The best hair colors for women over 50 are shades that can either hide or enhance gray hair without damaging it. It can be challenging to choose a color that makes you younger-looking by covering your silver strands and keeping your hair healthy. That’s why I created this guide and gallery of photos.
According to colorist Lizett Gomez from the Artika Salon in CA, when it comes to coloring your hair in your 50s she says, “I recommend staying more natural with your hair color. Stay away from going too dark because it’s harsh on the hair, skin, and features. Dimensional and more natural colors are better because they soften their features and camouflage grays.”
A hair color that adds warmth back into your mane will help you bring back that youthful glow – and make it last longer!
Gomez’s go-to product is Aveda’s hair colors. “Either permanent or demi depending on the woman,” she says. “Older women in their fifties are more susceptible to allergies and chemicals. Aveda is plant-based, so it’s not harsh on the skin. It also covers those grays really well.”
If you’re in your 50s and are indecisive about going lighter or darker, always opt to go lighter. Hair naturally lightens as you age, and lighter colors like ash blonde, honey, and platinum are sure to blend into your natural gray hair better.
Before your next hair coloring appointment, check out these inspiring pictures of the most flattering hair colors for women over 50.
#1: Youthful Bright Blonde with Dark Roots
One of the best hair colors for women over 50 is a bright blonde with dark roots. This color can take years off your look. The blonde balayage helps the long, layered hair bring out a dimension for added texture.
Though a light hair color with shadow roots has low upkeep, never forget to use a purple shampoo to avoid an unwanted brassy hue.
#2: Hand-Painted Highlights
Adding hand-painted highlights to your hair can make your style more vibrant and full of life. The benefits of balayage or painted highlights include a natural appearance and less maintenance required. Although your stylist may suggest a haircut every 8 weeks, highlights are usually needed only 2 to 3 times a year, depending on the growth rate of your hair. You can also choose the color of your balayaged highlights to align with your personal style.
#3: Ash Brown Balayage Straight Hairstyle
Consider this ash brown balayage straight hairstyle if you naturally have darker hair. The ash-brown tone blends seamlessly with your natural dark hair color. In contrast, a lighter highlight shade might look a bit harsh. People with this hairstyle should use a good shine spray to maintain the shine and make the color sparkle.
#4: Feminine Vivid Cherry Red
If you’re searching for a vivid, feminine shade of red, you should go for cherry red. This color requires regular salon visits for color refreshes. Additionally, I recommend asking for a red color-enhancing mask. Use it at home once a week to maintain the color between visits.
#5: Platinum Side-Parted Bob
A side part is a great way to add volume to your bob. You can add a bit more fun to this look with a platinum hair color. This combo look is edgy and sophisticated. Before you do this, go over this with your stylist to ensure this is a good option for you.
#6: Healthy Soft Blonde with Ashy Tones
Are you a 50-year-old woman looking for a fresh hair color that’s both healthy and soft? Say hello to this healthy soft blonde with ashy tones! This hair color mixes cool tones like silver and platinum with warm hues like honey and beige. It’s a perfect fit for women who want a subtle change. Ash-blonde works best with fair skin tones, giving them a youthful glow. Keep your hair hydrated by using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
#7: Light Brown Lowlights and Highlights
Give your hair more dimension with light brown lowlights and highlights. Lots of dimensions will give the illusion of thicker hair by giving the eye more to take in. This type of color is a game-changer if you have fine hair.
#8: Natural Grey Curls with Bangs
Are you a woman who went grey and wants to embrace your natural grey curls with bangs? This haircut and style can be a great way to switch up your short hair. Don’t be deterred by the belief that grey hair can’t be stylish because it’s quite the opposite! Let your confidence shine by letting your natural hair color take center stage. And be sure to ask for soft face-framing, keeping it subtle and chic. This look is perfect for mature ladies who need a low-maintenance hairstyle.
#9: Rooty Champagne Blonde
Rooted blondes are perfect for those who want low maintenance or need gray coverage. Ask about doing highlights and lowlights and a root shadow. Each helps with breaking harsh lines and softening the grow out.
#10: Copper Balayage on a Pixie
Balayage isn’t just for blondes and browns. Kick up your reflective reds with a balayage to create dimension in your tone. Invest in a great color-saving cleanser like Hairstory. Remember to book gloss services with your haircut to maintain that copper shine.
#11: Gorgeous Gray Hair with Blonde Highlights
As a gorgeous senior lady, try combining your natural gray and white hair with blonde highlights for something magical. If there are some unwanted ash tones, babylights will be your best friend. Pair gray-blonde hair with a long layered pixie cut if you have thin hair for added volume, creating a chic hairstyle.
#12: Rich Brown Color with Babylights
Women over 50 can look ten years younger by pulling off a shade of rich brown hair with babylights! It’s paired with face-framing highlights and a shadow root for an easy grow-out process.
“With a hair idea on an older woman, the variations of colors, especially the brightness around the front, frame the face,” says salon owner and hairstylist Emily Hafele of North Hollywood, CA. “The color placement is done in a way that is less maintenance than traditional high lightening techniques.”
She adds, “the combination of tones is sure to set you apart from another simple hair color. A golden brown hair color for older women works extremely well on any hair type, either thick or finer hair.”
#13: Beautiful Caramel Balayage for Ladies Over 50
A caramel balayage looks exceptional on ladies over 50 because bronde highlights are soft and muted warm tones that add shine and luster to maturing hair. Ask your hair colorist for a caramel beige gloss at your next color service to refresh your dull and lifeless tresses.
#14: Beige Blonde Hair Color with Glasses
A beige blonde hair color with glasses works great for women who are over 50 because the beige blonde blends well with natural darker roots. To get a blonde color, ask your colorist for soft beige blonde highlights.
#15: Auburn and Burgundy Color Blend for an Elderly Lady
An auburn and burgundy color blend for an elderly lady is classy, sophisticated, and fun. Deep violet and red tones make all skin tones pop and give life and brightness to dull-looking hair. Pair auburn tones with a short, pixie haircut to spice up and bring life back into your hair.
#16: Ash Blonde Hair on 50-Year-Old Women
Ash blonde hair on 50-year-old women is great for those who want to embrace their natural sparkles gradually. Cool, ashy highlights help blend grey streaks while leaving dimension to your hair. An angled bob haircut accentuates the icy, ash-blonde tones when combined with warmer lowlights underneath, complementing a fair skin complexion.
#17: Dimensional Salt and Pepper Hair for Grandmas
Salt and pepper hair color for a grandma is very on-trend and a great way to add some dimension to grey hair. By adding ashy, darker lowlights create depth in grey hair and give fullness to finer hair textures. An edgy, shag style pixie cut with lots of layers will accentuate the salt and pepper color and help in adding texture and fullness to shorter haircuts.
#18: Soft Blonde for Thinning Hair
A softer blonde for thinning hair can create more texture in the hair, making it appear fuller after it is styled. Soft blonde is the perfect hair hue for women over 50 since it promotes a youthful glow. To get your new blondish color, ask your colorist for some soft blonde highlights.
#19: Lovely Honey Blonde Hair
The medium blonde hair color for over 50 older women will add brightness to a thick, shoulder-length mane. To boost its glossiness, you can always apply oil to your strands.
#20: Glossy Auburn Graduated Bob
As a 50-year-old beauty with straight hair, you’ll love an auburn graduated bob. The tapered layers in the back will give volume to your neck-grazing, angled cut. For a glossier finish of the auburn hair color, apply a shine-inducing oil onto your strands.
#21: Flattering Chocolate Brown Hair
A flattering chocolate brown hair color works well with fine hair! Opt for a neck-length cut and waves to make your dark hair look fuller and voluminous. With the help of oil for styling, the result is sure to look luscious and classy on older ladies.
If you want an extra dimension for your dark brown locks, cinnamon highlights are a great addition.
#22: Bold Burgundy Hair for Women Aged 50
Look gorgeous every day by wearing a burgundy hair color for women aged 50 and up. The deep red hair dye creates a blazing effect when matched with a textured and wavy lob.
#23: Stunning Strawberry Blonde to White Ombre
Yes—you can pull off long youthful hairstyles with bright shades as if you’re born to wear one! And, if you need an idea, here’s a strawberry blonde to white ombre that works great with lengthy and wavy manes. Once you adopt a blonde hair trend, keep the shades bright by using a purple shampoo.
#24: Classic Black and Brown Balayage
Brunettes should try a lovely black and brown balayage hair color because it provides a soft yet striking dimension. To bring out more shine, use tonic oil and volumizing foam on your long, layered cut. Both products are beneficial to darker hair colors.
Warmer hues like brunette hair with highlights work on every woman—you just have to find what suits your personality the best.
#25: Honey Bronde for Older Ladies
A shade of honey bronde for older ladies has a subtle grow-out and dimensional finish. Look creator Kim Cunningham of Australia says it’s ideal for an old woman with grey roots.
Cunningham adds, “It’s for the busy professional lady who loves to look her best at all times. Style-wise, she can recreate it at home with education on styling and optimum results.”
#26: Sassy and Textured Platinum Blonde Bob
Go for a blonde bob that is a textured platinum hair color on a short haircut. It’s a classic look that is on-trend at any age and was created by hairstylist Alissa Grossi of Newport Beach, CA.
“Blonde hair color is great for gray hair because the line of demarcation isn’t as harsh when the gray grows in,” says Grossi. “For the color, ask for a base color and highlights for maximum brightness.”
#27: Youthful Ash Brown Lob
Don’t let your age stop you from wearing a fresh warm hair color to feel younger and look cooler. Flaunt gorgeous ash brown lob if you’re a middle-aged woman, and feel the confidence. Featuring a warmer hue and face-framing pieces, an ashy color will enhance a fair and pale skin tones.
#28: Dimensional Bronde for a Woman Over 50
It’s never too late to play around with gorgeous hair colors that feature highlights and lowlights for over 50 women. A short bob hairstyle features an eye-catching and dimensional bronde balayage that suits a woman over 50.
The dark root adds depth to the color, keeping it low-maintenance. Match your trendy bronde shade with a neck-length bob and waves for a completely stunning result.
#29: Warm Copper Layered Bob
Experience the fun of trying out new trends now, including a balayage ombre! Consider the copper-layered bob that is perfect for a charming 50-year-old lady.
“The color is a dimensional copper-layered bob. The root is a little deeper with some lighter copper pieces throughout,” says hairstylist Lisa Watson of Birmingham, MI.
She adds, “reds can be one of those scary hair colors for women over 50, but it’s just about knowing if you need to be cool or warm red. Copper is more on the warmer side. Always take your skin tone into consideration when choosing the right color for you.”
#30: Gorgeous Classic Blonde
Why don’t you play with a new hair color and give a gorgeous classic blonde a try? It’s sure to upgrade your jaw-length round bob with bangs. The shade will add radiance to your face.
“The color is a warm classic blonde with a few lowlights,” says salon owner and stylist Amy Spencer of Draper, UT. “Stop oxidation using Malibu C De-Ox to lock in color and to normalize pH.”
When maintaining hair colors for women over 50, Spencer says you’ll need to get into the salon every 7 weeks or so. She also encourages you to use a large round brush, Olaplex 6 & 7, and a root lifter such as Unite Expanda.
#31: Dark Mocha for Women Over 50
Give your wavy pixie a new look by painting it with a charming dark mocha shade. It will enhance natural volume and curls in the most sophisticated way. The end result offers a funky yet stunning short hair!
The charming dark mocha hair color for women over 50 is on a warm, medium brown pixie cut. It was created by hairstylist Ilona Krasnova of Ontario. “The brown offers a nice contrast to various skin tones,” she notes.
Krasnova goes onto to explain, “ask for a brown hair color if you want something very low-maintenance day-to-day. Maintain the color and cut every 6 weeks in the salon and choose a demi-permanent color to transition into your natural hair color with less damage!”
#32: Voluminous Silver Gray Curls
Don’t waste your time hiding your stubborn grays. Make it your best asset instead, and enjoy wearing silver gray curls. Some strands have a deep charcoal tone to create a contrasting effect like salt and pepper. Keep your locks in shape by maintaining the bob’s neck-grazing length.
“These silver-gray curls were created by doing a dry, curly cut,” explains salon owner and stylist Rosie Jablonsky of Minneapolis, MN.
A gray curly bob is perfect for maintaining a fun bouncy shape that is both easy to wash and go and looks professional for work.
To achieve the color, Jablonsky says to ask your stylist to hand-paint the curls using a Silver Transition method to create light and dark movement. She adds, “the movement seamlessly blends with the natural color, giving an enhanced and dynamic, and ultimately natural hair color.”
#33: Trendy Ash Gray Hair for 50-Year-Olds
Go for the trendiest ash gray hair for 50-year-olds with silver hair. Who says you can’t be adventurous when it comes to your hair transformation?
This ash gray hair features a slightly shattered and textured inverted bob. If you are using an additional heat protection spray when using additional heat tools on the hair, such as flat irons, curling iron, or wands regularly, make sure you are getting as much protection on the ends of your hair as possible. This will ensure the ends of your hair aren’t breaking down and getting damaged from too much heat styling. Try the heat protectant spray by Oribe’s Soft Lacquer.