to help add moisture and protect the hair from heat while leaving the hair smooth. I finished with Aveda’s Control Paste to accentuate the texture and layers throughout the cut.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut for anyone that wants a low maintenance haircut that still leaves you looking current and modern. It has a way of making guests feel sassy and beautiful without looking like they are trying too hard. It is also great for many face shapes because it is easy to customize for your guest’s needs. You can adjust length in the front to flatter the face.

I recommend this for hair types that are thick to medium in density and straight or curly hair. It removes enough weight that it feels light and has movement and can help give life to those curls.

Graduated Bob

Graduated Bob hairstyleInstagram @lolopisani

Q&A with style creator, Lolo Pisani
Independent Stylist @ Tangerine Salon in Long Beach, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a graduated A-line bob. What I love about this look is that it’s simple, but with an edge!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this style at home, I would recommend applying a mousse like R+Co Chiffon to towel dried hair before blow drying. A paddle brush can be used for a sleek look ,or a round brush can be used for achieving volume. Finish the style with a flexible hold hairspray. My favorite is R+Co Outer Space.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look can be flattering to a variety of face shapes. The cut can be adjusted in length, degree of graduation, and fringe style to suit just about anyone!

Purple Texture

Purple Texture hairstyleInstagram @sugarplumlocks

Q&A with style creator, Kenzie
Independent Hairstylist @ Molto Bella Hair Studio in Gilbert, AZ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is one of my favorite styles because you can wear this cut wild and textured out, or very sleek. It’s perfect for any hair type, fine or thick, and the color is super fun. The purple tones are perfect colors for clients who are starting their mermaid hair color journey, since purples can easily be formulated to be more warm toned or cool depending on your client’s skin.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To maintain this color, use a shampoo with the color mixed in to keep the hair from fading. Overtone is a great one! With this style, I love using Surface Push Styling Powder for volume and texture. This powder is powerful, so a little goes a long way! To piece out any ends, go in with a paste like Surface Taffy Whip to add some defined pieces. Again, it only takes a little!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Anyone can wear this hairstyle. It is a great look for someone who has five minutes to spend on your hair. You can also create some flat iron curls for a different look. This style looks good messy too! And the color is great for anyone as long as their job will allow them to have vibrant colors in their hair.

Shaggy Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Jacqueline Young
Salon Owner @ Switch Hair Design in Australia


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a shaggy pixie look. It’s a disconnected, long razor cut on top with an undercut.

My favorite thing about this style is that it proves that having short hair can still be feminine, stylish and sexy and at any age!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Davines Volu Hair Mist prior to blow drying the hair to give volume and body to the hair without weighing it down. After I blow dried, I used the Davines This is a Texturizing Dust from the More Inside range. This will give you instant volume, texture and definition. It is great for fine, limp hair. I finished with Davines This is a Medium Hairspray from the More Inside range. This will give your hair hold and structure, but it’s still workable.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone wanting to give their short hair an edgy look, yet still keep it soft and feminine. It’s a great style for fine hair as we’ve kept the top and sides a little longer than the traditional pixie. This creates volume and texture and also means that having that extra length gives you more options on styling your hair differently. It also works well on thick hair, removing bulk from underneath for a more defined and textured look that you may not have been able to achieve before without having an undercut.

The shaggy pixie is super easy to style! The more textured and lived-in, the better. Best of all the “just rolled out of bed” look has never looked so good. Even the busiest or not so good at doing their hair client will find this look easy to manage!

Round Layers

Round Layers hairstyleInstagram @finnellhair

Q&A with style creator, Jennifer Finnell
Master Cosmetologist / Soul Proprietor / Booth Renter @ Salon Colour in Dunwoody, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This particular client is very special to me. She is my sister and a two time breast cancer survivor. Her look is intended to be very natural as she is a high school principal and teacher at a school for special needs. She is 80% gray and wanted gray blending versus permanent hair color, especially because of scalp sensitivity from chemotherapy.

I appied a Demi permanent level 10 golden blonde for ten minutes, which made this color very natural, allowing her “Arctic ice” highlights to show through. My favorite things about this hair design is how natural it looks, the quick and easy color processing, and how well it compliments the client’s features and lifestyle needs.

I cut her hair in a one length bob with round layers so she may keep curl throughout the day. I cut a side swooping heavy fringe, blending it into a face frame to maximize curl hold and minimize a rounder shaped face.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I used Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi finishing spray and Keratin Intense Treatment. To finish, I used Joico’s styling lotion for frizz reduction and curl hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client has very thin hair. Keeping her hair at shoulder length gives a fuller look and the ability to maintain curls throughout the day. The face frame minimizes a more round face shape, creating more of an oval and symmetrical look. Coloring her hair with a shorter processing time, as well as using a 10 volume demi-permanent hair color, meets her scalp and style needs. Her lifestyle is on the go all the time, so she needs a style that is quick and simple, yet stylish and trendy.

Dynamic Expression

Dynamic Expression hairstyleInstagram @yourhairfriend

Q&A with style creator, Dacia Metsker
Owner @ The List Salon in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a dynamic expression of my client’s fun personality. She is a very bright and lively person who has incredible stories to tell, and it was so much fun to be able to express that in her hairstyle and hair color.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Since her hair is fine in texture, I used R+Co Chiffon mousse at the root to add lift during the blow dry. I then used KMS 2-in-1 heat protectant to help hold the style and protect the hair from the heat of the curling iron. Finally, I finished off with R+Co Trophy spray to bring out the shine and texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The inspiration photo she brought in was a picture of singer Rihanna. As you can see, this style compliments both of those beautiful ladies.

The great thing about short hairstyles is that they can be modified to fit any frame or face shape. I’m also a huge fan of adding in fun colors for my retired clients because they are no longer hindered by rules.

Youthful Gray Bob

Youthful Gray Bob hairstyleInstagram @studiodeuxsd

Q&A with style creator, Shellie Diamond Muro
Owner @ Studio Deux in San Dimas, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

What I love about this cut is that it gives a youthful look to someone who wants to embrace their gray but still have have a sense of style. Like most gray hair, hers is coarse and resistant. and doing bi-weekly touch ups was too costly for her since she has retired.

We cut off over six inches, tapering the back to remove the bulk and giving it a slight a-line with blended layers. All of this makes this cut easy for her to style at home.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I washed her with Matrix So Silver to give her gray hair that brightness and shine. Before blow drying, I sprayed her with Agadir Argon Oil for heat protection. After blow drying, I used So Sexy Soy Paste to piece out the layers and show dimension and texture. It also holds hair in place and replaces hairspray.

I used a light spray shine to finish it off since gray hair and some styling products can dull the hair. A few of my favorites are Brazilian Blowout Spray Shine and Verb Ghost Oil.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

It takes a lot of patience to grow out your gray hair. It is a slow process that most clients cannot do. I normally do not suggest it because it can age you, however this client happens to have naturally beautiful gray hair with no yellow or “dishwater” tones. I have a few other solid natural gray clients who like to have fun with color and we weave in lowlights to add some depth and spunk to their natural gray.

Layered Bob with Side-Swept Bang

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Yates
Salon Owner/Hairstylist @ Salon Mariposa in Tigard, OR


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a medium length layered bob with a side-swept bang. I kept the color light around the face to brighten and blend. My favorite thing about this look is that it is fun and sassy but easy to style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Redken Pillow Proof Primer, Redken Stay High, and Amika Undone texture spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and style are perfect for someone who wants texture and a fun look without a lot of work. It is ideal for fine to medium hair texture that is straight to medium wave. Oval, square, heart or inverted triangle shaped faces will wear this style well.

Blended Layers

Blended Layers hairstyleInstagram @okemadiazbeauty

Q&A with style creator, Okema Diaz
Stylist/Colorist @ Laveli Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This was a corrective cut. This first time client wanted to re-balance the short layered cut she had been given previously at another salon. It grew out to a mullet, so I focused shaping the cut from the bottom. The result was an a-line layered cut. The layers are blended well, primarily for movement.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

This is a very low key style that requires very little product. For volume, I used Voluspa spray gel by Sebastian. To finish the look, I used MoroccanOil Styling Cream.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This a-line bob works for fine to normal hair.  t also works for straight to wavy hair. This cut can be air dried with a touch of hydrating product to prevent frizz, or it can be blown out for a polished look. Longer faces are recommended to go a bit shorter than those with full/round faces.

High Stacked Layered Bob

High Stacked Layered Bob hairstyleInstagram @geekycuts

Q&A with style creator, Timothy Hays
Level 4 Stylist @ Salon Red in Candler Park, GA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a layered bob with side-swept bang. It has high stack in the back and is layered throughout to give it more movement. I really enjoy cutting bobs in general, but my favorite thing about this look is the lady I did the cut on. She is an awesome person and is always willing to try different things.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend Bumble and bumble Full Form Mousse to help make the hair feel fuller and give it extra texture. I finished it with Oribe Dry Texture Spray to help add more grit and grip to the hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a great look for anyone looking for a change in their hair. It is ideal for someone with medium to fine hair who is looking for a cut to give their hair some extra oomph.

Lob With Layers

Lob With Layers hairstyleInstagram @t.beauty11

Q&A with style creator, Taneah Cantrell
Master Barber Stylist @ Mint Salon & Spa in Cookeville, TN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This style is for anyone who is wanting to achieve a voluminous look. A lob (long bob) with layers can make the hair appear fuller and thicker. I love this look because it helps add instant body to the hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

When styling hair, Davines products are always my go-to. On this client, I used a medium-sized round brush to dry the hair. I then used Melu Hair Shield as a heat protectant and used a Shi flat iron to flip the ends under. Next, I teased the crown section and misted the hair with a medium hold hairspray. To finish, I topped it off with a shimmer mist for that extra shine!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut/style for anyone with thin hair. It creates the illusion that your hair is actually thicker than it is. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who likes to pull their hair up. With this cut, an updo, ponytail, bun, etc. are not options.

Youthful Angled Bob

Q&A with style creator, Christine Sandella
Stylist @ Salon Solutions in Toms River, NJ


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is sleek, youthful, trendy and classic! This angled bob is layered, giving it serious swing and movement. I love that it looks so sharp and stylish. It can be customized so many ways to fit the client.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

On this client, I used Matrix Volume Bloom which is great for fine hair because it is so light and gives great lift. I also uses Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil to give the hair a smooth and shiny finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut for fine to medium hair. It can make someone’s fine hair appear fuller. On someone with straight hair, the cut falls right in and is easy to style with this length. This can complement any face shape and I recommend coming into the salon every six weeks to maintain it.

Angled Bob With Round Layers

Angled Bob With Round Layers hairstyleInstagram @haircarebyjenn

Q&A with style creator, Jenn Tandarich
Hairstylist @ Haircare By Jenn in Encinitas, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a slightly angled bob, with overdirected round layers and a wispy fringe. My favorite part is that it is extremely easy to style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

First, apply Bumble and bumble’s Tonic spray all over for moisture. Next, add Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Mousse from roots to ends for volume, texture and hold. Now apply Bumble and bumble’s Invisible Oil from mid shaft to ends. This oil can be used as a heat protectant on wet hair, and can also be used to seal down the cuticle while adding extra shine to dry hair. Finish with Bumble and bumble’s Classic Hairspray to give this look the hold it deserves.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look to the client who is wanting to achieve more volume and movement in their hair. It’s the perfect haircut for women on-the-go and for those who are classic business professionals. I would suggest using a 1-inch round brush (or smaller) to give the ends a bend. Or, if it’s easier, you can set your hair in curlers at home.

As for the fringe, the client can wear it three ways: swept off to the side, straight down, or take it back to the 90s (like we did here) by curling the top section of the fringe up and the bottom half of the fringe down. You truly can’t go wrong with this cut!

Graduated Layered Bob

Q&A with style creator, Ann Ellis
Owner / Colorist and Stylist @ AE Hair Color Studio in Arnold, MD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a graduated layered bob that is carefree, feminine and sophisticated. It would look great on a woman of any age because it is very classic. The graduated layers maximize carefree volume and movement.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend using a root volumizing mousse and blow dry serum for superior blow dry slip. My favorite products are Wella’s Eimi Root Shoot and Eimi Perfect Me Lightweight Beauty Balm. I used a 35mm MoroccanOil ceramic round brush to create volume and separation between layers.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is perfect for fine to medium hair texture. It is ideal for anyone who does not wish to spend a ton of time on their hair, but wants the illusion of a styled look. This look is so versatile!

 

Chin-length Bob

This chin-length bob is nearly all one length. This keeps the style heavy and dense which is perfect for fine hair!

Chin Length Bob Hairstyle

Wispy Fringe Cut

This short style features longer layers on top of the head and a beautiful wispy fringe.

Short Hairstyle with Long Layers and Fringe

Short Blonde Hairstyle

This fabulous layered haircut features a texturized straight-across fringe.

Layered Haircut with Straight Across Fringe

Highlights and Bangs

This bob is nearly all one length. This allows it to keep most of its weight, making it the perfect cut for fine hair. The way that it is styled keeps it from looking too heavy and the slight bend on the hair in the front gives a softer overall look.

Bob Haircut for Fine Hair

Layered Framing Style

This gorgeous layered haircut has the fringe and the rest of the hair styled away from the face.

Layered Haircut with Fringe

Wispy Bob

The curve and wispiness of this bob softens the face and makes it more youthful. It softens the face as it frames it by having the ends beveled in. The fringe gives the same effect because it is cut at a curve and is texturized, soft and wispy.

Face Framing Bob with Fringe

The Wispy Look

This pretty short hairstyle looks effortlessly beautiful and casual!

Casual Hairstyle with Fringe

Graduated Bob Hairstyle

This bob is shorter in the front and longer in the back. This causes hair to naturally fall to the back, making it perfect for people who want to keep hair away from their face.

Bob with Side Part

Gone are the days of outdated hairstyles only suited for grandmothers. These days, there are no rules for short hairstyles for women over 50. You can totally take on today’s trends and rock an awesome, chic hairstyle without looking too youthful!