Red carpet hairstyle: Looks we love from women over 50

Get inspired by these elegant 'dos...  

Over 50 and looking for new hairstyle inspiration? Well, it’s your lucky day, because we’ve whipped up a gallery of some of the very best red carpet hairstyle looks from mature A-list stars. From stylish pixie crops and sleek bobs, to long, flowing waves, there’s bound to be a hairstyle that you’ll fall head over heels for.

So, what are you waiting for? No longer resign yourself to dull and uninteresting ‘dos, just keep on scrolling and let these Hollywood starlets show you how it’s done!

Viola Davis on the red carpet wearing a purple dress with her black natural hair worn in an updo
Viola Davis always brings a touch of class. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Viola Davis

American producer and actress Viola Davis (who has just recently won the Hollywood Walk of Fame award) styled her wavy, layered hair into an elegant half-up, half-down ‘do, for this red carpet event.

To complement her classy hairstyle, she opted for a bold red lip and some out-there purple eyeshadow – for her, it’s all about lots of glitz and tonnes of subtle glam. You go, Voila!

Sarah Jessica Parker on the red carpet with her long wavy balayage hair worn down
SJP is glamorous as always. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker has become renowned for her long, wavy locks. And at age 51, the actress proves that brown balayage hair is the perfect understated look for any red carpet bash. Sarah, we envy you as always!

Editor’s tip: To get your hair looking as glossy as Sarah’s, give it a spritz with the TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Sprayas this will help to give your mane a lovely sheen.

Kris Jenner on the red carpet with her dark brown hair styled into a pixie crop
Momager and style extraordinaire. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Kris Jenner

While Kris Jenner’s tousled pixie crop has grown to become her signature look, what you might not know, is that she’s been loyal to her boyish, layered cut for decades!

Yep, that’s right, even before Keeping up with the Kardashian’s, momager Kris was all about the cropped ‘dos, having rocked the style in a number of different ways. Now that’s what we call dedication to the mane cause.

Andie MacDowell on the red carpet wearing a black dress with her wavy dark brown hair styled in a blowout
Andie MacDowell knows the power of a good blowout. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Andie MacDowell

Despite what many of you may think, Andie MacDowell proves that a long, voluminous blowout can be worn by women over 50 years old!

This flirty style is especially ideal for those of you with thin hair, as it helps to give your mane movement, as opposed to leaving it looking limp and flat.

Editor’s tip: To recreate Andie’s look, simply spritz your hair with the TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray, before curling your mane with a large barrel curling wand.

Angela Bassett on the red carpet with her dark brown hair cut into a long bob and worn straight
Keep it sleek and chic like Angela Bassett. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Angela Bassett

Now, we don’t know about you, but we absolutely adore Angela Bassett’s sleek, shiny bob, because it simply oozes effortless sophistication.

Reaching just below chin length and styled into a neat side parting, the star’s hair just screams understated glamour – who said you needed lots of fancy frills to stand out from the crowd?

Sharon Stone on the red carpet with her short blonde hair styled into a pixie quiff
Sharon Stone keeps it quirky. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sharon Stone

American actress Sharon Stone often opts to style her short hair into elegant, swished-back updos for red carpet events – and we can’t blame her! Honestly, when you find a style that looks this good on you, you stick with it!

Editor’s tip: If you’re tempted to try out Sharon’s hairstyles at home, just grab your bottle of the VO5 Volume Creation Hairspray and spritz your mane all over before and after styling, to create sky-high volume!

Dana Delany on the red carpet with her long auburn hair in a blowout style
Enhance any colour with waves, just like Dana Delany. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Dana Delany

Now, despite the temptation to cut down the length of our hair in favour of a more manageable look as the years pass by, this doesn’t always have to be the case!

By choosing an understated, laid-back hairstyle (which features shiny, red locks tumbling freely past her shoulders), Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany is proof that things don’t have to be complicated to have an easy-to-wear hairdo.

Helen Mirren on the red carpet with her white blonde hair cut into a bob and styled smooth
Queen of the Screen Helen Mirren. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Helen Mirren

Having seen her fair share of award ceremonies, it’s no wonder Helen Mirren has nailed her red carpet look. After all, having been in the acting business for quite some time now, she has managed to hone in on her styling skills and know what looks do and don’t work.

And while she’s rocked numerous stunning ‘dos over the years, we have to say: this elegant pixie crop is one of our all-time favourite red carpet hairstyles. Class and sophistication? Check and check!