52 Lovely Hairstyles For Women Over 70

Age is just a number, so take inspiration from these hairstyles and be the showstopper.

Reviewed by Shanna Hushaw, Cosmetologist
Written by Anjali Sayee, BTech
Edited by Subhrojyoti Mukherjee, MA (English)
Fact-checked by Anu Pallavi, BA  • 

Age brings maturity, wisdom, and some hair issues!

Your hair ages just like your skin and body. But here are some hairstyles for women over 70 that can make your hair look fabulous. Once you reach your 70s, you may notice your hair getting thinner. First, you start losing volume and color. Then you notice your hair texture becoming coarse, rough, and unmanageable. And every time you style your hair, you may notice more hair loss. So, the best solution is to keep your hair short and embrace those grays!

And since celebs are the poster children for hairstyle inspiration, here are the top 52 stunning hairstyles flaunted by veteran actors. So, scroll down, pick your favorite celeb, and try out that hairstyle!

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • Since aging can lead to thin and fine hair, short layers can offer a fuller and thicker look to it.
  • Side-swept bangs can hide fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead while enhancing the cheekbones.
  • Aging causes hair thinning, which makes the hair more fragile and prone to damage. Therefore, restrict the use of heat styling tools and chemical treatments.

52 Lovely Hairstyles For Women Over 70

1. Long Flowy Locks With A Fringe

1.Long Flowy Locks With A Fringe
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For those of you who love keeping your hair long, look no further than the stunning Jane Seymour for inspiration. The fringe covers a large forehead (along with those pesky wrinkles) and accentuates your facial features.

2. Full-On Curls

Full-On Curls
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If you have lovely, fierce, and wild curls, go the Diana Ross way and flaunt those curls! Add some light side bangs to frame your face. Her hair has been cut in layers to prevent it from looking too heavy or triangular at the ends.

3. Subtle Blonde Bob

Subtle Blonde Bob
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Ahhh, Dame Helen Mirren! She has played Queen Elizabeth II but was also in the Fast and Furious series. Talk about range! Just like her acting, her hair is equally iconic for its short length and the way she styles it. Take a page from her book and try a soft blonde bob with a full fringe.

4. Voluminous Curls With A Fringe

Voluminous Curls With A Fringe
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When you grow older, your hair may lose some of its bounce. But there is a styling trick to make your tresses look bouncy – curl your hair from the ears down. Apply some hairspray or mousse before and after curling so that the curls last a long time. Then, brush your curls out a bit. Now you have voluminous hair like never before!

5. Lightly Brushed Back Hair

Lightly Brushed Back Hair
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As you grow older, you look more sophisticated and classy, just like Faye Dunaway here. To mimic her hairstyle, brush your hair backward with a round brush and a blowdryer. Once styled, spritz on some hairspray to secure it.

6. Curls And A Little Lift

Curls And A Little Lift
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Notice how Jane Seymour’s bangs are lifted and then curled? This makes her hair look thicker and fuller. Also, her hair has been curled towards her face, which makes her face shape appear thinner.

7. Pink Bob

Pink Bob
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For those of you who are not afraid to be a little edgy, try out a subtle pastel color like this beautiful light candy pink shade. When styling your hair, add a little lift with a comb and then brush your hair back. Remember to use mousse or gel to keep your hair in place for a long time.

8. Side Bands And A Half Ponytail

Side Bands And A Half Ponytail
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Meryl Streep’s style has always been elegant. Here, her hair is parted on the side, and her bangs are combed inward to frame her face. Her hair has been styled in a loose half ponytail, and her hair ends are curved outward. Notice how her hair is lifted at the top? If you have a long or round face, adding some height at the top this way can make your face look smaller.

9. Stylish Curly Bob

Stylish Curly Bob
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Looking for something stylish but elegant? Try a curly bob! Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl your hair ends. Spritz on some hairspray and leave it for a minute to cool down. Then run your fingers gently through your hair.

10. Classy Silver Bob

Classy Silver Bob
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Helen Mirren is true class! She always looks so graceful and stunning. Her side-parted bangs are styled outward to draw attention to her facial features and streamline her jawline. Her hair at the back is curled inwards to make it look voluminous.

11. Light Bouffant Updo

Light Bouffant Updo
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Have a wedding or a formal dinner party to attend? Try this chic and classy hairstyle. Back-comb the hair at the crown to create a bouffant and then wrap your hair in a bun at the back. Style your bangs with a round brush.

12. Face-Focused Bob

Face-Focused Bob
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Once again, Helen Mirren shows us how it’s done! See how her hair follows the shape of her face – narrow at the forehead and jawline but wide at the jawline. This accentuates her face shape. The side-swept bangs draw attention away from her forehead.

13. Loosely Curled Bun

Loosely Curled Bun
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Soft, long side bangs can help frame your face and streamline your chin to make it look thinner. Add some loose curls to your hair. If you have curly hair, loosely braid your tresses to achieve this hairstyle. Then, wrap your braid in a low messy bun, and you are good to go!

14. Edgy Pulled-Back Hair

Edgy Pulled-Back Hair
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If you like experimenting with your hair, this hairstyle is for you! If you would like to try this hairstyle, apply some mousse or gel to your hair. Then, part it on one side. Lastly, brush your hair backward. Don’t forget to add some eyeliner to your eyes to complete the look!

15. Pulled-Back Lob

Pulled-Back Lob
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The latest trend among gen Z is hair pulled back slick and gelled down. But, once you get older, you understand the importance of volume and lift. Straighten your hair with a straightener or a blowdryer. Then, brush it back with a round brush.

16. Classic Bob

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Maggie Smith looks gorgeous sporting this simple yet classy hairstyle. I love how she embraces her gray hair. This is a classic bob with a side parting. The curved-in ends make her hair look lush and bouncy.

17. Wind-Swept Bob

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Professor McGonagall is here to show us the way once again! Short hair, like this bob, can look stunning even when it is wind-swept and messy. It looks even better if you have thick hair.

Mary, a YouTube blogger, has thin and fine hair and styles it in a wind-swept bob. This style adds volume to the hair, and she does this by using a blow dryer on small sections of the hair and pulling them in different directions. She says, “I would put some hairspray and fluff this up, and I would go out into the world (i).”

18. Simple Baby Bangs

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No one wants to spend too much time styling their bangs. So, what can you do? Try baby bangs! They are super easy to maintain and look great with any haircut.

19. Parted Bangs

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When you wake up in the morning, you’ll notice that your hair naturally falls to one side. This is your natural parting. Consider getting bangs that part naturally as they can accentuate your face shape. If your hair gets greasy, part your hair on the opposite side to make it look voluminous.

20. Short Bob With Golden Blond Highlights

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As you age, your skin becomes paler. Opt for softer colors over bright and contrasting colors. Golden highlights blend well with silver fox hair. Get them done on a simple bob, which is one of the simplest yet gorgeous hairstyles of all time.

21. Layered Classic Bob

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Getting some layers cut into your classic bob helps frame your face. If you have wide cheeks, the layers will cover their width and draw attention to your jawline. If you have a round face, make sure your bob ends below your chin as it will add more definition to your jawline.

22. The Shag Haircut

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This hairstyle really should be renamed “the Jane Fonda.” The shag is one of the most versatile hairstyles of all time. Its flicked-out ends give your face a slimmer appearance. They also add a youthful flair to your look.

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The creation of the bob haircut is credited to barber Paul McGregor.

23. Soft Mohawk

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You might be old, but do you still love to rock ‘n roll? Then, opt for this softer version of the edgy mohawk! Dame Judi Dench does as she pleases, and the same goes for her hairstyles. Embrace your inner Madame Dench with this short pixie mohawk.

24. Blowout Bob

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You can achieve this stunning hairstyle with a round brush and a blow dryer. Yes, it’s that simple! Place the round brush over the ends of your hair and roll it outwards while blow drying your hair. This blowout is great to be sported on a red carpet!

25. Feathered Bangs

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While bangs are generally high maintenance, feathered bangs are quite the opposite. They are used to accentuate a hairstyle. They’re cut to fall naturally and don’t really require any styling.

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Although feathered bangs look good on almost all face shapes, people with heart-shaped faces can benefit greatly as the wisps soften their features.

26. Toned Down Shag

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This hairstyle is the longer and more subtle version of the classic shag hairstyle. It needs very little time to style. Brush your hair as you would and let the long layers do the talking.

27. Classic Pixie

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The classic pixie is a favorite among older women. It’s simple to style and requires little to no maintenance. Besides, it is one of the chicest hairstyles of all time. Get this hairstyle, and you’ll never regret it!

28. Flicked-Out Sides

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One of the easiest ways to style your hair is to flick the ends outward. Make sure only the sides are flicked out, and down the ends. This contrast draws attention to your facial features and adds texture to your tresses.

29. Long Sideburns Pixie

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If you have the pixie haircut, grow it out a little. The long sideburns can frame your face beautifully. Don’t be afraid to try graceful colors like auburn, blonde, and gray as they add a youthful vibe to your look.

30. Classic Betty White

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Betty White is one woman who has aged gracefully. Even in her nineties, she is one of the best comedy actors right now. Blow dry your hair with a round brush to achieve her classic bob look.

31. The Half Updo

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Who here remembers I Dream Of Jeanie? On that show, Barbara Eden had great style. So, it would be a good idea to take style inspiration from her. This half updo sported by her is an extremely classic hairdo. Blow dry your bangs with a round brush to finish off the look.

32. The Headband Look

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Most women over 70 don’t like their hair falling on their face. A simple way to solve this problem is to wear a hairband. It looks cute and does the job effortlessly. It is also a very versatile accessory as you can play around with its color and style.

33. Frizzy Hair

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Frizz becomes your friend when you age. It makes your hair look thicker and adds texture to it. If you like messy hairstyles, let your frizzy hair loose in all its glory. You won’t be sorry. You can even spritz on some sea salt spray to amp up your look.

34. Chin-Length Bob

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While most actresses over 70 opt for really short hairstyles, you can follow the footsteps of Kim Novak and get a chin-length bob if you like your hair a tad longer. Style it in some soft curls using velcro rollers.

35. Long Bangs

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Grow out your bangs. Yes, you read that right. Long bangs add dimension to your hair and draw attention away from the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Pair them with a bob that ends near your jawline. It will make your face look slimmer.

36. Poufy Hair

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Ellen Burstyn makes poufy hair look very glamorous. Brush your hair outwards on all sides and comb it close to your scalp at the back of your head. This hairstyle will slim down your face and accentuate your jawline.

37. Blunt Lob

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Whoever said that older women don’t have style have clearly not seen Barbra Streisand. If you like keeping your hair long, opt for this blunt lob that comes up to your shoulder. Since all your hair is cut at one length, it is easy to maintain and style.

38. Blunt Bangs

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Who says you can’t age with grace and attitude? This short pixie haircut paired with blunt bangs is proof that you can look mature and bold at the same time. Embrace your gray hair and flaunt it all you want!

39. The Low Ponytail

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Embrace your graying hair with the classic low ponytail. It’s one of those timeless hairstyles that never fail to look good. It’s really easy to perfect too. Carry an elastic band wherever you go, and when your hair gets too tiresome, tie it up in a low ponytail.

40. The Side Swoop

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This is a classic Hollywood look that is coming back in style. The swoop is achieved with the help of a round brush. Pair any hairstyle with the swoop, and it’ll look retro-perfect!

41. Brushed Back Hair

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Apply some mousse to your hair and brush it backward. The mousse will keep your hair in place for quite some time. This hairstyle flaunts your face shape in all its glory.

42. Big Hair

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Joan Plowright makes big hair look brilliant! She looks like a genius with a crazy idea. It’s amazing. This hairstyle will make your hair look thicker. Brush your hair upwards and set it in place with tons of hairspray.

43. Straight Hair

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Younger women are all about adding texture to their hair. As you age, it’s all about maintenance with style. Embrace your straight locks, and work with hairstyles that flaunt your hair texture as it is.

44. Natural Curls

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Embrace your natural curls. Wash your hair and let your curls shine. The key to having great curls is to use a curl defining cream. It’s what all the kids are using nowadays.

45. Neatly Combed Bob

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Julie Andrews always looks classy. It’s no wonder she shines in roles of a queen or a quaint nanny. Apply some mousse to your hairbrush and comb your hair with it. Part your hair on one side. The mousse will keep your hair in place throughout the day.

46. Slight Wavy Ends

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As you age, your hair becomes thinner. That is not something any woman, no matter what her age, will want. To combat thin hair, style it in some relaxed waves at the end with the help of rollers or curlers.

47. Brushed-Up Bangs

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Brush your hair back neatly with the help of a comb and some mousse. Set the bangs in place in a side parting. This simple hairstyle is perfect for those formal family get-togethers.

48. Big Waves

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Waves can add texture and volume to your hair. Style your hair in big waves with the help of rollers. The big waves give your hair a fuller look, which, in turn, slims down your face.

49. Light Bangs

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Feather-light bangs are all you need to spice up and revamp your regular hairstyle. They add definition to your face by covering your forehead. They also add a quirky and youthful vibe to your look.

50. Side-Swept Bangs

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Side-swept bangs look good with all hairstyles. They also frame your face beautifully. They draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. These bangs are also great for covering up a large forehead. Side-swept bangs also balance any facial asymmetry.

51. Short Grey Pixie Cut

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This stylish haircut showcases a close-cropped look, often with a textured finish for added sophistication. Embracing the natural grey color exudes confidence and grace, making it a fashionable and low-maintenance option for a timeless, ageless appeal. After all, nobody does short haircuts or Halloween like Jamie Lee Curtis!

52. Short Spiky Pixie Cut

Short spiky pixie cut
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Another Jamie Lee Curtis hairstyle for the kill! A short spiky pixie cut is a bold and youthful choice for older women. This edgy hairstyle features closely cropped sides and back, with textured, spiky layers on top. It’s low-maintenance and adds a fun, confident flair, making it a stylish and age-defying option for those looking to embrace their adventurous side.

Infographic: 6 Stylish Hairstyles For Women Over 70

As you start aging, your hair starts becoming whiter, thinner and coarser. But that should not stop you from flaunting some beautiful hairstyles. Choosing the best ones to try from the above list can be tough.

We have carefully curated the 6 most fabulous hairstyles to help you look your absolute best. Check out the infographic below to know more!

6 stylish hairstyles for women over 70 (infographic)

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Who said fashion is only for the young? It is a channel for expression and poses as a healthy motivating factor to draw attention to oneself and practice self-care. And really, where is the crime in wishing to appear nice! So here we have compiled for you a list of lovely hairstyles for women over 70. They are suitable for aging hair and easy to maintain because of the short lengths. So take some inspiration from these veteran actresses making heads turn with their iconic hairstyles. If they can rock it, so can you. After all, age is just a number!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does long hair make seniors look older?

No. Long hair does not make seniors look older if they are healthy and the hair is styled the right way. Braids and ponytails are some of the ways seniors can style long hair.

What hairstyles are better for fine hair?

You can try adding volume to fine using lowlights and highlights. If you have healthy hair density, you can try opting for a perm to add texture.

Can women over 70 still wear long hair?

Women over 70 can rock their long hair and style them in beachy open waves, big curls, smooth curls, and much more.

What are some low-maintenance hairstyles for women over 70?

Bobs, buns, and half updos are easy to maintain and do not require any special effort.

What are some hair color options for women over 70?

They can go for subtle colors, such as light blonde, silver blonde, pastel pink, or silver gray.

What are the latest trends in hairstyles for women over 70?

Latest trends for them include classic bob, side swept bob, natural curls, straight hair, or combed back slick hair.

How can women over 70 style their hair for special occasions and events?

They can go for elegant updos, half updos, and buns for special occasions. A volumizing spray can help add volume, hair creams can take care of flyaways, and a setting spray can keep the hair in place.

Looking for sophisticated hairstyles for women over 50? Check out this video for hairstyles that radiate timeless elegance, and will make you feel more confident and empowered.

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