Inspirational hairstyles that are perfect for women in their 50s

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  • Do you struggle to find inspiration when looking for a new hairstyles that's flattering in your 50s?

    Our hair and beauty experts have pulled together hairstyles that are perfect for women in their 50s to help you find inspiration for your next salon visit.

    From short cropped or bob hairstyles (perfect for fine hair), to side fringes to tempt you, to long and youthful hairstyles for anyone who’s not ready to cut off all their locks, we’ve got it all. And whether you want to embrace (and show off!) your grey or find a new flattering shade, we’ve got all the hair colour inspiration you need to take your style to the next level.

    What hairstyle for women over 50 should I choose?

    If you’re thinking of changing your hairstyle, find your inspiration here then visit a trusted salon. “We advise our clients to come into the salon for great consultation so that we can take into account their face shape, hair texture and condition and lifestyle,” advises Melissa Timperley, stylist and director of the multi-award-winning Melissa Timperley Salons in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. “That way we can work out what’s going to be the best look, and share some options.”

    Feel like you’re struggling to find something that suits as you get older? Perhaps your hair has thinned after the menopause or you’re at a style crossroads. “There is a perfect hairstyle for everyone, no matter what your age,” says Melissa.

    “Some clients want to embrace their grey, others want short and sassy.  Some clients can rock an edgy look, others just want a trendy age and lifestyle-appropriate look. Equally, others want a style that makes the most of hair that is less thick than they would like. That’s why the consultation is so important.”

    The key to flattering hairstyles that are perfect for women in their 50s is a clever cut that doesn’t require too much product, like mousse or hairspray, which can result in a stiff, ageing do. Maintaining hair health is also vital. As we age hair becomes dryer and courser so investing in hair tools, like a really great hair dryer and hair rollers that help protect strands from damage, is also important.

    Fringe or no fringe at 50?

    There’s a running joke about a fringe being an all-natural, inexpensive alternative to botox. But in all seriousness, heavy, wispy and side fringes look fabulous at any age – and can add that extra something to a hair style. Ask your hairdressers advice on the best fringe for your faec shape. A wispy fringe works perfectly to soften Joanna Lumley’s angular face (below), while Dawn French pulls off the heavy bangs look perfectly (below).

    Maintaining a fringe is easy, especially as the grown-out-fringe style is very on trend. Salons often offer free‘ fringe cuts so you can nip in and get it trimmed. Keep some hair spray and a comb handy at all times – that’s all you need!

    Growing out a fringe at 50 – how should you do it?

    Growing out a fringe at 50 – or at any age – can be painful. When you’ve cut in a fringe, there are a few weeks or months where it looks its best, but after that, you reach the awkward stage where it falls just a little too close to your eyes.

    So how best to deal with a fringe whilst its growing out? If you want to get rid of your fringe, it  might help to sweep it into a side fringe when it gets a little longer. Then, when it gets a little longer than that, it might be helpful to pop a headband on, to sweep the hair out of your face.

    However, if you want to keep your fringe and it’s growing out, you can always pop in to your hairdressers for a quick trim – often, hair stylists will do this for free.

    Inspirational hairstyles for women over 50

    Remember – these are just for inspiration! You can tailor these hairstyles for women over 50 to suit you, whether it’s the colour, a hint of layering, a fringe or the overall style.

    Take your favourite hairstyles to the salon and create a look that’s perfect for you, like Lorraine Kelly’s choppy loose waves and textured fringe, which has us feeling serious hair envy. Ask for a cut for easy, everyday styling, a style that will make you look younger in an instant, or opt for a colour just a touch lighter than your brows for a contemporary, youthful look.

    We’ve selected a variety of styles that work with different hair lengths and textures, making them easy to maintain and while looking natural. See these hairstyles for women over 50 below.