11 Best Hairstyles and Haircuts for Older Men in 2020

Celebrity-approved hairstyles for men over 50 are right this way...

Finding hairstyles for men over 50 may seem like a daunting task, but with our collection of top hairstyles, you’ll not only find the perfect hairstyle for you, but you’ll quickly realise that just a simple tweak to your existing hairstyle is all you need to update your look.

Don’t believe us? Well, let the likes of Robert Downey Jr and Denzel Washington show you how great hair is still very much within your grasp. So, whether you’re dealing with a change of hair colour or a receding hairline, we’ve got just the looks for you right here.

1. Pierce Brosnan

Hairstyles for men over 50: Pierce Brosnan with grey short hair swept back wearing a relaxed blue suit at Mamma Mia premiere.
Embrace grey strands for a two-toned effect. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Embracing his grey strands, Pierce Brosnan’s brushed back two-toned finish is a great way to let the ageing process develop gracefully.

Get the look: Start by brushing your hair back and allowing your hair to fall naturally in a soft side parting.

2. Robert Downey Jr.

Hairstyles for men over 50: Robert Downey Jr with brown swept back short quiff hair with stubble beard and bold glasses wearing a suit at the Avengers premiere.
Brushed back quiff hairstyles are a fail-safe option. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The star of Iron Man is usually spotted with rather questionable facial hair, but off-screen, Robert Downey Jr. has perfected the mature man hairstyle and stubble beard combination.

Wearing his hair with a soft brushed back quiff, Robert added a short beard and moustache combination to tie his look together. We also appreciate the bold specs too!

3. Brad Pitt

Hairstyles for men over 50: Brad Pitt with short spiky dark blonde hair and stubble beard wearing a grey and white suit at film premiere.
Spiked hairstyles have the Brad Pitt seal of approval. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

It’s safe to say that Brad Pitt has had his fair share of great hairstyles over the years, but we think this short and spiky style is just as much a great look for a man in his 50s and beyond as it is for a 30-year-old.

Get the look: Use a using a small amount of hair wax like the TONI&GUY Polishing Wax Stick and paying attention to the tips, twist the ends in spikes.

4. Hugh Grant

Hairstyles for men over 50: Hugh Grant with light brown textured short hair wearing a formal suit at event.
Undone texture is the key to Hugh Grant’s hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The 90s and 00s movie heartthrob still looks just as dashing now as he did in hit movies Notting Hill and Love Actually. With the first signs of grey appearing, Hugh went for a classic scissor cut with added height and texture along the top of the head.

5. Rob Lowe

Hairstyles for men over 50: Rob Lowe with blonde short hair in tapered finish with soft combover wearing a smart suit.
A tapered finish is a great trick for keeping your style looking smart. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When looking for short hairstyles for men over 50, you can’t go wrong with a tapered cut. This smart haircut can be worn to any formal occasion and will make you look perfectly put together day-to-day.

Get the look: Ask your barber for a tapered cut with a longer top that you can comb over to one side. Seal in your hair with a spritz of VO5 Mega Hold Hairspray.

6. Mel Gibson

Hairstyles for men over 50: Mel Gibson with salt and pepper hair and full beard wearing a relaxed suit in front of a christmas tree.
Beards can really take your look up a level. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Mel Gibson is showing the other side of 50 who’s boss with this salt and pepper hair and beard combo.

Just like many of the hipster 30 somethings, mature men have realised the styling potential of beards and are really owning the look right now.

Editor’s tip: Stop your beard from looking unkept by going for fortnightly (or monthly depending on your hair growth) trims.

7. Antonio Banderas

Hairstyles for men over 50: Antonio Banderas with brown French crop hairstyle with salt and pepper grey beard wearing a smart suit.
This short back and sides hairstyle is still going strong. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Another one embracing facial hair is Antonio Banderas. Teaming his salt and pepper beard with a French crop gives him a casual look that still appears put together.

Get the look: Ask your barber for a short back and sides, and style by brushing the top section forward.

8. Denzel Washington

Hairstyles for men over 50: Denzel Washington with short shaved hair wearing a black suit at Golden Globes event.
It’s a short and sweet cut for Denzel Washington. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If the thought of greying or thinning hair doesn’t quite appeal to you, we suggest going for a close shaved style.

Don’t be tricked into thinking there’s no room for creativity when it comes to short hairstyles like Denzel’s as you can still choose between a one level shave or skin fade finish.

9. Hugh Jackman

Hairstyles for men over 50: Hugh Jackman with brown swept back short hair wearing a smart suit on the red carpet.
Will this slick back hairstyle be your next look? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The slick back is one of the most classic hairstyles around. Wear this formal hairstyle for a special occasion for a smart and dapper finish.

Get the look: Use a hairbrush to blow dry your hair back away from your head. To maintain the shape of your hair, we suggest using Bed Head Rockaholic Punked Up Strong Hold Gel.

10. George Clooney

Hairstyles for men over 50: George Clooney with a short tapered combover and grey beard wearing a smart suit.
The modern short combover is a popular hairstyle choice. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

No roundup of hairstyles for men over 50 would be complete without George Clooney. The short combover is George’s signature style and over the last few years we have seen him play with various lengths of facial hair.

11. Kevin Bacon

Hairstyles for men over 50: Kevin Bacon with brown straight flow hair wearing black rimmed glasses.
Wash and go styles always win. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you have short straight hair and want a style that is easy to upkeep, then look to Kevin Bacon’s flow style.

Get the look: Use a nourishing wash and care routine and rough dry your hair away from your face using a brush or your fingers.



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