18 Youthful Hairstyles and Haircut for Older Women

Gorgeous hairstyles for older women

Hairstyles and haircuts for older women are created using modern methods in cutting and styling that are sure to bust decades off of your age! Keep reading to find out what they are…

Flattering Hairstyles for Older Women to Look Younger

So women over 50 or 60 face a real challenge on how to fight thinning and fine hair, and luckily, getting a precisely-done, a full-bodied flattering haircut can make you look years younger. If you are trying to look one year younger or 20 years younger, choosing the right haircut and color are very important and the new haircut and color combinations here are definitely worth a look.

For older women hairstyles, you can go for a universal short cut like a cute bob or a rocking pixie which are easier to manage and volumize, or opt to keep your long tresses and sport a chic fringe if you have a more playful attitude and want to go above the average.

Dimension and movement are key for women who are older, and you can easily own that using simple techniques like adding texture, shadow roots or some warm highlights to hide the thinning.

Below, you’ll not only find the top long, medium and short haircuts for older women crafted just for aging hair, but also expert strategies on how to reboot a fine mane into a fuller one. Cheers to your new youthful look!

Chic Soft Wavy Hair

Soft Wavy Hair
Instagram @foiledagain_lynbrook

Go classic and sophisticated with these totally recreate-able vintage waves! It’s simple yet gives a beautiful body and new life to your hair.

Cute Medium Length Hair

Cute Medium Length Hair
Instagram @erin.mccarthy.makeup.artistry

A flowing medium length layered cut that ends right on top of the shoulder is what you need for a youthful refreshing look! Some flirty side bangs also help give a soft finish and frame the face nicely.

Perfect for Round Faces

Perfect for Round Faces
Instagram @melcutshair

Liven up a timeless haircut for older women by adding cute purple ends! This is a great example of hairstyles for women over 50 that are on-trend!

Feminine Layered Hairstyle

Feminine Layered Hairstyle
Instagram @inlovewithair_

This shoulder length layered cut with a blonde balayage looks so pretty on anyone wanting to have a fresh dimensional hairstyle! Notice how the long side bangs and layers start just below the chin to create a smooth and textured body.

Youthful Short Hair

Youthful Short Hair
Instagram @inkee_pinkee

Short hairstyles for older women take advantage of cut pixie cuts like this by styling it with highlights and face-framing layers for a really edgy vibe. The blonde highlights give this cut lots of fun and chicness.

Permed Hair

Permed Hair
Instagram @michaeljsalonsouthgate

The easiest way to incorporate volume into haircuts for older women with fine hair is to go through the ever classic process of perming. If you want to stay away from flat and lifeless hair then this fan-favorite look should be on your to-do list!

Classic Hairstyle for Older Women

Vintage Hairstyle
Instagram @mari_does_hair

Keep your elegance by wearing a classic yet sexy 1950s up-do that never goes out of trend! Prepare to be the center of attention, in any event you attend with this lovely look.

Modern Shaggy Hairstyle

Modern Shaggy Hairstyle
Instagram @trisha_spitalieri

Shag haircuts could greatly and charmingly enhance the volume of thinning hair on older women. Add in some highlights and layers for a complete look!

For Older Women with Long Hair

For Older Women with Long Hair
Instagram @austenthomsonhair

Join the grey hair movement with one of these beautiful long hairstyles for older women with grey hair! This proves that any length is possible at any age as long as it’s in good condition and taken care of properly. Grays can still look stylish and the right makeup can still take years off.

Cute Curly Hair

The simplest yet sassiest way to incorporate volume into older women with thin hair is by getting it curled! These lively long locks are sure to give you a youthful look even with grey hair.

Q&A with look model – Sherri Pigeon, and style creator – Nina Woodley
Master Designer Hairstylist @ Pure Avidity Salon in Orlando, FL

How would you describe this look?

This look is the definition of a true beauty. Her natural hair color and her naturally curly hair, as well as the long length, give her a show-stopping look, that demands to be admired. Her looks allow people to appreciate the beauty of unaltered hair, to appreciate a woman’s beauty just the way nature intended!

Sherri loved her totally natural look. The dry cut gave her the bouncy defined curls. She’s been a sparkling silver since she was 16. At age 50, she stopped dying her hair and embraced her natural color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For those with curly hair, a curly cut is important to achieve this look. A curly cut will help enhance the natural curls and give the hair a great eye-pleasing shape. Her look was created using all Deva Curl products – No Poo Original, One Condition Original Conditioner, Styling Cream, and Ultra Defining Gel.

Curly hair is naturally dry, so maintaining the moisture in the hair is key to seeing curly definition and controlling frizz, especially in the Florida humidity. This is achieved by leaving in about 75% of the Deva Curl One Condition Original Conditioner. Then layer on the styling cream and ultra defining gel on wet hair (really wet hair that is almost dripping). Lastly, scrunch out excess moisture first with the hands then scrunch with a microfiber towel, and either air dry or diffuse hair.

For naturally gray hair it may be necessary to incorporate a purple or blue conditioner, once a week or every other week, to help keep brassy or yellow tones out of the hair and keep natural color light and bright. Sometimes naturally gray hairs tend to be dryer then pigment hair, so leaving in 80-95% of conditioner may be necessary to control frizz and see curl definition.

Sherri wants everyone to embrace their natural hair. Curly girls need products that can provide lots of hydration. Silver is in. Go for it!

Simple Straight Hair

Q&A with style creator, Katee Dazey
Advanced Stylist @ Bryll Hair Lounge in Carlsbad, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a fun and sassy wedge cut. I balayaged some caramel pieces against a chocolate brown for dimension and created texture with a razor. I used Wella 6/73 6/ for base and lowlight and toned with Redken shades EQ 7gb 8wg.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great haircut for women over 60 and looking to balance a square or oval face shape. It was styled with Bumble and Bumble thickening spray, thickening contour cream, and a medium round brush. This look works best for fine to medium hair types. Coarse or curly hair may require a few more minutes of styling!

For Women with Thick Hair

For Women with Thick Hair
Instagram @kayla.artistry

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Cross
Stylist @ Bubbles Salon in Germantown, MD


How would you describe this look?

This look is considered a modern shag haircut with high contrast color (pretty dark base with bright highlights). I love this cut because it creates a lot of movement and removes some weight from the hair, paired with any kind of dimensional color. It complements the high texture in the hair as well as making the color pop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is more meant for people with a decent amount of hair, who has time to style it on the regular basis. It’s great for multiple face shapes to either soften or enhance features. A good volumizing mousse with a large round brush will help you achieve this look. If your hair already wants to be wavy, you’ll have a better time styling it.

Simple Shoulder Length Blonde Bob

Q&A with style creator, Sara Asheghi
Stylist / Owner @ Greenwich Top Salon in Greenwich, CT


How would you describe this look?

This look is an icy platinum long bob aka “lob – short (in the back) to long (in the front) creating a subtle forward angle with a side bang to frame my client’s face

What I love about this cut and color is it’s very trendy especially the cut – so many celebrities have the “lob” like Khloe Kardashian. It’s a very popular cut and very versatile. Anyone can wear it from the young to old to a round face-shape to a square face-shape. It can be customized to fit the client.

As far as the color, I love it because it works really well for someone who has gray hair. The highlights blend in with gray, camouflaging it without changing the base color. It gives more time in between appointments (6-8 wks) vs root-touch ups (4-6 wks).

It’s also easy to style. The client can create a straight & smooth look with a flat iron or blow dryer or some loose/beach wave curls with a curling iron or flat iron.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s perfect for someone who has gray hair and doesn’t want to change their base color and it’s a little less maintenance so it’s also perfect for someone who doesn’t want to come in the salon every 4-6wks

If someone has very curly hair I wouldn’t recommend this cut if they do not want to style it every day. If they don’t with this length and their curly texture, it’ll just poof up and not look very appealing. It’s perfect for anyone with straight or wavy texture because they can create an easy and fast style by either straightening it or adding a few beach waves to their existing natural wave.

It works well with any face shape because the forward angle is very flattering. With someone with a round or square face-shape, it can help make the face seem slimmer too.

It’s a very trendy and popular look that’s great for someone who wants to keep up with the latest trends.

I would recommend a color safe heat protectant spray to help keep the hair healthy from hot tools, color safe shampoos/conditioners, a purple shampoo to keep up this icy platinum blonde nice and cool in-between appointments, a smoothing cream or oil to combat any frizz, and a texturizing spray if my client likes the beach wave look.

For Women with Thin Hair

For Women with Thin Hair
Instagram @bombshell__kk

Q&A with style creator, Katherine Bennett
Stylist @ Bombshell Salon in Corning, NY


How would you describe this look?

Medium hairstyles for older women like this one are low maintenance, including the color. This is due to the fact you have very light dimension and a shadowed root. The cut only needs to be cleaned up every 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style has a couple day wear to it with the lived-in waves and texture. Possibly add a texture spray to revive the look. This is a very versatile look.

Short Pixie Colors on Gray Hair

Short Pixie
Instagram @allybrown1004

Q&A with style creator, Ally Brown
Hairstylist @ Craft Academy Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

This short haircut and color that I did were on a very amazing client I have had for 15+ yrs! She changes her gray hair all the time, so I get the pleasure of taking her through all the different seasons.

What I love about this style of cut is that it is timeless for any age category. I love a woman who is confident in who she is and wants to show off the amazing features of her face! The short sides accent the amazing texture on top a great fringe for the fall/winter is a necessity, no matter how long or short. It is amazing on a silver-haired client or a 15 yr old client – anyone can truly enjoy this shape.

These colors we chose were truly to accent her amazing blue eyes and skin tone. I used a violet, turquoise, pink combo. Again, I love showing that vivids can be ageless as well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend haircuts for older women like this one who has a heart shape or oval to accent their cheekbones even more. This is the perfect haircut for a woman who likes a quick easy sexy style and takes only minutes to style. The texture really can vary in thickness to fineness, as the texturizing would change. Also, the best styling product I like to use are L’Oréal Pro beach waves spray, L’Oreal Pro powder lotion, and a great finishing paste. But depending on the hair type, the strength may vary as well. I like a more matte spray to built in the hair finished with a soft paste with a little shine to it. Combining styling products makes for the best hair.

Anyone can pull off this “Katy Perry” inspired look if they wanna shake it up a little!

Elegant Updo

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Rainey
Master Craftsman @ Hair Allure in Campbelltown, NSW


How would you describe this look?

This look is a classic French roll. It’s elegant, formal, and very classy. I love hair up especially when you get a blonde or light color, as you can see the full dimensions and textures of the style that sometimes get lost in dark hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Formal hair styles for older women like this is best for medium to long hair. I will always tell my clients to look at a picture with a similar hair color to what they have, so you can get a real clear image of how it will look like on your own hair.

I think French rolls are glamorous but can be made to look edgy with a lot more texture depending on your own personal style.

Choppy Long Bob for Fine Hair

Fine Hair
Instagram @tracydionstyle

Q&A with style creator, Tracy Dion
Level 4 Stylist @ Salon Bogar in Londonderry, NH


How would you describe this look?

This is a medium length blunt cut, with a razored micro fringe. I love the versatility, as well as the fun and carefree feel of it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for someone who maintains a busy lifestyle but still wants to stay trendy with little to no effort. At this length, it is easy to blow-dry or simply pull back, and the micro bangs look fun and complement it styled either way. With a few wraps around a curling wand and some dry texture spray, you are ready for a night out!

Beautiful Angled Bob Hairstyle

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Roma
Stylist / Owner @ Chelsea Salon & Day Spa in Niagara Falls, NY


How would you describe this look?

It’s a short hairstyle, tapered closer at the bottom in the back with lots of layers and texture on top to give it volume and movement. We did a short bangs to change the shape of the cut because when we started the front was as long as the sides.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a fun haircut for women over 70 and with a few ways to style it. It could be round brushed, flat ironed for a totally different look, or just blow dried. Add some paste or different products for a cute sexy, piecey, and messy look!