18 Flattering Long Hairstyles for Women Over 50

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Long hairstyles for women over 50 are designed to suit grey and thinning hair by working with texture. Don’t wanna go on the safe side with the same old boring short hairstyles? Keep on reading for your most fashionable alternative!

Veteran Hollywood actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, and Sandra Bullock should serve as your ultimate inspiration after they wore their hair long and flowy and proved the world how a woman over 50 could be the embodiment of class and sassiness at the same time.

With modern styling and cutting techniques, it’s now easily possible to take away decades off your face. From layered cuts to precisely placed highlights to bangs, you can be chic, up-to-date, and sophisticated even in your prime age!

Arkansas-based expert hairdresser Kami Cale specializes in textured, blended, and colored cuts that upgrade her clients’ manes in the healthiest way possible. Having long hair could mean high maintenance, but the key is to nourish your tresses regularly by deep conditioning and once-a-month trim appointments.

Ahead are the most recent, expertly-done hairstyles that will make you not just celebrate life but also your impeccable style! See these trendy long hairstyles for women over 50!

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Long ponytail hairstyles for woman over 50
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#1: Long Ponytail

This long ponytail hairstyle appears so simple yet stunning and stylish on older women full of grace. It features sleekness on the tips and dimensional silver on the entire hair. It’s not only invented to wear at a wedding but can slay a typical day out of the house.

#2: Very Straight Long Hair with Very Straight Bangs

This style is perfect for women in their 50s. This very straight long hair with very straight bangs is a chic and timeless haircut option. It’s a great way to add some subtle variation with straight bangs. It’s important to note that the bangs need to complement the face shape and features. So consulting with a hairstylist would be beneficial to identify the best placement. Maintaining the length of the hair with slight layering will keep it from becoming too heavy.

Dimensional Long Brunette for Women Over Fifty
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#3: Dimensional Long Brunette

Dimensional long brunette hair color is a great way to get brightness around your face. If you’re a woman in your 50s, and wear your hair long, adding highlights will give you a younger feel. Adding bangs helps to face frame your face giving your long hair added dimension.

#4: Layered Hair

Amp up volume and texture with feathery layers on this long bob. Various color grades of blonde can be seen thanks to this creative and fun cut.

#5: Easy Hairstyle

Life is full of drama, but your hairstyle should not be. This easy long hairstyle achieves a glamorous outcome by adding loose curls to the hair and a side fringe that straightened so fine. Either with or without extensions, long strands certainly keep their perfection with blonde highlights.

#6: Sleek Long Blonde Hair with Wispy Bangs

Sleek long hair with wispy bangs can be a bit of work to style but worth it in the end. Just make sure that you’re taking care of your aging hair. That way no one will be able to tell how old you are. I would recommend only washing your long hair every few days. So, your hair can absorb the very important oils coming from your scalp.

long and youthful cut
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#7: Long and Youthful

Having long locks can make you look more youthful. Long haircuts for women in their 50’s benefit by adding texture, curls, and waves to mimic that dolled-up look that says, “I’m looking for an adventure!”

#8: With Blunt Bangs

At times, the real glam of a woman is witnessed through a long haircut, so find one that you will not regret having like this one. This long hair styled with blunt bangs and volumized curls are better than what’s simple. The highlights on hair that are painted in balayage and ombre coloring techniques are one amazing hair inspiration.

long hairstyle for over 50 woman with fine hair
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#9: For Fine Hair

Ash-blonde babylights and highlights, voluminous hair, and a long layered haircut with bangs — if all merged will result in a complete astonishing look perfect for fine hair of women over 50. Just by pulling off a look like this, no one can deny how lovely an older woman can be.

#10: With Glasses

Women with glasses will pull off this look that is styled with volumized waves and brown highlights. The look creator Carolina of Hairtrix Carolina stated, “My goal is to help you achieve ultimate beauty inside and out.” This only proves that some people were born with finesse running through their veins, and they only need to partner it with a great long hairstyle.

#11: Elegant Chignon

A woman of sophistication can pull off this elegant chignon effortlessly. Looking fab on women over 50 with long hair, this textured upstyle bun is to die for and can be worn on special celebrations such as a wedding.

#12: With Curly Hair

This look was created by gently carving and slicing into the curl pattern of her long, naturally curly hair. This allows them to interlock, creating a seamless blend of layers that give volume and life to her long tresses! t’s very low maintenance yet very stylish and flattering to her face shape.

This long cut would work well with anyone who wants to embrace their natural curls. It only requires a handful of salon-quality products to achieve this result, starting with a lightweight leave-in conditioner, frizz-fighting gel, and a moisturizing hairspray. Air dry or diffuse for more volume!

📷 See more low-maintenance wash and go haircuts for women over 50

#13: For Greying Hair

This is a very natural and soft long hairstyle for women over 50. This client’s color is all-natural! I love the bright white splash in the front! This look is good for a woman who has been wearing her natural silver color. It’s very hard to achieve this effect artificially.

Going from coloring to natural gray is a process for women in their 50s, but I think once it’s natural, it’s much less maintenance. Long cuts like this are low maintenance with soft layers and medium length and grow out nicely. We keep soft long bangs that emphasize the white in front.

long hairstyle for over 50 woman with thick hair
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#14: With Thick Hair

I really like this medium-long layered hairstyle. I think it is almost universally flattering on any face shape and works well on women over 50 with a thicker hair type! It works so well with rich, dimensional hair color and can be styled in a variety of ways. For this look, we did a simple blowout with a 1.5″ round brush.

This is a great length for active women over 50 because it can all be pulled into a bun or ponytail when needed. Women should have a willingness and ability to use 2-3 styling products and a blow dryer and a round brush to get this look. We used a heat protectant, volumizing spray at the roots, and a light hold styling creme for softness and frizz protection. Maintenance for long styles like this is 6-8 weeks for trims and hair color touchups!

Long wavy hairstyle for woman over 50
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#15: Long Wavy Hair

This long haircut is for the Beachy Balayage Babe. It’s a beautiful, lived-in light brunette that will make you look like you’ve been at the beach all summer chillin’ and catching those rays. My favorite thing about this long style is how natural it is, which makes it lower maintenance for women who get highlights 3-4 times a year. (Some get highlights 1-2 times per year!)

The woman pictured is a natural brunette. If you’re a natural brunette or darker, a similar sun-kissed look can be achieved as well that suits your hair, skin tone, and eye color. I also love the effortless waves that can be created with a 1.25″ Babyliss Curling Iron using big sections alternating direction.

This sun-kissed look can be achieved on most hair types and colors as long as the highlights stay within three levels of your natural color. If you’re a dark brunette, these highlights may not look as lived-in and natural as a lighter brunette shade would. It is one of my favorite styles for busy ladies who can’t make it into the salon every 6-8 weeks.

The maintenance for this is about 8-12 (as long as you’re using your stylist’s recommendations at home and a good toning shampoo). The best styling products to achieve these loose curls are a good leave-in conditioner/heat protectant, volume mousse, and a sea salt spray to blow dry with for texture and bounce. Then, finish with a texture spray to rake through and piece out the curls for a beachy, natural look. If you’re a gal who goes a few days without washing, you’ll get to enjoy the curls for longer! I always recommend only washing your hair 2-3 times/week, as it keeps your hair healthier and your color last longer! Win, win.

#16: With Thin Hair

This haircut for long hair is awesome if you still have healthy, thicker, or simply denser hair. I don’t believe just because you’re over 50, and you need to chop your hair off. She was ready to transition to her snowy white natural, so I did a full, highly packed highlight and toned to a silver/white to match! She has been in for round 2 and will likely need round 3.

Patience is the key to keep long hair healthy. She will eventually no longer need color services!

As mentioned above, to keep hair long and do the waves, the hair is best if it’s thicker or you have a lot of it. For this look, I used Oway Moisturizing Hair Bath (shampoo) and Moisturizing Hair Mask. For styling, I used Oway Glossy Nectar to protect from heat and Oway Sea Salt Spray for texture! All these can be purchased on my at-home website in bio or the salon! And since the hair is susceptible to fading or discolor, purple shampoo is a must! You can find Oway’s Silver Steel Hair Bath on the website as well! All products are grown on a biodynamic farm in Bologna, Italy, or ethically sourced.

Also, talk to me about not shampooing daily for longevity. You can do it! I usually wash and dry the first day and curl the next. I use Original Mineral’s Original Queenie for gold (also available on-site), and it helps keeps roots from getting oily. Win!

long hairstyle for black woman over 50
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#17: For Black Woman

How sassy can your long locks be? This hairstyle is the kind of stylishness you ever need in your life. Ultimately for a black woman, this look features twists and curls to give you an invincible glam.

#18: Fancy Updo

In case you miss the old days, you can always pull off this fancy updo for long hair inspired by a 1920s ball. With curls and volume, you’ll be the most sophisticated fifty-year-old woman of the night. For a touch of youthfulness, add bright red highlights on your mahogany balayage locks.

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