Youthful Hairstyles for Over 50s: 48 Ideas to Inspire a New Look

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

When it comes to finding youthful hairstyles for over 50s, there's absolutely no need to restrict yourself. Age is no a barrier to rocking whatever style you like, as celebrities like Helen Mirren, Lisa Kudrow, and Goldie Hawn demonstrate regularly, and your options are almost endless.

From short hairstyles to braided hairstyles (and extra long hairstyles for those who aren't ready to go for the chop), you're spoilt for choice with ideas. Your hairdresser will be able to tailor that on-trend style to suit your hair type and face shapethere are just a few additional factors to bear in mind.

We advise our clients to come into the salon for a consultation so that we can take into account their face shape, hair texture, hair condition and lifestyle, Melissa Timperley, stylist and director of the award-winning Melissa Timperley Salons, tells woman&home. Some clients want to embrace their gray, others want short and sassy. Others just want a trendy age and lifestyle-appropriate look. That's why booking a consultation is so important.

In addition to having the right tools, like the best hair dryer or the popular L'Oral Professionnel SteamPod 3.0 on hand, the key to finding the perfect youthful hairstyles for over 50s is knowing how much maintenance you can put into daily styling. If you're looking for wash-and-wear with a bit of polish, then a clever cut that won't require much product is key. Maintaining hair health is also crucial; we know full well that our hair turns gray, but it also becomes coarser and thins with time. Past the peak age of about 20, each cycle of hair growth and fall [around five years on the scalp], becomes a little shorter and the hair comes back a little thinner and drier, celebrity hairstylist Michael Van Clarke explains. Gray hair is usually coarser, fluffier, wirier, and less weighty at the ends, so doesn't move with the same bounce and swing, Michael says. To combat this, use at-home treatments, like hair masks, at least once a week to keep your hair's moisture levels in check.

Bangs or no bangs over 50?

When it comes to youthful hairstyles for over 50s, there's a running joke that bangs hairstyles are an all-natural, inexpensive way to look younger (if that's what you're after). But in all seriousness, whether you choose full bangs or a wispy style, they look fabulous at any age and add that extra 'something' to your look. Be sure to ask your hairstylist's advice on the best bangs for your face shape, as it's definitely not something you want to DIY. Maintaining them is easy, especially as most salons will offer a free bangs trim on a walk-in basis.

Can you make fine hair look thicker?

There are a few expert hair hacks to know when it comes to making fine hair look thicker. Try adding some lighter pieces throughout, as highlights will swell the cuticles and add bounce, says Johanne Herland, Senior Master Stylist at Charles Worthington Salons. When styling, you can also add some soft waves to give the illusion that hair is thicker.

Extensions are another good avenue. For youthful hairstyles for over 50s women, I recommend 15 pieces of extensions each side under the parting, so it fills in the finer front pieces, she adds. It also adds thickness to the baseline of a haircut. Balmain or Easilocks are my favorite extension brands in-salon, but a consultation is essential to see what color, shape, and length you're aiming for.

The best youthful hairstyles for over 50s

We've handpicked the best hairstyles for over 50s women with different lengths and textures that are easy to maintain and look naturalwithout compromising on style. These can be tailored to suit you, whether with color, a hint of layering or bangs. Top tip: ask your stylist for a color just a touch lighter than your brows for a more youthful vibe. While we've included some guidance on face shapes and hair types, there are no fixed rules as your hairdresser will be able to tailor a style to you. Consider this your cheat sheet to the very best youthful hairstyles for over 50s.

Short hairstyles for women over 50

The biggest draw of short hairstyles is that they require far less effort on a daily basis when it comes to styling. There is always a short style that suits every face and every head of hair, says Adam Reed, Editorial Ambassador for L'Oral Professionnel. If your hair is fine and straight, a blunter cut would give a very defined end result, whereas if your hair is naturally curly, you might want to opt for something with texture to give more options, should you want to have a low-maintenance style. So whether you're looking for natural hairstyles or short bob hairstyles, we've got you covered.

  • The super short bob with layers Face shape: any | Hair type: thick
  • The short natural curls Face shape: any | Hair type: curly, coily
  • The short bob with long layers on top Face shape: oval, heart | Hair type: fine
  • The undercut bob Face shape: any, especially oval or square | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The super short bob with heavy side part
  • The very short coily cut Face shape: round or oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The rounded bob with side part Face shape: heart or square | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The short finger coils Face shape: any, particularly heart and square | Hair type: curly, coily, kinky
  • The short bob with layers Face shape: round, oval, square, or heart | Hair type: fine and thick
  • The short curly bob Face shape: oval, square, or heart | Hair type: wavy and curly
Medium length hairstyles for women over 50

Feathered side bangs are super flattering and can really elevate a mid-length cut. Rounded layers suit a square face shape, while round face shapes can carry off blunter layers. When we say medium hairstyles, here we're talking hairstyles that fall somewhere between your jawline and collarbones.

  • The curly lob with side part Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: curly
  • The shoulder length layered style Face shape: oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The shoulder length twists Face shape: any, particularly oval or heart | Hair type: curly/coily, kinky
  • The asymmetric lob Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The natural Afro hairstyle Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: curly/coily, kinky
  • The chin-length rounded bob Face shape: square, oval, heart | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The medium box braids Face shape: any | Hair type: curly, coily, kinky
  • The voluminous layers Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The classic lob with side part Face shape: any, particularly oval or heart | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The choppy shoulder-length style Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: medium to thick
Long hairstyles for women over 50

We've all heard the comments, but there's absolutely no law that says you must cut your hair shorter when you get to a certain age, whether or not you choose to embrace your gray. Long hairstyles are still super flattering on women over 50just ask celebrities like Goldie Hawn, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Aniston. If you're weighing up Dyson Corrale vs GHD Platinum, whatever you choose the right tools are key to styling long hair.

  • The long hair with heavy side part Face shape: any, especially square | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The long loose waves with side bangs Face shape: all, especially oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The long locs Face shape: all, especially oval | Hair type: curly/coily, kinky
  • The long loose curls Face shape: all, especially oval | Hair type: curly
  • The long shag cut with bangs Face shape: any, especially heart or oval | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The naturally volumized curls Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: curly, coily
  • The choppy layers Face shape: square or oval | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The long and layered natural style Face shape: any, especially oval | Hair type: coily, kinky
  • The thick layered style Face shape: any, especially heart | Hair type: thick
Hairstyles for women over 50 with bangs

Whether you want soft side layers or full bangs, there's something to suit every hair type and face shape. The biggest factor in your decision will be your hair's natural texture and how much styling it would require to create your desired look.

  • The shoulder-length style with blunt bangs Face shape: oval, heart | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The curly hairstyle with bangs Face shape: any, especially oval | Hair type: curly
  • The long shag cut with full bangs Face shape: any, particularly heart or square | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The feathered long hairstyle Face shape: any, especially oval or heart | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The coily hairstyle with bangs Face shape: any, especially heart or oval | Hair type: curly, coily
  • The wavy hair with bangs Face shape: any | Hair type: fine to medium; wavy
  • The choppy bob with bangs Face shape: square | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The short bob with layers and side bangs Face shape: square or heart | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The side bangs with classic layers Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium
Pixie crops for women over 50

A chic and elegant classic, the pixie cut is easily one of the most popular hairstyles of all time. Many celebrities have worked the style over the years, including Charlize Theron and Keira Knightley, while Jamie Lee Curtis has firmly established it as her signature style.

  • The curly pixie crop Face shape: oval, square, or heart | Hair type: curly
  • The pixie crop with feathered bangs Face shape: oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The undercut pixie crop on natural curls Face shape: any, especially oval or heart | Hair type: curly, coily
  • The swept back pixie crop Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: medium to thick
  • The super short pixie crop Face shape: any | Hair type: any, particularly medium to thick
  • The tapered coily pixie crop Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: coily, kinky
  • The boyish pixie crop with micro bangs Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The classic pixie crop with feathered side bangs Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium
  • The natural tapered pixie cut Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: coily, kinky
  • The thick feathered pixie cut Face shape: heart, square, or oval | Hair type: medium to thick
  • There you have it: proof that the possibilities for youthful hairstyles over 50 are almost endless.

Whether you choose a pixie crop or a longer, layered style, we're confident that you'll look and feel fabulous whichever of these styles you go for.

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