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.
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.
The Long Pixie
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.
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.
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.