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The 11 Best Medium Length Hairstyles All Women Over 50 Should Try

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As you age, having a true sense of style becomes more about finding the clothing, makeup, and hairstyles that make you feel your best than bowing down to hair trends. That certainly goes for cuts, too! The right haircut should have you bouncing in your salon chair, ready to go out and show the world your fresh ‘do.

If you’re looking for medium length haircuts for women over 50, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up our favorite cuts! Whether you’ve embraced your natural icy white hair or have been maintaining salon ash blonde hair, there’s a cut that’s going to complement your color and make you feel your absolute best.

Good hair day by @fantasticalcolorsbykay.

Colorful Long Pixie Cut

Women over 50, you deserve a serious refresh. What better way to do it than with a splash of neon or pastel? The great news is that naturally white or gray hair probably won’t require pre-lightening by your stylist, which means less time in the chair and potentially way less damage! To help your fantasy color last between touch-ups, invest in a shampoo and conditioner system formulated specifically for vibrancy. Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid is one of our all-time favorites!

Good hair day by @jackmartincolorist.

Effortless Layers

White and gray hair tends to be wiry, which means it can look stiff instead of feminine and soft. Layers are your stylist’s best tool for creating shape and movement in even the driest hair. Combine a killer cut with a styling product like Pureology Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier Spray, a 100 percent vegan formula that promises smooth, frizz-free, and touchable hair.

Good hair day by @hairbyelm.

Full Bangs

Many haircuts focus on the ends while totally neglecting the forehead. Not so with this cut! These Euro-inspired bangs will bring out the inner French woman within you, adding a sense of timelessness to your overall look. To make sure you’re getting the best cut possible, walk your stylist through your lifestyle and daily routine before committing to bangs.

Good hair day courtesy of @tabathacoffey.

Angled Pixie

Angled pixie cuts highlight the jawline, making your chin appear much more defined. If you feel confident wearing a center part and want a cut that feels just as polished as you are, this is the bob for you. The right stylist will work to determine the most flattering length for your face.

If you’re a low maintenance lady, you may want to do your research before committing to this cut. The sharp line requires regular salon maintenance, which means no skipping appointments.

Good hair day by @pati.rodrigz.

Wavy Cut

Whether you have natural texture or like to add a wave every morning, it’s crucial to get a cut that supports your favorite way to wear your wavy hair. We love long layers for gentle waves, but your stylist can provide custom cut advice.

Good hair day by @hairbymandypavia.

Straight With Long Layers

If your hair is naturally straight, there’s no reason to fight with it every day in an attempt to create effortless curls. Instead, work with your stylist to customize a cut that plays to your strengths. We love a crisp bob with layers for its ability to visually sharpen the jawline and mask any thinness at the temples.

To make this look pop, all you need is a blow dryer, a heat primer, and a brush.

Long Side Bangs

Every hair texture and color can benefit from the addition of some face-framing side bangs, even if they’re not pastel pink! The right fringe also adds volume to aging hair with the tendency to fall flat. A volumizing styling product like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter can help, too!

Good hair day by @Meganlacore.

Flippy Bob

The flippy bob with a side part—so named for its bouncy layers—is a style beloved by celebrity women over 50. It’s clean but hasn’t lost its sense of fun or sexiness, as evidenced by the moody side bangs that are so universally flattering.

If this bob piques your interest, talk to your stylist about layers for movement and a few side-swept bangs. Make sure you get a styling tutorial before you leave the salon, as well.

Good hair day by @Saramaijewels.

Curly As Can Be

A curl specialist can help you achieve the best medium-length haircut for your age, texture type, and overall look. Don’t be afraid to let those ringlets bounce, baby!

Good hair day by @greceghanem.

One Length

Depending upon the thickness of your hair, it may seem like a waste to chop it off into some severe cut. If earthiness and long hair are your trademarks, by all means don’t let go of them now. Women with beautiful length should hold onto it for as long as possible.!

To make sure your length stays as healthy as possible, use a salon quality shampoo and conditioner formulated for fragile, straight hair. We love Kérastase Crème Chronologiste Hair Mask for just that reason.

Good hair day by @breebirds_hair.

Beachy Lob

Sometimes, unpolished looks just as beautiful as salon perfect. If undone is your favorite aesthetic, your stylist can cut a long bob (lob) that hits at your shoulders. You’ll keep your length without sacrificing the windblown texture you love. A salt or sugar spray can help bring out your waves, as well, making long bobs the ideal style!

For personalized haircut advice, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.