8 Pretty Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50 in 2020

Who says short hair for women over 50 has to be predictable? 

Are you tired of the same old look? We know we are. The same boring, old haircuts that seem to serve a purpose, i.e. keep thinning hair looking fuller, or those meant to conceal a receding hairline, don’t necessarily always deliver top marks in the style department. When it comes to short hairstyles for over 50, we’d love to see some variations on the same old theme of texturized looks.

Not to say we’re doing away with what works for daily life, either. We also understand that short hair for women over 50 or older have to respect their changing strand texture and density, as well as be at a practical length that’s easy to manage for every day. To illustrate, scroll down below as we illustrate our favorite trendy short hairstyles for over 50.

1. The Shaggy Lob

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

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. This way 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 Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang 3-in-1 Benefit Oil that also helps reduce frizz.

2. The Blunt Bob

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

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.

3. The Cropped Afro

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

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 short hairstyles for over 50 option (that’s also been having a  renaissance at Fashion Month) and is literally the most wash-and-wear look you’ll ever have. Keep your curls hydrated with SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment.

4. The Slick Pixie

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.

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. You’ll have a crisp, solid hairstyle that looks equally as chic at the gym as it does incorporate or evening events. Ask your stylist to use a razor so your ends get a more tapered, blended look.

5. The Rounded Bob with a Fringe

stacked short haircuts for women over 50
The rounded bob is an elegant and classic go-to.

Fresh and even a bit flirty, a rounded, try this slightly stacked bob with a cute fringe. It 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. We love this option for short hairstyles for over 50.

6. The Curly Crop

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.

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 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.

7. The Sexy Boy’s Cut

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

Fuller and a bit texturized, a concave bob with a bit of point-cutting at the top, hairline/fringe and sides is a favorite of this short hairstyles for over 50 collection. Best for women with stronger jawlines, it’s a look that’s popular for its ease of wear. It also has a flattering silhouette. Style by drying your hair with a blow dryer after washing!

8. The Flippy Shag

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

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. Keep most of your layers ear-length or longer so as to not make it too feathery. This feathery style is one of the more sophisticated short hairstyles for over 50.

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