17 Trendy Hair Colors for Women Over 50 to Look 10 Years Younger

Hair colors for women over 50

Hair colors for women over 50 are shades that either hide or enhance grey hair without damaging the hair too much. It can be a challenge to choose one that suits you well, covers your silver strands, and keeps your hair healthy. Don’t lose hope because I’m here to help you do just that!

From brunette to blonde, silver to red, your options are definitely endless. Not to mention the newest hair trends – balayage and ombres, it’s only a matter of picking one that will suit you best.

According to Colorist Lizett Gomez from the Artika Salon in CA, when it comes to hair coloring she says, “I like to recommend staying more natural. I definitely try to make them stay away from going too dark because it’s harsh on them and their features. Dimensional and more natural colors are better. This kind of colors softens their features and camouflages greys.”

A hair color that adds warmth back into your mane will help you bring back that youthful glow – and make it last for long! Take inspo from the adorable looks of A-listers Diane Keaton, Glenn Close, and Mary J. Blige.

Lizett’s go-to product is Aveda’s hair colors. “Either permanent or demi depending on the person,” she says. “Older women are more susceptible to allergies and chemicals. Aveda is plant-based, so it’s not harsh on the skin. It also covers those greys really well.”

Before a dye job, Lizett recommends doing these things. “Do color switching and put it next to your skin and face, so you can see it. Also, ask about your options – you can choose full color, highlighting, lived-in color, or demi color.”

If you’re indecisive about going lighter or darker, always opt to go lighter. Hair naturally lightens as we age, and lighter colors like ash blonde, honey, and platinum are sure to blend into your natural grey hair better.

Here are pictures of the most popular hair colors for women over 50:

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#1. Rich Brown with Babylights

Women over 50 can look ten years younger by pulling off this shade of rich brown with babylights! It’s paired with face-framing highlights and a shadow root for an easy grow-out process.

Q&A with style creator, Emily Hafele
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Studio Orange in North Hollywood, CA

How would you describe this?

With this rich brown hair with babylights, the variations of colors, especially the brightness around the front, frame the face. The color placement is done in a way that is less maintenance than traditional high lightening techniques.

What’s your best advice?

This brown hair color works extremely well on thick hair, but it could work for older women with slightly finer hair, too.

#2. Lovely Honey Blonde Hair

honey blonde for women over 50 years old
Instagram @lauraessexhairstylist

Now that you’re in your 50s, it’s never too late to explore new hair colors! Try this lovely honey blonde hair, which works great with soft waves. The shade will add brightness to your thick and shoulder-length mane. To boost its glossiness, you can always apply oil to your strands.

#3. Auburn Graduated Bob

auburn hairstyle for women aged 50
Instagram @hannahrootshairqa

If you’re a 50-year-old beauty with straight hair, you’ll love this auburn graduated bob. The tapered layers in the back will give volume to your neck-grazing cut. For a glossy finish, apply a shine-inducing oil onto your strands.

#4. Grey Hair with Blonde Highlights

grey hair with blonde highlights for a 50 year old woman
Instagram @breeyoutifulhair

Combine your natural grey hair with blonde highlights for something magical. If there are some unwanted ash tones, babylights will be your best friend.

#5. Flattering Chocolate Brown Hair

chocolate brown hair color for ladies over 50
Instagram @prissyhippiebeautyshop

A flattering chocolate brown hair color works well with fine hair! Opt for a neck-length cut and waves to make your locks look fuller and voluminous. With the help of oil for styling, the result is sure to look luscious and classy on you.

#6. Burgundy Hair for Women Aged 50

Burgundy Hair for Women Aged 50
Instagram @jennieforsyth.hair

Look gorgeous every day by wearing this burgundy hair color for women aged 50. The deep red tone creates a blazing effect when matched with a textured and wavy lob.

#7. Strawberry Blonde to White Ombre

strawberry blonde to white ombre for women in their 50s
Instagram @hairbysamanthakane

Yes—you can pull off long hairstyles as if you’re born to wear one! And, if you need an idea, here’s a strawberry blonde to white ombre that will work great with your lengthy and wavy mane. Once you adopt this trend, keep the shades bright by using a purple shampoo.

#8. Black and Brown Balayage

black and brown balayage for women over 50
Instagram @themoorehair

Try this lovely black and brown balayage. It provides a soft yet striking dimension. To bring out more shine, use tonic oil and volumizing foam on your long, layered cut. Warmer hues work on every woman—you just have to find what suits your personality the best.

#9. Platinum Blonde Bob

Platinum blonde hair color for a woman over 50 years old
Instagram @alissathesauce

The stylishness of this platinum blonde bob is sure to pull you into the limelight! It a precious payoff, especially when undone loose waves make a contribution. The flow will even look more exciting if your haircut goes a few inches beyond your chin.

Q&A with style creator, Alissa Grossi
Hairstylist / Station Renter @ Platino Salon & Suites in Newport Beach, CA


How would you describe this?

This is a textured platinum blonde bob. It’s a classic look that is on-trend at any age.

Blonde hair color is great for gray hair because the line of demarcation isn’t as harsh when the gray grows in. For this color, ask for a base color and highlights for maximum brightness.

What’s your best advice?

To maintain this style, you should plan on blow-drying and curling your hair with a 1 1/4 inch iron. You will also want to use a texture spray for hold and definition.

#10. Ash Brown Lob

ash brown lob for 50 year old ladies
Instagram @salondecheveuxboston

Don’t let your age stop you from feeling younger and looking cooler. Wear this gorgeous ash brown lob, and feel the confidence. Featuring a warmer hue and face-framing pieces, this ashy color will enhance a fair skin tone.

#11. Dimensional Bronde for a Woman Over 50

Dimensional Bronde for a Woman Over 50
Instagram @dc.styles

It’s never too late to play around with hair colors. In fact, this is the eye-catching and dimensional bronde for a woman over 50 like you. The dark root adds depth to the color, keeping it low maintenance. Match the bronde shade with a neck-length bob and waves for a completely stunning result.

#12. Copper Layered Bob

Experience the fun of trying out new trends now, including a balayage ombre! This is the copper layered bob that is perfect for a charming 50-year-old lady.

Q&A with style creator, Lisa Watson
Hair Stylist @ Bianchi’s Salon in Birmingham, MI


How would you describe this?

This color is a fun dimensional copper layered bob. The root is a little deeper with some lighter copper pieces throughout.

What’s your best advice?

The color is a fun way for a change. Reds can be scary, but it’s just about knowing if you need to be cool or warm red. This copper is more on the warmer side. Always take your skin tone into consideration when choosing the right color for you.

#13. Gorgeous Classic Blonde

classic blonde for a woman in her 50s
Instagram @amyspencerhair

Thinking of how to upgrade your jaw-length round bob? Why don’t you play with a new hair color and give this gorgeous classic blonde a try? This shade will add radiance around your face.

Q&A with style creator, Amy Spencer
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Amy Spencer Hair Salon in Draper, UT


How would you describe this?

The color is a warm classic blonde with a few lowlights. Stop oxidation using Malibu C De-Ox to lock in color and to normalize pH.

What’s your best advice?

For this color you’ll need to get into the salon every 7 weeks or so. Use a large round brush, Olaplex 6 & 7, and a root lifter such as Unite Expanda.

#14. Charming Dark Mocha

dark mocha hair for older women over 50
Instagram @ilona.cyan

Give your wavy pixie a new look by painting it with this charming dark mocha shade. It will enhance natural volume and curls in the most sophisticated way.

Q&A with style creator, Ilona Krasnova
Hair Stylist @ Salon Cyan in London, ON


How would you describe this?

This charming dark mocha hair color is on a warm, medium brown pixie cut. The brown offers a nice contrast to various skin tones.

What’s your best advice?

Ask for this 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!

#15. Silver Gray Curls

silver gray curls for over 50 year old women
Instagram @rosiecurl

Don’t waste your time hiding your stubborn greys. Make it your best asset instead, and enjoy wearing silver grey 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.

Q&A with style creator, Rosie Jablonsky
Founder @ Curl Power Salon in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this?

These silver-gray curls were created by doing a dry, curly cut.

What’s your best advice?

This gray curly bob is perfect for maintaining a fun bouncy shape that is both easy to wash and go and looks professional for work.

Hand-paint the curls using a Silver Transition method to create light and dark movement that seamlessly blends with the natural color, giving an enhanced and dynamic, and ultimately natural hair color.

#16. Ash Gray Hair for 50 Year Olds

This is the trendiest ash gray hair for 50-year-olds. Who says you can’t be adventurous when it comes to your hair transformation?

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Gardner
Hair Stylist @ Hair by Steph Gardner in Pittsburgh, PA


How would you describe this?

This ash gray hair features a slightly inverted bob with a shattered textured vibe to it. For the model in the photo, this is her natural color, and it adds dimension to the cut!

What’s your best advice?

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! It 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. Their whole line is amazing!

#17. Youthful Bright Blonde with Dark Roots

bright blonde with dark roots for women in their 50s
Instagram @tinamarie.hair

When it comes to hair colors for women over 50, this youthful bright blonde with dark roots will take years off your look. The balayage helps this long, layered hair bring out a dimension for added texture. Though it has low upkeep, never forget to use a purple shampoo to avoid an unwanted brassy hue.