The truth is, your face and hair change as you get older. Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. As your face and hair change over the years, so should your style. What worked for you at age 20 might not be the same when you’re 55.
If you’re unsure where to begin, your hair is a good place to start. And if you haven’t switched up your hairstyle recently, now is the perfect time for a change. Finding the perfect hairstyle can be daunting. You want it to be sophisticated but still youthful, trendy but still age appropriate.
To help make your decision a little bit easier, we’ve called on Samuel Shriqui, owner of the Kérastase Institute at Samuel Shriqui, to help us figure out the chicest hairstyles for women over 50. Shriqui helped us understand the specific needs hair needs of women of a certain age, rounding up a handful of hairstyles that will have you looking more polished than ever before.
How should you take care of your hair as it ages?
As your hair ages, it goes through several changes in color, texture, and density. You may have noticed a few gray strands in your hair over the years, but the grays start to take over once you get into the over 50 range. While many women fear going gray, we’re here to tell you there’s nothing to be scared about. But, as always, with every new hair color comes with a new hair care regimen.
Your stylist should be able to recommend a hair care regime to address the specific needs of your hair, but here are some tips that Shriqui suggests every woman over 50 should follow:
- Get a haircut every 4-6 weeks to promote healthy-looking hair growth. While cutting your hair won’t make it grow, it’ll prevent split ends from traveling up your hair shaft.
- Regularly removeing split ends will can prevent your hair from looking frayed and damaged.
- Add a deep conditioning treatment to your weekly regime. Deep conditioners can address several issues (from breakage to dehydration), so take your time finding the conditioner that’s right for you.
- Schedule a professional treatment. While deep conditioners will can keep your hair in tip-top shape between salon visits, it’s important to let the professionals treat your hair. Shriqui recommends asking your stylist for a customized Kérastase Fusio-Dose treatment in salon. The Fusio-Dose treatments come in four different concentrates that help address nutrition, shine, strength, and density, frizz, breakage, shine, and volume. Your stylist can help you pick the concentrate that’s perfect for you and your hair.
If your hair lacks density—something that often happens to women over 50—Shriqui suggests pairing Minoxidil hair regrowth treatment with trying the Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum. Shriqui’s says the “super serum” concentrate “really transforms your hair.” by making it stronger, shinier and softer.” With continued usage, your hair stays healthier from root to tip. It’s the top seller at his salon.
Now that you’ve discovered the steps that help ensure you’re taking proper care of your hair, here are four styles that’ll make your strands look better than ever before.
Getting older doesn’t mean you want to be any less stylish. Shriqui says that most of his clients over 50 usually ask for a super trendy lob. If you’re looking to jump on the lob bandwagon, Shriqui suggests asking your stylist for “a sophisticated and edgy style of a slightly above shoulder cut, shorter layers around face frame, and soft, natural-looking waves.”
Don’t let that fact that every 20-something in America is wearing a lob discourage you. The style is popular for a reason—it looks good on everyone.
If you’re ready to go short, a textured bob is a perfect place to begin. This classic, low maintenance gives even the thinnest hair tons of movement and volume.
Shriqui calls the textured bob his favorite style to cut on clients over age 50. His go-to cut is “an elegant haircut slightly above shoulder length…with shorter layers around face frame to maintain fullness and bounce.”
The movement and volume created by the bob will instantly make you look (and feel) years younger.
There are lots of people who think long hair on women over 50 is inappropriate, and those people are wrong. There is no rule stating that once a woman turns 50, she must to chop off her mane. If you can’t imagine parting with your lengthy locks, then don’t.
While women over 50 can slay literally any hairstyle, you may want your mane to look a little more sophisticated than the waist length hair of your youth. If you want long locks that are super flattering, Shriqui has the magic words to tell your stylist. Ask for “long and soft layers with tousled texture around the face frame.”
If you want to add another element to this already flawless ‘do, consider adding bangs. Bangs paired with face framing layers instantly highlights your best facial features and takes years off your appearance.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and go super short, a pixie is perfect for you. The perfect pixie will frame your face and leave you looking more youthful than you ever thought possible. Ask your stylist to taper the sides of your cut towards your face to really highlight your cheekbones.
Hairstyling Don’ts For Women Over 50
When choosing a hairstyle when you’re 50 and over, it is essential to choose a style that won’t age you. To make sure your style is just as youthful as you are, Shriqui suggests avoiding “unnatural, overly shaggy and overly voluminous styles.” Shags have the tendency to fall flat, often highlighting any loss in hair density. Likewise, styles that are too voluminous create the illusion of a rounder, fuller face.
Instead, opt for Shriqui’s dream cut: “A natural looking and unperfected style, softly voluminous with slightly straight tips.” Keeping your style as carefree and natural as you are is a surefire way to look youthful years beyond 50.