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 for women in their 50sto help you find inspiration for your next salon visit.

From short hairstyles for women 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 rollersthat 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!

How do I make my hair look thicker over 50?

Senior Master Stylist at Charles Worthington, Johanne Herland says, "To make fine hair fuller try adding some lighter pieces throughout, as highlights will swell the cuticles and add bounce. When styling add some soft waves to give the illusion that it's thicker."

"You could also add some fill in extensions. With hairstyles for women in their 50s I recommend 15 pieces of extensions each side under the parting, so it fills in the finer front pieces. It also and adds thickness to baseline of haircut. Balmain or Easilocks are my favourite extension brands in salon, but a consultation is essential to see what colour, shape and length your aiming for."

Johanne's favourite products for fine hair

Kerastase Genesis Anti hair Fall Fortifying Serum

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"Kerastase Genesis range is amazing. It encourages new hair growth, heat protects, plumps and gives incredible shine and soft hold , what’s not to love!"

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Shu Uemura Ample Angora Volumising Light Foam

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"This volume range is ideal too. It swells cuticles without causing static which a lot of volume products do. Use mousse for volume not hold. Apply to wet hair and blast to 90% dry, sweeping hair with fingers in opposite directions to get root lift, then smooth with a brush."

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Inspirational hairstyles for women over 50

Remember – these are just for inspiration! You can tailor these hairstyles for women over 50to 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 fora 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.

Medium-length curly hairstyle

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Medium-length curly hairstyle

We envy Nigella for a number of reasons, including her gorgeous chocolately locks. Ask for a long bob, or 'lob', then, to achieve her glamorous curls tong in large sections or use heated rollers. Add gloss with a shine mist just before you leave the house. Find more medium-length hairstyles

Relaxed bob hairstyle

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Relaxed bob hairstyle

The easiest way to disguise forehead lines? A blunt fringe! Dawn French has been sporting the fail-safe hairstyle for decades, and looks fantastic. "There are so many ways to shape a fringe, says celeb hairdresser Joel Goncalves, "and it can totally change your face, softening features, widening eyes and giving impact to your mouth" Keeping it brow-length is essential to ensure you look neat and tidy, so be sure to head back to the salon for a trim every few weeks. Find more bob hairstyles

Long wavy hairstyle

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Long wavy hairstyle

Blonde or brunette, Ms Vordermann keeps her long hair looking fabulous by playing with textures and cuts. Recently, she has ditched her trademark brown locks and fringe for loose blonde curls that give her a carefree, youthful look. When curling your hair, keep the ends and roots out of the tong, then brush through after it cools for a relaxed wave rather than tight, girlish curl. Find more long hairstyles

Medium-length hairstyle

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Medium-length hairstyle

Utilise the versatility of your fringe and try a parted fringe, like Joanna Lumley. It still frames the face as a blunt fringe would, but is a softer option if you have a round or square face, and is an ideal solution if your hair is due for a trim. "Changing your parting makes a big difference" says Ken O' Rourke, red carpet ambassador for Charles Worthington. Find more medium-length hairstyles

Natural curly hairstyle

Natural curly hairstyle

If you're lucky enough to have curly hair, ditch the straighteners, embrace what nature gave you and keep your curls in top-top condition by co-washing with a cleansing conditioner. "This avoids stripping hair of natural oils, and stops the roots frizzing up," says Kerastase Ambassador James Galvin. Find more medium-length hairstyles

Bob hairstyle with a side fringe

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Bob hairstyle with a side fringe

Helen Mirren always looks elegant, thanks to a fabulous wardrobe, killer figure and on-trend asymmetric bob. This dual length style is cool as well as flattering, the shorter side will show off your cheekbones while the longer side gives flattering softness around the chin. Keep it smooth with a touch of hairspray, "Apply hairspray to the bristles of a brush and glide over the surface of your hair. Never apply spray directly on fine hair as it weighs it down," says hairdresser Jonathan Long. Find more bob hairstyles

Medium-length layered hairstyle

Medium-length layered hairstyle

For a low maintenance, high glamour haircut, take a picture of Kim Cattrall's style when you next visit the salon. With its soft waves and layering, this failsafe hairstyle doesn't require tricky much styling to look soft and flattering, simply add a bit of volume with your fingers. "Place your thumb and index finger together at the top of a section of hair and pull downwards to create subtle lift," says Aveda Hair Styling educator Bea Watson. Find more medium-length hairstyles

Icy blonde hairstyle

Icy blonde hairstyle

Emilia Fox flatters her delicate complexion with a light blonde shade that's also perfect for disguising any grey regrowth. "Colouring hair a couple of shades lighter softens the face and compliments fairer skintones, taking years off" says hairstylist Joel Goncalves, of Daniel Galvin, London. Find more medium-length hairstyles

Sleek and shiny bob hairstyle

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Sleek and shiny bob hairstyle

You can recreate Zoe's super sleek hair by adding the tiniest touch of serum to your hair while it is still damp. Make sure you point your hairdryer nozzle downwards to keep hair smooth, and you can add Zoe's curls by twisting your hair around straighteners. Find more medium-length hairstyles