34 Youthful Medium-Length Hairstyles for Women Over 50

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

A medium-length hairstyle for women over 50 is any hairstyle of shoulder to chest-length that complements older ladies with thinning strands by making the hair look fuller. With modern hair cutting and styling techniques, it’s now a breeze to own extra youthful looks!

Celebrity goddesses Julianne Moore, Catherine Keener, Ann Curry, and Michelle Obama are proof that literally any mid-length hairstyle can be pulled off at any age, serving us some major hair-spiration! Whether you fancy straight strands or wavy and textured locks, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to rock any of these medium length haircuts for women over 50.

Switching up your image with a fitting hairstyle should be a piece of cake once you consider your face shape, hair density, as well as your complexion. Veteran hairstylist Laura Eberts works with various techniques – layering, highlights, curls, bangs – and her clients always looked fresh and cute!

What’s super about a mid-length cut is that you can have all the styles you want possible – an updo for formal events or when you need to hit the gym, or let it all down on waves for a casual, flirty look! Longer hair, such as medium length cuts, will help you to look younger. I mean, outdated shouldn’t be in any mature lady’s vocabulary!

So before your next hair appointment, browse our photos of the most popular medium length hairstyles for women over 50!

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Messy Shag for Women Over 50 with Thin Fine Hair
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#1: Messy Shag for Women with Thin Fine Hair

Cut layers on layers and style in a wild way to achieve an adventurous 50+ hairstyle. You should go for a shaggy medium hairstyle for women over 50. It’s a sexy shattered lob. The slight angle gives a slimming look by drawing your eye down and framing your face. However, the shattered layers give volume to the crown drawing your eye up. Medium-length hairstyles for thin hair can be quite versatile.

#2: Natural-Looking Mid-Length Thick Curls

In order to get the most out of your curls, you must seek out a stylist that can help you navigate a great haircut. Thick curls exude a shape and the best way to show off the style is to get a haircut to show off your features.

#3: Mid-Length Cut with an Off-Center Part

Medium-Length Gorgeously Curled Ends for Ladies 50 and Up
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#4: Gorgeously Curled Ends

Try a curled style for a youthful look. Aging hair tends to be dry, coarse, and frizzy. Doing a deep conditioner once a week will add moisture, and shine and make your hair soft. When you want to add curls to your hair, I recommend curling your hair back and away from your face. Doing this will help to lift and brighten your face.

#5: Softly Layered Silver Long Bob

#6: Blonde to Silver Medium-Length Makeover

One of the best trends to come lately is embracing natural grey hair! I suggest starting with elongated regrowth before lifting ends as light as possible. Then, toning silver and depositing a lowlight close to natural. From this point, extend your appointments to allow the grey to grow out. Then, tone when yellow starts to appear. For products, use a silver toning shampoo to help maintain tone and soften natural grey hair.

#7: Big Hair with a Sweeping Part

Big hair with a sweeping part is making a comeback. Just like the 90’s blowout, big hair was before flat irons. To achieve the most volume when drying, use a round brush with a dryer or a blow dry brush. Keeping sections the same size as your brush and elevated above the section. Don’t be afraid to utilize hot rollers or pin your hair in curls as you dry that section. It will give you more volume and bounce.

Medium Razor Cut Shag with Fringe for Women Over Fifty
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#8: Razor Cut Shag with Fringe

Consider a razor cut shag with fringe. Using a razor will give your fine hair a boost of texture. You will get more body at your crown with all the shaggy layers and fringe. You’ll typically need to get your hair cut every couple of months to keep your cut look fresh. Don’t forget to add volumizing spray at your root before blow drying to get more lift and volume.

#9: Thick Blonde Curls

Thick blonde curls are the epitome of effortlessly chic. If you have naturally curly hair, the best way to get a good haircut is to find a stylist that specializes in curly hair. You’ll want the layers cut to support the shape of the curls. In case you need to get a perm to achieve curly locks, be sure you have natural hair and not color-treated, as perms can be harsh on colored hair. Don’t forget to bring photos of the styles you want to your stylist.

#10: Gorgeous Blonde Blowout

Gorgeous blonde blowouts are one of the best decisions you can make after lightening your hair. No matter who your stylist is, or what enhancers they claim to use in their lightener, let me tell you, lightening can be damaging. With that being said, you want to do as much babying to your hair at home as you possibly can. The best step to add to your at-home routine (besides deep conditioning) is avoiding as much heat as you can. With that being said, your best styling option would be a regular weekly blowout. Blowouts will help to avoid unnecessary washing of your hair, longer days between washes (because your hair is already styled), help you to avoid frizz in your hair, gives volume, and also allows for longer wear.

Medium Fluffy Balayaged Hair for Ladies Over Fifty
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#11: Medium Fluffy Balayaged Hair

If you want to have lived-in color, ask for balayaged hair during your next visit. By opting for dyeing your hair at the ends you give the illusion of an expensive yet low-maintenance style. Medium length and nicely cut, fluffy layers have become a highly requested service in the salon because of their flexible style.

Mid-Length Beachy Blonde Waves for Women 50 and Over
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#12: Beachy Blonde Waves

You can have super sexy hair with beachy blonde waves. Blonde hair looks trendy and stylish when curled to perfection. Try to figure your way around a curling iron to get the perfect beachy wave. If you can, use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep heat damage to a minimum.

Mid-Length Grey Feathered Ends for Women Over Fifty
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#13: Grey Feathered Ends

Grey feathered ends are a gorgeously mature way to wear your hair if you’ve grown out your natural sparkly mane. Ask your stylist for defined layering around your face to achieve this effortlessly swept hairdo. Style with a blowout to get luscious volume.

#14: Shoulder-Length Loose Blonde Curls

Shoulder-length loose curls are a great style for women over 50. The shoulder length provides an easier amount of hair to work with. Try using a flat iron to quickly add curls to the hair, and finish with a working hairspray.

#15: Medium-Length Blonde Balayage

For an instant facelift, go for a medium-length blonde balayage. Cutting off dead ends and giving hair brightness around the face will make you look ten years younger. Making your hair healthy as you age is very important for beautiful and youthful-looking locks.

#16: Blonde Balayage Mid-Length Hair

Blonde medium-length hair is a natural style that can work well on ladies in their 50s. The color palette usually will range between two or three tonal changes. Traditionally, darker roots to brighter ends. Placement can be customized to highlight or contour facial features or to compliment the haircut.

Short Shag with Choppy Fringe Bangs for Women 50 and Over
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#17: Short Shag with Choppy Fringe Bangs

A shag with bangs is a retro do’ that has made its way back into the scene. This feathered feel is great for wavy to straight textures. To best achieve this style naturally, use styling aids like Kristin Ess Hair Sea salt air dry Mousse while working it into towel-dried hair with a Denman brush, and styling it in a wet to dry set for optimal movement.

#18: Beautiful Layered Shag

When a beautifully layered shag is done right, it can take years off your look. A stylist that is skilled at the shag haircut will know how to shape the layering to contour your face shape. Nice, flowy layers create movement to liven up flat, boring hair. Styling will be moderate with the use of a round brush and dryer or hot rollers. Always finish with a volumizing texture spray.

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#19: Medium-Length Hair with Face-Framing Bangs

This long bob may be the key to achieving a different hairstyle. The fringed bangs on women in their 50s can take years off their face.

Transition your medium length hair into a shorter style that’s fresh, flattering, and fun!  You can give it so many personalities through adding layers, doing all one length, or stacking it in the back!

The longest part of your hair in the front can act as an arrow towards your facial features. So make sure you talk to your stylist about what would be most flattering with your features and style!

When looking for medium haircuts for older women, odds are you won’t be able to put your hair up in a high ponytail. So take that into consideration!

Mid-Length Hair with a Middle Part for Women 50 and Up
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#20: Mid-Length Hair with a Middle Part

Mid-length hair with a middle part creates an elongated facial shape that can help a round face appear oval. A middle part can draw more attention to facial symmetry by creating a mirror line effect.

Textured Cut for Thin Hair
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#21: Textured Cut for Thin Hair

A textured cut for thin hair will add width and volume to your style. Women over 50 tend to find their hair becoming a little thinner. While layering too much can remove the weight, adding texture is a softer way of layering to maximize fullness. The textured layers widen the volume of hair, especially when blow-dried with a round brush.

Blunt Cut with Layering
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#22: Blunt Cut with Layering

Pairing a blunt cut with layering is sure to give locks extra volume and movement. Greece-based stylist Soubecas Ioannis did the point cutting to soften the hair ends.

“This cut gives a feminine but dynamic and professional style,” says Ioannis.

For styling, he suggests volume mousse for the root volume. The argan oil would also be helpful to moisturize and gloss the mid-lengths.

#23: Long Bob (Lob) Hairstyle for Women Over 50

Easy does it with long tresses maintained in a graceful manner for women in their 50s. Hair falls slightly past the shoulder which achieves a mature yet modern look.

Medium Length Feathered Layers
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#24: Medium-Length Feathered Layers

You can never go wrong which so much texture as this flyaway ends give! Shorter layers and feathered hair create more body and makes for one of the better hairstyles for women over 50 with thin hair.

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#25: Natural Bob for Curly Hair for Older Women

Consider a natural bob for curly hair for older women. Aside from the curls, this style has a lot of texture that makes the tresses seem full of life! To maximize its beauty, use a texturizing product as a finishing touch.

#26: Layers For Women Over 50 with Glasses

Opt for a gorgeous way to show off some layers and to give volume and texture to your medium hair. Full bangs and frames accentuate this cute hairstyle for women over 50 with glasses and eye color.

#27: Collarbone-Length Side Part

Be the best you can be in your 50s with some neatly parted hair that flicks backward for a softer effect. The brunette hues add natural touches to the medium hairstyle that will help tame your appearance. This is one of the best medium-length hairstyles for older women.

Shoulder-Length Cut for 50 Year Old Women
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#28: Shoulder-Length Cut for 50 Year Old Women

Medium hairstyles for older women, like this long bob, just might be what you need to get a refreshing style. The simple yet sophisticated approach of this mid-length style can be explored, with soft curls, layers, and even varied hair colors for women over 50.

Medium Length Wavy Lob Hairstyle
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#29: Medium-Length Wavy Lob Hairstyle

A medium-length wavy lob hairstyle can lift your facial structure and make the hair appear thicker. A medium-length hairstyle for a woman over 50 brings some balance to the face and length. This also prevents the hair from dragging the face down. To elevate this length, add some soft waves and run your fingers through to break them up. It’ll create a stacked effect and will fill the hair out, especially on finer hair.

#30: Mid-Length Layered Bob

This mid-length layered bob was created by master stylist Linda P of Warrington, PA. “This cut is a medium length lob (long bob) with light layers at the bottom. The layers give it movement to enable you to wear it in multiple ways. It can be worn casual or dressy, curly, messy or straight,” she states.

When asked about whether or not older women should opt for this cut, she says, “go for it! It’s so easy to style, and almost all hair types work well.”

For styling a messy finish, let it air dry on a hot day with some light gel. With thicker hair, blow-dry with smoothing creme and a round brush for a straighter finish.

Linda goes on to explain, “volumizer can be used on finer hair over 50. Also, you can really dress this style up by curling it. Another fabulous thing about medium-length hair is that you can still pull it up! You cannot go wrong with this style. To keep this hairdo looking its best, get it cut every 5-6 weeks.”

Medium Length Beach Waves
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#31: Medium-Length Beach Waves

Get medium-length beach waves to ensure your hair looks and feels fuller. Medium-length hairstyles for 50-year-old women are a great option by lifting the length to below the shoulder. This can make the tresses look thicker, and it’s versatile enough to wear up or down. To maximize this length, add some beach waves to widen the appearance of the hair and add a youthful softness.

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#32: Textured Lob for Women Over 50 With Thick Hair

This mid-length haircut for thick hair is textured, shaggy and versatile.

If you want low maintenance, try these piece-y layers. If you’re carefree and love wild hair, go for it!

Add texture into your hairstyle for women over 50 with thick hair with a dry texture spray like Beach Club IGK or Texturiza by Unite.

Rough dry or air-dry, and if you need the extra body, try using a medium curling iron. Shake out and add texture with your favorite spray.

#33: Medium-Length Angled Bob

Medium hairstyles for women over 50 are all about finding a versatile cut that works with your hair density, facial features, and lifestyle. Owner and stylist Christi Jimenez created this beautiful angled bob. According to Jimenez, this shoulder-length cut is very low maintenance but modern.

“Whether you love to wear your hair messy, naturally wavy, or curled loosely, this style will work great,” says Jimenez. To style medium haircuts for women over 50 like this one, Jimenez suggests you use a leave-in conditioner, blow-dry balm, and 1-inch curling iron.

#34: Lightly Layered Cut for Older Women

Opt for a layered cut for older women. This collarbone-length haircut is a soft and natural-looking blonde. The cut and color framed around the face offer youthfulness and glow.

This hairstyle is great for women in their mid 50s who want low maintenance hair, or is more high maintenance. The medium-length caters to both. It can be tied back into quick style or blown out.

For styling products, try Aveda Cherry Almond Leave in Conditioner. This is one styling product that can take the place of many.

If you want a fun and easy medium hairstyle in your 50s, this is perfect and so versatile! It fits the on-the-go older woman as well as the professional office-type!




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