Graduated bobs for older women are short haircuts with stacked layers that create a full-bodied look. The cut creates a beautiful shape from the crown thru the nape, benefiting older women who tend to have fine hair. It’s a classic and versatile haircut, but it’s not without its challenges. In this article, we explore hairstylist Kim Cunningham’s expert tips and advice on how to make the most of this haircut.
The Importance of Regular Trimming
Kim’s number one tip for older women considering a graduated bob is to keep it trimmed regularly. A well-maintained graduated bob looks stylish and polished, while a shaggy bob can grow out more freely and still appear chic. Straight hair, in particular, requires more work to maintain the smooth look of a graduated bob.
Full-bodied Look for Fine Hair
The biggest benefit of a graduated bob is that it can add fullness and shape to fine hair. By creating a beautiful shape from the crown to the nape, this cut provides a full-bodied look for those with thinner hair.
The Drawback: Blow-drying Required
One potential drawback of this style is the need for regular blow-drying to keep it looking polished and full. You should be prepared to spend some time styling their hair at home to maintain the desired look.
The Right Tools for the Job
Kim highlights that many stylists may use the wrong scissors to shape a graduated bob. A razor cut works best for fine, straight hair, as it provides a more blended and textured look that adds body.
Key Questions to Ask Your Stylist
Before getting a graduated bob, you should ask their stylist about the suitability of you hair for this cut, taking into account factors like curl, wave, and straightness. It’s also crucial to discuss home styling requirements to achieve the desired look.
Understanding the importance of proper home styling tools is essential for maintaining a graduated bob, as the look can be challenging to maintain without them. If you have full-bodied hair and natural curl or wave you may find that you hair dries naturally into a graduated shape, creating a different look than a straight, smooth graduation.
Pictures of Flattering Graduated Bobs for Older Women
Ready for a fresh chop? Here are the inspiring photos of the newest and trendiest graduated bobs for older women!
#1: Graduated Bob for Women Over 70 with Straight Hair
Women over 70 who struggle with straight, limp hair should contemplate switching their hairstyle to a graduated bob. Embrace your natural hair color, as it’s trending now more than ever, so finding a cut that enhances your natural color is an ideal choice. The graduated layers will help to create a more voluminous look to your straight hair without looking like you’ve lost hair. Being over 70 is such an elegant age and a graduated bob will help to enhance all of your most beautiful features.
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#2: Freshly-Cut Graduated Bob
I understand that it can be tough dealing with hair that’s showing signs of aging. A freshly cut graduated bob will eliminate your dry ends and rejuvenate your hair. Include long, round layers at the back, then use a round brush for styling to achieve a gentle, feminine look.
#3: Tousled and Layered Graduated Bob
The tousled and layered graduated bob suits mature women who seek a fresh and youthful look as they age. This stylish style has layers that add sway and feel to the hair. The shaping creates a pleasing and face-framing effect. The tousled finish endows the bob with a laid-back and effortless air. It’s great for women who prefer a more casual yet stylish look. This haircut suits all hair types and lengths. It allows for custom changes to fit personal likes. With the right styling skills and items, this bob can be simply kept and shaped to boost its natural tousled feel.
#4: Champagne Blonde Bob with Graduation
If you’re looking for a stylish hairstyle, consider a champagne blonde bob cut with graduated layers. The youthful shape of a stacked back with longer lengths around the face could be ideal if you’re hesitant about having very short hair. Ask your hairstylist to cut longer layers on the top to maintain thickness and create an appealing profile. The light blonde color can highlight your new haircut, though it usually needs extra care, especially if it is naturally dark. You can style your new bob easily using a leave-in conditioner and a large round brush.
#5: White Bob with Graduation
A white bob with graduation is an ideal haircut for older ladies looking for a timeless and elegant look. This cut involves shorter layers at the back of the head. They gradually blend into longer ones at the front. This gives the hair a beautiful shape and movement. One major advantage of this hairstyle is that it works best for natural hair textures. This is because it will enhance your natural volume and body.
#6: Graduated Bob with Short Layers for Women Over 60
A graduated bob with short layers is a soft and flattering haircut. The addition of layers throughout the cut help to create movement, texture and volume, which help to make fine hair look more voluminous and thick hair look less dense. Graduated bobs and short hairstyles are complementary to many face shapes and by adding layers, can help to camouflage any fine line or wrinkles around the face.
#7: Graduated Pixie Bob with Waves
Try a pixie bob with waves if you’re looking for a youthful haircut with lots of volume. Adding waves to a short style helps to give the illusion of fuller hair, which is ideal for fine, thin hair. A pixie bob is an easy-to-manage hairstyle, so you will not have to spend a ton of time styling your hair. You can maintain this haircut with regular trims every 6-8 weeks.
#8: Graduated with an A-Line
When looking for hairstyles for older women, try an a-line graduated bob. It’s an easy, low-maintenance haircut. Keeping length near the front of the face helps to frame the face while also helping to conceal fine lines and wrinkles around the face. An a-line bob is a perfect cut for women who wear glasses because it won’t go behind your lenses and is very easy to tuck out of your face.
#9: Graduated with Blonde Balayage
You’ll be stylish in a cut with blonde balayage. Your texture is perfect for a long layered bob with graduation in the nape. Even if you have wavy hair you can wear this style. My best advice is to leave the layers longer especially if you want the balayage. This will ensure a smooth flow of color and cut without choppiness. A long bang is a great accent and will work into your shape well.
#10: Beautiful Chin-Length Bob
A beautiful option for enhancing your face shape is to choose a chin-length bob for your next haircut. A chin-length bob helps to highlight your cheek and jawbones to create a stylish and flattering shape around the face. Try adding graduated layers for added volume in the back or add wispy, face-framing layers to hide wrinkles and fine lines around the face.
#11: Layered and Graduated Bob with Bangs
Consider a layered, graduated bob with bangs if you have fine or thinning hair. The layers will help to create a more voluminous silhouette while the graduation toward the face creates a nice face frame to enhance your face shape. The addition of bangs really helps to disguise problem areas where fine lines and crow’s feet reside. Try using a product like Color wow Raise the roots to help hold volume in the hair throughout the day.
#12: Flattering Graduated Bob for Fine Hair
Graduated bobs are flattering on all hair types but can work magic on older ladies with fine hair. The stacked layers help to build a weight line in the hair which makes the hair appear thicker, while also helping to create more volume in the crown area. Clients with silver hair give an even more classy and distinguished look to the overall style. The most important part of this style is that it needs to be maintained every 6-8 weeks to keep the shape.
#13: Neck-Length Choppy and Textured Layers
If you enjoy a neck-length bob, try adding choppy and textured layers to create a more piecey and voluminous look to the hair. A graduated bob is one of the most classic and universally flattering haircuts around. Creating choppy layers and adding texture to a bob will make it an even more youthful haircut. Try adding a sweeping, curtain fringe to hide fine lines while also enhancing your cheekbones.
#14: Soft and Textured Graduated Bob
A soft and textured bob is an ideal option for someone looking for a lot of life and movement in their hair. Although layers help to give movement, texturizing the hair creates almost invisible layers throughout the hair to give more lift and volume. Soft layers allow for a more youthful hairstyle by softening the edges around the face. Opting for a soft, textured bob will give a timeless, soft, and flattering look to all hair types and face shapes.
#15: Flattering Graduated and Stacked Bob for Ladies Over 50
Whether you have fine hair or thick hair, a stacked graduated bob is a great choice for your next haircut. A stacked bob is layered in the back which helps to give a nice weight line while not weighing the hair down. The layers create volume on fine hair and create a more smooth look on thicker hair. A graduated bob is longer in the front and shorter in the back, making it an ideal cut for older ladies because it’s beautiful and low-maintenance.
#16: Subtle Graduated Long Bob
Consider a subtly graduated long bob if you’re looking for a shorter style that can still be tied back and away from your face. A longer bob will give a younger-looking appearance by camouflaging some fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and face. Having the ability to tie your hair back is a nice benefit for the days when you have no time to style your hair. Subtle graduation is a much less dramatic way of keeping slightly more length towards the front of your face.
#17: Very Short Graduated Bob
If you enjoy short hair but prefer to have your ears covered, a very short bob is a great choice for you. Keeping the hair shorter in the back creates a lightweight and low-maintenance haircut for older women. The addition of slightly longer layers around the face helps to both cover the ears and camouflage wrinkles around the face.
#18: Steep Graduation
Try a steep graduated bob for a stylish and flattering hairstyle. A graduated bob hair style can be a universally flattering cut on all hair types and textures, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect one for yourself. Steep graduation creates a dramatic change from short in the back to long in the front which is both trendy and unique. The deep angle is perfect for mature women who want to keep their look very fashionable while simultaneously keeping the hair easy to manage. Try adding some waves or curls to the bob for added volume and texture.
#19: Triangular Graduation for Women Overweight
Consider a triangular graduated bob if you have a round face shape because it will help to give the illusion of an elongated face shape. The graduated bob for round faces helps to slim the face while also helping to camouflage fine lines and wrinkles which makes it a perfect style for older ladies. A triangular bob can add volume to the hair with all of the laying it provides in the hair, which makes the hair appear more full.
#20: Graduated Bob Backview
A graduated bob is one of the best haircuts for women with thick hair. The graduation and layering in this cut alleviate the heaviness and weight in thick hair and helps to give a sleek, smooth silhouette. A bob haircut is an ideal cut for older women because it’s easy to manage and very low-maintenance. Maintaining the hair requires an appointment every 6-8 weeks to have the hair trimmed and thinned out, which helps to keep the hair smooth and lightweight.
#21: Extra Short and Choppy Graduated Bob
While searching for haircuts for older ladies, try a choppy graduated bob with an extra short nape to add some volume and pieceiness to your style without all the heaviness of hair on your neck. An extra short style is easy for clients that like low-maintenance and easily manageable styles. The longer graduated hair at the front is perfect for face-framing as well as covering ears. It’s recommended to get the style refreshed and trimmed every 6 weeks.
#22: Jaw-Length Graduated Bob
If you’re looking to show off your beautiful face shape, try a jaw-length graduated bob. A chin-length bob is an ideal hairdo for most face shapes, except round faces, as it can enhance the round shape. A graduated bob is a great option for mature ladies because it can both enhance your jaw and cheekbones while also helping to disguise fine lines. Keeping up on a regular cut schedule of 6-8 weeks will help to keep your cut looking its best at all times.
#23: Modern Wavy Graduated Bob
Consider a modern wavy bob if you want to create volume in the hair while also staying on-trend. Bob haircuts are flattering and complimentary on older ladies and are easy to style and maintain. Adding curls or waves to hairstyles for older ladies helps to create lift and texture in the hair while giving the illusion of volume. Try a dry texturizing spray for a light hold of the waves to increase the longevity of the style.
#24: Graduated Bob For Curly Hair
A great option for curly hair is a graduated bob haircut. The graduated layers will help to create less weight on the curls and will create a complementary shape to the hair. Wearing your curly or short hair in a graduated bob gives the illusion of fuller, more voluminous hair. Don’t forget to use a good curl product like Amika’s curl enhancing gel to enhance and hold your curls for style longevity.
#25: Flattering for Older Women with Glasses
A blunt bob with graduation is a flattering haircut for older women who wear glasses. The graduation creates more length in the front of the face, which can lay more nicely around the frames of glasses. Having length in the front also makes it very easy to keep your hair out of your face, but tucking the hair easily behind your ears. Avoid face-framing layers in a graduated bob as it will create shorter pieces that will get in behind lenses.
#26: Graduated & Layered Bob for Elderly Women
Consider a graduated layered bob if you are an elderly woman looking for volume in the hair while maintaining length in the front. Adding shorter layers in the back of the short haircut will create more texture and movement to allow for more volume. Keeping the hair longer in the front makes it easy to tuck your hair around your ears when you need it out of your face.
#27: Graduated Bob with an Undercut for Thick Straight Hair
If you have thick, straight hair consider trying a bob hairstyle with an undercut. Creating an undercut will help to reduce bulk, help hair to lay more nicely, and will create a unique look in the short cut. Adding a short undercut will also help to prevent the hair from flipping out as it gets longer, which creates a more complementary grow-out.
#28: Graduated Feathered Bob
A graduated, feathered bob is a great option for older ladies who want a bob hairstyle that can be easily kept out of their faces. The shorter cut allows for ease of style, while the feathering helps to create soft layers that are easily swept back. Hair gets more coarse as it loses pigment and matures, so salt and pepper hair can really benefit from a softer, more feathered look. If choosing to keep hair feathered back, use a medium-strength hairspray to hold it in place.
#29: Graduated Bot for Straight Grey Hair
If you have straight grey hair, try opting for a graduated bob for your next haircut. A bob that’s graduated will give length in the front but stays shorter in the back which is an easy, wash-and-go hairstyle. The fact that this style is so low-maintenance makes it a perfect style for older women or women who have little time to spend styling their hair.