21 Short, Shaggy Hairstyles for Women Over 50 to Look 10 Years Younger

Short shaggy hairstyles over 50
Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Short shaggy hairstyles for women over 50 are sassy, textured cuts that range from ear to jaw length. Tons of layers are added, not only to boost body and volume in the hair but also to flatter most face and head shapes.

Stylist and salon owner Miriam Elizabeth from Media, PA points out that a shag is a commitment. It’s not a wash-and-go type of cut. Even so, styling it is effortless.

“A shag haircut should take less than 7 minutes to style. It’s perfect for older ladies who don’t like to fuss too long with their hair,” says Elizabeth.

Make sure to get your hairdresser’s styling tips and product recommendations at the end of the day.

When choosing a haircut, consider your face shape. “Keep in mind that too many layers can elongate your face. Be careful about extending the cut’s length if you have a longer face shape,” Elizabeth advises.

Consultation with a skilled hairdresser is essential. Go to someone who’s comfortable doing short hair and shag cuts. They can explain how long the haircut will take to grow out and if it’ll be a struggle or an easy process.

This is the haircut that looks great on most ladies. Check out these images of the most flattering short shaggy hairstyles for women over 50!

Short Shag with No Bangs for Ladies 50 and Up
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#1: Short Shag with No Bangs

Yes, you can have a short shag and no bangs. Some women just hate bangs, and the hair on their forehead annoys them. Ask your stylist to shag out your cut with lots of layering, but leave the bangs long enough to style away from the face. A shag is an easy-care hairstyle that dries best organically and naturally. You’ll want to apply some texture cream to slightly damp hair and push it in place with your hands.

Short White Blonde Shaggy Pixie Cut for Women 50 and Over
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#2: White Blonde Shaggy Pixie Cut

If you’re a woman over 50, consider a white blonde shaggy pixie cut. A shaggy pixie cut is great for creating movement and volume for your aging hair. Cutting off dead ends will make your hair look healthier and more youthful. Fun, flippy layers will give your hair a boost of volume for a fuller-looking mane.

Messy Short Shag Haircut for 50-year-olds
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#3: Messy Short Shag Haircut

Try a low-maintenance style like a tousled short shag cut. This hairstyle is flexible – it works with either curly or straight hair. Use a texture spray to enhance its roughness.

Glossy Short Shag with Choppy Bangs for Women 50 and Over
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#4: Glossy Short Shag with Choppy Bangs

A short shag with choppy bangs is the epitome of hip, cool-girl vibes. Choppy bangs are the perfect add-on to a shag, framing the face perfectly. Blow-dry with hands or a small round brush for added volume or curl. Finish with a texture cream or spray to accentuate the layers.

#5: Short Fluffy Hair with Bangs

A mild version in the shag family would be short fluffy hair with bangs. The curtain bangs and face-framing are a staple for any shag, but keeping the overall length shorter doesn’t take it too extreme!

#6: Shaggy Pixie Mullet with a Curtain Fringe

The shaggy pixie mullet with a curtain fringe is a cool unisex hairstyle style that looks great on both ladies and gents. It suits all face shapes and most hair textures and densities. Fantastic option to make you look 10 years younger. Consider some strategically placed colored pieces for more dimension or to blend greys.

Shagged Cut with Face-Framing Bangs
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#7: Shagged Cut with Face-Framing Bangs

A shagged cut with face-framing bangs and length that sits on the jaw-line level or a bit below is a short hairstyle that is ideal for ladies over 50 who want to look more youthful. The tulip-shaped bangs beautifully curve out on the sides, drawing attention to the cheekbone and eye area. Spray some texturizing hair spray to finish off when styling.

#8: Curly Shag Cut for Square Faces

The curly shag cut is absolutely spot on for 50-year-olds with square faces. The curly bangs and curly sides fall around the face and soften the angular facial features. It’s a hairstyle worth trying if your hair is textured and you like short shags. Style with a diffuser but don’t touch the curls while drying if you want to leave it more defined rather than messy.

#9: Wedge Pixie Cropped Cut

The wedge pixie cropped cut is an edgy and stylish haircut that got its name from the wedge-shaped slightly longer sides that lay on the jawline. It’s great for women over 50 who have medium to thick hair density and like short shaggy haircuts because a lot of the weight is removed making the hairstyle easy to wear and style.

#10: Shaggy French Bob on Thick Hair

The shaggy French bob looks great on women with thick hair. Incorporating the French bob into the short shaggy hairstyles creates a whole new trend among women over 50 with thick coarse hair. It’s super light and fresh, has a structure, and is easy to upkeep and grow out.

Related: Modern shaggy hairstyles for women over 50.

Short Wavy Shag for Round Faces
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#11: Short Wavy Shag for Round Faces

A short wavy shag is a brilliant option for ladies over 50 with round faces because it creates volume on top of the head and gives the illusion of a longer face shape. Using a razor to execute the cut will release the curl of the wavy hair and create a beautiful shape that a stylish grandma will absolutely rock. Dry with a diffuser and then dress it out for separation of the wave and lift.

Jaw-Length Blonde Shag for Thin Hair
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#12: Jaw-Length Blonde Shag for Thin Hair

The jaw-length blonde shag is a perfect style for thin hair density. The short shaggy hairstyles make the hair look fuller and add texture. That’s why they’re among the most preferred hairstyles for ladies over 50 with fine hair. In addition to that, shaggy hairstyles are very trendy and easy to maintain.

#13: Short Crop with Tousled Layers

The short crop with tousled layers is an edgy variation of the shaggy short cut. It’s a great hairstyle for women over fifty who are younger-looking and want to be noticed. The slightly longer sides can be waved and dressed out for extra texture or tucked behind the ears for a more sleek look.

#14: Soft Shag with Curtain Bangs for Straight Hair

The soft shag with curtain bangs is great for the fifty-year-olds who want to give their fine straight hair some texture. The shaggy cut creates volume and movement, it’s easy to maintain, and grow out. Use light shampoos and conditioners or opt-in for a thickening range like the Kerastase Densifique.

Neck-Length Shaggy Bob on Curly Hair
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#15: Neck-Length Shaggy Bob on Curly Hair

A neck-length shaggy bob on naturally curly hair is an absolute hit amongst women over fifty with textured hair. Extremely trendy and so easy to maintain the neck-length shaggy style suits oval, oblong, or quite angular face shapes because the curls soften out the features. Towel-dry hair mix some Maroccanoil Volumising Mousse and hair oil, scrunch the hair, and blow out with a diffuser.

#16: Ear-Length French Bob with Wispy Bangs

The ear-length French bob with wispy bangs is a fresh alternative to the classic box bob. The wispy voluminous bangs make the ear-length short style perfect for ladies over 50. It works better on fine to medium hair densities and naturally smooth hair.

#17: Choppy Razor Cut

The choppy razor cut is a short graduated hair cut with a slightly longer fringe and sides. It looks great on very straight hair because of the many shaggy layers that make it textured and not flat. One of the best short choppy shaggy hairstyles for fine hair density preferred by women over the age of 50.

Short Razored Shag with Bangs for Women 50 and Over
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#18: Short Razored Shag with Bangs

The short razored shag with bangs is an excellent choice for mature women who prefer their haircut short, but at the same time love the 70s shaggy hairstyle vibe. The razored ends of the fringe and sides softly curve out around the face giving a beautiful shape to the short hairstyle for ladies over fifty. There is no defined parting which makes the short razored shag with bangs quite versatile.

#19: Layered Bob Cut with Textured Bangs

A layered bob cut with textured bangs is an effortless and trendy hairstyle that is a great option for ladies over the age of 50 with fine hair looking for a bit more texture and lift. The layered short top and sides give volume and a beautiful shaggy shape. The wispy fringe, typical for most short shaggy hairstyles, sits just above the eyebrow. Style using some R+Co Dry Shampoo Paste on the roots.

#20: Long Pixie with Shaggy Layers

A long pixie haircut with shaggy layers is ideal for ladies over 50 who like to have short back and sides and long layered bangs that connect to same length layers on top. The shaggy pixie cut is a fresh and funky hairstyle with feathered layers creating a gorgeous form. If wearing glasses, don’t forget to check how your fringe sits with the eyewear before you leave the salon.

Chin-Length Shag for Fine Hair
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#21: Chin-Length Shag for Fine Hair

A chin-length shag is a fantastic option for women over the age of 50 with fine hair because the short shaggy layers make the hair look full and textured. Most short shaggy hairstyles for fine hair are accompanied by brow-length fringe, ideal for hiding forehead lines. Style with a bit of Color Wow Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer.