Older women definitely face some challenges when it comes to styling short hair. Changes such as an overall loss in density, receding hairlines, crown thinning and change in strand texture are commonly experienced. One of the most obvious signs of aging in hair is the loss of pigment, which manifests as hair that turns gray or “salt and pepper” in hue. We’re here, however, to showcase that regardless of age, there are a lot of options for short gray hair that don’t sacrifice style or manageability.
Read on for a roundup of easy-to-wear short gray hairstyles that also respect the hair density of older women:
1. Layered Crop
Gray short hair that’s been styled with longer layers at the bottom has the tendency to flip out—and that’s okay! It actually makes for a pretty cute look, especially when done with a bit of texture throughout. Just make sure frizz and unwanted flyaways are kept at bay by prepping hair with a serum, like with the weightless formula of Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate, before blow-drying.
2. Curly and Rounded
Short haircuts for gray hair that are curly in texture can easily be styled in a modern, rounded shape. Fun and lighthearted, these looks have a youthful feel and have relatively low-key upkeep that consists of a detangler, like Dove Absolute Curls Leave-in Detangler, and perhaps a curl-defining gel scrunched throughout, like Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Soft & Defined Curls Gel Serum.
3. Tight Pixie
Sleek, nape-hugging short gray hair akin to a pixie cut can be a refreshing change. This is a particularly flattering length for women experiencing thinning hair or some hair loss, as it cuts hair at its fullest or densest length, minimizing a sparse look. Depending on your hair’s texture, you may either ask for short layers at the sides or leave it long and tuckable behind your ears. Either way a good non-sticky paste, such as Nexxus Exxpand Volumizing Whip, helps prevent flyaways while imparting some movement and polish to your short hair.
4. Blunt Bob
So chic! A blunt bob, or a bob that cuts straight across with minimal to no layers at the ends, is a great option for short gray hair suffering from dry, brittle, porous-feeling ends. Not only is this a feminine, super-swingy look, it also works around hair’s natural aging appearance by mimicking fullness at the tips. Try applying a smoothing serum, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum, for a sleek, shiny finish.
5. Lob with Bangs
Have relatively healthy strands that just need a bit of an upgrade? Try some bangs. A fringe automatically makes short haircuts for gray hair more youthful (as it recedes the forehead area). A semi-see-through version, as above, is one of this year’s strongest bang trends. Paired with a collarbone-length lob, you’ll be fashionable and on-trend while keeping an easy-to-manage length. Remember to keep your bangs from getting greasy with the help of a dry shampoo as needed. We love the scent and lift we get from Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo.
6. Cropped TWA
Older women with natural or kinky hair textures can also show off their stunning gray strands with a baby afro. Crisp and chic, TWAs, or Teeny Weeny Afros, are one of the most confident short hairstyles for gray hair, as it puts your hair color front and center with minimal styling. Curly and natural hair typically has a drier texture, so keep locks optimally moisturized with a hard-working curl serum, like Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Crème Serum.
7. Softly Stacked
Perhaps one of the most popular looks for women with short gray hair, this feminine, wildly flattering haircut is a classic for a reason. A bit narrower and more stacked than a regular bob, it features subtle layers at mid-length that may or may not be tucked behind the ears, giving it tons of versatility. Women with straight to wavy hair textures wear this boy cut the best, as all it takes to keep it on-point is a non-greasy hair oil to reduce frizz without weighing hair down, like TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Elixir.