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14 Timeless Short Hairstyles For Women Over 50

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The right style update changes everything. In middle age, it’s the smallest aesthetic changes that have an enormous impact on how you feel. Whether it’s a new shade of lipstick or the perfect blonde highlights, we’re big proponents of beauty as self care.

When it comes right down to it, there’s no accessory that makes as much of an impact as your haircut. Quality short hairstyles for women over 50 can be challenging to find, but the right one will make you feel like a youthful, glowing powerhouse of a lady.

Older women can experiencing thinning and the wiry texture that comes along with gray hair, so going short is a smart choice. If you’re hunting for inspiration to bring to your next salon appointment, you’ll want to bookmark this page.

Pop Of Color

You may have been told that the best way to age “gracefully” is to dye your hair an unassuming nut brown and blend in. That’s not how we feel! After more than five decades of living, indulge in a little fun and try a pop of unexpected color like pink or violet. It’s a great way to dip your toe into the world of fantasy color without fully committing. As an added bonus, a pop of color is easily attained on naturally silver or white hair because your stylist may not have to lift your natural shade before applying the accent color. That’s a surefire win-win!

Beachy Waves

Gray and silver hair can be wiry and unpredictable, but we have the perfect solution for you: While your hair is damp from the shower, try twisting it into one or two loose buns and allowing it to dry the rest of the way. Once you pull the clips or elastics out, you should see added waviness that mimics the look your hair might have after a day at the beach. Au naturel? We’re so into that idea.

Effortless Layers

One of the top complaints we see from women over 50 is that their hair loses any sense of life and straight-across styles don’t (excuse the pun) cut it. Combat helmet hair with soft, feathery layers throughout your cut. Shorter strands will move every time you turn your hair, adding visual interest and livening up your ‘do.

Short Crop

The truth about hair is that sometimes extra inches can just weigh you down and make your hair feel lifeless. Why burden yourself when you could invest in a breezy, chic bob that mimics French style and takes years off your face? As an added bonus, hair that hits right at the jawline helps define your facial shape and create the illusion of a sharper chin!

Classic Bob

Truly, nothing is as timeless as the bob. The flattering length falls right at the jaw, creating the illusion of a more defined chin. A sharp side part and blunt ends are all you need to elevate this cut, which dries with almost no effort.

It’s ideal for ladies on the go or those who just don’t much care to be stuck in the bathroom for hours at a time. Just be sure you’re scheduling regular trims with your stylist to keep this cut from getting out of control.

Side Swept Bangs

Long bangs are elegant and can lengthen even the roundest of faces. If you’re seeing a higher hairline than you once had or aiming to minimize the look of your forehead, talk to your stylist about cutting side bangs.

Unlike curtain or full bangs, these babies won’t steal the show from your cut. They’ll merely act as an accent to your overall look.

Curly Shag

Managing curly hair was a wild ride when you were 30, and at 50 it doesn’t get any easier. The shag is a trendy short cut that hails from the 1970s. It’s an easy way to dip your toe into the pool of curly cuts.

Instead of cutting your curls straight across, your stylist will work to build volume at the crown (an area many over-50 women struggle with) while snipping away at your ends. If you’re still struggling to control your ‘do, your resident hair pro can recommend a customized product routine to help boost your curls.

Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs are a classic style from the ‘60s that have made their way into mainstream culture again. Unlike the heavy fringe we’ve seen for the last few years, these bangs sit at about your cheekbone. They’re typically parted down the center and pushed to either side of the face like dramatic theater drapes.

In short: These are bangs for women who think they hate bangs. To get the most out of them, your stylist should give you a blow drying tutorial before you leave the salon.

Tapered Pixie

Think about getting a cut like buying denim: You can spend good money on the latest cropped and distressed trend, or invest in tailored, classic raw denim to keep for ears. The tapered pixie is a time-tested cut that helps accentuate the jawline and take years off the face.

Because this cut involves a buzzed nape, be very careful to keep up with your salon appointments.

Stacked Bob

The stacked bob is another voluminous cut, one that works for waves and fine hair alike. Your stylist will cut short layers through the back half of your ‘do, ensuring that no amount of wind or weather can flatten your hair.

As an added note, the stacked bob really benefits from a shiny blowout. If you’re not sure how to make that round brush work for you, ask your pro.

A-Line Bob

At first glance, the A-line bob is visually similar to its stacked counterpart. In this case, the cut is less about punchy layers and more about a jaw-defining angle. Wear it just above your shoulders as a wink and a nod to the lob trend that millennials can’t seem to stop wearing.

Gamine Cut

Very short styles aren’t always considered feminine, but nothing packs the ladylike punch of a gamine cut. Like the classic movie stars you might have grown up loving, this cut still hasn’t faded from the spotlight. Sometimes a short length is the best tool for highlighting your favorite facial features. Proud of your eyelashes or brows? Let them shine.

Curly Long Pixie

If you have natural texture, there’s no sense hiding it. Play up those curls or waves with a flattering long pixie style.