Be fabulous over 50! Express yourself through your hair. Feel amazing and look amazing. Here are 36 short hairstyles for women over 50 to inspire your next look!
Modern Take on The Classic Bob
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?
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.
Elon Salon Short Bob
This look is for the woman who loves to be adventurous with both the cut and color of her hair. Pravana’s Full Volume is a great pump-dispensed mousse that gives you amazing volume and shine! Round, oval and heart shaped faces wear this look well. Hair that is naturally wavy to straight and medium to thick will make styling easiest. Elon Salon has some dazzling short haircuts for women over 50.
Soft Loose Waves
These beautiful waves are soft, loose and touchable. Hair like this can definitely take years off its wearer. Alterna Caviar Working Hairspray gives hair long lasting hold that is brushable and natural looking. Wider face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and medium in density is very compatible hairstyle.
Face Framing Bangs For Women Over 50
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. Perfect Iron Spray is a thermal protection spray that protects hair up to 450 F.
Chunky Bangs Takes Years Off
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.
Perfect Texture Finishing Spray gives hair dimensional texture, volume and fullness.
Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density are best.
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.
Sleek and Straight Hair
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.
Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist gives long lasting volume from roots to tips while leaving the hair touchable and soft.
Wider face shapes with hair that is fine to medium in texture and low to medium density suit this hairstyle best.
Effortless Wavy Locks
These waves look effortlessly beautiful. They are loose, soft and very natural looking.
Kendi Dry Oil Micromist weightlessly gives hair shine and controls frizz.
Women over 50 with hair that is medium in texture and density will find this hairstyle looks very flattering.
Layered Lightweight Style
This haircut is short and layered, giving it a lot of texture and lightness. Alterna’s Texturizing Body Boost Powder from their Bamboo line gives hair lift, texture and separation.
Women over 50 with any texture and density will suit this hairstyle.
Asymmetrical Brunette Bob
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. 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. Oval face shapes with any hair type match this hairstyle.
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! Paul Mitchell’s Spray Wax delivers buildable texture in aerosol form which allows for an even distribution. Oval and heart face shapes with any hair type will find this hairstyle complimentary.
Front Curled Hairstyle
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. Alterna’s Caviar Amplifying Mousse gives hair long lasting volume and is a blessing for short hair. Women over 50 with any hair type will find this look flattering.
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. Alterna’s Caviar 3-Minute Shine Boost is a weekly shine enhancing treatment. It’s like lip gloss for your hair. Women over 50 with any hair types will find that this hairstyle takes off years.
Short Layered Hair
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. Gloss Drops will remove frizz and add luminous shine to hair. Oval face shapes with any hair type look great in this style.
Long Layered Youthful Cut
This youthful haircut features long layers that allow the hair to have movement without removing too much of its density. Women over 50 with low to medium density and fine to medium texture can rock this style best.
This short hairstyle is heavily layered which makes it light enough to style serious volume into. Extra-Body Sculpting Foam gives hair a blowout filled with volume.
Longer Pixie Cut
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.
Oval face shapes with any hair type will suit this style. Any woman over 50 will love this shorter haircut.
Short Textured Waves
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! Women over 50 with any hair type will find the waves energetic.
Short Layered Waves
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! Women over 50 with hair that is medium in density and texture will suit this style.
Organic Looking Curls
This style is very youthful. It is a chin-length haircut with organic looking curls. Hot Off The Press protects the hair from heat and has hold that helps make the style last longer.
Curled Out Bob Hairstyle
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. Longer face shapes with hair that is low in density and fine in texture are more suited to this look.
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.
This glamorous look is softened by layers and waves.
Long Layered Short Haircut
This haircut has long layers which gives it some movement, but without removing too much weight.
This haircut is very stylish, chic and trendy, yet still age appropriate.
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. Scrunching Grooming Pomade into the hair helps define curls and adds shine.
Amazing Pixie Cut
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? Sexy short hairstyles for women over 50 give an air of confidence.
Short Wavy Bob
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 Wavy Layers
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.
This chin-length bob is nearly all one length. This keeps the style heavy and dense which is perfect for fine hair!
Wispy Fringe Cut
This short style features longer layers on top of the head and a beautiful wispy fringe.
Short Blonde Hairstyle
This fabulous layered haircut features a texturized 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.
Layered Framing Style
This gorgeous layered haircut has the fringe and the rest of the hair styled away from the face.
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.
The Wispy Look
This pretty short hairstyle looks effortlessly beautiful and casual!
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.
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! Need some ideas? Look no further than this list!