As women get older, a major obstacle they face is learning how to age gracefully. They must learn to embrace styles that are more mature and elegant but still have a youthful vibe to them. After all, the aim is for you to look refreshed and not drab. A major element that comes into play here is, of course, your hair. The right haircut can infuse a mature woman with a sense of confidence by making her look chic and trendy. Which is why I’ve compiled a list of the best hairstyles that a modern woman who is over 50 can sport with aplomb! But before we get into that, let’s talk about some key things you need to keep in mind before you zero in on your new hair look.
Tips For Styling Hair For Women Over 50
- As you grow older, it is best to go for cuts that are simpler to style. So, avoid any cuts that are too shaggy or layered as they’ll end up looking messy and unkempt. Instead, go for more straight cut styles.
- Highlights are a great way to add some brightness and movement to your hair. Just make sure that you keep them only a couple of shades lighter than your base to give off a more elegant vibe.
- If you’re someone who has sported bangs all her life, you don’t need to give up on them now just because you’re older. Just go for more mature styles like wispy or side swept bangs to keep things understated, but fresh.
Well, now that you know what key points to keep in mind when picking your style, let’s now look at all the fun styles that you can try out!
20 Classy And Elegant Hairstyles For Older Women
1. Simple Shoulder Length Hair
If you’re not taking style inspiration from Meryl Streep, then you have some serious self-assessment to do. This elegant lady knows what’s she’s doing when it comes to her hair. Here, she has gone for shoulder length hair cut in a simple straight cut style to create a timeless hair look. The casually swept back half updo only adds to the charm of this look.
2. Gray Pixie Cut
If you’re struggling with coming to terms with your gray hair, it’s time you took a look at Jamie Lee Curtis. This gorgeous actress has embraced her grays and gone for an edgy and sexy pixie cut style. Now, she’s a badass if there ever was one!
3. Ash Blonde Highlights On Long Wavy Hair
Whoever said you need to cut off your tresses as you grow older obviously did not know what they were talking about. Long hair styled in loose waves look graceful while still imparting a youthful charm to your style statement. If you have blonde hair, you can go for some subtle ash blonde highlights to add some brightness to it.
4. Sleek Short Bob
If there’s one thing that Viola Davis knows how to rock (besides being an Academy Award winning actress), it is how to sport a short bob. This straight short bob parted on one side keeps things understated and classy. But Davis has managed to add some subtle dimension to it by going for some dark brown highlights right at the front.
5. Asymmetrical Bob
If there is one celebrity out there who is the human embodiment of sophistication and class, it has to be Helen Mirren. To create a hair look that is in line with her elegant personality, she has gone for an asymmetrical short bob with side swept bangs in an icy platinum shade.
6. Multidimensional Brunette Pixie
A great way to mask the grays in your hair is to go for a color job that incorporates many shades of the same color. For instance, you can try out this brunette look in shades of honey blonde and chocolate brown that creates a stunning multidimensional effect. Pair this color job with a pixie cut and dramatic side swept bangs to nail that modern look.
7. Sandy Blonde Long Bob
Keep things simple and chic with this long bob style that is oh-so-easy to style and maintain. Just get it colored in a light and breezy sandy brown shade and style it in shaggy waves to achieve the ultimate effortlessly cool look. You could also blend in some platinum blonde highlights to add some movement to this look.
8. Curly Golden Blonde Bob
Jessica Lange seems to be one of those women who only get more beautiful with age. This is probably because she has learnt to age gracefully by choosing styles that complement her age. This golden blonde bob styled in tousled curls is some gorgeous proof of the same.
9. Spiky Pixie Cut
Just because you’re growing old doesn’t mean that you have to give up your inner sense of style. If your taste leans towards super edgy and bold hair looks, then you should definitely go for this pixie cut with razored off side. Style this cut in some cool spikes with the help of some hair gel to finish off the look.
10. Feathered Out Blonde Bob
Now, this is a classic hairstyle for older women if there ever was one. This short bob style with feathered out edges and side swept bangs has endured the test of time because it suits just about every face shape and hair color. But it looks especially great on blonde hair.
11. Straight Medium Length Hair
If there’s one lady out there who knows how to keep things fresh with her hair, it has got to be Diane Keaton. To embrace her grays in all their glory, she has gone for a silvery blonde shade all over her mane. These gorgeous tresses have been styled in a sleek straight manner and topped off with a black top hat to add a touch of whimsy.
12. Rounded Edge Bob With Straight Cut Bangs
Who doesn’t know about Anna Wintour’s iconic short bob and bangs? This straight cut bob with rounded edges and blunt bangs is the epitome of sophistication with a hint of dignified whimsy. Flaunt this style and rest assured that you will always be in vogue (hehe… get it?).
13. Voluminous Pixie
Hoo boy, now here’s a badass hair look if there ever was one! This sexy pixie cut style has literally reached new heights thanks to the voluminous spikes that it has been styled in. Angela Bassett’s sexy smolder just takes it to a whole other level.
14. Auburn Long Bob
Megan Mullally has been sporting this deep auburn long bob for a good few years now, and we can see why she has stuck with it for so long. This red toned hair look is perfect for infusing a youthful exuberance to your look without going too over the top with a too bright color or style.
15. Pastel Pink Layered Bob
There are a few colors out there that look great on all women regardless of their age. Pastel pink is one of them. Get your hair cut in an adorably chic layered bob and color it in a soft pink shade to get this whimsical yet understated hair look.
16. Brown To Blonde Root Melt
Dual tone color jobs work quite well in infusing life to dull hair. This flawless cool toned brown to blonde root melt does exactly that while also making her hair look longer and healthier. Style this look straight and add some side swept bangs to add a bit of youthful vibe to your look.
17. Brunette Pixie With Silver Undercut
The word ‘bold’ doesn’t even begin to describe the badassery that is this haircut. First, there is the asymmetrical pixie with sheared short ends on one side and long swooped bangs on the other. Then there’s the undercut at the back of the head that makes this style look super edgy. It has only been taken to another level by coloring the pixie in a cool toned brown and leaving the undercut in its natural gray shade.
18. Sleek Angled Bob
Older women have a sense of authority and quiet dignity to them that needs to be showcased through their hair. This sleek and slightly angled bob does exactly that and then some. The bright blonde shade adds a touch of glamour to the whole look.
19. Platinum Blonde Locks
If there’s one thing that we can learn from Dolly Parton, it’s that you can sport platinum blonde hair no matter what age you are. A stunning platinum blonde shade is also perfect for concealing gray hair if that’s what you want. Style this color on long layered hair and loose waves to create a look that is sure to take everyone’s breath away.
20. Brown And Blonde Blended Curls
If you want both the grounded look of dark brown hair and the brightness of blonde hair, then here’s a look that will work perfectly for you. You could go for a blended look with chocolate brown and honey blonde to create this gorgeous dual toned look. The natural curls make this style look even more magical.
Well, there you have it! Our rundown of the top hairstyles for older women! Think we missed out any great styles? Then comment below to let us know.