Age really is just a number. 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 and other times, the things we used to emphasize become what we want to hide. Ultimately, you'll look good with a cut and color you're comfortable with, but that doesn't mean it has to be the one you've had forever.
While you should actively consider your face shape and hair texture when choosing a style, there are plenty of other factors that go 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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Keep reading for 30 of our favorite hairstyles for older women.
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 oblong face, drawing attention to it and framing it beautifully. The cut, which is just below her shoulders, provides 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 actual age, making her 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 frames her face and allows 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 as that keeps the look modern.
Being older doesn't mean you can't get away with wearing a sleek ponytail. Oprah Winfrey wears one all the time, and she usually completes her look with loud glasses that match her outfit.
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.
Megan Mullally's burgundy locks are proof that there are worse things than not being able to hang onto your natural color. She's sported this shade for years, and while it's not naturally occurring, it doesn't look unnatural, either.
"Diane Keaton always has great hair," says Livermore. "I love that she wears her natural color, and her styles are always classic but also a little tousled and frisky."
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. Try a supplement with biotin in it or do semi-regular keratin treatments. 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 rocks and edgy cut that 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. 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. 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."
Feathered Cut With Bangs
Goldie Hawn's feathered 'do is pure bombshell, and the curtain bangs and long layers help frame her face well.
Lob With Bangs
Mary Steenburgen's chestnut-hued lob adds a youthful energy, and the bangs amp up the cool factor. When it comes to styling this look, keep in mind that a blow-dryer is your friend. Pros recommend blowing out your bangs while your hair is still very wet, as they have a tendency to dry faster than the rest of your hair.
Feathered With Bangs
Tina Turner's voluminous feathered look is layered and airy, ideal for older women who want something simple to style. Add a slight wave or some texture, like Turner, to really amp up the volume in the hair.
Mid-Length and Tousled
Jaclyn Smith's tousled style has plenty of body and volume, but is actually relatively easy to achieve. To replicate the look, separate your hair into sections before curling and brushing out the ringlets, so as to add more volume. Use a product like Balmain Texturizing Salt Spray ($36) for added texture.
Tina Knowles is proof that amping up waves with excess volume can still be classic. The easiest way to achieve beachy waves like these is with a curling iron. Opt for a barrel that's approximately one-inch in diameter, like Hot Tools NanoCeramic Curling Iron ($60).
A side-part with loose waves adds a femme fatale edge to Kim Basinger's cut. To achieve a similar style, curl your locks, then sweep hair so that it falls predominantly to one side.
Short Bouncy Curls
Jane Fonda's short curls frame her face perfectly. For a similar texture, twist hair around a flatiron, alternating the direction you twist the hair with each section.
Mid-Length With Waves and Bangs
Glenn Close's mid-length 'do is sleek and sophisticated, likely thanks to an arsenal of products. For a similar sheen, we recommend Biolage Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist ($20).
Short With Side-Swept Bangs
Helen Mirren's cropped, side-swept bang style looks great on any age. Ask your stylist to add plenty of layers so that the face is well-framed.