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.
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.
The Short Bob
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.