31 Flattering Hairstyles for Women Over 50 With Thick Hair

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Written by Rachel Miller

Updated: February 8, 2024

Many women over 50 struggle with thinning hair. But if you’re a-okay in the thickness department, you might be looking for a new way to style your full-bodied tresses. And certainly, you’re looking for something flattering that won’t make your hair look too voluminous. Right? If you’re over 50 and are looking for a new way to flaunt your thick, lustrous locks, we’ve got the answer. Our must-see list of the top 31 most flattering hairstyles for women over 50 with thick

Tousled Medium Length Cut

A tousled mid-length cut is the ultimate flattering style for women over 50. Not too short or long, it allows you to retain some lovely length begging for carefree waves. You can’t go wrong with adding face-framing bangs, too, which are great for a youthful touch.

#2. Voluminous Chin-Length Bob

Voluminous Chin Length Bob

The great thing about chopping your voluminous locks into a chin-length bob is you won’t have to worry about teasing or volumizing products. The shorter stature will allow your thick hair to do all the volumizing for you. All you need to do is sit back and relax your bouncy ‘do!

#3. Classic Long Waves

Classic Long Waves

Thick hair always looks majestic when worn long, and this lengthy hairstyle is proof. We love her gorgeous salt-and-pepper strands fashioned with lovely loose ringlets for a full-bodied and elegant look you can wear day or night.

#4. Textured Shaggy Lob

Textured Shaggy Lob

Just because you have thick hair doesn’t mean you have dimension. If your thicker tresses demand movement and depth, opt for a shaggy lob and lightly tousle it up. This will bring your thick strands to life in a beautiful new way.

#5. Curled-Under Bob

Curled Under Bob

Bobs are cute and charming for women over 50, but if you want to add more style and flare, a great way to do it is by curling the ends under. Curling under will immediately create an undeniably sophisticated yet fun, youthful bounce.

#6. Curly Crown Topknot

Curly Crown Topknot

Are you looking for a classy updo that will also make you look years younger? Enter the curly crown topknot! This downright cultivated look features a classic topknot with a twist – tons of luscious ringlets. The curls add more style to the aesthetic while brightening the face.

#7. Angular Asymmetrical Cut

Angular Asymmetrical Cut

Many women crave low-maintenance looks over 50 – especially if they have thicker hair that’s difficult to manage. Sound like you? Then, you should highly consider an angular, asymmetrical cut. The angles and asymmetry create a fascinating silhouette that’s surprisingly easy to maintain.

#8. Side-Parted Cascading Layers

Side Parted Cascading Layers

Don’t worry – not all layers are kryptonite for thicker tresses. These cascading layers will add dimension without creating an overwhelming amount of fullness. Plus, the entire style has a mature yet stylish err to it, which is something many women 50+ will enjoy.

#9. Reverse Layered Bob

Reverse Layered Bob

Layered bobs might be a classic, but you’re a woman who likes to break free from the pack – aren’t you? If you are, consider going with a reverse-layered bob. With a unique shape shorter in front and longer in the back, you can easily obtain an edgy yet mature style.

#10. Chunky Spiral Curls

Chunky Spiral Curls

I will say it once, and I will say it again: you can never go wrong with spiral curls. Tighter ringlets are not only invigorating and bouncy, but they immediately create a feminine aesthetic that’s great for any occasion – especially ones where you want all eyes on you.

#11. Disconnected Pixie Cut

Disconnected Pixie Cut

If you’re ready to stop struggling with your thick tresses altogether, go the daring route and ask for a disconnected pixie cut. The disconnected nature of this cut offers an exciting silhouette that’s youthful, contemporary, and smart.

#12. Flipped-Out Layered Bob

Flipped Out Layered Bob

A flipped-out layered bob is an effortless way to achieve the epitome of carefree yet cool. Flipping the layers out ensures a lightweight and airy feel that can be swung back and forth playfully. Make the layers a focal point by choosing contrasting highlights!

#13. Glamorous Hollywood Waves

Glamorous Hollywood Waves

There’s a reason why Hollywood waves are known as the epitome of vintage sophistication – they’re downright stunning. Touted as one of the most elegant looks to wear, you can’t go wrong styling your longer locks into luscious waves such as these.

#14. High Crown Beehive

High Crown Beehive

It’s OK to take a step back in time – especially if it means you’ll be recreating an old-time classic! The beehive is a great look for any high-class event. And, because you have thicker strands, you won’t have to worry about this look appearing lifeless. Grab your bobby pins and hairspray, and get to work!

#15. Tapered A-Line Bob

Tapered A Line Bob

An A-line cut personifies a contemporary attitude, but it can be a little too harsh for those with thick locks. If you want to go the a-line route, you should soften it up a bit by going with a tapered style. It looks flawless!

#16. Tight Ringlet Curls

Tight Ringlet Curls

If you have naturally thick hair that’s riddled with curls, we can’t beg you enough to let your natural texture run free! Our number one recommendation is to take good care of your curls and use products to enhance every ringlet.

#17. Half-Up Half-Down Bun

Half Up Half Down Bun

Wearing all your hair up or down can be overwhelming; there’s just so much hair to deal with! That’s why the half-up, half-down bun hairstyle is superb for thick-haired ladies. It’s cute and stylish and takes the weight off your mane. It’s a win!

#18. Razored Pixie with Long Bangs

Razored Pixie with Long Bangs

Playing with different lengths in a pixie cut is always a smart move. The contrasting strands will immediately give your look a playful attitude, while the shorter style will let your facial features be the focal point. 

#19. Slicked-Back Pompadour

Slicked Back Pompadour

A slicked-back pompadour says I’m classy, but I’ve got a little bit of a rockstar hiding inside my veins. Well, women over 50 – if this sounds anything like you, show off this look at your next event. Up the drama by tossing in some bright red elements!

#20. Zigzag-Parted Layers

Zigzag Parted Layers

Breaking up your parting can be a simple way to ensure your thick hair doesn’t look too full and boring. All you have to do is use a hair tool (such as the end of a comb) to split your part in a fun new way. It’s unique and adds a fun flare to your hair!

#21. Straight Cut with Blunt Bangs

Straight Cut with Blunt Bangs

For those craving to look like a posh diva, this one’s for you. This modern style showcases a straight cut dangling right above the shoulders. It finishes with a set of daring straight-cut bangs. This style is reserved for those who dream of being on the cover of Vogue magazine.

#22. Voluminous French Twist

Voluminous French Twist

Thick locks look oh-so-gorgeous when fashioned into a French twist. There’s plenty of gorgeous bulk to bring the look together flawlessly. Pair this timeless style with your finest attire for any upcoming occasion, and rest assured, you’ll have all eyes on you.

#23. Coiled Low Bun

Coiled Low Bun

Low buns have a reputation for being simple and elegant. That’s great and all, but it’s time to take this classic look to the next level. All you need to do is fashion your thick hair into curls before securing your low bun. Such a snazzy and lively finish!

#24. Long and Straight with Face-Framing Layers

Long and Straight with Face Framing Layers

Keeping your hair long and straight is fine. The only drawback is that it can make your face look worn down, and that’s obviously something to avoid when you approach 50 and over. The best way to combat this is to toss in some lovely face-framing layers, which will brighten your look.

#25. Wispy Feathered Updo

Wispy Feathered Updo

An easy way to turn any updo into a sprightly and whimsical sight is to opt for wispy feathering! Feathered detailing adds a light and effortless touch to your mane, which always looks charming when styled into an updo.

#26. Shaggy Mullet Revival

Shaggy Mullet Revival

A shaggy mullet can be a game-changer for those with thick hair who also want to enjoy layers. Because there are so many different lengths hiding within this cut, you can enjoy lightweight movement that’s undeniably gorgeous.

#27. Low Horizontal Twist

Low Horizontal Twist

Refined hairstyles suited for the fanciest occasions don’t have to be complex. This low horizontal twist proves you can go with something easy to achieve and still look like a million bucks. The best part is that your thicker locks won’t need help creating a full-bodied and luscious finish.

#28. Braided Crown Halo

Braided Crown Halo 2

Transforming your appearance to look like an angelic fairy is a cinch – all you have to do is fashion your thicker locks into a gorgeous halo braid. The wrap-around style is regal and will keep those thick tresses away from your face!

#29. High Ponytail with a Volume Boost

High Ponytail with Volume Boost

Thick-haired women don’t usually complain about their high ponytails lacking volume. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t add even more exciting height. Simply tease the crown before tossing your locks into a ponytail. The added height will give your face an instant lift.

#30. Mohawk-Inspired Faux Hawk

Mohawk Inspired Faux Hawk

A faux hawk is the best choice for those who want to unleash their inner punk-rocker – and yes, that includes women over 50. There’s no age limit on rockin’ out. This style is easy to achieve with thick hair – just don’t forget the styling gel and hairspray!

#31. Double Dutch Braided Bun

Double Dutch Braided Bun

Thick hair allows for more detailed styles, especially those involving braids – and this look is the perfect example. Double Dutch braids leading down to a lovely bun are full of intricate detail that’s eye-catching and unique. Ladies, this look wouldn’t be possible without those thicker tresses!

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