Just as orange is the new black, so is 50 the new 40. In other words, once you reach that lovely round age, life is just beginning, in more ways than you ever thought possible. First stop is the makeover, of course. A new you definitely deserves a new look. With that in mind, we have compiled here an exhaustive list of 80 outstanding hairstyles for women over 50 that will have you swooning. Let’s dive right in!
1. The Feathered Bob
Our list of hairstyles for women over 50 starts off with a classic feathered bob, complete with long side swept bangs. We are also gushing over the sandy blonde, which you might want to try.
2. The Choppy Mid Cut
One might think that all hairstyles for women over 50 should be short. One might be wrong in that respect. Here is a beautiful shoulder length choppy mid cut, in a dazzling caramel with blonde highlights.
3. The Feathered Pixie
If we had the feathered bob, it was only natural that we have the feathered pixie as well. We love the way it is tapered in the back and pouffed into a bee hive on top. The peekaboos give it body as well.
4. The Silver Lob
As far as hairstyles for women over 50 go, this is one of our favorites. It’s a naturally silver lob or long bob. Not only will it make you look wonderful, but it will also help you embrace your naturally graying hair.
5. Bangs and Pixies
Even though you decide to let go of your long locks as part of your hairstyles for women over 50 routine, that doesn’t mean your style has to be boring or manly. Here is a playful pixie cut stylized with statement earrings.
6. Susan Sarandon Hairstyles for Women over 50
We begin our list of Hollywood inspiration goddesses over 50 with the wonderful Susan Sarandon. Here she is sporting mid length hair in a messy bun with asymmetrical bangs.
7. The Meg Ryan
Even though it might seem hard to believe, Meg Ryan is now, in fact, 55. Therefore, she fits perfectly as a source of inspiration for us. She has always kept a medium bob, with some natural waves.
8. The Classic Bob
If you are looking for more formal inspiration as far as hairstyles for women over 50 go, here is the classic news-presenter bob. It has the gorgeous side swept long bangs, as well as the tips curled inwards.
9. Salt and Pepper
This is the salt and pepper chin length bob. It also has a set of short and asymmetrical bangs and it goes perfectly well with retro style glasses and statement bejeweled earrings.
10. The Diane Keaton
Here is another Hollywood lady that has kept true to her statement hairstyle. Diane Keaton is an inspiration to us with her low key and relaxed bob. We also love the beautiful color, as well as her peekaboos.
11. Vixen Pixen
This is one vixen pixie cut that you will adore. It’s incredibly easy to style once you get it. All you need to do is pour some mousse or hair wax into your hands, rub them together and run your fingers through your hair.
12. Elegant Hairstyles for Women over 50
Pearls are a staple of elegance and combining them with this long pixie will make you look like you should be the First Lady. A power suit can complement your look as well.
13. Playful Hairstyles for Women over 50
This sandy blonde chin-length bob is a very versatile cut. It goes well with any facial structures and it will highlight your cheekbones as well as your jaw line. Add a pair of stunning glasses and you’re good to go.
14. The Glenn Close
She is a true dame of the silver screen and a real inspiration for us when it comes to hairstyles for women over 50. Glenn Close can be seen here sporting her famous short bob, with tousled bangs.
15. Asymmetrical Hairstyles for Women over 50
If you happen to have fine hair, then you can easily solve that problem through your haircut. The fact that the hair strands have different lengths gives the illusion that the hair is thicker and has more volume.
16. Natural Colors
We just love it when women embrace their naturally graying hair and decide to make the best of it. Here is a short cut with natural white roots and darker tips.
17. The Jamie Lee Curtis
She has been sporting this short boyish cut since we can remember. And it’s a good idea, too because better she could not look!
18. Sharon Osborne Hairstyles for Women over 50
When you’re the wife of a world famous rock star, you certainly want to look your best. Therefore, ladies, take a cue from Sharon and sport her soft fringe layered pixie cut.
19. The Raven Pixie
This is a raven pixie haircut with a very feathery finish which gives it an airy and light feel. The great thing about it is that it is also very easy to maintain and to style at the same time.
20. Soft Curls
We like to call this one the ‘mother of the bride’ inspiration for our hairstyles for women over 50 list. We adore the thin bangs, as well as the soft curls that gather around the model’s head like a halo.
21. The Anna Wintour
Here is a lovely lady sporting a haircut that has now become known as the Anna Wintour. It’s a blunt bob with choppy ends and a very heavy set of bangs. The natural grey color is a must as well.
22. The Jodie Foster
Yet another Hollywood veteran who has remained faithful to the same look for years is Jodie Foster. The beautiful actress can be seen here wearing a choppy bob with caramel ombre highlights.
23. The Madonna
Turning round the old 5 and 0 hasn’t stopped Madonna in the least. In fact, it hasn’t even slowed her down from trying all the styles she wants. Here she is with vintage finger waves in a very short bob.
24. The Kim Cattrall
Everyone’s favorite gal from Sex and the City is now 60. But it doesn’t seem to matter to her or show in any way. Here she is sporting her signature blonde tresses in soft curls down to her shoulders.
25. Queen of the Ice
Hairstyles for women over 50 are about color as much as haircut. If you want to boost your natural grey, you can always go for shades of white or even icy blondes.
26. The Perfect Pixie
You will be all smiles just like the lovely lady in the pic when you sport your perfect pixie. We are also very much in awe of this beautiful beeline honey color, that goes well with a nude makeup.
27. Pouffed Hairstyles for Women over 50
Once you’ve stepped over the threshold, it’s time to let all the worries and rules aside. Now you can get that pouffed up hairdo you’ve always wanted. Go for this perfect diamond shade as well.
28. The High Top
A bob doesn’t have to be all boring and blunt. Use your hairbrush as well as some hairspray, mousse or wax to add both texture and volume on the top of your head.
29. Throwback Hairstyles for Women over 50
Take a trip down memory lane with this seemingly 80s hairstyle. Add some statement clip on earrings and you are will look just the same as you did 30 years ago. How’s that for a time machine?
30. The Ellen Burstyn
It’s difficult to believe that this award winning actress is now 84 years old. However, that goes to show that a good hairstyle can work wonders for any woman over 50.
31. Shaggy Hairstyles for Women over 50
This is a raven colored long pixie with a very high and pouffed top. What we love about it is that it’s so shaggy and ruffled but it can still be worn with diamonds and pearls.
32. Easy to Style Hairstyles for Women over 50
Busy ladies need a hairstyle which they can fit into their packed schedules. With that in mind, we have chosen this lovely hairstyle which you can even style on the go.
33. Red Carpet Hairstyles for Women over 50
You can look like a superstar after just one trip to your hairstylist. Go for a medium length bob, with choppy asymmetrical ends. It will add volume and dimension to your locks.
34. The Frizzy Cruella
You don’t have to be Cruella to allow her to inspire your next hairstyle. This is a two-colored frizzy long pixie cut that is bound to get you noticed out of a crowd.
35. Classy Hairstyles for Women over 50
Using your natural greying color to your benefit will make you look sophisticated and elegant. It will highlight the color of your eyes, as well as your skin complexion, not to mention your bone structure.
36. The Ombre Pixie
As far as hairstyles for women over 50 go, the pixie cut might just be the most beloved one. Therefore, to keep things interesting, you are recommended to play with it. Here is a honey colored ombre pixie.
37. The Sharon Stone
Even though she is now well over 50, Sharon Stone is looking as good as she always has. She adopted a short and feathered bob in her signature blonde shade, which elongates and brightens up her face.
38. The In-Between
This is one of those hairstyles for women over 50 who cannot seem to decide whether they want a pixie cut or a bob. But don’t fret, because now you have this little number to satisfy both those urges.
39. The Emma Thompson
The beautiful Emma Thompson has aged just like a good wine. Her Princess Diana cut and color remind us that she truly is British acting royalty through and through.
40. The Look of the Future
This minimalist asymmetrical bob is absolutely to go for when you lack inspiration. The white platinum color will highlight your eyes and frame your face just like a halo would.
41. The Low Twisted Chignon
For those ladies out there who cannot seem to be able to part with their youthful young locks, there is always the chignon to look forward to as far as hairstyles for women over 50 go.
42. The Faux Mohawk
We all love a good Mohawk, even if it is a fake one. This hairstyle will give you a little bit of edge, elongate your facial features, and give you a few extra inches, if you need them.
43. The Hollywood Diva
It doesn’t matter that you weren’t a Hollywood starlet back in the day. You can still adopt this beautiful 1950s Old Hollywood style, complete with a high beehive, retro glasses, and statement jewelry.
44. Beach Waves and Simple Knots
Pretend that you are going to the beach. What would your hair look like? A very simple knot to protect your hair from the wind and, of course, some beach waves worthy of their name.
45. Braids and Flowers
No list of hairstyles for women over 50 would be complete without some flowery braids. They have been surfing on top of all other trends for quite a few seasons now. Therefore, it’s time for you to embrace them as well.
46. Tourist Hairstyles for Women over 50
This is the moment to live that adventure you’ve always wanted, just like in Eat, Pray, Love or Under the Tuscan Sun. And, while you’re at it, give your hair a break too by wearing it in simple twisted knots.
47. Elvish Hairstyles for Women over 50
This very simple yet delicate and feminine look is straight out of the lookbook for Elves. It has a quiet dignity to it that speaks volumes without having too much gilding to it.
48. Supermodels over 50
If you’re beautiful and charming, it doesn’t matter what age you are. You can still be one of the most successful supermodels around. Copy this look with a fierce lioness white mane and smoky matte makeup.
49. The Silver Braid
Like we said before, when it comes to hairstyles for women over 50, we’re all for donning your natural color. And this one is simply amazing. It’s a metallic silver, braided into a beautiful shape.
50. Black and White
If you are willing to try some unconventional colors after you pass the big 50, why not go for white? You can wear it in a beautiful, simple and classic bob, with soft curls at the tips, going down your shoulders.
51. The High Ponytail
The advantage of the high ponytail is that it clears and lightens up your entire face. Apart from that, it highlights your cheekbones and elongates the arch of your forehead.
52. Lavender Hairstyles for Women over 50
This is another unconventional color which we absolutely adore when it comes to women over 50. Lavender and all its derivatives, such as this pale lilac, will make you look sophisticated and fashionable.
53. Naturally Curly Hairstyles for Women over 50
If you have naturally curly hair, we suggest you take advantage of it and wear it in a medium pixie. You can use some bobby pins to adjust it here and there according to your wishes.
54. The Meryl Streep
Here is Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, sporting a hairstyle that has become emblematic. She was portraying Vogue editor Anna Wintour but did not want to sport her iconic haircut. Therefore, the producers came up with this.
55. Elegant Hairstyles for Women over 50
This elegant updo is perfect for when you must attend a special event. The high top and perfectly arranged fringe can be paired with statement earrings and, why not, a faux fur.
56. The Messy Beehive
Beehives were all the rage in the past decades and they are usually a very high and slick hairdo. However, you can also wear them messy and loose, if you are going for a casual look.
57. The Oversized Braid
Our list of hairstyles for women over 50 also includes an oversized braid. Add a bit of hair wax or hairspray to the tips so that you don’t have to tie them up anymore. Pull at it to make it as big as you want.
58. Channel Your Inner Artist
There’s something vaguely artistic about this hairstyle, which made us include it in the list. We especially love the white color, as well as the minimal and stylized fringe, which contours the forehead.
59. Long Hairstyles for Women over 50
If you’re not ready to chop it all off yet, then you can go for some simple beach waves. Part your hair down the middle and have your stylist give you some choppy ends using a razor.
60. The Silver Waterfall
This is what taking pride in your graying hair looks like and we love it. The color is a shimmering silver with lighter tones on top and darker at the bottom, perfectly showcased by the straight locks. Check out our other ideas for gray and silver hair.
61. The Annette Bening
The woman who married Warren Beatty might know a thing or two about fashion and style, right? Here she is sporting a short and naturally curly pixie cut. Her eye makeup is nude but her lipstick is fiery red.
62. Channeling Marilyn Monroe
When it comes to hairstyles for women over 50, you can always find your inspiration in Hollywood divas. This haircut channels Marilyn Monroe in a very casual and messy way.
63. Rocking Hairstyles for Women over 50
The older you get, the harder you have to rock on. Keep that in mind when you visit your stylist for your next haircut. Try out this long and curly pixie, for a playful and youthful look.
64. The Lioness Mane
This long and natural looking hairstyle is absolutely adorable. It’s ombre colored, with a simple white at the roots, silver grey at head level and then darker tones of grey all the long of the hair strands.
65. Braids and Buns
If you decide to braid your hair, then you can easily turn them into a fashionable bun. Coil them around in the back of the head and use some bobby pins to keep them in the desired place.
66. High Ponytails for Medium Hair
If you have medium length hair, try to put it up in a high ponytail. Pull at the strands of hair left and right of your head to plump up the ponytail and make it look like a faux beehive from the 50s.
67. Youthful Dreams
Contrary to popular belief, hairstyles for women over 50 don’t have to be all about short hair or bobs. You can also keep your long locks, in their natural white color or dye them an icy blonde.
68. The Pinned Up Afro
Having curly hair can be both a blessing and a curse. Moreover, this duality doesn’t stop when you pass 50. Therefore, one of the easiest ways to handle it is to simply tie it up on top of your head in a pinned afro.
69. The Curly Bob
Another way in which you can go to battle with your curly hair is by wearing it in a simple bob. In this way, you will still get all the benefits of your wonderful but without all the fuss that it usually implies.
70. The Crown Dutch Braid
Looking regal has never been easier than with this Dutch braid that goes all around your head. If your hair isn’t long enough, you can always ask your stylist to add some faux weaves until you get to the desired length.
71. Beauty Knows No Age
Or hair color or hairstyle for that matter. We are in love with this high style pompadour, in shades of white, grey, and dirty blonde and we hope we look half as pretty when we’re over 50.
72. Choppy and White
This shoulder length bob has some very choppy ends. They help give the haircut some much needed flexibility and freshness. Apart from that, it looks younger than a normal bob.
73. The Jane Fonda
No list of hairstyles for women over 50 could have been complete without the marvel that is Jane Fonda. Every year that passed, she looked better and better. Her short and wavy hair frames her face and highlights her green eyes.
74. Bubble Gum Pink
One way to show your quirkiness and love of the whimsical is by dyeing your hair in this bubble gum pink shade. You will love the new you and so will your nephews, we guarantee it.
75. The Ultra Short Bob
The ultra short bob has the advantage of leaving your neck exposed, as well as your jawline. As a consequence, this means that the haircut is very comfortable, as well as incredibly easy to style.
76. The Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren is one of those ladies in Hollywood whom we look up to for aging so gracefully and naturally. Here she is sporting a chin length bob, in a lovely ice sand color.
77. The Long Pob
In case you’re not familiar with the term, a Pob is a Posh Bob, a term coined after Posh Spice Victoria Beckham, who first wore this hairstyle after she gave up her fake hair extensions which she wore as a pop singer.
78. The Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench is one of the best actresses in the history of cinematography, as well as a fashion icon. The 82 year old lady of the theatre and the silver screen sports her trademark boyish pixie with great success.
79. The Kris Jenner
The 61 year old television personality loves her raven colored pixie and so do we. It is in perfect tone with her angular face, as well as her olive colored skin and dark chocolaty eyes.
80. The Asymmetrical Bob with Bangs
Rounding up our exhaustive list of hairstyles for women over 50 is a simple asymmetrical bob with some knock-out bangs to match. This hairstyle is perfect for any type of face, as long as it is tailored or customized.