It's Time for an Upgrade
After 60 plus years of figuring it out, you probably have at least a relative idea of what hairstyles look best on you. But beauty has come a long way in the past 60 years—and you shouldn't let fear of change dictate how you should wear your hair. Ultimately, you will look beautiful in a haircut and color you're comfortable with. But that doesn't mean it has to be the one you've had forever.
There are two things to consider when choosing a hairstyle: face shape and hair texture. There are some hairstyles that will better suit your combination of the two than others. To aid you in finding a new look, we've rounded up some beautiful women who found a style that flatters their features, for inspiration.
Christine Baranski (born May 2, 1952) wears her hair a few inches below her chin, which is super flattering on almost all women. This cut works for her because her hair is naturally thick and wavy, so it responds well to curl (which adds body).
If you have straight hair, a cut that falls below the chin can be super flattering. We strongly recommend "long bobs." Just make sure you get some layers cut in or ask your stylist for an "A-line" cut which means the back is shorter than the front.
Barbara Hershey (born February 5, 1948) looks far younger than she is. She is also concrete proof that women in their 60s can wear their hair long, if it suits their face shape and hair texture.
Long hair is great on square, round, and heart-shaped faces. However, it isn't as flattering on women with long faces because it can make the face appear even longer.
As for hair texture, the thicker and more coarse your hair is, the longer you can wear it. If you have thin hair that tends to fall limp or flat, you will probably want to go with shorter hair.
The iconic Ellen Barkin (born April 16, 1954) looks as fabulous as ever with a wavy shoulder-length bob. It's trendy among women decades younger than her, and it's perfect for her fine hair. Luckily, shoulder-length hair is flattering on all face shapes.
Maria Shriver (born November 6, 1955) has fabulous coarse, thick hair. It looks great in long layers, which frame her face and allow for her to push it behind her ears. The gentle wave at the end softens it wonderfully. Her hair color is gorgeous, too—brown with heavy blonde highlighting is a good option for women who don't want the commitment of blonde, but want a more dynamic shade than brown.
Kris Jenner (born November 5, 1955) is a style icon, in keeping with her equally famous daughters. She almost exclusively wears her hair in a short pixie with lots of volume up top, volume being the secret to pulling off a shorter cut like hers with a rounder face.
Pixies are very popular amongst older women, and there are plenty of directions in which to take this style. If you have a round face, keep some body on top of your head to elongate your face. Do this with plenty of layers, and hair products that add volume.
Marisa Berenson (born February 15, 1947) shows off two different looks, one natural and one straightened. Both look great, but it's a good example of how you're not stuck with one texture at any age. If you're willing to take a risk, head to the salon and see what a different texture looks like on you.