Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50

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We’re always searching for ways to make our look more low maintenance, and as hot as it’s been, trying to cool off however we can. One of the biggest time consumers in my daily routine is my hair, which I’ve worn a bit longer for the past few years.

I’ve been considering going with a shorter ‘do and have looked into the various styles to see which would work best for me.  A shorter haircut can end up saving you lots of time that you’d usually spend styling and can also look incredibly chic (think Jamie Lee Curtis haircut).

While you may be interested in this season’s hottest color trends, we’ve rounded up some of the best short gray hairstyles for women over 50.

Our Favorite Short Hairstyles For Older Women

The Pixie

There are so many variations on this perennially popular hairstyle. Whether you’re ready to go ultra short or want to ease into it with a slightly longer look, there’s a pixie that will work for everyone.

This style gives off a youthful vibe, and the short length means you won’t have to spend too much time styling.

There’s something particularly sophisticated about a white or silver pixie, which is evidenced by the fact that it’s a popular style even among the younger set.

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Gillian Anderson for Winser London Autumn 2019

A laid-back, side-parted pixie works great if your hair has a slight wave to it. This relaxed style exudes carefree confidence.

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Helen Mirren (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Another popular short haircut for older women is a Pixie version that has longer side-swept bangs. This style adds dimension and accentuates the eyes by drawing your gaze to them.

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A classic pixie can perfectly frame your face and put all the focus on your gorgeous features. This slightly androgynous style is becoming increasingly popular among many age groups.

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Jamie Lee Curtis at the 76th Golden Globe Awards during the red carpet arrivals held at the Beverly Hilton on January 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Stanley Mirador/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)


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Short Curls

If you have naturally curly hair, it’s time to embrace the texture you were born with. While so many women have felt inclined to straighten and smooth out their curls over the years, a great haircut can help you love your natural waves, curls, and kinks. 

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Roxanne Hancock @rlhnyc

A close-cropped look can make styling a cinch, letting you roll out of bed and get on with your day.

The Bob

The bob

is one of the most popular short hairstyles for older women out there! While it may have been around for decades, it’s constantly getting a fresh update.

The modern bob is textured rather than sleek and incorporates plenty of volume. No matter your face shape, there’s a bob cut that will perfectly flatter it.

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A wavy bob can make for a carefree look that is effortless with the right products.

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Chelin Virmani

A bob with a strong side part and long bangs is classic and yet feels contemporary.


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The Lob

One of the hairstyles that have really taken off in recent years is the lob, which is short for “long bob.” There’s a reason it’s so popular: this medium-length style is low maintenance and can suit many different hair textures.

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A wavy lob can be achieved with a curling wand or some expert blow-drying, but if you’re lucky enough to have naturally textured hair, you might just be able to achieve this without the use of hot tools.Get a wavy lob like Meg Ryan

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Mayuko Miyahara

Opting for a style that keeps your hair out of your face can open up your features and be particularly flattering.

short hairstyles for women over 50

If you have thinner hair, adding layers can create an illusion of volume. A style like this works particularly well if you’re transitioning to gray because the cut creates a multidimensional effect.

Did you love these short hairstyles for women over 50? Take an extra step and keep your gray looking soft and lustrous with our favorite conditioners for gray hair!

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