Youthful hairstyles for over 50s: 50+ ideas to inspire a new look

Looking to update your 'do? These youthful hairstyles for over 50s are stylish, timeless, and fresh

Viola davis wearing one of the best youthful hairstyles for over 50s - curly faux hawk - on the red carpet
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When it comes to finding youthful hairstyles for over 50s, there's absolutely no need to restrict yourself. Age is no barrier to rocking whatever style you like, as celebrities like Helen Mirren, Viola Davis, and Goldie Hawn demonstrate regularly, and your options for great haircuts are almost endless. 

At any age, finding easy hairstyles that suit you and make day-to-day styling simple should be at the top of your agenda. From short hairstyles to braided hairstyles and long hairstyles, youthful hairstyles for over 50s come in many forms and there's an on-trend style to suit your hair type and face shape out there—the key is finding a stylist who listens to your needs.

“We advise clients to come to the salon for a consultation so that we can take into account their face shape, hair texture, condition, and lifestyle,” says Melissa Timperley, director of Melissa Timperley Salons. “Some want to embrace their gray hair color, others want short and sassy. Others just want a trendy lifestyle-appropriate look. That's why booking a consultation is so important.” 

Andie MacDowell smiling with long grey hair and red lipstick

Andie MacDowell proves how fabulous long hair looks after 50

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How to choose youthful hairstyles for over 50s

When searching for youthful hairstyles for over 50s, consider the following: 

  • Hair health: “Past the peak age of about 20, each cycle of hair growth and fall [around five years on the scalp], becomes a little shorter and the hair comes back a little thinner and drier,” celebrity hairstylist Michael Van Clarke explains. If this sounds familiar, a shorter cut with blunt ends may be a good shout, to counteract any hair thinning
  • Hair texture: “Gray hair is usually coarser, fluffier, wirier, and less weighty at the ends, so doesn't move with the same bounce and swing,” Michael says. Regular trims and the best hair masks can keep your hair’s moisture levels and swish factor in check. 
  • Color services:  “Try adding some lighter pieces throughout, as highlights will swell the cuticles and add bounce,” suggests Johanne Herland, Master Stylist at Charles Worthington Salons.
  • Extensions: “For youthful hairstyles for over 50s, I recommend 15 pieces of extensions each side under the parting, so it fills in the finer front pieces,” adds Johane. “It also adds thickness to the baseline of a haircut.”
  • Maintenance: In addition to having the right tools like the best hair dryer on hand, the key to finding your ideal style is knowing how much maintenance you can put into daily styling. If you're looking for “wash-and-wear with a bit of polish,” then a clever cut that won't require much product, such as bob hairstyles might work best.
  • Bangs vs no bangs: There's a running joke that bangs hairstyles are a natural way to look younger (if that's what you're after). Whether you choose full bangs or a wispy style, they look fabulous at any age and are one of the biggest 2022 hair trends—but can be high maintenance. Ask your stylist's advice on the best bangs for your face shape, hair texture, and lifestyle. 

50+ youthful hairstyles for over 50s we love

Short hairstyles for women over 50

“There is always a short style that suits every face and every head of hair,” says Adam Reed, Editorial Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel. “If your hair is fine and straight, a blunter cut would give a very defined end result, whereas for naturally curly hairstyles, you might want to opt for something with texture to give more options, should you want to have a low-maintenance style.” 


1. The super short bob with layers

Face shape: any | Hair type: thick


2. The short natural curls

Face shape: any | Hair type: curly, coily


3. The short bob with long layers on top

Face shape: oval, heart | Hair type: fine 


4. The undercut bob

Face shape: any, especially oval or square | Hair type: medium to thick


5. The super short bob with heavy side part


6. The very short coily cut

Face shape: round or oval | Hair type: fine to medium


7. The rounded bob with side part

Face shape: heart or square | Hair type: medium to thick


8. The short finger coils

Face shape: any, particularly heart and square | Hair type: curly, coily, kinky


9. The short bob with layers

Face shape: round, oval, square, or heart | Hair type: fine and thick


10. The short curly bob

Face shape: oval, square, or heart | Hair type: wavy and curly


11. The tapered curly crop

Face shape: oval, heart, long | Hair type: curly

Medium length hairstyles for women over 50

Medium hairstyles, boast the versatility of length but the ease of shorter cuts, truly this is the best of both worlds. Feathered side bangs are super flattering and can really elevate a mid-length cut. Rounded layers suit a square face shape, while round face shapes can carry off blunter layers. 


12. The curly lob with side part

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: curly


13. The shoulder length layered style

Face shape: oval | Hair type: fine to medium


14. The shoulder length twists

Face shape: any, particularly oval or heart | Hair type: curly/coily, kinky


15. The asymmetric lob

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium


16. The natural Afro hairstyle

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: curly/coily, kinky


17. The chin-length rounded bob

Face shape: square, oval, heart | Hair type: medium to thick


18. The medium box braids

Face shape: any | Hair type: curly, coily, kinky


19. The voluminous layers

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: medium to thick


20. The classic lob with side part

Face shape: any, particularly oval or heart | Hair type: fine to medium


21. The choppy shoulder-length style

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: medium to thick


22. The elegant deep side part

Face shape: any | Hair type: fine to medium 

Long hairstyles for women over 50

Guess what? There’s no law that says you must cut your hair shorter when you get to a certain age. Long hairstyles are super flattering on women over 50—just ask celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Jennifer Aniston. The trick is keeping it in great condition, washing with the best shampoo and conditioner, and ensuring you heat style gently with the best hair straighteners or best curling iron to protect your hair. 

23. The long hair with heavy side part

Face shape: any, especially square | Hair type: medium to thick


24. The long loose waves with side bangs

Face shape: all, especially oval | Hair type: fine to medium


25. The long locs

Face shape: all, especially oval | Hair type: curly/coily, kinky


26. The long loose curls

Face shape: all, especially oval | Hair type: curly


27. The long shag cut with bangs

Face shape: any, especially heart or oval | Hair type: medium to thick


28. The naturally volumized curls

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: curly, coily


29. The choppy layers

Face shape: square or oval | Hair type: medium to thick


30. The long and layered natural style

Face shape: any, especially oval | Hair type: coily, kinky


31. The thick layered style

Face shape: any, especially heart | Hair type: thick


32. The half-up locs

Face shape: any| Hair type: protective styles, braids and locs

Hairstyles for women over 50 with bangs

Whether you want soft side layers or full bangs, there’s a bangs hairstyle to suit every hair type and face shape. The biggest factor in your decision will be your hair’s natural texture and also how much styling you are willing to undergo to create your desired look. 


33. The shoulder-length style with blunt bangs

Face shape: oval, heart | Hair type: medium to thick


34. The curly hairstyle with bangs

Face shape: any, especially oval | Hair type: curly


35. The long layered cut with full bangs

Face shape: any, particularly heart or square | Hair type: medium to thick


36. The feathered long hairstyle

Face shape: any, especially oval or heart | Hair type: medium to thick 


37. The coily hairstyle with bangs

Face shape: any, especially heart or oval | Hair type: curly, coily


38. The wavy hair with bangs

Face shape: any | Hair type: fine to medium; wavy


39. The choppy bob with bangs

Face shape: square | Hair type: medium to thick


40. The short bob with layers and side bangs

Face shape: square or heart | Hair type: fine to medium


41. The side bangs with classic layers

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium


42. Bouncy layered bangs style

Face shape: any, particularly square | Hair type: medium to thick

Pixie crops for women over 50

A chic and elegant classic, the pixie haircut is easily one of the most popular hairstyles of all time. Many celebrities have worked the style over the years, including Charlize Theron and Judi Dench, while Jamie Lee Curtis has firmly established it as her signature style.

43. The curly pixie crop

Face shape: oval, square, or heart | Hair type: curly


44. The pixie crop with feathered bangs

Face shape: oval | Hair type: fine to medium


45. The undercut pixie crop on natural curls

Face shape: any, especially oval or heart | Hair type: curly, coily


46. The swept back pixie crop

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: medium to thick


47. The super short pixie crop

Face shape: any | Hair type: any, particularly medium to thick 


48. The tapered coily pixie crop

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: coily, kinky


49. The boyish pixie crop with micro bangs

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium


50. The classic pixie crop with feathered side bangs

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: fine to medium


51. The natural tapered pixie cut

Face shape: any, particularly oval | Hair type: coily, kinky


52. The thick feathered pixie cut

Face shape: heart, square, or oval | Hair type: medium to thick


53. The pixie with a quiff

Face shape: heart, oval or diamond | Hair type: medium to thick


54. The bleached curly pixie

Face shape: oval, heart, oval or diamond | Hair type: curly, coily


woman&home thanks Melissa Timperley of Melissa Timperley Salons, Michael Van Clarke, Johanne Herland of Charles Worthington Salons, and Adam Reed of L’Oréal Professionnel for their time and expertise.

Eunice Lucero-Lee is the Beauty Channel Editor for woman&home. A lifelong creative writer and beautyphile, she graduated from De La Salle University in 2002 and was hired a year later to front all beauty coverage for Pink Magazine, a teen lifestyle publication, after submitting a page-long thesis on why Stila was the best brand to come out of the Aughts. She was hired an hour later. 


Her writing—which has since then expanded to cover pop culture and astrology, both equal passions—led her to spearheading columns in Chalk Magazine, K-Mag, Metro Working Mom, and SugarSugar Magazine. Upon receiving her stripes at New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute in 2008 she was immediately headhunted to work as the Beauty Editor, thereafter Managing Editor of Stylebible.ph, the digital home of Preview, the Philippines’ best-selling fashion magazine, where she also did double-duty as Associate Editor of the print edition.


It was during this stint that the hallyu wave started taking hold and when she was tapped to co-found Sparkling, Asia’s first-ever English K-Pop print magazine. Originally planned as a one-off, the project became a runaway hit and saw her taking Korean classes on the weekends for three years, as she found herself frustrated by the lack of breadth translators provided for celebrity profile coverage. She was Editor-in-Chief until her move to New York in 2013. The now-iconic magazine has remained in publication since 2009 due to massive fan support.


A beauty, astrology, and pop culture obsessive and insider for over 18 years, Eunice is an internationally published editor (and now certified astrologer) whose work has been featured in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and The Numinous, among many others. The former Editor-in-Chief of All Things Hair and a (very) proud cat mom, she spends her time in Manhattan figuring out the correct Pilates-to-sushi ratio, obsessing over celebrity natal charts, luxury skincare, and Scandi-noir crime procedurals, as well as finding the perfect K-Pop vid to save the day. She can still order drinks perfectly in Korean. Find her on Instagram @eunichiban.