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 for the elegant older woman to put the spring back in your step.

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 not to worry! These changes are just your body’s way of signalling that it might be time to try a fabulous new look, 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 stunners such as Meg Ryan and Helen Mirren – both over 50!

2. Messy Up-do

The messy up-do is a practical yet classy option for older 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

53-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker is the queen of luscious long layers and you can do it too! If you want to inject life into your hair without losing length, layers add flair to flat hair. Long hairstyles are best for older ladies with minimal hair damage and are 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 older 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

Once over 50, consider hanging up your hair straighteners and embracing what nature gave you. Hair becomes drier with age and straighteners only exacerbate the problem. If your natural curls are substantially damaged, give them freedom and focus on the condition instead. For improved shape and definition, try adding layers.

6. Asymmetric Bob

The asymmetric bob typically flatters older 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

Fringes 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 Fringes – 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 and/or lined forehead. Opt for a longer fringe to draw greater attention to the eyes and create a natural, playful look. Lorraine Kelly is a superb advocate of the full fringe – at 58 years old she looks incredible.

9. Blonde Highlights

Blonde highlights mask grey hairs and offer warmth to your hair colour if you aren’t ready to embrace your grey roots. But, grey hair is now officially on trend! Hair salons are flooded with women craving a new silver hair colour. Consider keeping your greys ladies – celebrate your natural beauty!

10. Loose Curls

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

11. Sculpted Bob

Gorgeous Jane Fonda has showcased the sculpted bob on and off for years, knocking years off her face every time. The bob curves outward for maximum volume, making it vivacious and full of personality. This style is idyllic for women in their 50s and 60s 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 exquisite 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 older woman. It’s always worth discussing your options with a hair stylist before making a final decision on a cut and/or colour. Avoid cut and/or colouring your own hair at home unless you know what you’re doing – it’s better to be safe than sorry! Looking for a stylist near you? Click here…

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