Hairstyles for Women Over 50: The Sophisticated Pony

Found: The perfect ponytail style for older women.

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During my adolescent years, my mom always used to say, “I’m not wearing my hair in a ponytail; people are going to mistake us for sisters.” Little did I know she wasn’t the only one with this mentality. Some people think that there are only certain hairstyles for women over 50. While my mom wasn’t near 50 at the time, she was definitely worried that people may mistake her for a teen. Truth be told, calling my mom out in public caused heads to turn and a lot of puzzled faces. Fast-forward to now, and my mom has chopped all her hair off, and guess what, she still gets mistaken for someone much younger than she is. Sorry, mom!

Many women over 40, 50, and beyond opt for not wearing some of their favorite hairstyles (like ponytails) and go for hairstyles that they believe make them look their age. However, this method doesn’t really work for all. We believe that any hairstyle can be tailored to fit your personality, age or style. If you love your ponytail, wear it! If you want one that makes seems more age-appropriate, create it! There really are lots of best hairstyles for women over 50. With that said, here’s an easy tutorial on how to create a ponytail for women over 50.

Step 1

Start clean.

Before jumping into creating your sophisticated ponytail for older women, one of the best and most versatile hairstyles for women over 50, you want to start off with a clean slate. However, keep in mind that the products you use can make or break the end result. For a voluminous ponytail, we suggest using the Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower Shampoo and Conditioner. After washing your hair, gently finger-comb while hair is damp to detangle.

ponytail for women over 50: older woman finger combing her hair
Step 2

Apply mousse and prep for blowdrying.

Depending on the length of your hair, apply a few pumps of TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse to give your hair volume after blow-drying without the stiff and crunchy feeling. For short hair, dispense one pump. Longer hair lengths will probably need two to three pumps of the mousse.

ponytail for women over 50: older woman adding mousse to hair
Step 3

Blowdry with a round brush.

When it comes to blow-drying, you have options. You can either blow-dry your hair straight, or go for a subtle curl. Using a round brush, pick up a section of hair, then point the blowdryer (with a concentrator nozzle attached) and begin to dry. To create a curl, bend the ends of your hair underneath as you blow-dry.

ponytail for women over 50: older woman blowdrying her hair
Step 4

Part hair and create a smooth base.

Create a deep side part on one side of your hair, then smooth down with a brush. After smoothing hair down, leave a section out on both sides of your hair then proceed to the next step.

ponytail for women over 50: older woman parting hair and brush
Step 5

Create your ponytail.

Gather the back section of your hair into a low ponytail and fasten with a hair tie. After creating your pony, take the hair from your first section and wrap it around your hair tie to conceal your elastic.

ponytail style for women over 50: older woman creating ponytail on hair
Step 5

Complete the wrapping process.

Take the other side and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Secure with a hair pin.

ponytail for older women: older woman wrapping hair around ponytail
Step 7

Brush the ends.

Brush the ends of your hair for a more uniform and polished look.

ponytail style for women over 50: older woman brushing ends of her hair
Step

Set your style.

To finish your look, set your hair with Dove Style + Care Compressed Flexible Hold Hairspray. There you have it: one of the easiest and chicest hairstyles for women over 50; a sophisticated ponytail!

updo ponytail for women over 50: low ponytail hairstyle on older woman with grey hair

Are you thinking about trying out this style? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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