As a woman over 60 with curly hair, you must find the most flattering hairdo and styling routine tailored to your hair type and favorite features. In this article, we’ll explore expert advice from curly hair specialist Nicki Williams, inspiring curly hairstyles for women in their 60s, detangling tips, styling tricks, and recommended products to help you feel confident and beautiful at any age. Let’s dive in and discover some fabulous curly hairstyles for older women your age!
Meet The Expert
Nicki is a curly hair specialist with 20 years of experience.
Nicki is at The Mirror and I Salon in Round Rock, TX.
Understanding Your Hair Type
Find a curly hair routine that works for your specific hair type. Tighter spirals need thicker, more hydrating products, while wavy-haired ladies should avoid heavy products that weigh hair down. As we get older, our curly hair also becomes more fragile. Don’t overwash your hair, and detangle gently with a wide-toothed comb.
Face Shape Considerations
Nicki advises that styling is more about accentuating features that clients like and deemphasizing features they aren’t fond of rather than focusing on face shapes.
Styling Tips and Tricks
1. Start styling when hair is wet. Many styling products for curly hair are designed to work on wet hair, penetrating deep into the fibers.
2. Scrunch your curls. Cup your hair in your hand and scrunch upward, working the curl styling product into each strand.
3. Use a diffuser or air dry your hair. Use the lowest heat setting and a diffuser if you need to blow-dry.
4. Use a heat protectant if you use hot tools.
5. Add better definition to wavy hair with a curling iron or a no-heat curling technique.
6. Deep condition often. A weekly hair masque can help repair surface damage, eliminate frizz, and restore healthy-looking hair.
7. Trim your curls regularly. This helps prevent and eliminate damage and split ends, restoring bounce and elasticity.
Pictures of Flattering Hairstyles for Women Over 60 with Curly Hair
Get inspired by these gorgeous curly hairdos for women in their 60s and discover your new favorite look!
#1: Textured Short Bob for Older Women
Elevate your curly hairstyle in a textured short bob for defined curls. For older women in their sixties that need a lift, adding some graduation and layers to haircut will definitely help. Graduation in the back removes the roundness and makes your neck appear longer. You’ll want layers to increase the volume and texture of your waves. Twist cutting can be added for dimension if your hair is extremely thick.
#2: Full Curls at Collarbone Length
This collarbone-length curly style is a versatile and youthful choice for women in their sixties. This hairstyle adds volume and movement to aging hair, giving it a soft and bouncy look. Begin styling this look on wet hair by applying a mousse that adds extra volume and more curl definition. To encourage curl formation, twist your fingers through your hair and then lightly scrunch it with a T-shirt. This will help remove excess moisture and prevent frizz.
#3: Short Curly Hair with Face-Framing Layers
Consider short curly hair with face-framing layers; you won’t be sorry. Face-framing started on long hair. But now you are also seeing this style on medium-length hair, and it’s so complimentary. The shorter hair around the face adds softness and width and it gives volume to those thinning areas around the temples that we get as we get older. Ask your stylist for an angle around the face and lots of layers.
#4: Chin-Length Curly Cut with Side Bangs
A chin-length curly cut with side bangs will soften your features well. Short curly styles have so much movement. They are eye-catching and uplifting. Try a soft bang to hide facial wrinkles, and go for a length that hits the chin with added layers for width. The curly hair trends for older women are all about natural waves. So embrace yours with some curl amplifier and a diffuser, and love your hair.
#5: Voluminous Blonde Curls
Consider changing your hair to voluminous blonde curls to enhance your appearance. The fullness and texture of voluminous blonde curls can soften and emphasize your features, unlike flat hair that can seem unflattering. If you struggle to create ringlets in your hair, you might consider getting a perm. However, if your hair is colored, make sure a gentle perm is used to maintain the health of your locks. Keep in mind that you’ll want medium layers in your cut to achieve the fullness of the style.
#6: Short Curly Hair with Asymmetrical Face Frame
Think out of the box with an asymmetrical face frame on short curly hair. Asymmetrical cuts are interesting to the eye and always have a modern feeling. You’ll want a graduated back with minimal layering around the face to achieve this shape. Skip the bangs to get a further extension of the front asymmetry. If your hair is only slightly wavy, don’t worry. It will work well for you as well.
#7: Side Part Fluffy Bob for Thick Hair
If you are tired of blowing out your curls, consider a side-parted fluffy bob for thick hair. Stylish natural curls are on trend, and embracing them will make your life much easier. Cuts for curly hair don’t have to be complicated. I suggest a blunt perimeter with slight layering to achieve beautiful ringlets. If you don’t want to go too short, request the length to end at the shoulder and diffuse or air dry for a simple style.
#8: Curly Shag with Long Layers and Short Bangs
Try a curly shag with long layers and short bangs for a boho vibe. Curly haircuts are easy to care for and give you an edgy appearance regardless of age. When you visit your salon, ask for long layers that will help accentuate your waves. The short bang will make you look more youthful. Having a picture ready is always a great idea to convey your request.
#9: Jaw-Length Curly Wedge Cut
Did you know a jaw-length curly wedge cut will make your neck appear longer? Not only is a curly wedge cut cute, but the short layered nape elongates the neck. This makes you look taller and thinner. You’ll have the option of leaving the sides longer if you desire. But you’ll want medium layers to encourage your curl. Let your curly wedge dry naturally, or touch it with a round brush, coaxing the hair forward.
#10: Tousled Mini Bob with Curls
Ladies over sixty should consider a tousled mini bob with curls. A mini bob is a close cousin to a pixie, with just a bit more length. Layers and a slight stack in the nape will give you a cute tousled uplifting shape. Give yourself a more youthful appearance with the soft tendrils surrounding your face. The curls can be achieved with your natural wave or a loose perm and can be air-dried or diffused for easy care.
#11: Wash-and-Wear Curled Silver Bob
Consider a wash-and-wear curled silver bob. Curly hairstyles for women over 60 soften your features. Plus, the shorter lengths lift your face. Introducing layers into your cut is a good idea to create a shag style. This will give you more volume and movement. The layers will also allow you to wash your hair and air dry it with some fullness. Keep in mind the layering should not be too short. Medium layers should do the trick.
#12: Short Messy Curls with Wispy Front Bangs
Update your appearance in short messy curls with a wispy front bang. As we get older, the front of our hairline can become sparse, so add a bang to help compensate for the hair loss. Messy curls are a wonderful choice for women who want a low-maintenance style. You’ll want medium layers to create volume and texture. Styling your cut will be simple with applying a gel and diffusing or air drying, and presto, you’re done.
#13: Messy Layered Curls for Neck-Length Lob Cut
A neck-length lob cut with messy layered curls will give older women a younger-looking style. The long bob length is great for women in their 60s who want to uplift their appearance. Shorter styles perk up dragging features. And the layering will create width to your curls, softening the face. Try air-drying your lob with a side part for messy ringlets that flatter your face.
#14: Neck-Grazing Textured Wavy Bob
A neck-grazing textured wavy bob is a hairstyle that compliments ladies over 60. If you have a bit of natural wave, this shape will be easy to achieve. Ask your stylist for a length above the shoulders and medium layers with an angle around the face. Point cuttings can be added to the hair to help with movement. Try scrunch drying with a texture paste to achieve a tousled finish that will make you feel youthful.
#15: Triangle Bob with Loose Curls
A triangle bob with loose curls is the perfect shape for aging curly hair. The minimal layering in the cut will make the most out of your wavy locks, making them appear thicker. So if you need inspiration for your thin hair, consider this easy-to-care-for style. In my experience, many 60-year-olds have trouble managing their fine hair. I suggest diffusing your natural curl at a chin length to add volume and fullness.
#16: Medium-Length Curled Shag and Bangs
A medium-length curled shag with bangs is the trending shape for curly hairstyles. Sixty-year-olds who want to modernize their long natural waves should get a layered shape of the cut. The added bang and short angle around the face soften your features. Your finished style should be closer to the head. So a simple air drying is recommended, but if you want more volume, you can diffuse your cut.
#17: Curled V-Cut Long Hair with Fringe
Try a curled V-cut for long hair with fringe, and you’ll feel like you got a facelift. Thick hair can drag you down, so why not add some layers and a fringe to perk things up? Face-framing layers will add volume and softness to your features. Giving you a more youthful appearance. To achieve the finished style, I recommend blow-drying your bangs straight. Then diffuse your long hair for added fullness.
#18: Curly Asymmetrical Bob and Wispy Bangs for Round Face Shapes
Consider a curly asymmetrical bob with wispy bangs if you have a round face shape and need a new style. Take a modern approach to your bob cut and cut one side shorter for asymmetry and interest. You’ll want textured layers throughout your shape to achieve a tousled style. Don’t forget the wispy bang, which will thin out your face shape. Set an example for others with unique hairstyles for short curly hair that compliments you.
#19: Permed Curls on Jaw-Length Haircut
A jaw-length haircut with permed curls is a cute and easy-to-manage shape. Perm popularity is rising with the younger generation, giving you a youthful appearance. The texture and volume your perm will give you are perfect for longer or aging features. Ask your stylist for a short shape with minimal layers and a medium curly perm, and reap the benefits. To wear curly short haircuts, air dry with a light gel, and you’ll be ready, looking good in no time.
#20: Short Platinum Curls for Older Women with Glasses
Older women with glasses should surround their features with short platinum curls. The hair surrounding your face is the best way to distract from unwanted lines and wrinkles. Keep your length about chin length to add volume and soften the chin. The platinum curls add a fun texture, give you a youthful appearance, and accent your glasses well. Ask for medium layers and consider a perm if you don’t have any natural waves.
#21: Mid-Length Voluminous Curls with Face Frame
Mid-length voluminous curls with a face frame are just the cut to perk up your style. When curly hair gets too long, it can drag everything down. Have your stylist take the length up and add long layers with a slight angle around your face. You will love how this freshens up your curls and 60-year-old features. I suggest using a great curl product like Loreal Professionnel Serie Expert Curl Expression Curls Reviver Leave-in Spray. Also, use a diffuser for a frizz-free and voluminous shape.
#22: Shoulder-Length Curls and Layers
Transform your shape into shoulder-length curls and layers. You’ll get an easy-care style with an irresistible texture. You can turn your curly grey hair into a halo of beautiful ringlets with a bit of layering and a bob length. Ask your stylist for graduation along the perimeter to create volume and a low-lying crown. This will be one of your favorite curly hair cuts. All you must do to style it is air dry or diffuse it with a curl amplifier.
#23: Fluffy Pixie Bob for Spiral Curls
Consider a fluffy pixie bob for spiral curls if you want to change your cut. A feminine pixie bob is shorter than a bob and longer than a pixie and is a great choice if you don’t want to go too short. Curly hair texture will give you the perfect volume around the face. Have your stylist apply a tapered layer to the sides and back to achieve the shape. This will give you a more vertical and uplifting cut. Make sure the layers on top are not cut too short, so you can create ringlets when you air-dry your style.
#24: Medium-Length Curls with Piece-y Bangs
Try the flattering shape of medium-length curls with a piece-y bang. Bangs on short curly haircuts for women can do wonders for aging features and long face shapes, making them feel stunning. Add some medium layers to encourage bouncy curls and increase your volume. You can air dry to keep your curls tight or diffuse for a messy and wild finish. Use curl products for great results.
#25: Short Layers and Curls for Fine Hair
Short layers and curls for fine hair make easy styles that you should consider. Embrace your natural wave to give your hair a lovely texture, or try a perm if your hair is straight. Chin length is a great choice for most face shapes and increases the volume. Thinner hair types should limit the amount of layering to maintain thickness. When drying short haircuts for curly hair, use a volumizing product and a diffuser. You’ll get the most fullness from your strands.
#26: Silver Grey Hair with Bouncy Curls
Silver grey hair with effortless bouncy curls will make you feel youthful. A classic bob shape with ringlets makes great short curly hairstyles for women to soften their features. Some of us have waves, and we don’t even realize it. So try diffusing your hair with a curling cream to see if you can achieve this elegant style. You might be surprised at what your hair can do. You will feel gorgeous with the fullness that medium-length layers can give you.
#27: Short A-Line Cut with Curly and Choppy Layers
The short a-line cut with curly and choppy layers is a great shape to make you feel that your hair is longer than it is. The trendy short back with a longer front leaves hair around your face where you want it. Any woman over 60 with a round face shape can try such hair cuts for curly hair. The choppy layers will work well on most hair textures, making it feel messy. Try scrunch drying to get the most out of your style.