You may have spent 60-plus years figuring out what hairstyles look best on you, but don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting a change. Sometimes we want to emphasize new things. Sometimes, things we used to emphasize become things we want to hide. Ultimately, you'll look good with a cut and color you're comfortable with, but that absolutely doesn't mean it has to be the one you've had forever.
You should actively consider your face shape and hair texture when choosing a style, but there are plenty of other tiny things that factor into the decision. How much upkeep do you want to do? Do you live an active life? More than others, some hairstyles will just feel right. To aid you in finding a new look, we've rounded up some beautiful women who found a style that flatters their features, along with tips from stylists Adam Livermore and Richy Kandasamy.
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Angela Bassett looks so good that it's almost unbelievable she's old enough to qualify for this article. Here, her natural hair serves as an accessory to her long face, drawing attention to it and framing it beautifully. Note how it's cut just below her shoulders, providing a demure quality to a haircut that would be too wide were it any shorter.
"For styling, R+Co Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texture Spray ($29) is perfect for hold at the root and big '60s volume," says Kandasamy. "You will also want to finish with R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray ($32) for light hold and movement."
Center Part With Waves
Alfre Woodard looks far younger than her 67 years. She's another great example of a woman over 60 who can proudly wear her hair long without a second thought.
If your hair is on the thinner side, try blow-drying with a round brush and lifting locks as you go, which will amp up the volume. A spray like Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast ($15) will help add further volume and texture.
Lob With Texture
The iconic Ellen Barkin looks as fabulous as ever with a wavy shoulder-length bob. It's trendy among women decades younger than her, but she easily pulls it off because it's perfect for her fine hair. And luckily, shoulder-length hair is flattering on all face shapes.
Thick With Softness
Lynn Whitfield has the kind of coarse, thick hair some people dream of. It looks great in a blunt bob, which frame her face and allow for her to push it behind her ears. Try a product like Redken Shine Flash Shine Spray ($22) for sheen like Whitfield's.
Short Pixie With Volume
Kris Jenner may have the most famous daughters on the planet, but she's a style icon in her own right. She almost exclusively wears her hair in a short pixie with lots of volume up top, or at least it's been a long time since she wore anything different. With a rounder face like hers, volume is the key to pulling off a pixie, as it lengthens your face.
Bob With Bangs
Bangs can wipe years off a face, and Cicely Tyson is living proof of that. Her blunt cut is youthful while the neat and uniform length radiates an elegant maturity.
Feathered With Highlights
Celebrities come and go, but someone we're glad has stuck around is Madonna, who seems to laugh in the face of age. One thing we love about her is that she does whatever she wants, and her hair is no exception. These days, she's usually either wearing her hair in loose curls or perfectly tight double braids, but we also love the feathered, highlighted 'do seen here.
Former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld would have a hard time being anything but trendy, but her mussy shag haircut makes her even more so. It gives off all the vibes Roitfeld embodies: edgy, cool, and very sophisticated, even though it's a less-styled route than most women her age take.
If you want to keep your hair longer, as actress Diahann Carroll has, there's a good chance you'll want your stylist to cut in layers. Layers add a little oomph to a hairstyle, just enough to get it in motion. Make sure the layers are longer and start at your chin or near it because that keeps the look modern.
Susan Sarandon is a living example of how well embracing your natural hair texture can turn out. Sarandon has naturally wavy hair, and she doesn't bother trying to tame or straighten it with the blow-dryer/flat iron combo people with textured hair know so well. It works for her.
Long and Wavy
Michelle Pfeiffer may not be in the spotlight today as much as she used to be, but that doesn't mean she's not a household name. The former Catwoman ended her hiatus from acting recently, immediately joining the casts of audience-favorite movies like Avengers: Endgame and Mother!. Her hair here is wild and loose, as undone as it is done, proving that overgrooming isn't always how you'll get your best results.
Bouncy and Long
Beverly Johnson's long, lush, and lovely hair shows that you can have gorgeous long hair in your 60s. The key is in your hair's health. You could try a supplement with biotin in it or do semi-regular keratin treatments. But don't be afraid to get hair extensions (which Johnson is admittedly wearing here) to make your hair fuller and lusher.
Short and Edgy
If there's one thing we can be sure of with Iman, it's that she's not afraid of a hairstyle change. Pictures of her taken months apart sometimes look like they're decades apart, and sometimes she looks the same in pictures from the '90s and early 2000s as she does today. Here, she works an edgy cut that might say "Can I speak to your manager?" but can be pulled off by anyone with a little confidence and a great outfit.
Jane Seymour has always worn her hair long—it's sort of her trademark. But there's a point to it because it works beautifully for her. Here, her blunt, thick bangs complement the length, framing her face and the (barely noticeable) layers. Notice that the layers themselves add just the right amount of volume to her straight hair.
Long and Natural
Chaka Khan's willingness to wear her hair not only natural but long, is something that predates widespread public acceptance of natural hair. Nobody has ever told Chaka Khan exactly who she should or shouldn't be or if they have she hasn't listened. If this is your hair type, you can wear Khan's long coils shown here.
Big and Bouncy Volume
There are few people in this world more well-known for their beauty than Christie Brinkley. From the late 1970s to today, she's consistently represented the laid-back, California style of looking good. (Admittedly, it doesn't come as easy to most of us as it does her.) She keeps her hair long and wavy—and she's proof you don't always have to change your hair as you grow older.
"To get that perfect 'Bardot’ blonde, you will want to use a great toning mask like R+Co Sunset Blvd Blonde Toning Masque ($42) to combat yellow brassy tones and to nourish locks," recommends Kandasamy.
As Livermore notes, the length seen on Loretta Devine is a great example of one that works perfectly for her face shape. "Her hair length is always just grazing the base of her neck and her styles are always soft, smooth, and voluminous," he says. "But even while staying within those parameters, she does vary her looks a little bit to keep it fresh."