34 Fresh Hair Colors for Women Over 50 to Look Younger

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist
Textured tousled ash gray bob hairstyle for mature women showcasing modern styling and natural gray blending

#1 Trendy Ash Gray Hair

Flaunt your silver hair with this textured inverted bob—a modern twist that speaks elegance and ease for the over-50s. The layered style boosts volume, ideal for fine hair, and flatters most face shapes. Keep your chic locks pristine with a heat protectant spray, crucial when crafting that bedhead texture with a texturizing product. The dark-to-light silver blend offers grace to growing roots, lessening frequent salon trips.

Elegant ash gray inverted bob on a woman over 50

#2 Ash Blonde Hair

Rock this ash blonde hair with a smart inverted bob that celebrates your silver growth, perfect for ladies with an oval face shape and finer locks. Its gradient from natural roots to lighter tips gives depth and a light lift. It’s fuss-free and merges seamlessly with incoming grays. While styling, shield with a heat protectant to maintain that airy texture. Note: Ashy shades might not complement warmer skin tones as much, so chat with your stylist about this chic look.

Glossy Auburn Graduated Bob for 50-Year-Old Ladies

#3 Glossy Auburn Graduated Bob

You’ll love an auburn graduated bob if you have straight hair. 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.

copper layered bob for women aged 50 plus

#4 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 root is a little deeper, with some lighter copper pieces throughout.

Youthful Bright Blonde with Dark Roots
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#5: Youthful Bright Blonde with Dark Roots

A bright blonde with dark roots is one of the best hair colors for women over 50. This color can take years off your look. The blonde balayage helps the long, layered hair create a dimension for added texture.

Burgundy Hair for Women Aged 50

#6 Bold Burgundy Hair

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.

Beige blonde hair color with glasses for 50-year-olds

#7 Beige Blonde Hair Color with Glasses

A beige blonde hair color with glasses works great for women over 50 because the beige blonde blends well with natural darker roots. To get a blonde color, ask your colorist for soft highlights.

Hand-Painted Highlights for Ladies Aged 50
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#8: 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.

#9: 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.

#10: 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.

Platinum Side-Parted Bob for Ladies Over 50
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#11: 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.

#12: 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.

Light Brown Lowlights and Highlights Hair Colors for Ladies Aged 50
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#13: 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.

Natural Grey Curls with Bangs for Women Aged 50 with short hair
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#14: 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.

#15: 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.

Copper Balayage on a Pixie for Women 50 and Over
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#16: 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.

Gorgeous Gray Hair Color with Blonde Highlights for Women Aged 50
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#17: 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.

#18: 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.

#19: Beautiful Caramel Balayage

A caramel balayage looks exceptional 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.

Auburn and burgundy color blend for an elderly lady
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#20: Auburn and Burgundy Color Blend

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.

#21: Dimensional Salt and Pepper Hair

Salt and pepper hair color 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.

#22: 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.

#23: Lovely Honey Blonde Hair

Now that you’re in your 50s, it’s never too late to explore new hair color ideas! Try lovely honey-blonde hair, which works great with soft waves to add dimension.

#24: Shamrock Green with Peekaboo Highlights

Opt for Shamrock Green, which has peekaboo highlights. When you choose vivid tones, stay within one range of hues. Also, include some complementary colors for a vibrant contrast. If you are over 50 and live boldly, choose colors that suit your skin. No matter how bright these colors are, you will rock them and look stunning.

#25: 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.

#26: 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.

Classic Black and Brown Balayage
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#27: Classic Black and Brown Balayage

Brunettes should try a lovely black and brunette 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.

#28: Honey Bronde

A shade of honey bronde for older ladies has a subtle grow-out and dimensional finish. It’s ideal for an old woman with grey roots.

Sassy and Textured Platinum Blonde Bob
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#29: Sassy and Textured Platinum Blonde Bob

Go for a blonde bob that is a textured platinum hair color on a short haircut. Blonde hair color is great for gray hair because the line of demarcation isn’t as harsh when the gray grows in. For the color, ask for a base color and highlights for maximum brightness.

#30: 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 fair and pale skin tones.

Dimensional Bronde for a Woman Over 50
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#31: Dimensional Bronde

It’s never too late to play around with gorgeous hair colors that feature highlights and lowlights. A short bob hairstyle with an eye-catching and dimensional bronde balayage 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.

Gorgeous Classic Blonde
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#32: 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.

Dark Mocha for Women Over 50
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#33: Dark Mocha

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 funky yet stunning short hair!

Voluminous Silver Gray Curls
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#34: 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.

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 color appointment, check out these inspiring pictures of the most flattering hair colors for women over 50.