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What Are the Best Haircuts for Women Over 50?
What Are the Best Haircuts for Women Over 50?

There seems to be a strange misconception that as soon as a woman hits 50, she needs to start to think about chopping off her long hair or considering a perm. Although both of these are options, there are absolutely no rules to getting older. If you look good and feel good, that’s what matters! Remember: Many people say that 50 is the new 30, and looking at the gorgeous 50+ celebrities out there, you’ll find it hard to disagree. Haircuts for women over 50 don’t have to be dull. Furthermore, the right haircut can take years off of you.

01

The Classic Bob

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Bobs have been huge since the 1920s, and they show no signs of slowing down. Bobs can bring definition to your face while also framing it enough so that, if you’re conscious about your skin, it shouldn’t matter. Diane Keaton wears the classic bob incredibly. Whether she wears it beach-choppy or sleek, this is a woman that knows the power of the bob. The classic bob lands just below the chin, and with some carefully-styled undercurl, sophistication will bow to you.

02

Go Asymmetrical With an A-Line

The kids don’t get to have all of the hair trends. Asymmetry has been a big thing for more than a decade now, and it doesn’t seem to be petering out any time soon. As we age, our hair can become thinner and more brittle. Having an asymmetrical ‘do can do wonders for volume, and they are also ridiculously simple to maintain!

03

Chop it all!

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Sometimes, having short hair is the best decision. It’s a lighter load; there’s less maintenance due to less hair. Furthermore, there are some aspects to life that require it. But just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you’ll look any less womanly or less stylish. On the contrary, taking the chop is brave and, to be honest, almost always looks amazing on women over 50.

04

Pixie Cuts Are Timeless

Pixie cuts aren’t limited to 20-somethings in Andy Warhol’s Factory. They are actually timeless, and you don’t need to be a specific age to have one. Jamie Lee Curtis’s pixie cut has been a staple for her throughout her later career, and it’s possible that no younger actress could ever look that good. Pixies complement mature faces incredibly well. In fact, I challenge you to name one young person who looks quite as good.

05

There's Nothing Wrong With Keeping it Long

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The misconception that women over 50 should avoid having long hair is stupid. Long hair, like short hair, has no expiration date. There are plenty of women who are taking that misconception and putting it where the sun don’t shine on anyone who thinks they can’t have long hair. Women like Julianne Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker have redefined all of these silly notions. All longer hair over 50 means is that you know how to take care of it. And for that, you just need a good conditioner.

06

Waves Never Age

Waves can make anyone look younger, fresh-faced, and ready-to-go. Including those in their 20s and 30s. Like the bob, waves are timeless and look great on long cuts and short cuts. They are also great for that just-got-out-of-bed look, as well as a tidier, more classic approach. Waves not only add volume to thin hair, but they can also give definition to the face that short, blunt cuts simply could never do.

07

Loose Curls Aren't Just for Little Girls

Unlike waves, loose curls take a little prep. Whether you go to your stylist to get a loose perm or curl it yourself from home, however, they will always guarantee that awards show, contemporary chic. Curls hit all the right spots for you looking in the mirror and anyone that sees you. Just their existence has the possibility of feeling good. Just be sure to condition them regularly.

08

Go for the Lob

The lob is the industry term for a long bob, and we’re sure it’s not the first time you’ve heard it. If you like having long hair but don’t want the pressure of maintaining too much length, the lob is an ideal shoulder-length that still appears long. Lobs can be wavy, straight or curly, but either which way you wear them, they’re going to look classy.

09

Turn Up the Volume

Despite the misconceived idea that volume in your hair will have you looking like Paula Deen, that could not be further from the truth. A little volume hurt nobody, and if you have thinner hair, it can be a way of making it look thicker. Volume isn’t always a hair-raising prospect. On the contrary, it can make you look like a million bucks.

10

Retro Never Goes Out of Style

Retro styles can be anything from pin curls to victory curls; there are plenty of options to choose from. Back in the day, women wore their hair the way they wanted to and the way that they could. Now, we have legions of products that can help us to achieve those same looks. And you know what? They can look great. After all: Why be Greta Garbo when you could be Margo Channing or Norma Desmond?

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