Get the look: Top 12 hairstyles for women over 50

Bored with the same hairstyle you’ve worn since your twenties? Craving a confidence-boost? We’ve come up with 12 gorgeous hairstyles to try if you want to change up your look.

Your 50s and 60s can be the perfect time to revamp your image. Perhaps you’re transitioning to an exciting new career and you want a classy new hairstyle to match. You may have also noticed biological changes in the colour and texture of your hair. But these changes are just your body’s way of signalling that it might be time to try a fabulous new style – and who doesn’t love a makeover?

1. Long Wavy Bob

Short bouncy waves are ideal for achieving a fun, fresh, playful appearance at any age. Waves add volume to fine hair whilst framing and elongating a rounder face. This soft, feminine style has been rocked by gorgeous women such as Meg Ryan and Helen Mirren – both of whom are over 50.

2. Messy Up-do

The messy up-do is a practical yet classy option for women with long hair. Skip the seriousness and severity that comes with a sleek, gelled up-do and opt for the sassy, carefree version. The trick with this youthful style is to purposely leave strands out of place to create an effortlessly tousled look – for subtle control, hairpins are a must!

3. Long Layers

Fifty-six year-old Sarah Jessica Parker is the queen of luscious long layers, and you can be too. If you want to inject some more life into your hair without losing length, layers are a great way to add some flair. Long hairstyles are best if you have minimal hair damage, and can be especially attractive when styled on grey hair.

4. Pixie Cut

Best suited to a slim, square face, the confident pixie cut is the ultimate short hairstyle for women looking to eradicate split ends and accentuate facial features. This fierce style is low maintenance day-to-day but requires a trim every 4-6 weeks. Actress Judi Dench has a long history with this style, always appearing beautifully edgy (and looking 10 years younger)!

5. Embrace Natural Curls

If you’re tired of spending hours styling curly hair, then why not consider hanging up your hair straighteners and embracing your natural curls or waves? Hair naturally becomes drier with age and straighteners only make this worse. If your natural curls are substantially damaged from years of straightening, then it might be worth giving your hair some more freedom and focusing on the condition instead. For improved shape and definition, you could also try adding layers.

6. Asymmetric Bob

The asymmetric bob typically flatters women with round faces as the angles of the cut balance out the roundness of the face. This hairstyle is worth a try if you’re looking for a fresh, modern look that creates a seamless balance between soft and edgy.

7. Curtain or side-swept Fringe

Bangs are a welcome addition to almost any hairstyle which needs updating. From the pixie to the long-layered cut, bangs frame and soften the face whilst bringing an element of youth. Nearly all style icons in their 50s and 60s have experimented with bangs – they’re a timeless go-to option that can be grown out or pinned back if you fancy a change soon after.

8. Full Fringe

Try adding a full fringe to a classic bob or long sleek style to disguise a large forehead. Opt for a longer fringe to draw greater attention to the eyes and create a natural, playful look. Lorraine Kelly is an advocate of the full fringe – and at 61 years old she looks incredible.

9. Blonde Highlights

Blonde highlights are a great way to mask grey hairs and offer warmth to your hair colour if you aren’t ready to embrace your grey roots. However, it’s definitely worth noting that But, grey hair is very much on trend these days. So why not keep your greys and celebrate your natural beauty?

10. Loose Curls

Loose curls are classic and romantic – and the best part is, they can easily be created with curling tongs in a matter of minutes. Curls add multiple dimensions to grey hair giving it a shimmery, ethereal look which is seriously striking.

11. Sculpted Bob

Jane Fonda has showcased the sculpted bob on and off for years, knocking years off her age every time. The bob curves outward for maximum volume, making it vivacious and full of personality. This style is idyllic for women looking to have stylish fun with their hair.

12.Classic Shoulder Length Bob with Sweeping Layers

This hairstyle is the epitome of classy, sophisticated and feminine – and the best part is, it looks particularly chic when styled on grey hair. The sweeping layers add movement and volume to a sleek shiny bob, bringing it to life.

Don’t forget…

Not all hairstyles listed will be suitable for every woman. It’s always worth discussing your options with a hair stylist before making a final decision on a cut and/or colour. Try to avoid cutting and/or colouring your own hair at home unless you feel confident that you know what you’re doing. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What is your go-to hairstyle? Have you tried anything new recently? We’d love to hear from you. Join the conversation on the style and beauty section of the Rest Less community forum, or leave a comment below.

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