6 classic short hairstyles for older women that’ll never go out of style!

Find the inspiration you need for your next cut with our gallery of flattering short hair for older women. The golden years have never looked so glam!

Looking for short hairstyles for older women? If you’ve flicked through a magazine or scrolled through social media recently, you’ll know that short hair is everywhere right now, so it’s the perfect time to go for the chop.

Now as well as looking fabulous, there are also some more practical advantages to rocking shorter locks too. In fact, shorter looks can actually help to conceal multiple signs of ageing hair including thinning and brittleness. What more could you ask for in a cut?!

So, being the kind people that we are, we’re put together an edit of some of our favourites for you. Scroll to take a peek at some our favourite stylish short hairstyles for mature women now.

6 timeless short hairstyles for mature women


mature black woman with relaexed or straighten hair in a classic bob
The bob haircut is one of our favourite short hairstyles for older women.

Classic bob

First things first, let’s kick things off with one of the most well-loved short hairstyles for mature women of all time – the simple bob haircut. Favoured by the eternally chic Helen Mirren, this flattering cut is a great one if your longer lengths are becoming straggly.

Editor’s tip: Flat hair? Playing around with your parting is a great way to give limp locks a much-needed volume boost. Deep side partings are the best option for those with limp locks, instantly giving the illusion of a thicker head of hair.

blonde older woman wearing glasses with a sweeping pixie haircut with glasses
Pretty side swept styles are perfect for short hair newbies.

Sweeping pixie cut

Unsure about trying out short hair? For older women worried about whether short locks will suit them, we recommend avoiding harsh, angular cuts. Instead, try out more wearable pixie styles with a feathered fringe and sweeping layers. This will give your look a much softer finish for a style that’s both feminine and fashionable.

mature redhead woman with a wavy cropped haircut
Curly hair? Embrace your natural texture.

Curly crop

Listen up ladies, there’s no rule stating that only those with poker straight tresses can rock short hairstyles! For older ladies sporting natural curls or a perm, we recommend the universally-flattering cropped hairstyle. We’re sure you’ll agree that there’s absolutely nothing old-fashioned about this playful look, so let your personality shine through!

Editor’s tip: Contemplating a wavy crop? If you do decide to take the plunge, we recommending investing in a mousse such as the VO5 Curl Defining Mousse. Using this on damp locks before blow-drying will help to define and enhance your curls and put a stop to frizz.

grey-haired Asian lady with a spiky pixie cut
Looking for something a bit different? We’re big fans of this pretty pixie!

Spiky pixie

If demure isn’t really your style, we’ve got just the thing. A standard pixie cut can easily be transformed into something a whole lot edgier by styling it into a punky spiked-up look. One of the more ‘out there’ short hairstyles for older ladies, this look is sure to turn heads!

Editor’s tip: Simply take a small amount of the TIGI S-Factor Creamy Molding Wax and warm it between your palms. Then use your fingers to work sections of your hair upwards into your desired spiky style. This wax will help hold your spikes all day long while protecting your hair from humidity.

mature blonde woman with a short bob cut with fringe/bangs
If you’ve never tried bangs, you’re seriously missing out!

Bob with a fringe

We could rave for hours about the transformative effects of fringes! The face-softening properties of bangs can instantly turn back the clock without you having to commit to anything too drastic. So if you want to revive your ‘do, we urge you to get on board the bangs bandwagon, pronto!

New to bangs? For first-timers, we recommend starting with a wispy fringe for a softer, more face-flattering look.

An older lady with grey short layered hair
Prepare to fall in love with layers.

Layered lob

On the hunt for short hairstyles for older women that will help give you back some of the volume, you’ve lost over the years? Incorporating choppy layers (particularly around your jawline) will go a long way in providing your hair with extra body and movement, which in turn will give your ‘do a more youthful feel. So, it’s a win-win!


Found these short hairstyles for mature women inspiring? Then don’t forget to check out our post on the 4 mature Instagrammers you should be following, will you?

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