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Stylish Haircuts for Women in Their 50s

Best Haircuts for Women Over 50

Being in your 50s usually means new lifestyle changes and you may be wondering whether a new haircut could make you look and feel younger. You are in luck because we cover the best haircuts for women over 50.

We understand that you might be hesitant about making a change. After all, you have experimented and lived with your hair for decades. By now, you have a pretty good idea of what works for you and what does not. Here we will look at a few reasons for why you might want to think about changing your hairstyle and we suggest some of the best haircuts for women over 50.

Why Change Your Hairstyle After 50?


Maybe you have been holding on to the style you loved in your younger years and now you have become comfortable with it. Or, as a busy working mother, your looks were placed on the backburner and you never gave much thought to your hair.

Younger women can get away with a hairstyle that is not necessarily ideal for their face shape or hair type. But your current style might now be outdated, or it may not enhance your changing features. Your hair may be graying, thinning, and maybe getting coarser and wiry. Add to this the fact that your face is aging and there are lines that you may want to hide.

These are all good reasons for why you might want to consider a stylish and modern haircut that can make you look years younger. Ideal haircuts for older women are softer styles that give volume to thinning hair and blend with the softening of our features as we age. Below we suggest some short, medium and long hair styles for women over 50.

The Pixie Cut

Many older women opt for shorter styles that do not involve a lot of work. A choppy pixie cut has become a popular choice for older women. It’s a feminine and low maintenance hairstyle suitable for any hair. A pixie cut adds a lot of volume, making it particularly suitable for thinning and fine hair.

With slight variations such as a feathery fringe, bangs swept to the side or extra length on top, it can be cut to suit any face shape. It works very well to soften the angles of a square or a heart shaped face, and it adds height on top if you have a round face.

A Bob

A short to medium bob can be either classically sleek, curly, or cut in layers to add softness and volume. You hairstylist will be able to advise on the right length and type of bob to suit your type of hair and your features.

A classic bob is low maintenance and ideal for straight hair. Any bob frames the face and softens the jawline if you have a square face. For a round face, avoid a chin length bob; a longer sleek bob will add length. Even for naturally curly hair, a bob is fun and feminine.

If your hair is fine and thin it is best to stick to short styles that add volume and lift. For thicker hair you can also consider medium and long haircuts.

Medium Length Hair Cuts

Medium length hairstyles reach just below the shoulders and are mostly low maintenance. Be warned though, these styles can end up shapeless if you do not get a good cut. Medium length hair should ideally be worn in layers around the face to add volume. The layers can be sleek, choppy or curly.

This is often the best length for a long face. Curls and waves can add width, and a fringe will shorten the face further. For other face shapes, consider a side part, sweeping bangs or a choppy fringe.

Long Hairstyles

Your long hair has always defined who you are and you love it. There’s no rule that says women over 50 should not wear their hair long, especially if it is still thick.

However, long straight hair can appear severe and drag down your face as you get older. A new and younger look is possible with a few small changes without having to resort to a shorter style.

Consider layers or curls, side bangs, or a feathery fringe to frame your face. These will soften your face even if you style your hair back or in an up-do. It also hides some of the facial lines you might be worrying about.

Hair Color

You’ll probably agree that stark hair colors like bleach blonde, flaming red, chestnut and black look unnatural and sometimes even peculiar on older women. Unless, of course, the person has chosen to be funky with pinks, purples and other colors of the rainbow. Subtle coloring adds life and shine to hair, especially when your original color has started to fade but you do not yet boast a striking silver mane.

Lighter colors make for a younger look in most women. Use darker blondes and lighter browns to blend in with the grays. You can also add texture and dimension to your hair with natural looking highlights.

Ready for a New Hairstyle?

We’ve highlighted some of the best haircuts for women over 50. Take your time and study different hairstyles. Find a few that match the look you are keen about and that compliment your face shape, hair texture and what you would be able to manage. Ask your friends for their opinion. Finally, take the pictures along to your hair stylist, ask questions and consider their professional input as well.

Follow these suggestions and you are likely to walk out of the salon with a fresh, modern and younger look, with a bounce in your step.