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35 Chic Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Be fabulous over 50! Express yourself through your hair. Feel amazing and look amazing. Here are 35 short hairstyles for women over 50 to inspire your next look!

#1 Ada

Written by Shannel Mariano

These beautiful waves are soft, loose and touchable. Hair like this can definitely take years off its wearer.

Short Hairstyle with Waves for Women Over 50

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How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry clean hair.
  2. Give the hair texture by smoothing and bending it with a flat iron.
  3. Loosen the waves by combing through them with your fingers.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Caviar Working Hairspray gives hair long lasting hold that is brushable and natural looking.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and medium in density will suit this hairstyle.

#2 Cordelia

Written by Shannel Mariano

This short hairstyle is fun, youthful and stylish. Short haircuts that push towards the face instead of back tend to be more up to date and make its wearer look younger. This bob is styled straight and tucked behind the ear with a side swept fringe.

Fun Short Youthful Bob Hairstyle

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How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to clean dry hair.
  2. Smooth the hair with a flat iron
  3. Set the style with hairspray.
  4. Apply shine to the hair.

Recommended Products:

Perfect Iron Spray is a thermal protection spray that protects hair up to 450 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#3 Flor

Written by Shannel Mariano

Instead of beveling and curling your ends in, try styling them straight. This is definitely a more current look. If you want to take it up a notch, wear your hair with texture. Natural and less contrived styles tend to soften your look and make you look fresh and youthful.

Natural Short Hairstyle for Women over 50

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How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to clean dry hair.
  2. Smooth hair with a flat iron.
  3. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Perfect Texture Finishing Spray gives hair dimensional texture, volume and fullness.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

Tip:

Always shake aerosol cans well before you use them. This ensures that you mix the product well with the propellant. If you fail to do this, you could eventually end up with product in the can and not be able to spray it out.

#4 Helen

Written by Shannel Mariano

This may seem like the total opposite of what hairstyle you’re supposed to wear when you’re over 50 — one length and straight. There is more to this hairstyle that makes it work! It has natural-looking body, fullness, movement and softness. Looking at it just makes you want to run your fingers through her hair.

Straight One Length Hairstyle for Women over 50

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blowdry the hair using a large round brush.
  3. Apply a thermal protection spray.
  4. Polish and smooth the ends with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for shine.

Recommended Products:

Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist gives long lasting volume from roots to tips while leaving the hair touchable and soft.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wider face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium density will suit this hairstyle.

#5 Josephine

Written by Shannel Mariano

These waves look effortlessly beautiful. They are loose, soft and very natural looking.

Soft Hairstyle with Waves for Women over 50

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How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair away from the face using a large barrel curling iron.
  3. Brush through the curls until they turn into a wave.
  4. Apply a flexible hold hairspray.
  5. Brush through the waves again.
  6. Apply a product for shine.

Recommended Products:

Kendi Dry Oil Micromist weightlessly gives hair shine and controls frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#6 Pat

Written by Shannel Mariano

This haircut is short and layered, giving it a lot of texture and lightness.

Short Layered Hairstyle for Women Over 50

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Apply a product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Texturizing Body Boost Powder from their Bamboo line gives hair lift, texture and separation.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any texture and density will suit this hairstyle.

#7 Cynthia

Written by Shannel Mariano

This bob is tucked behind the ear on one side giving it an asymmetrical look. The fringe is long, thick, and swoops across the forehead from a deep side part for a youthful, up-to-date and stylish finish.

Bob Hairstyle with Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the fringe area left and right. This will fight any weird growth patterns in the fringe area and help it to lay however you want.
  3. Blow dry the rest of the hair using a medium round brush.
  4. Lightly tease the hair and set the teasing with a firm hold spray.
  5. Tuck one side behind the ear.
  6. Set the entire style with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Caviar Extra Hold Spray is a quick drying hairspray that provides long lasting hold without stiffness and flakiness. It also protects your hair from humidity.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any hair type will suit this hairstyle.

#8 Belinda

Written by Shannel Mariano

Short hair and a fringe seems to be the go-to, no-fail haircut for mature women. You don’t have to look like everyone else though! This is my favorite haircut on the list. If hair was fashion, her textured asymmetric fringe would definitely be couture!

Short Hairstyle with Fringe for Mature Women

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply thermal protection to the hair.
  4. Smooth and polish the ends using a flat iron.
  5. Apply a product for hair separation and texture.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell’s Spray Wax delivers buildable texture in aerosol form which allows for an even distribution.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and heart face shapes with any hair type will suit this hairstyle.

#9 Anne

Written by Shannel Mariano

This is a medium length haircut with layers that are shorter in the front and longer in the back. This causes the face to not be covered up even if the hair is curled towards the face.

Medium Hairstyle with Layers

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry for volume and bevel the ends in and forward using a large round brush.
  3. Set the hairstyle with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Caviar Amplifying Mousse gives hair long lasting volume.     

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any hair type will suit this hairstyle.

#10 Lucy

Written by Shannel Mariano

Long hair in a loose ponytail seems like it wouldn’t be the best haircut and hairstyle for a mature woman, right? This beauty is proof that nothing beats having healthy, shiny hair…and a fringe that is styled on point.

Hairstyle with Loose Ponytail for Women Over 50

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How To Style:

  1. Start out with healthy, shiny hair by using a treatment.
  2. Apply a styling product to clean damp hair.
  3. Blow dry the hair smooth using a styling brush.
  4. Detail and polish the fringe area using a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum to the hair.
  6. Gather the hair into a loose side ponytail.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Caviar 3-Minute Shine Boost is a weekly shine enhancing treatment. It’s like lip gloss for your hair

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and hair types will suit this hairstyle.

#11 Tina

Written by Shannel Mariano

This chic short hairstyle features short layers in the back that gradually get longer towards the front. The longer layers in front become a sweet fringe sweeping across the forehead.

Chic Short Hairstyle with Layers

Style by Raychel Siler, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

Chic Short Hairstyle with Layers Side View

Style by Raychel Siler, Kenneth Shuler Schools, Columbia, SC

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  4. Set with a finising spray.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any hair type will suit this style.

#12 Samantha

Written by Shannel Mariano

This very stylish, disconnected haircut features really short sides and back. Both the top and the crown area are left long and layered for a flattering finish.

Disconnected Haircut with Long Top

Style by Stephanie Turner, Hair Extronaire, Duncanville, TX

Disconnected Haircut with Long Top Back View

Style by Stephanie Turner, Hair Extronaire, Duncanville, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product on wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with fingers.
  3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for texture.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is a wax in aerosol form which will give you an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in density and texture will suit this style.

#13 Meryl

Written by Shannel Mariano

This youthful haircut features long layers that allow the hair to have movement without removing too much of its density.

Youthful Haircut with Long Layers

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with low to medium density and fine to medium texture will suit this style.

#14 Suzie

Written by Shannel Mariano

This short hairstyle is heavily layered which makes it light enough to style serious volume into.

Hairstyle with Curls and Layers

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Curl sections of hair with a curling iron.
  4. Apply a lightweight product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Sculpting Foam gives hair a blowout filled with volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#15 Ellen

Written by Shannel Mariano

If you are looking for an low maintenance style, this is it! The really short layers throughout this haircut make it easy to style with fun texture.

Low Maintenance Short Hairstyle

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with fingers.
  3. Smooth longer pieces with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for texture.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is a wax in aerosol form which will give you an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any hair type will suit this style

#16 Gladys

Written by Shannel Mariano

This haircut has the sides graduated shorter in the bottom and longer on top. The hair on top of the head is left longer. The entire haircut is texturized a lot to give it tons of beautiful movement!

Short Haircut with Texture

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a small round brush.
  3. Smooth and bend longer pieces with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a serum for shine.
  5. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with any hair type will suit this style.

#17 Nimfa

Written by Shannel Mariano

This beautiful haircut has shorter layers in the front and longer ones in the back, causing hair to naturally push backwards. This style is perfect for people who can’t stand having hair on their face!

Beautiful Haircut with Short Layers in Front

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush toward the back.
  3. Apply a lightweight product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Sculpting Foam gives hair a blowout filled with volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in density and texture will suit this style.

#18 Caroline

Written by Shannel Mariano

This style is very youthful. It is a chin-length haircut with organic looking curls.

Youthful Chin Length Haircut with Curls

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How To Style:

  1. Apply styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry with a medium round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection to hair.
  4. Curl random sections of diffrent sizes with a medium barrel iron.
  5. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press protects the hair from heat and has hold that helps make the style last longer

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#19 Christine

Written by Shannel Mariano

One length hair keeps maximum density and is perfect for fine hair. This one length look is styled with the ends flipped out for a trendy finish.

One Length Hairstyle with Flipped Ends

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with an extra large round brush.
  3. Flipping the ends out with a smoothing iron.
  4. Apply a serum to the hair for shine.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is low in density and fine in texture will suit this style.

#20 Terry

Written by Shannel Mariano

This is a short graduated bob that is shorter in the back and longer in the front. In this picture, it is styled tucked behind the model’s ear. Graduated hairstyles build weight and allow the hair to have great wash-and-wear volume.

Short Graduated Bob Hairstyle

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a medium round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#21 Catherine

Written by Shannel Mariano

This glamorous look is softened by layers and waves.

Medium Hairstyle with Layers and Waves

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#22 Laura

Written by Shannel Mariano

This haircut has long layers which gives it some movement, but without removing too much weight.

Haircut with Long Layers

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#23 Gretchen

Written by Shannel Mariano

This haircut is very stylish, chic and trendy, yet still age appropriate.

Stylish Short Haircut with Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth just the the middle to the ends of the hair.
  4. Apply a lightweight product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is a wax in aerosol form which will give you an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart face shapes with any hair type will suit this style.

#24 Mindy

Written by Shannel Mariano

If you have it, flaunt it! Naturally curly hair provides a built-in style and can look absolutely breathtaking with the right products and care.

Medium Hairstyle for Naturally Curly Hair

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Diffuse the hair dry.
  3. Scrunch in a product for texture and shine.

Recommended Products:

Scrunching Grooming Pomade into the hair helps define curls and adds shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with naturally curly hair will suit this style.

#25 Sarah

Written by Shannel Mariano

This beautifully textured pixie cut is for the confident woman who doesn’t have to hide beneath the security of long hair. How sexy is that?

Short Textured Pixie Hairstyle

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How To Style: 

  1. Apply product to the wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Piece out the fringe area using a styling product.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is a wax in aerosol form which will give you an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any hair type will suit this style.

#26 Beatrice

Written by Shannel Mariano

This short bob is styled with volume and some wave. What I love about it is that it has the option of being styled wash-and-wear.

Short Bob Hairstyle with Volume

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a medium round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#27 Karen

Written by Shannel Mariano

This style has very short layers compared to its overall length. This removes a lot of weight, allowing the style to have movement and softness.

Medium Hairstyle with Short Layers

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a medium round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#28 Mary

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a styling brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#29 Linda

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

Short Hairstyle with Long Layers and Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a round brush.
  3. Smooth just the the middle to the ends of the hair.
  4. Apply a lightweight product for texture.

Recommended Products:

Spray Wax is a wax in aerosol form which will give you an even and controlled distribution of texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart face shapes with any hair type will suit this style.

#30 Cindy

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

Layered Haircut with Straight Across Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection.
  4. Smooth the hair even more with a flat iron.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.
  6. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press protects the hair from heat and has hold that helps make the style last longer

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#31 Corina

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

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How To Style: 

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Sculpting Foam gives hair a blowout filled with volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#32 Hillary

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

Layered Haircut with Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Perfect Blowout creme gives shine, smoothness, volume, and heat protection to blowouts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#33 Stevie

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection.
  4. Smooth the hair even more with a flat iron, making sure to bevel the ends in.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.
  6. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press protects the hair from heat and has hold that helps make the style last longer

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#34 Vera

Written by Shannel Mariano

This pretty short hairstyle looks effortlessly beautiful and casual!

Casual Hairstyle with Fringe

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush, flipping some ends out and some in.
  3. Apply a serum for shine.
  4. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

#35 Sofia

Written by Shannel Mariano

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

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How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Apply heat protection.
  4. Smooth the hair even more with a flat iron, making sure to bevel the ends in.
  5. Apply a serum for shine.
  6. Set the style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press protects the hair from heat and has hold that helps make the style last longer

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this style.

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