13 Trendy and Sophisticated Hairstyles for Women Over 50

These chic, elegant looks are great for women of any age.

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

ginger hair Hairstyles for Women Over 50
Hairstyles for Women Over 50: Ginger bread inspired hair color.

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.

short brown hair Holiday Hairstyles for Women Over 50
Hairstyles for Women Over 50: Wet hair trend with lots of movement.

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.

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Hairstyles for Women Over 50: Vintage-inspired updo.

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.

Holiday Hairstyles for Women Over 50 silver hair
Hairstyles for Women Over 50: Frost and glow this season. Photo credit: indigitalimgaes.com

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.

Holiday Hairstyles for Women Over 50 twisted bun
Hairstyles for Women Over 50: Glam updo.

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.

shaggy short haircuts for women over 50
A bit rocker-chic, this look is also quite easy to maintain.

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.

blunt short haircuts for women over 50
A blunt bob is a also directional and on-trend for this season.

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.

afro short haircuts for women over 50
A baby ‘fro is an elegant way to wear your natural texture in a shorter variation.

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.

fringed short haircuts for women over 50
Try the slick pixie with the bangs worn straight down for a riff on the micro-fringe trend.

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.

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The rounded bob is an elegant and classic go-to.

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.

Short hairstyles for women over 50 with the curly crop
Short hairstyles for over-50s women need not be stodgy or boring. Try out a cute curly crop to highlight your texture.

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.

concaved short haircuts for women over 50
Use a texturizing product to create more dimension.

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.

flippy short haircuts for women over 50
Tuck the sides behind your ears for a more emphasized flip.

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



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 TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume System. After washing your hair, gently finger-comb while hair is damp to detangle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set your style.

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

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!

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