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12 Long Hairstyles For Women Over 50

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Late last year, we shared a story on Facebook with the best short hairstyles for women over 50 —and the response was overwhelming. While we still love short and mid-length cuts, we’d be hard-pressed not to acknowledge the hundreds of 50 and over beauties who posted their own photos of their gorgeous, flowing locks in the comments, proving once and for all there are no rules when it comes to how you wear your hair.

So, without any further ado, this one’s for you! Below, check out 12 of our favorite haircuts and styles for women over 50 to try—plus our favorite products to help you grow longer, stronger-looking hair.

The Best Long Hairstyles For Women Over 50

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Low Ponytail

Searching for an on-trend way to show off all that length? The low ponytail is unbeatable (and perfect for any age). If you’re struggling to grow or maintain long, strong hair without breakage, invest in a hair care system like Redken’s Extreme Length Shampoo and Conditioner with Biotin. This system is formulated with biotin to help damaged hair grow longer and stronger. When used as a full system with the Extreme Length Leave-In Treatment, this system helps reduce breakage by 81 percent.

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Natural Curls

No matter your age, working your natural texture never goes out of style—especially if you’ve been blessed with gorgeous, bouncy ringlets!

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Long Layers

As you age, your once thick, plentiful mane may turn thin and wiry. That’s why you should ask your stylist for long layers to give your mane movement and volume. If you want to give your mane an extra boost, pick up a hair care system like Kérastase Bain Densite Shampoo and Fondant Densite Conditioner. This thickening system, formulated with hyaluronic acid, strengthens, cleanses hair build-up, and creates shine while increasing hair density.

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Voluminous Blowout

Any age group can benefit from a voluminous blowout, but we particularly love the look for our 50+ ladies with long hair. If you're noticing more hair fall than ever when you run your round brush through your hair, try a blow dry primer like Kérastase Genesis Defense Thermique Blow Dry Primer. This fortifying product is formulated for weakened hair that is prone to falling due to breakage from brushing. It detangles, hydrates, helps prevent split ends, and protects hair from blow-dry heat.

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Pin Straight

More and more women are embracing naturally gray strands, and we absolutely love it! Searching for a way to show off your grays and your length? Opt for sleek, pin-straight hair. It’s important to note, gray hair tends to be more wiry and dull-looking so if you’re going for a pin-straight look, use a hair oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil to give your strands much-needed shine.

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Hair accessories are back in a major way, and who says 50-somethings can’t get in on the fun? Whether you intertwine a silk hair scarf throughout your updo or pop on a chic hair clip, don’t be afraid to find the perfect way to make the trend work for you!

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Elevated Ponytail

It’s time to toss your box of basic hair elastics. If you really want to up your ponytail game (and keep it age-appropriate), opt for a jeweled hair accessory and give your strands a bit of texture. All you’ll need is a texturizing spray like Pureology Style + Protect Wind Tossed Texture Finishing Spray. This invisible, dry formula holds textured styles with a soft, touchable feel.

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Half Updo

If your half-up ponytail feels more schoolgirl than chic woman, try a tucked half updo to put a sophisticated touch on the iconic style.

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Bombshell Curls

The good news? You don’t need to ditch that old set of hot rollers. In fact, the bigger the curls, the better! Wondering how to achieve big bombshell curls? Click here for our complete guide.

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Whether you opt for a polished look or a beachy, undone vibe, wavy hair is always a good idea! Classic waves are beloved by celebrities of all ages (and are super easy to achieve).

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Half-Up Bun

Who says lazy-girl hairstyles are exclusive to college students and VSCO girls? Throw your mane into a half-up bun for a laid-back, age-appropriate look you can achieve in under five minutes.

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Long Curtain Bangs

While some fringe styles might seem over-the-top if you fall into the over 50 group, long curtain bangs are just low-maintenance enough to make styling a total breeze. As an added bonus: They frame your face perfectly and instantly help you appear more youthful.

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