When it comes to hairstyles for women in their 50s, the saying “youth is wasted on the young” certainly seems true. By the time we’ve mastered our mane, it begins to change on us. As we age, hair goes through stages and loses its pigment resulting in gray hair. The texture can become coarse and wiry. On top of that, it tends to thin out as well. Those can all be quite challenging hair issues on their own. So, how do you win your own version of ‘Hair Battle Spectacular’? Hair coloring is a great way to revitalize depth, dimension, and shine. It can literally take years off your face! Freshen up your cut with a short, layered style that instantly adds volume and body for a younger look.
Here are pictures of the best hairstyles for women over 50 that will make you look younger:
#1: Voluminous Curls with a Side Part
Voluminous curls with a side part is a great style to show off your natural texture! If you have natural curls, a shoulder-length cut with layers will really bring your curls to life. Don’t forget the curl-enhancing cream to really make your curls bounce.
#2: Short Copper Cut with Side-Swept Bangs
A short cut with bangs is a great shape and style for women over 50. If you’re looking to add some flair to your style that’s age-appropriate, we love the side-swept bang with a shorter style. Blow drying with a round brush will add volume and shine. Always finish with a medium to hard hold hairspray to keep the bangs and volume in place.
#3: Sassy Medium Length Bob
Imagine pulling off a medium-length haircut like this one. It’s easy to manage like short hair and versatile to most styles like long hair. Upgrade it by incorporating blonde highlights and lowlights, achieving such a spectacular dimension. Now, who’s down to get this sassy medium-length bob?
#4: Chic Rounded Bob with Wispy Bangs
Try a rounded bob with wispy bangs because it is elegant yet edgy. It is an undercut from recession to just below the round of the head, with an asymmetric micro fringe all tied into a classic bob. The strong lines accent her bone structure bringing attention to all her best features. I love the marriage of color and cut in this look because it’s both strong and soft.
This cut works well with dense hair textures as it is an undercut underneath. The asymmetric micro fringe is great to really open the face and showcase the eyes. This haircut is versatile in styling and can be worn straight or curled. It’s a modern approach to a classic.
#5: Blonde Pixie Shag
This is a pixie shag. It is longer than a classic pixie, yet shorter than a layered bob with lots of soft airy (shag-like) texture. The shape is both structured and lived-in making styling a breeze with very little effort and lots of options.
This look is awesome for any woman over 50 wanting to embrace the youthful “lived-in” look without sacrificing sophistication. The pixie shag is great for all face shapes, including longer faces which can sometimes have challenges with shorter styles. All textures look great with this look too! It is an absolutely outstanding option for the modern woman who wants to look fresh and a little funky.
For 50-year-olds wanting this style, don’t be afraid to loosen up! Curl large sections of your hair. Spray in a dry texturizing spray and use your fingers to massage, separate and soften the curls. If it doesn’t look perfect, don’t worry! This look is about looking glamorously casual.
#6 Fun A-Line Bob with Layers
This is a fun, effortlessly chic, low maintenance style that perfectly accentuates facial features. It’s a confidence boosting hairstyle!
To help create and maintain this hairstyle, I would recommend using a lightweight styling foam. It works great to give that beach waved, undone look that is very popular right now.
If you like some volume in the crown area, over direct the hair forward and blow dry from root to end. Let the hair cool, then gently flip it back to give you that great volume and shape.
This look is great for women over 50 with straight to wavy texture. If your hair is fine, this voluminous cut will make your hair appear fuller. If you have thick hair, it can be texturized and thinned out making it easier to maintain. What’s great about this look is that it’s customizable to fit your face and head shape. You can add a fringe or more dramatic angle, or go more subtle with less layers. My model has a heart shaped face, but this look can look great on almost any face shape.
Taking a photo to your stylist is the best way of communicating what you want in a style. If you are looking for gorgeous, low maintenance hairstyles, this will be perfect for you.
#7: Amazing Angled Bob
Keep it looking chic with your natural roots that make the entire lighter blonde balayaged short neck-length hair exquisite.
#8: Long Blonde Bob
This haircut is a take on a modern “shag”. My favorite thing about this haircut is how versatile it is.
This cut and style were created to be versatile and easy to style. Ask your stylist for a modern shag, leaving the layers a little bit longer around your face. With this cut, you can apply a little curl cream and air dry for a more free beachy look.
For the hair type, it can be coarse, wavy, and frizzy.
#9: Grey Pepper Bob
This look is very versatile and can be suitable for almost every face shape. My favorite thing about this look is it will forever and always be in style.
As far as color this is her natural grey and for women 50 plus who wants to go grey, they have to be ready to commit to the grow out/transition.
This is one of the more classic cuts for women over 50 who want to also be on-trend. When styling this look you can keep it clean and polished or create texture for some fun.
#10: Eye-Catching Blonde Bob
Adding slight volume looks as good as a sleek one for women of age, as it gives the appearance of dense hair. This chin-length asymmetrical cut is one of the best examples of short hairstyles and haircuts for women 50+.
#11: Gray Feathered Layers
Featuring a really adorable cut that takes away ages from your look! Going with a length past the chin, not to mention those cute side-swept bangs, complement her round face by making it appear longer.
#12: Playful Stacked Bob
Short haircuts for women over 50 can be looking fun and youthful, too. Consider a playful stacked bob such as this masterpiece. A few layers will bring out movement and texture if you have fine, thin locks. Spice it up even more by adding light blue highlights around the face.
#13: Romantic Loose Updo
This exquisite yet easily achievable style looks perfect for a wedding and other formal nights you’ll attend. It lifts up the hair beautifully and adds volume to it.
#14: Shoulder Length Hair
Layered medium-length haircuts for women over 50 look beautiful when styled with waves. Adding texture and waves is a great way to add fullness to your hair. Try adding in baby bangs to balance a long or oval face.
#15: Cute Short Crop
Well, I would describe this short haircut for women over 50 as easy to style while still having an edge. We know when a lot of women go for short hairstyles they worry about being not able to switch up their style.
The cut leaves the ears visible, tapered in the back, under the sides, and through the top with texturizing shears. We cut the top by slicing through many of her layers to thin out the top and add texture.
The color is a deep brown (I will post the formula below) and a few pop-up highlights from a previous balayage we had done last June. Those highlights were toned to be an ashy level 6 brunette color.
Have medium-density hair, and though you don’t need natural waves in your hair, it doesn’t hurt to have any! This style would work well with any face shape, but if my client had more of a round-shaped face I would’ve left the sides a little longer.
The best thing about this style is how easy it is. My client has both air-dried and blow-dried her hair – she says either way, with a little bit of product it’s easy to get her desired look! We have curled and straightened her hair, and both look incredible.
So the lifestyle of a client with this haircut is active (since it is so easy to style), edgy (play with it! Wear some unique earrings and draw attention to your style!), and fashionable (it’s trendy, it’s fun, and you can make it your own).
#16: Mid-Length Cut with Long Layers
This beautiful mid-length hairstyle with natural highlights and soft layering looks so glam in every angle. Complete with cute side bangs to complement this lovely shoulder-length mane.
#17: Timeless Layered Grey Hair
I would describe this layered bob as “timeless beauty.” To me, this cut doesn’t matter for women over 50, because your inner beauty shines through. Good haircuts for women are the foundation for their style and color. Without the haircut, everything else doesn’t shine.
She maintains her white with daily use of Matrix So-Silver Shampoo and a weekly clarifying treatment with Malibu Hard water. For her styling, I used Matrix Boost Gloss and Matrix Volume Builder before blow-drying. I then set her hair on velcro rollers for volume and no curl. I finished with Proforma Spray and Sugarshine gloss spray.
This cut and style work well on various faces shapes and lifestyles for many reasons. I razored the edges of the exterior to create softness and ease of styling. The interior of her hair is lightened in the crown with a razor also.
This style is perfect for any 50-year-old woman. You could also just blow dry with a round brush and not even set it for a casual day look.
Find a stylist who is known for haircutting and personalizing the cut for your face shape, hair texture, and amount of time you want to spend on it. In our daily salon life, we are bombarded with unrealistic pictures from social media. Find one that fits you!
#18: Classic Layered Pixie Bob
This is a layered pixie bob. I love that it’s a great way to wear a pixie cut that is growing out and not have to dread the growing out process. I love that it’s fun and sexy, but still conservative.
Before drying the hair I used Surface Jump Mousse-root lift and Surface Awaken thickening cream-throughout the hair for overall volume and thickness. After drying I used Surface Push Powder at the roots for texture and lift and Surface Theory Flexible hairspray for light hold and shine.
This is one of the best hairstyles for women over 50 who are growing out a pixie cut and going through that awkward grow-out stage. This cut is great for coarse and fine hair and any face shape and skin tone would work perfectly for this cut.
This haircut will need to be maintained with a cut every four to six weeks to keep the shape and prevent it from bulking out. Use the right products so you can recreate the same salon look at home!
#19: Face-Framing Layers for Fine Hair
It’s a very voluminous, texturized and subtle inverted bob haircut. For older women with fine hair, getting volume by adding short, feathered layering towards the top really helps make your hair appear thicker. As well as the added texture from razor cutting.
The cutest thing is definitely the back of her cut. I really love how much texture you can see, and it really helps create movement in a shorter style such as hers.
I’d recommend this style for a woman over 50 years old who is able to commit to using some product! Hairspray or pomade for a more textured look and volumizing products are really great! It’s definitely important for those with finer hair to use products to hold this style.
Overall, this cut is really easy to maintain and work with. It’s perfect for a woman looking for something easy to learn how to style, but still, have something trendy. It’s also a really great cut for those with a wider or more square face shape since it helps build volume outward of the temple area and upward to really slim and elongate the face.
#20: Blonde Hair with Long Waves
This look is a soft buttery blonde. The best thing about it is the way the light hits the brighter blondes to not only bring out her beautiful features but also creates great movement as it showcases the classic long layer haircut.
This is a hairstyle for women over 50 who are seeking a more natural, low maintenance color to reflect their lifestyle. I keep it light in the front along with adding some soft layers to frame her face.
#21: Elegant Wavy Bob
I think this look is fun and sassy! It is a haircut that can be worn in any style. It can be long and subtle or short and dramatic, and everything in between. This inverted bob can look amazing straight, wavy, or in the tightest curl! I think my favorite style is wavy.
An inverted bob is one of those haircuts for women over 50 that are easy to pull off. But if you do have a rounder face then I would suggest keeping the length in the front be somewhere past the chin so it elongates the face. As far as the back you can go as short as you want! That is the beauty of an inverted bob it can look amazing with as less or as many layers, and any length!
#22: Short & Textured Wavy Hair
Such a remarkable get-up-and-go style! Here’s a short
#23: Piecey Pixie Cut
Neat sides and nape—opt for a fresher look like this stunning piecey pixie cut that flatters older ladies over fifty! This is one of those super-easy hairstyles for women over 50 with grey hair. With a mist of a texturizing spray, the result will create more movement and a classy finish. To better recreate this voluminous short hairstyle, show your stylist pictures, too.
#24: Long Pixie with Choppy Bangs
To all flattering ladies over 50, a hair trend that will boost your natural beauty is here! Look edgy and young as you flaunt this gorgeous long pixie with choppy bangs. The golden highlights work best for women over 50, adding a touch of youthfulness. When you have an oval, diamond, or heart-shaped face, you can rock this textured long pixie, for sure!
#25: Short Curly Bob Style
This short hairstyle is perfect for women with curly hair. The length and texture keep the curls tamed while adding volume. Just like how the flowers are starting to blossom, gray hairs will start to pop out here and there. Cover them up with a blonde balayage.
#26: Custom Pixie Crop
Looking for a short crop cut to go with your natural grey locks? Try this custom pixie crop to offer you an edgy but feminine look. The chop requires little to no effort to style and pull off. It’s the short haircut that’s easiest for women in their 50s with straight or wavy hair.
#27: Cute Short Bob Cut
Go for this cute short bob cut to class up your colored hair. Its layers, shape, and bangs—these all suit most older women’s features. A lovely chop like this works great on dense tresses if styled a bit tousled and textured. Or simply wear it straight and sleek, as pictured above.
Related: Best short bobs for ladies over fifty.
#28: Salt and Pepper Short Cut with Glasses
Flaunt this hair trend with flair while wearing your everyday specs! Sport this salt and pepper short cut with glasses for maximum sophistication. With its neat chop and hair color, it’s one of those ideal short hairstyles for women over 50 with glasses.
#29: Shaggy Long Bob with Curtain Bangs
Shaggy, layered long bobs with curtain bangs are the best hairstyles for women over 50. Why? It’s fuller-looking, trendy, and gives an impression of youthfulness. A medium-length hairstyle like this layered long bob looks fine with side bangs, too. If you opt to show off your black locks, use oil for a glossier effect.
#30: Edgy Long Pixie for Thin Hair
An edgy long pixie for thin hair that’s made for mature ladies in their 50s! Rock this look if you have thin and straight tresses. Style it with enough texture to create lift and volume, giving your white and grey hair a bouncy feel.
#31: Long Hair with Curtain Bangs
No doubt, this can be one of the best long hairstyles for women in their 50s! In the search for a versatile hair trend? This long hair with curtain bangs won’t let you down. Wear it however you want it—whether you like it straight or with beach waves—not a problem! If you’re a 50-year-old with bright blonde locks, you can start a craze!
Related: Long hairstyles with curtain bangs.
#32: Modern Wedge Bob with Bangs
This modern wedge bob with bangs is perfect and suitable for women over 50. It offers layers that will add life to your ash caramel blonde mane when styled with a dash of texture. If you want a look that gives fullness, don’t miss sporting one that’s as flattering as this wedge haircut.
#33: Silver Chin-Length Graduated Bob
This bob is a very versatile haircut. Whether it’s styled curly or straight, the sharp line creates such a polished clean look. It’s a timeless haircut for older women that will never go out of style!
This style is great for all hair types, but especially for fine hair because it can make it appear fuller. It is great on most face shapes, especially oval.
If you have a more square or round face shape, wear this look slightly longer through the front and have the length at least past the jawline to elongate the face.
#34: Gray Covering Blonde Balayage Lob
Who needs such texture and movement? This gray covering blonde balayage lob offers layers that accentuate the hair color. As one of the best haircuts for women over 50, this one is effective and very stylish to cover grey hair. Match this neck-length chop with side bangs for a more youthful vibe.
#35: Short Spiky Hair
Featuring short spiky hair that indicates boldness! As a fifty-year-old stunner, you’ll love how easy this pixie chop to style just to look sassy on you. All you need is a dry texture spray to show off the layers and the hints of blonde hue on your dark brown locks. Say yes to this one if you’re a woman over 50 considering a short haircut for transformation.
#36: Elegant Bob Cut with a Side Part and Side Bangs
Try a classic and elegant bob with a side part and some side bangs for the perfect transitional cut. Women over 50 would suit this cut and style most as it lifts the face and adds volume and movement while keeping the face shape beautifully framed. Mature hair can be more coarse or textured which works well with shorter styles as it adds volume to the cut naturally without much styling time or hassle.