26 Modern Pixie Shag Haircuts for Stylish Older Women

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Pixie shag haircuts for older women are short layered cuts with tons of texture and volume. If you’re looking for an edgy look that never goes out of style, here’s the real deal!

A cropped cut is a fantastic way to eliminate chemically or naturally damaged parts of your hair. It’s also great for welcoming gray strands if they start to grow out.

A pixie shag must be done over a series of appointments, says stylist Alana Downey of Iwakuni, Japan. Having two haircuts with 2-3 months between sessions is advisable. Downey explains, “This will make you more comfortable with the realities of short hair. Eventually, you can decide whether to leave your hair at its current length or go on with your pixie journey.”

Take your time to decide, and make sure it’s what you want because once your hair is gone, it’s gone. Chopping your hair short is a commitment, and so is growing it back. “We’re talking 2-3 years of growth to get any real, “stylable” length. There’ll be an awkward in-between stage where it’s not short nor too long enough,” says Downey about the cuts drawback.

If you’re still having doubts, you can find more tips and details on choosing a perfect pixie cut with our guide.

This might be the sign to revamp your hairstyle. Check out these inspiring images of the best and trendiest pixie shag haircuts for older women!


#1: Sassy Platinum Blonde

Consider doing a sassy platinum blonde pixie. As your aging hair becomes grayer, one of the best ways to camouflage those pesky gray hairs is to do a light platinum blonde color. The lighter color will help blend with your new growth. Topping this color off with a short and sassy pixie haircut will keep you in style.

Gray Wavy Pixie with Shagged Layers for Older Ladies with Glasses
Instagram @mary.jane.coiffeuse

#2: Wavy Pixie with Shagged Layers

If you find it hard to compliment your face shape, show your hairstylist a photo of a haircut you like. A layered, wavy pixie cut is a stylish option for your hair as you age. It looks modern yet timeless.

Barbie Blonde Pixie Shag for Old Women with Long Faces
Instagram m@we_professional

#3: Barbie Blonde Pixie Shag for Long Faces

Barbie blonde suits all hair lengths. If you have shorter hair, you could refresh your look with a cooler, ashier tone. You can achieve this with highlights or, for a bolder change, apply the color all over. If your hair is a bit coarser, invest in good home hair care. It’ll help to retain moisture.

#4: Lavender Tinted Shaggy Pixie

Create a stylish image with a lavender-tinted shaggy pixie cut. This is ideal for older women seeking a fresh, modern style. Ask for layers and texture in your haircut. This will add volume and movement, which is great for people with fine or thin hair. If you’re looking for a unique, playful edge, the lavender tint provides an unexpected twist to the classic pixie cut. To style, start with clean dry hair and apply a small amount of a lightweight styling product for added hold and definition. Firstly, use a round brush to create volume at the roots. After this, use your fingers to scrunch and tousle the hair for a textured, lived-in look.

#5: Rocker Pixie Shag with Copper Highlights

The rocker pixie shag with copper highlights is a fresh and daring haircut for women of all ages. This style boasts choppy layers with a heavy fringe. It can be played up or down to accommodate different hair textures. The copper highlights add warmth and depth to the style. The best way to style this look is to start with damp hair. Then apply volumizing mousse to create separation and texture. The key to this look is to tousle the hair with your fingers to give it a natural and effortless appearance.

Fun Pixie Shag for Older Women with salt and pepper aging hair
Instagram @felix.lynn

#6: Fun Pixie Shag

For women with aging hair, a fun pixie shag can be the perfect style to help them feel confident and stylish. Pixies and shags are all about creating texture and movement. They have shorter layers on top and longer pieces around the face. For styling, it’s best to apply a small amount of volumizing mousse to damp hair. Then blow dry with a round brush for added lift. Finish the look using a texturizing spray on the ends and gently tousling with your fingers. Not only does this cut add a playful element to any look, but it’s low-maintenance and easy to style.

#7: Salt and Pepper Short Shaggy Pixie

Consider a salt and pepper short shaggy pixie if you want to embrace your natural color. Wear your hair proudly and love your hair! Finishing your hair off with a texture spray helps show off that texture.

Related: Best short shags for older ladies.

#8: Short Pixie Shag with Asymmetrical Bangs

Have fun with a short pixie shag with asymmetrical bangs. Tons of layers are great for your aging hair and will give your hair some movement and body. Don’t be afraid to change it up and try an asymmetrical bang. Piece it out and give your hair some style and have fun with it.

#9: Grey Razor Cut Mixie Style

Try a grey razor cut mixie style if you want to keep some length but have a shorter cut. A mixie is a shorter cut, however, unlike a pixie, the hairstyle has some length in the back. You can have fun styling this hairstyle!

#10: Mini Shullet for Ladies Over 50

The mini shullet is a trendy hairstyle great for ladies over 50 who are growing their hair from pixie style to a longer cut. The shullet is one of the coolest haircuts for older women lately because it’s classy but with an edgy twist to it.

Baby Mullet with Short Bangs for Older Ladies
Instagram @yosuke_kimura6

#11: Baby Mullet with Short Bangs

Consider a baby mullet with short bangs. Styles for older women who have medium to fine hair texture would love a pixie haircut. You can create a lot of texture and lift with the right style and keep it a little longer in the back to maintain some length to play with. This is a medium-maintenance cut. With short bangs, sides, and crown trims you’re looking at 4-8 weeks of salon visits to keep it looking fresh.

#12: Pixie Shag with Curtain Bangs for Round Faces

The pixie shag with curtain bangs is a good option for ladies with round faces. It’s an edgy and trendy short hairstyle that suits older women. It’s easy to wear and style and for a bigger impact, you can ask your colorist to place some lighter accent pieces around your face frame.

#13: Short Shaggy Layers on Pixie Hair

Short shaggy layers on pixie hair are perfect for older ladies wanting an edgy new cut. Perfect for any hair type, even thin or fine, a shag hairstyle adds texture and shape.

Razor Cut Shaggy Pixie for Older Ladies with Thin Hair
Instagram @katie.m.hair

#14: Razor Cut Shaggy Pixie for Thin Hair

A razor cut shaggy pixie is the trendiest shag cut for a woman wanting to look 10 years younger. This haircut has been one of the highest requested cuts lately because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look younger!? This heavily layered cut, creates the illusion of thicker hair, with lots of movement and spunk! The feathery, wispy ends create a soft feathered look around your face, which in turn creates a youthful look!

Very Short Curly Shag for an Older Woman
Instagram @curlpowersalon

#15: Very Short Curly Shag

Try a very short curly shag for a younger-looking, easy style. Great for women who want to style and go, a short haircut like the shag can be created using little to no curl or texture product.

Related: Youthful shag haircut ideas for older ladies.

#16: Shaggy Pixie Bob on Straight Hair

Opt for a shaggy pixie bob if you have straight hair. For fine and thin hair textures, you can create the illusion of more hair with bangs starting from the top of the head forward to create achieve the most fullness. Ask your stylist to use a razor for softness and a beautiful low-maintenance grow-out.

#17: Tousled Pixie Shag with Side-Swept Bangs

Short/pixie shag haircuts for older women, is a very edgy short style created to help one look youthful! This is a very short cut with textured layers, which create extreme movement in your hair. If you are a woman with really thin hair, this look is a great way to get a fuller effect. On the contrary, women with thick/fuller hair can use this cut to debulk their ends and take off major length. Anytime older women remove bulk, and major length, it instantly helps them to look younger, and who doesn’t like to look younger!?

#18: Long Pixie Wolf Cut with Subtle Layers

A long pixie wolf cut with subtle layers is a modern style with a shaggy perimeter. If you’re searching for a new and easy-to-manage shape, this is it. This cut should be styled forward and closer to the head with some texture cream so blow drying is optional. Short pixies compliment most face shapes and age groups, so you should give it a go.

#19: Fluffy Pixie with Feathered Layers for Thick Hair

Try a fluffy pixie with feathered layers if you have thick hair and want to enhance your natural texture. Because a shag haircut is fun and youthful, the pixie style is great for older women cuts. Ask your stylist if a shag will work for you.

Shagged Pixie Cut on Wavy Hair for Old Women
Instagram @nadia.cutshair

#20: Shagged Pixie Cut on Wavy Hair

A shagged pixie cut is great for women with curly or textured, wavy hair. Shags and pixies are perfect short cuts that give a fun, edgy look and can reduce unwanted bulk in some areas of the head.

#21: Shaggy Pixie for Women Over 60

A shaggy pixie is a perfect choice for edgy and stylish women over 60 who like to keep their hair short and effortless. The shaggy crop sits well on old ladies with finer hair because it creates more texture. Use Super Dust by L’Oréal and mess up with fingers for a more undone and messy style.

Messy Pixie with Jagged Layers for Old Ladies
Instagram @mfg.hair

#22: Messy Pixie with Jagged Layers

For an androgynous cut, go for a pixie with jagged layers. Short shaggy pixies give lots of texture and make locks look messy and undone. Step out of your comfort zone and try a unisex style you’ve been craving.

Long Layered Pixie Shag for Old Women Over 70
Instagram @stylist_lia_c

#23: Long Layered Pixie Shag for Women Over 70

Go for a long-layered pixie shag if you’re a woman over 70. A pixie hairstyle is great for old women with long and inverted triangle face shapes with added volume around the temples to create balance. For older women, a hairstyle with easy wash-and-go capabilities is a must.

#24: Pixie Cut with Razored Layers for Fine Hair

A pixie cut with razored layers is great for women who want a soft yet piecey texture in their fine hair. Great for adding shape, a shag style is a perfect cut to add shape without the length. Older women hairstyles don’t have to be boring with a fun, fierce shag!

Related: Trendy short hairstyles for older women with fine hair.

Choppy Pixie Shag Cut for Old Ladies
Instagram @midgmakeovers

#25: Choppy Pixie Shag Cut

If you’re searching for a soft short shape, try a choppy pixie shag cut. Longer lengths around the ears and back give this cut a softer feel. Ask your stylist for lots of layers and point cutting for texture and you’ll enjoy a spiky style that is easy to manage. Pixies and shags take seconds to dry and you’ll want to apply a texture paste for a fabulous finish.

Textured Pixie Mullet with Wispy Bangs for Older Women
Instagram @maggie.cuts

#26: Textured Pixie Mullet with Wispy Bangs

Try a textured pixie mullet with wispy bangs if you love low-maintenance hair. This cut suits almost all face shapes. Pixie shags are one of the easiest looks to style, so give it a try!