A lot of women say that once they hit 50, that they begin to really enjoy life to its fullest. They stop worrying about what people think of them so much and start focusing on their own happiness. This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to look stylish and attractive, it just means that they know when to pass on a fading trend and choose a look that suits them instead. Hairstyles are no exception to this rule. Although styles and cuts go in and out of fashion, choosing a classic look that suits your face is timeless. Just make sure that it has the right modern touches to ensure that it’s fresh and chic rather than old and outdated. Below are the best hairstyles for women over 50.
1. Long Hair with Curls
Long, straight hair can have a tendency to drag down the face, particularly in older women. If you feel like this is happening to you, combat the problem by adding some youthful curls to your long hair style. Their bouncy style will help add life to your hair and keep your face looking young and bright. They also have a luxurious and glamorous feel that is perfect for special occasions. To wear your long hair with curls, ask your stylist to cut in a few long layers for shape and texture. If you have thin hair, though, ask for blunt ends to maximise your volume. When styling your hair, use a large curling iron and remember to curl your hair away from your face to keep the look open and light.
2. Straight and Face-Framing
Straight, long hair is a hard look to pull off whether you’re 20 or 50. While curls can be a great way to make long hair work for you, they can also be time-consuming to create, particularly if you have naturally straight hair. If you’re in need of a more low-maintenance look, consider keeping your long hair straight and adding some face-framing layers. Doing so will soften the severity of your straight hair to create a gorgeous feminine look. To style this look after cutting, simply blow dry your hair smooth while using a round brush to create a slight curl at the ends of strands for movement and shape.
3. Long Hair with Bangs
If you love your long hair but find that it’s looking a little bland, consider adding some bangs to modernise your style. Bangs are a great way to update any hairstyle and can make for an exciting change without having to cut your hair short. They also have the bonus of hiding lines that you may feel self-conscious about, as well as beautifully highlighting your eyes. When considering changing your hairstyle to include bangs, choose between side and front styles. As hair naturally thins out as you get older, side bangs tend to be the best option, blending in with the rest of your hair. Front bangs can still look great, however, whether you have thick or thin hair. If you have thin hair, though, ask your stylist to cut your bangs choppy rather than full. For this style to work, also make sure that you tame any oily-ness as it will make your bangs sit flat and limp instead of full and bouncy.
4. Medium Layered Cut
As you age your hair changes and can, unfortunately, lose some of its shape and volume. The best way to give your hair back it’s life and bounce is to add layers. A medium length haircut with layers is a great option for many women. It’s light and youthful while still being womanly and polished. To achieve this look, have your stylist cut you hair so that the longest pieces graze your shoulders. This length will add more movement to your hair as it breaks on your shoulders. Top layers should then be cut gradually shorter, discreetly finishing around the cheekbones and jaw.
5. Medium Length with Bangs
Medium length hair with bangs is a timeless style that looks great season after season. Easily worn curly or straight, this style is versatile and requires low maintenance. To nail this look, have your stylist cut your hair to finish a couple of inches past your shoulders to balance out your bangs. As heavy bangs can drag down the face and cast dark shadows, choose between side swept or light front bangs. If you pick side swept bangs, opt for either a shorter length that just hits the eyebrow or a longer length that seamlessly tapers into the rest of your hair. If you choose front bangs, however, ask your stylist to keep the look light, soft and choppy, to suit your medium length.
A lob (long bob) hairstyle is a gorgeous and very stylish haircut to try. Falling in between a bob and traditional medium length hairstyles, this look is modern and chic. Working best on healthy shiny hair, a lob accentuates volume and frames the face. To get the most out of this look, have your stylist cut your lob a tiny bit shorter in the back than the front with long layers around your face. This cut will be the most flattering and it will have a youthful appeal. Keep ends blunt and choose between a middle part for a striking look or a side part for a softer style. Wear your hair straight or opt for a slight wave on days when it’s looking a little lifeless.
7. Choppy Pixie
From Hallie Berry to Kris Jenner, women over 50 are rocking the choppy pixie cut. Fun, stylish and a little bit flirty, this cut is a great option for women looking to go short with their hair. Keeping the extra length in this choppy pixie will allow you to style it messy for a fantastic youthful feel. Light, wispy bangs will also help you nail the pixie cut look with a great feminine appeal. You can even try styling them back, for a unique variation on this look. If you choose this pixie cut, though, just remember to run some product through your hair with your hands before leaving the house. Doing so, will give your hair the desired texture and stop it from looking flat and lifeless.
8. Classic Sleek Bob
Nothing beats a classic, and a sleek bob is definitely a classic. This timeless style is forever flattering and chic, regardless of what is on trend. Smooth bobs, which finish around chin height, are the perfect face-framing style. They show off your face but aren’t as exposing as a pixie cut. Gently sitting around your face, instead of covering it, a classic bob is a highly flattering style for women over 50. If this is your regular style, try mixing things up with a different part or by adding different layers. Just remember to be careful if you have thick hair. Too short and it could end up looking puffy rather than sleek.
9. Curly Bob
While a classic bob is sleek and polished, a curly bob is sexy and feminine. Soft curls that finish at the neck make this style a winning look for women over 50. The curls add movement and bounce to hair, creating desirable volume and style. Keep the look smooth and full at the roots by blow-drying your hair with a round brush while pulling hair upwards. Then add a few large curls to the bottom half of locks to complete the look. Curl hair both inwards and outwards at the back for a natural and thick looking finish, and away from the face at the front to keep the look open and light.