This season, the goal is to look fab-u-lous no matter your age. From vintage hair to wet looks and buns, here are some trendy and sophisticated hairstyles for women over 50 that’ll have you feeling confident and on-trend no matter what the occasion is. In our opinion, hairstyles for women over 50 can be both sophisticated and trendy at the same time. There’s no need to sacrifice a trendy style in favor of an age-appropriate look: we’re firm believers that the best hairstyles for women over 50 can be both. Read on:
Hairstyles for Women Over 50
1. Ginger Bread Hair
Like pumpkin spice is not just for lattes in the fall, ginger bread is not just for cookies. This season give your hair color a festive update. To complement your new dye job, get a haircut to accentuate your face. Opt for face-framing bangs with layers for volume and wear one of our favorite hairstyles for over-50 women.
2. Wet Hair Trend
Anyone that loves the wet hair trend can have definitely give it a go no matter their age. To avoid looking like you’re trying way too hard (or trying to fit in with the young ones), go easy on the slick-back action for one of the trendiest and easy hairstyles for women over 50. Give your ends a tousled effect for a less stuffy finish and more mature look.
3. Vintage-Inspired Updo
Sequined barrettes scream holiday party hair! Use them to add a festive touch to your favorite updo hairstyle. Love this vintage-inspired updo? Here’s how you can recreate this cool look.
4. Bone Straight Frosty Locks
Light up your look with natural silver frosted locks. There’s no time like the present to make sure your silver hues have a luminous glow. Treat your hair with a purple shampoo to keep your hair color glossy. Then, treat yourself to a sexy blowout and rock the night away.
5. Glam Updo
Got a fancy gala to attend? Opt for this super glam look. First, create a pomp-inspired hump then smooth the rest of your hair into a low ponytail. Swivel the hair ends around and pin in place as you go to create this really fun spiral bun effect.
6. The Shaggy Lob
Everyone knows the lob as the haircut that took the past two years by storm, and now the shag isn’t far behind in cult status. We take it a step further and combine these two trends into one super-cool—and easy-to-maintain—hairstyle. Longer layers below the jaw give it a subtler dimension, so it doesn’t look too dry and/or wispy as it hits your shoulders. Maintain shine and softness throughout the day with an oil elixir, like TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir, that also helps reduce frizz.
7. The Blunt Bob
Short hair for over 50-year-old women doesn’t typically include a blunt cut, which makes this shiny, crisp-looking bob all the more refreshing. Not only is this look taken straight from the latest runways, it’s also a pretty flattering hairstyle for women with fine, straight hair. If you want to flip the script on what people perceive is a look not necessarily for those with thinning hair, then try this on for size. Since blunt bobs are usually cut straight across with no layers, it actually crops hair at the densest part of the strand, giving it the illusion of fullness at the jawline. Maintain this pristine look with a styling cream, like Nexxus New York Salon Care City Shield DD Crème, which offers frizz-resistant shine and hold.
8. The Cropped Afro
If your natural hair texture is beginning to thin out and become harder to manage, try your hand at a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). It’s a classic, versatile hairstyle (that’s also been having a renaissance at Fashion Month) and is literally the most wash-and-wear look you’ll ever have.
9. The Slick Pixie
Battling fine, thinning hair and an allover gray? Show off your best assets—that striking color and softer texture—with a super-short, clean pixie cut. This haircut follows your natural cowlick ,which means you don’t have to deal with any unruliness or flyaways, and you’ll have a crisp, solid hairstyle that looks equally as chic at the gym as it does in corporate or evening events. Ask your stylist to use a razor so your ends get a more tapered, blended look.
10. The Rounded Bob with a Fringe
Fresh and even a bit flirty, a rounded, slightly stacked bob with a cute fringe helps give a more youthful appeal. It’s another seasonless classic that we can’t help but admire year after year for its universal appeal. Cut right at the widest part of your jawline, it helps give your features a more lifted look, and looks elegant and all-occasion-appropriate—from daily yoga to fancy weddings—especially when blown-out.
11. The Curly Crop
Blessed with tight, natural ringlets? There’s no reason you shouldn’t show off your fun, covetable texture as you grow older. Cutting curly hair in a short crop (think lip-length or shorter) helps infuse your ringlets with some bounce and added body. Ask your stylist for a cut that tapers down slightly as it goes down your nape for a less wedge-like appearance, and make sure to do a bi-weekly mask soak (we love the rehydrating and strengthening properties in Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Masque) to help fortify hair from the inside out.
12. The Sexy Boy’s Cut
Fuller and a bit texturized, a concave bob with a bit of point-cutting at the top, hairline/fringe and sides is also a sensible look that doesn’t hold back on the sex appeal. Best for women with stronger jawlines (this balances out your angles), it’s a look that’s popular for its ease of wear as well as its flattering silhouette. Style by drying your hair with a blowdryer after washing, and then applying a texturizing wax, like S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Wax.
13. The Flippy Shag
If you’re a fan of a look that you can tuck behind your ears and still look fierce doing so, go for a flippy shag. It’s primarily styled with the ends flipping outwards, so is best worn by women with slightly wavy hair textures. Part your hair to one side for a pretty lift at the hairline area, and keep most of your layers ear-length or longer so as to not make it too feathery.
How to Style a Ponytail for Women over 50
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 TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume System. After washing your hair, gently finger-comb while hair is damp to detangle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Complete the wrapping process.
Take the other side and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Secure with a hair pin.
To finish your look, set your hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Hairspray. There you have it: one of the easiest and chicest hairstyles for women over 50, a sophisticated ponytail!