20 Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50 That Are Cool Forever

Updated 06/05/19

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Angela Bassett, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston—this isn't a star-studded cast of a blockbuster movie we'd all love to see (though please, can we make it happen?). These leading ladies are all living proof that women over 50 can rock a wide range of chic hairstyles.

Still, there's something so liberating about chopping it all off, and your 50s is as good a time as any to try out a new cropped 'do that's modern and sophisticated. Whether you've got wavy, coarse, curly, fine, or straight hair, there's definitely cut for you. A word to the wise: If you've worn long hair for the majority of your life, you should know that a shorter cut usually requires more trips to the salon, as it should be trimmed every four to six weeks for maintenance.

Ready to take a deep dive into some short-hair inspiration? Keep scrolling for our favorite looks.

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The Pixie

Kate Hudson with a pixie haircut

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Pixie hairstyles are one of the most classic options for women over 50. By framing your face, they show off and highlight your best features. Except for the occasional trim, they're relatively low-maintenance. You can wash and go, or quickly style it with pomade.

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The Textured Pixie

Halle Berry with a textured spiky pixie haircut

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A textured pixie is super hip without trying too hard. This look is achievable with a shorter or a longer pixie cut. Just use a little pomade to separate pieces of hair and add texture.

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The Pixie With Long Bangs

Viola Davis with a pixie haircut

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A sleek take on the pixie cut features long, side-swept bangs.

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The Edgy Pixie

Tyra Bsnks with an edgy pixie haircut

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You can definitely pull off an edgy pixie at any age. Choppy bangs give this look an element of modern cool.

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The Wavy Pixie

Megan Good with a wavy pixie haircut

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A pixie cut also works beautifully on women with naturally textured hair, from wavy to curly.

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The Pixie With Blunt Bangs

Amber Valletta with a pixie haircut with blunt bangs

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Here's a fresh take on the pixie, featuring long, blunt fringe. A little hair tucked behind the ears gives it a youthful, elfish vibe, which works at any edge.

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The Long Pixie

Greta Gerwhig with a long, wavy pixie haircut

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Keeping the layers longer can add volume, which is ideal if you have thin hair that can fall flat. Similarly, adding highlights not only creates the illusion of more body, but the color itself will actually plump up your hair. Give it a wave for an elegant Hollywood-glamour look.

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The Pompadour

Tilda Swinton with a pompadour

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A pompadour is retro-cool. Slick it back with mousse to give it smooth, silky volume and hold.

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The Undercut

Tilda Swinton with an undercut

An undercut takes the pompadour to the next level.

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Spiked Hair

Angela Bassett with spiked hair

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A spiked hairstyle is a fun way to shake things up. If you want to soften the look, you can simply skip the spikes and let it lay flat. With this cut, there's enough length to change your style day to day.

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The Short Cut With Soft Bangs

Helen Mirren with soft bangs

 

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Soft bangs can freshen up a haircut if you're trying to change up your look. They add lightness and dimension all at once. If you want to accentuate your eyes, opt for a cut that sweeps down to instantly draw attention to them.

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Mussy Layers

Lena Headey

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This is such an effortless look that clearly works for both day and night. The layers fall into place, and a side-part keeps it polished.

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The Shag

Lisa Rinna with a shag haircut

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A shag is perfect for thick hair that has some natural wave. The carefully placed highlights give it extra dimension. Instead of traditional highlights for this cut, opt for balayage.

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The Short Bob

Charlize Theron with a short bob haircut

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For straight, fine hair, the short bob is a fabulous choice at any age. It's a length that naturally adds volume to straight hair, offering a perfectly casual look that can work double-duty and be elegant, too. You can pump it up just by changing your part: A middle part keeps it sleek, and a side part adds volume and takes the style from day to night.

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The Classic Bob

Alina Cho
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You can change the feel of a bob just by curling your ends in. This gives the style a soft, feminine look.

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The High-Volume, Wavy Bob

Alfre Woodard with wavy, volumized hair

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Bobs work on thick, wavy hair quite well. This chin-length bob with long, face-framing waves is elegant and mature.

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The Long Bob

Sandra Bullock with a long bob haircut

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Once a trend, the long bob, or lob, is here to stay. It's a great option for women who want easy-to-maintain longer hair that can be flexibly styled. This style can be straight and sleek or volumized.

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The Beachy, Wavy Lob

Robin Wright Penn with a beach, wavy lob

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Beachy waves are a look for all ages. They're a great way to alternate your style with a lob. Cause, you know—you should always keep it fresh.

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The Shoulder-Length Cut With Side-Swept Bangs

Marion Cotillard with side-swept bangs

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A low-maintenance shoulder-length cut with side-swept bangs is chic that very French way.

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The Soft, Wavy Shoulder-Length Cut

Maggie Gyllenhaal with shoulder-length waves

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Soft waves on shoulder-length hair is timeless. If you don't have natural waves, set your hair with big rollers to create this look.

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