I’ve scoured the internet looking for hairstyles for women well over 50 that don’t need a stylist present before breakfast to look good. Here are my 25 favorite finds.
Choose the one that you prefer, load this page onto your phone (if you’re not using your phone to read it already) and take the image to the hairdresser.
It’s impossible to explain to a stylist what you want without an image. And remember all these cuts have been carefully colored so add that into your session.
I hope you find your next look here. Remember to send a photo if you try any of these styles. hello at immotherofthebride dot com or add a comment at the end of this post.
You’ll find lots more images that didn’t make it into my final cut (pun intended) from the sources I used: Hair Adviser hadviser.com, therighthairstyles.com and Nonpure.com. The big magazines also regularly run articles featuring hairstyles for older women and I’ve used a couple in the pics below. Most images appear on Pinterest.
But if you want to see really good styles for women well over 60 take a look at one of the new model agencies who specialize in older models. The French agency Masters at Mastermodels.com is a brilliant source of beautiful and characterful faces through to women over 70. They categorize their images into models and people (!) and I really like the more casual look of the ‘people’.
This characterful hairstyle is maintenance-free apart from very regular trims. You need a lot of confidence to take the plunge with this style. But the result is my over all favorite. This model is over 70 and looks stunning.
This feathered pixie cut is a favorite with women over 50. You’ll need to get your colorist to make the main shade and highlights more dramatic than if you kept your hair longer. The top will need lifting daily and you’ll need to use a product such as a mousse or spray to keep the lift. Otherwise this style will last for days. Regular cutting is important.
Look how fun this curly style is. Finger blow dry every few days and keep hair in great condition. Ideal for naturally curly locks otherwise you’ll need a perm – but they are so gentle these days.
The perfect bob reflects the three tones of highlights giving this simple style more character. Get a trim every few weeks so the ends are always blunt. Get the stylist to show you the best technique for you to do your blow out (blow dry UK) and buy the right brush. You’ll need to blow your hair perfectly after each wash and add a volunizing product unless your hair is thick.
Do you have the confidence for this fabulous style? It’s a dramatic cut which can make you look very stylish, especially if you wear glasses. If you regularly get a good cut this style is super easy to maintain.
Helen Mirren is an icon for older women. Her hair style needs to be easy to adapt depending on what she’s up to. Notice the long bangs (fringe UK) and lift at the crown. You’ll need to keep these areas just right daily but that shouldn’t take more than a few moments of heat and a styling mousse.
This messy layered bob is right on trend today. Keep your hair in beautiful condition with care products between cuts as you’ll need to use the curling iron every day or so. Give a gentle spray afterwards and use your fingers to separate the waves as it dries.
This style is all in the cutting. So visit your stylist often. But between cuts you’ll just need a little volumizing product then spray to keep those layers bouncy.
For those of us with straight hair we may decide to keep the length whatever our age. Get a beautiful cut with front layers that can be swept back and sprayed or left to soften the face. Length means you can draw your hair back in various informal pony tails, buns and braids (plaits UK) so you may not need to use the straighteners between washes.
This jaw length style is perfect if you have slightly coarse hair – which most hair becomes when it turns gray. If your hair has been well cut it will only take you a few minutes each morning to keep that side sweep and a little spray to maintain it in position.
If however you have fine and thin hair you won’t be able to keep waves in place for long. Accept this and get a good feathery layered crop that frames your face softly. A few moments lifting the hair at the crown will give the style movement. Apart from that, dry by pulling your fingers through from above the ears towards your face after applying a little mousse.
This is perhaps the most common style for us older ladies. And you can see why. Gently framing the face the heavy swooping bangs emphasize your eyes and add curve to cheeks which may be less full than when you were younger. So it’s important to keep those lovely forward curving waves and to make sure they end right on your jawline.
Another perfect day in Paradise! This rounded bob needs regular blow drying with a circular brush and finishing with straighteners. But between styling you can easily tuck it behind one or both ears and look cool too.
Medium length hair needs highlights once the natural colors start to fade. That gives a sense of lightness and movement to this cut. Use a styling wand or straighteners to lift the crown every day but otherwise just brush gently into place.
If you have thick hair this layered style with its long curling strands framing the face will be good for you. Get the best stylist you can find to do the initial cut and go back to them regularly. You’ll need styling products to give body and care products to make sure your hair is shiny. This style needs daily attention but not too much, depending on the natural bounce of your locks.
A classic bun can look characterful on an older woman and a messy bun can look youthful at 50+. Bobby pins at the ready then, to fix this pony tail twisted around on itself. Once you have the knack you’ll be done in no time every morning.
Using a styling wand or tongs to twist hair into ringlets has been fashionable for a few years now. Get your bob slightly layered then twist and go. If you don’t have time every morning you can leave it more natural for several days.
Take the plunge and get your highlighted hair cut high and close at the back. This style is low maintenance daily but get regular cuts and use care products to condition your hair.
This is the longer version of the style we saw higher up. It has a rather eighties big hair look but it works well and even if you don’t want to tong it into place daily it will look neat behind your ears.
Here’s Helen again. With her short hair brushed back and gelled or sprayed in place she could be you on a busy day. Looks smart and confident but it’s easy to achieve this look.
Here’ the more modern take on the Jane Fonda style above. A bit longer, a bit messier and altogether cooler. It works well for shiny straight hair that doesn’t keep a style for long. Give the front layers a quick wave with a heated appliance daily and make sure your color is the best it can be.
A lob – or long bob with long layers framing the face to soften it. Perfect for straight hair that doesn’t style easily. Use tongs or straighteners to give lift at the front and crown. Otherwise you’re good to go.
This short back, top heavy pixie cut is all about having gloriously glossy and carefully high-lighted hair. Rougher hair has the body to keep this style looking good for several days. Smoother hair will need tonging daily so use care products to keep that shine.
This simple long straight style needs perfectly healthy and well colored hair. It may be too severe for your face after 60. I might be wrong but I’d hazard a guess that the model has had filler in her cheeks. If your cheeks have fallen in more – as mine have – or if you have a double chin this flat style may not look as good as it does here. Maintenance? Next to none.
This is a youthful sporty short layered cut that is super easy to spritz and finger style each morning. Your hair needs to be well colored and contrast with your complexion. Use a little mousse to give body but no heat treatments required. It’s all about the natural. But note that the model has excellent bone structure, a good jawline and neck. Simple styles like this work so much better on this type of face. So if your face is softer, you have a double chin, or you don’t want to accentuate your brows perhaps go for something else.
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