These 80+ Vibrant Hairstyles Are Making Women Over 50 Look Years Younger

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Written by Rachel Miller

Updated: March 27, 2024

Who says women of a certain age have to look like it? Not us! Beauty has no limits, after all!

So, no matter what style you’re looking for, our list of 80+ hairstyles has something vibrant and ageless for women over 50. From short, cropped styles to longer, more playful looks and everything in between.  Let’s jump in!

Wavy Layered Lob

Get all the youthfulness without losing much length with a wavy layered lob cut. This cut boosts aging hair with more volume and texture and some added movement when styled in waves.

#2. Salt-and-Pepper Pixie

Chic Salt and Pepper

Embrace your grays with an elegant and confident salt and pepper-pixie cut. This short and sassy hairstyle exudes confidence and style with minimal effort. The best part? It suits any hair texture with ease.

#3. Long Auburn Waves with Blonde Highlights

Long Auburn Waves with Blonde Highlights

Introducing blonde highlights to longer auburn locks provides a captivating multidimensional look. Long waves work wonders for women over 50 with finer hair who want something young and stylish without aging themselves.

#4. Classic Chignon Bun

Classic Chignon Bun

The classic chignon bun is the epitome of elegance for formal and casual events alike. Chignons are simple done-up styles, perfect for medium or longer hair. All you need to do is gather your hair at the nape and twist it into a bun. You can even give yourself some extra volume by teasing your hair at the crown.

#5. Textured Chin-Length Bob

Textured Chin Length Bob

If you like the structured and sophisticated look of the chin-length bob but want just a tad more movement, add some textured layers. This cut works wonders for thinning hair, whether straight, wavy or even curly.

#6. Shaggy Curls with Fringe

Shaggy Curls with Fringe

Calling all curly boho babes! Boost your girls with a shag cut with a cute fringe bang for that added youthful vibe. This is the best beachy look to add texture and volume, enhancing curls and waves BIG TIME.

#7. Golden Tousled Mid-Length Locks

Golden Tousled Mid Length Locks

Sticking to the beachy theme, you give your skin the perfect sun-kissed glow with golden-tousled mid-length locks. The golden hue adds warmth and radiance, while the touseled waves create a texture that flawlessly frames your face. 

#8.  Chestnut Brown Angled Bob

Chestnut Brown Angled Bob

Give your look a rich, youthful glow with a chestnut brown angled bob. This artsy, modern take on the timeless bob adds dimension and fullness to your hair. Plus, the red undertones of the chestnut brown offer a lovely rosy glow to any skin tone. 

#9. Sleek Ponytail with Side-Swept Bangs

Sleek Ponytail with Side Swept Bangs

Elevate your ponytail by adding side-swept bangs for a sophisticated touch. This hairstyle is the perfect combination of fashion and function, allowing you to keep your hair out of your face while still looking as chic as ever.

#10. Platinum Blonde Bob with Deep Side Part

Platinum Blonde Bob with Deep Side Part

If you’re looking for an elegant, structured style with a little flair, try a platinum blonde bob with a deep side part. The platinum-colored bob is a sleek, glamorous style given a playful edge when styled with a deep side part. 

#11. Natural Curly Afro

Natural Curly Afro

Embrace your true beauty with a natural curly Afro. This simple style allows you to celebrate your natural texture in a super-stylish way that’s also really easy to style every day. Just remember to keep your hair moisturized with a good hydrating curl cream.

#12. Long Straight Locks with a Side Part

Long Straight Locks with a Side Part

A side part with long, straight hair creates a timeless and elegant look that suits all hair types, from thin to thick. All it takes is a few run-throughs with your flat iron. But don’t forget to use a heat protectant!

#13. Blunt Cut with Subtle Highlights

Blunt Cut with Subtle Highlights

Soften and lighten your blunt cut with some subtle highlights for a simple change that brings a lot to the table. The clean edges of the cut bring face-framing flair, while the highlights provide a slight glow to all skin tones.

#14. Tapered Undercut Pixie

Tapered Undercut

A tapered pixie cut can give you an edgy yet youthful look without needing forever to style it right. Plus, the tapered sides create visual contrast, making the top of the pixie cut look even more textured and voluminous.

#15. Bohemian Braided Updo

Bohemian Braided Updo

Get all the coastal hippie vibes with a touch of class has never been as easy as it is with a beautiful bohemian braided updo. The combination of loose braids and curls is perfect for any occasion, giving your look an unbeatable edge while still looking classy.

#16. Sleek High Bun

Sleek High Bun

For something stylish and elegant but as simple as ever, for a sleek high bun. This hairstyle works for hall hair types and all kinds of occasions, from formal events to busy days at the office. You take a turn the flair up even more with a sharp undercut.

#17. Caramel-Colored Bob with a Money Piece

Caramel Colored Bob with a Money Piece

Indulge your classic bob-cut with a trendy caramel color fitted with a money piece. The soft caramel hue adds a warm glow to your skin, while the money piece highlights your facial features. 

#18. Tousled Waves with a Root Shadow

Tousled Waves with a Root Shadow

If you’re looking for that modern yet refined look for your tousled waves, a lighter root shadow is the way to go. This effortless transition creates a unique contrast, while touseled waves add texture and body. But what we love most is that this style works on any length and hair texture.

#19. Voluminous Curly Pixie

Voluminous Curly

Make a bold, stylish statement by showcasing your coils in a voluminous curly pixie cut. This allows you to keep your captivating curls and wear them with confidence, all while having a youthful, short, and simply styled haircut. Who could ask for more?

#20. Layered Beachy Waves

Layered Beachy Waves

Hold on to your luscious lengths, and give them a twist with some layered beachy waves. Relaxed, loose waves give all hair textures more movement, complemented by voluminous and texturized layers, all coming together for a long look that won’t weigh your face down.

#21. Slicked-Back Short Bob

Slicked Back Short Bob

A slicked-back short bob is a modern take on a timelessly confident hairstyle. It’s perfect for women over 50 with straight or wavy hair who want something spunky while maintaining sophistication in their style.

#22. Loose Fishtail Braid

Loose Fishtail Braid

Bring out your inner shieldmaiden with a long and loose fishtail braid. This is an iconic braid that looks intricate and can dress up any style but is extremely easy to do. You can keep it sleek and pulled back or pull out a few strands to frame your face. The choice is yours!

#23. Feathered-Out Flip

Feathered Out Flip

Take it back to the good old days with a retro feathered-out flip. Flipping the ends of your hair creates a playful bounce at the ends, adding some extra body to your whole hair, not just the roots. All you need for this style is a round brush and a blow dryer.

#24. Wispy Bangs and Soft Waves

Wispy Bangs and Soft Waves

For something fun and youthful, try wispy bangs paired with soft waves. The wispy bangs bring an effortlessly chic vibe to textured and voluminous waves to make you look and feel years younger.

#25. Twisted Low Bun

Twisted Low Bun

Nothing brings effortless confidence and class like a twisted low bun. Simply stated, it’s an easy and elegant updo you can do in seconds on medium and long hair–straight, wavy, or curly.

#26. Ombre Bob with Beach Waves

Ombre Bob with Beach Waves

If you’re still in you’re “beach babe era,” you’ll love this style! An ombre bob paired with beach waves livens up your current look, giving vibrance to your skin and a voluminous dimension to your hair.

#27. Edgy Mohawk Pixie

Edgy Mohawk

Are you feeling bold and adventurous? Bring that inner punk out with an edgy mohawk pixie cut. Shorter sides bring visual contrast against the longer top section, which is all flair. Make sure you’re using a good styling paste to rock this look all day long.

#28. Classic French Twist

Classic French Twist

For a timeless and sophisticated look with extreme simplicity, go for the classic French twist. This easy updo works perfectly on medium to hair lengths, and you can make it your own by teasing different parts of your hair for more volume or pulling out some loose strands.

#29. Asymmetrical Wavy Lob

Asymmetrical Wavy Lob

The wavy lob is a favorite for the wavy ladies over 50. But what if we told you that you could make it even better? Angled asymmetrical lobs bring even more visual interest to your look, adding an artistic edge to the texture and volume the wavy lob gives you.

#30. Side-Braided Crown

Side Braided Crown

Princess vibes are ageless. Get a dose with a super-simple side-braided crown. Start by braiding one side of your hair and wrapping it around your head to create a crown effect. Make sure to pin your crown in place to keep it in place. 

#31. High Ponytail with Face-Framing Tendrils

High Ponytail with Face Framing Tendrils

For something perfectly polished, go for a high ponytail with face-framing tendrils. The high pony is effortlessly sleek and chic, but the loose tendrils frame your face and add a softer touch.

#32. Layered Crop with Textured Bangs

Layered Crop with Textured Bangs

The layered crop with textured bangs gives any woman over 50 a more youthful vibe while giving fine hair much-needed volume and texture. These bangs are also a beautifully chic way to frame your facial features. 

#33. Long Bob with Blunt Ends

Long Bob with Blunt Ends

The lob cut is one of the most trendy haircuts going. You can take that up a notch with straight, blunt-cut ends. These ruler-straight ends create a sharp, clean line that puts a polished touch on the usually casual-looking lob.

#34. Twisted Half-Up, Half-Down

Twisted Half Up Half Down

Combine the polished look of an updo while letting your hair down with a twisted half-up and half-down hairstyle. This simple style creates a relaxed sophistication that fits any occasion, even a day at home.

#35. Short Shag with Piecey Layers

Short Shag with Piecey Layers

Channel all of the groovy 70s vibes with a short shag haircut with piecey layers. Piecey layers add even more texture and movement to the short and shaggy style, meaning you can rock this look no matter your hair type.

#36. Long Layers with Soft Curls

Long Layers with Subtle Curls

Forget aging! You’re not done living your bombshell era yet. And, with this glamourous style, there’s no end in sight of that era. Long layers give your lengths some definition and volume, and when styled with soft curls, you get movement and body. Can you say va-va-voom?

#37. Crown Braid Updo

Crown Braid Updo

For all you queens out there, a braided crown can give you a refined yet somewhat natural aesthetic. The braid goes around your head, creating a full crown. Pull out a few strands for a more bohemian vibe.

#38. Chin-Length Bob with Side-Swept Bangs

Chin Length Bob with Side Swept Bangs

For a modern look that accentuates your cheekbones and jawline, the chin-length bob with side-swept bangs is the way to go. The ever-so-stylish chin-length bob has been a fashion staple since the 1920s but edgy side-swept bangs bring this classic do into this century. 

#39. Voluminous Ponytail with a Bouffant

Voluminous Ponytail with a Bouffant

Infuse some ’60s glam into your style by styling your hair in a ponytail with a bouffant. The bouffant is famous for adding height and drama, coming down into a simple, sleek ponytail. But, it doesn’t have to be the beehive kind of bouffant. A little lift at the crown is all you need! 

#40. Soft Pixie with Long Top Layers

Soft Pixie with Long Top Layers

The soft pixie cut is a delicate take on a bold style. Adding to it, longer top layers add volume and help soften this look even more while giving the haircut way more styling options.

#41. Tapered Natural Curls

Tapered Natural Curls

The tapered cut is for all our curly girls who want to keep their curls intact while embracing their wild side. The tapered sides keep things bold and eye-catching, while the long top layer allows you to keep those beautiful curls.

#42. Braided Low Chignon

Braided Low Chignon

If you like the low-chignon look but want something with a little more pizzazz, make it into a braided low-chignon bun. This takes an already elegant look, and, in one step, makes it infinitely fancier. 

#43. Sleek Middle Part with Long Layers

Sleek Middle Part with Long Layers

Typically, women over 50 are told to stay away from longer hairstyles. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice your length until you’re ready. Done right, long, sleek layers won’t drag you down. Instead, they’ll frame your face. Then, you can style this cut with the middle part for symmetry and balance.

#44. Curly Updo with a Side Twist

Curly Updo with a Side Twist

If you’re looking for a new way to style your medium to long hair, try a curly updo with a side twist. The curls will add texture and volume to your hair, while the side twist adds a dash of sophistication.

#45. Wavy Asymmetrical Bob

Wavy Asymmetrical Bob

For something smart and chic, the wavy asymmetrical bob is your go-to cut. With one side longer than the other, this style adds a modern twist to the traditional bob haircut. Plus, natural (or styled) waves give this cut texture and definition.

#46. Vintage Pin Curls

Vintage Pin Curls

If you love old Hollywood glam, this one’s for you! Release your inner Marylin with some retro pin curls. This hairstyle involves wrapping sections of your hair around your fingers and then securing them in place using pins or clips.

#47. Side-Parted Straight Lob

Side Parted Straight Lob

A striking straight side-parted lob gives medium and finer hair everything it needs to shine (and not just because of good hydration). The asymmetrical charm of the side part adds a flashy touch to the sleek finish of the straight low cut we all know and love.

#48. Messy Top Knot Bun

Messy Top Knot Bun

There’s nothing like a messy top knot for that perfectly undone look. This effortless, laidback style is perfect for medium to long hair, giving full practicality with a little bedhead flair. All it takes is putting your hair in a top knot, lightly ruching it for that distressed look, and loosening a few strands.

#49. Long Feathered Layers

Long Feathered Layers

Feathered layers give long hair a free-spirited, bohemian feeling to your style. These layers create a cascading effect, adding definition and movement to your hair, with some volume, to boot. But what do we love best about this long and luscious cut? The fact that it fits all hair densities!

#50. Undercut with Long Top Layers

Undercut with Long Top Layers

Get the best of both worlds with a short undercut shaken up with long layers at the top. This cool contrast offers a visual line, allowing even more volume and body for your snazzy top layers.

#51. Wavy Long Bob with Curtain Bangs

Wavy Long Bob with Curtain Bangs

For that perfectly chic and beachy look, there’s nothing better than a wavy long bob complete with cute curtain bangs. This haircut is perfect for women over 50 who want to take some years off their faces with something fun and youthful.

#52. Slicked-Back High Bun

Slicked Back High Bun

For a hairstyle that’s all business, go for a slicked-back high bun. This easy bun is effortlessly sophisticated, showcases that beautiful face of yours, and even creates the illusion of a longer, slimmer neck. 

#53. Tousled Pixie Cut

Tousled Pixie Cut 1

For a style that says all things playful, a tousled pixie cut. The tousled texture provides a carefree vibe enhanced by quick and easy styling. If you have fine or thinning hair, this creates more volume. Also, a short haircut like this always helps you look a little younger.

#54. Chin-Length Wavy Bob with Deep Side Part

Chin Length Wavy Bob with Deep Side Part

Combine refined drama and sophistication with a wavy chin-length bob styled with a deep side part. The structure of the classic chin-length bob is slightly thrown off balance by a deep side part, which offers an asymmetrical edge, and the texture brought by the waves adds a beautiful finishing touch that adds some definition to finer hair.

#55. Blunt Shoulder-Length Cut with Center Part

Blunt Shoulder Length Cut with Center Part

Blunt Shoulder Length Cut with Center Part 

Everyone loves a little structure, and that’s exactly what you get with the blunt shoulder-length cut. Finished with a middle part, the blunt shoulder-length cut is the perfect hairstyle to make a statement without saying a word. It’s simple, stylish, and sensible. What more could women over 50 could ask?

#56. Low-Side Bun with Loose Waves

Low Side Bun with Loose Waves 1

If you love the volume and body that loose waves give your hair but want it out of the way for the day, opting for a low-side bun styled with loose waves can give you an elegant and romantic look with zero hassle. The low bun sits at the nape of your neck, allowing the texture of the waves to come through, unlike in a tighter high bun. Tease the top of your hair for more volume and drama.

#57. Long Hair with Chunky Highlights

Long Hair with Chunky Highlights

If you want your long, luscious hair to be vibrant and full of definition, you need to add some chunky highlights. Highlights create a light-catching contrast that brightens your face and gives you all of those summer girl vibes. 

#58. Medium-Length Curls with Side Part

Medium Length Curls with Side Part

Show your love for your curls with a voluminous medium-length curly cut styled with a side part for that little extra something. This haircut also works for wavy or straight hair (if you’re committed to curling it every day).

#59. Beachy Waves with Balayage

Beachy Waves with Balayage

Nothing says summer like beachy waves with Balayage. This flawlessly sun-kissed color technique is perfect for keeping that warm sunny glow, no matter the season, while the beachy waves give you that salted air shape and texture. All you need now is a pina colada.

#60. Short-Layered Bob with Wispy Bangs

Short Layered Bob with Wispy Bangs

If you’re looking for something youthful but still has nice, clean lines, consider a short layered bob with wispy bangs. The layers create fullness and texture, as the wispy bangs add a girlish softness to your look.

#61. Tousled Lob with Subtle Balayage

Tousled Lob with Subtle Balayage

For a flawlessly sophisticated appearance with a slight laid-back edge, go for a tousled lob with subtle balayage highlights. The tousled look gives finer hair some body and movement, complemented by the soft definition brought by the subtle balayage.

#62. High Ponytail with Volume

High Ponytail with Volume

Effortlessly elegant, you can’t go wrong with a voluminous high ponytail. Whether your hair is pin straight, wavy, or has tight curls, this one-step wonder will have you looking and feeling perfectly put together.

#63. Medium Shag with Wispy Bangs

Medium Shag with Wispy Bangs

For something stylish and spunky, look no further than a sassy shag with some wispy bangs for some extra sass. This cut is perfect for medium-length hair of all textures that needs a style that brings it all– texture, dimension, volume.

#64. Textured Long Bob with Side Bangs

Textured Long Bob with Side Bangs

If you’re looking for something mature and flattering but easy to manage, take a look at the long bob with side bangs. The added texture adds definition and movement to an otherwise sleek (and kind of flat) style while the side bangs gracefully frame your face. This is the perfect wake-up-and-go kind of style we can all appreciate.

#65. Curly Mohawk

Curly Mohawk 1

Embrace your curls and your edgy side with a curly Mohawk. The sides are either shaved or closely cropped, and the top showcases your naturally captivating curls in a style that packs a punch.

#66. Braided Crown with Loose Curls

Braided Crown with Loose Curls

Attention all whimsical wonder women over 50! Accentuate your loose curls with a beautiful braided crown for that classically captivating regal aesthetic. This elegant yet youthful style is perfect for making finer hair really make a statement and fit with the prettiest way to keep your hair out of your eyes.

#67. Sleek, Straight Long Hair with Blunt Bangs

Sleek Straight Long Hair with Blunt Bangs

Nothing says runway ready like a sleek, long haircut with blunt bangs. This timeless yet stylish look creates an eye-catching frame for your face, making you look younger with the blunt bang giving that extra chic touch.

#68. Blunt Bob with a Side Part

Blunt Bob with a Side Part

A blunt bob with a side part gives a brand-new look to a timeless style. This straight-line cut provides a youthful-looking structure, while the asymmetrical side part adds an edgy element.

#69. Pixie Cut with Long Bangs

Pixie Cut with Long Bangs

Adding long bangs to a pixie cut brings a fresh and modern twist to this iconic cut. The short and cropped sides create a visual contrast against the long bangs that highlight your upper facial features.

#70. Side-Swept Pixie Cut

Side Swept Pixie Cut

If you like the pixie cut with longer bangs but they’re not quite long enough for you, the side-swept pixie cut gives you a more contemporary look that requires as little work to style as any other pixie cut. What we love most about it is how the longer strands gracefully sweep across your forehead, creating a more feminine vibe than the average pixie cut.

#71. Classic Chignon with a Modern Twist

Classic Chignon with a Modern Twist

If you think you can’t mix classic and modern, think again! The chignon gets an unexpected twist with voluminization and an actual twist on one side. The twist adds an artistic touch to the traditional low bun chignon that will have heads turning everywhere.

#72. Long Hair with a Feathered Flip

Long Hair with a Feathered Flip

Another style for our length-loving ladies, the feathery flip brings a touch of retro glam into the modern era. The feathered ends create bounce and body, even for the finest hair. All you need for this look is a round brush and blow dryer. Easy as pie!

#73. Voluminous Updo with Curls

Voluminous Updo with Curls

Everyone loves an updo, especially a curly one! Step up your updo game by adding volume and curls for drama and definition. You can do this kind of updo on natural or styled curls and on any hair density. We love a versatile do!

#74. Asymmetrical Lob with Undercut

Asymmetrical Lob with Undercut

Some something that blends edgy and elegant, go for a combination cut like the asymmetrical lob with an undercut. This style is particularly ideal to give straight hair some sleek style, contrast, and a lot of body. 

#75. Shoulder-Length Waves with Face-Framing Highlights

Shoulder Length Waves with Face Framing Highlights

Adding face-framing highlights makes a stylish shoulder-length cut stand out, showcasing your best facial features. But adding full-bodied waves is what makes this style a medium-length masterpiece.

#76. Pinned-Up Curls

Pinned Up Curls

For a vivaciously vintage look, try pinning up your curls. Curl your hair using a wand, rolling each up and pinning it close to the scalp. Roll the curls tightly using a sized curling iron and secure them close to the scalp for an elegant touch of 40s nostalgia. Plus, when you take them out, you can lightly brush them out for some bombshell vintage glam waves.

#77. Shaggy-Layered Bob

Shaggy Layered Bob

The shaggy layered bob blends two classic styles for something truly iconic. The structure of the bob haircut is distorted by texturized, shaggy layers to create a beautiful chaos-type aesthetic that shows your wild side without sacrificing an inch of style.

#78. Long Straight Hair with a Braided Crown

Long Straight Hair with a Braided Crown

Long, straight hair can get old after a while. But luckily, you can give it a twist. Well, actually, a braid. Level up your sleek, straight lengths with a stylish braided crown. It’s a simple change, but it creates an entirely different look. You can use one braid to wrap around your head or connect multiple braids for something more intricate. The choice is yours!

#79. High Puff with Side Cornrows

High Puff with Side Cornrows

For a chic take on your natural texture, high puff with side cornrows. The puff gives you volume and texture, while the side cornrows give undeniable visual interest. Some stylists can even give you braided designs!

#80. Slicked-Back Long Bob

Slicked Back Long Bob

A polished, slicked-back long bob is the perfect contemporary take on a beloved style. The slicked-back style draws focus to your face and elongates your neckline, all while looking sleek and, even better, keeping your hair out of your face.

#81. Messy Top Knot with Wisps

Messy Top Knot with Wisps

If the regular messy top knot doesn’t cut it for you, we can’t blame you after seeing the difference a few whisps can make! These simple strands add a softer, slightly romantic touch, giving a more worn-in than undone look.

#82. Half-Up, Half-Down with Loose Waves

Half Up Half Down with Loose Waves

Can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down? Choose both! This mature take on the half-ponytail is the perfect compromise between practicality and elegance, with a dose of added body from the faux-layering caused by the half-ponytail.

#83. Inverted Bob with Side-Swept Bangs

Inverted Bob with Side Swept Bangs

Another trendy variation to a timeless hair trend is the inverted bob haircut paired with side-swept bangs. This contemporary twist keeps the full-body and structure of the bob, with an inverted angle for uniqueness and side-swept bangs to top it all off.

#84. Low Bun with a Braided Halo

Low Bun with a Braided Halo

A great no-hassle hairstyle for straight hair is a classic low bun accented by a braided halo. This timeless style is elevated by the braid that travels around your head and into the bun. But what we really love about this style is that it can fit a formal event. Or, it can be a great day-before-wash-day style.

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