Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, 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 both modern and sophisticated.
Whether you've got wavy, coarse, curly, fine, or straight hair, there's definitely a cut out there for you. We spoke with Sanda Petrut, professional hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, to find out the best short haircuts and styles for women over 50. "Short haircuts are low-maintenance and can be designed for any woman, regardless of her lifestyle, face shape, or hair texture and density," says Petrut. "Chopping your hair can be liberating, and the right cut can complement the features you want to accentuate."
Read on for more A-list short hair inspiration.
One of the most classic short hairstyle options for women over 50, the pixie cut frames the face and can highlight your best features. Except for the occasional trim, they're relatively low-maintenance—you can wash and go, or quickly style it with a pomade.
The Long Pixie
Keeping the layers longer can add volume, which is ideal if you have thin hair that tends to fall flat. Similarly, adding highlights not only creates the illusion of more body, but the color itself will work to plump up your hair. Give it a wave for an elegant Hollywood-glamour look.
A shag is perfect for thick hair that has some natural wave. If highlights are your thing, they'll definitely add extra dimension with this style. Or, instead of traditional highlights, opt for balayage.
The Bob With Bangs
"This is a great haircut for women with different textures (straight, wavy, or curly), and different densities (ranging from fine to thick hair)," explains Petrut. "It offers lots of versatility—from conservative to messy—and it can also be flat ironed to accentuate the piecy-ness and texture at the ends."
The Volumized Shoulder-Length Cut
A shoulder-length cut can be made to look oh-so-voluminous with a simple at-home blowout. The best part about this cut is that you can change up the part for endless looks—a middle part gives the look of symmetry while a side part will accentuate a square-shaped face.
The Curly, Shoulder-Length Cut
This shoulder-length curly hairstyle is flattering on all face shapes. To achieve, start at the root and alternate curling big and small sections of hair.
The Soft, Wavy Shoulder-Length Cut
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.
The Shoulder-Length Lowlights
Lowlights offer a dimensional effect to this soft, shoulder-length cut. Use a medium-size curling iron to create subtle waves from the ears down.
The Sassy, Shaggy Bob
This is a low-maintenance look that's equal parts messy and chic. "Shaggy haircuts can be achieved on straight, wavy, or curly hair, and also on various lengths from short to medium," says Petrut. "If hair is straight, roughly blow dry the hair and then use a curling iron to create shaggy curls."