30 Best Medium Hairstyles for Women Over 50

By on December 2, 2015

When it comes to the best medium hairstyles for women over 50, you’re going to want something that isn’t too difficult to achieve, that doesn’t take hours in front of the mirror, and more importantly, makes you look and feel fantastic… Right?

If you’re looking to revamp your image now you’re in your fifties, but aren’t sure where to start, why not make a change with your hair. With some of these hairstyles, you’ll not only find great ways to grow out shorter styles, but also new colours to try, and more! 

Without any further ado, just take a look at the 30 best medium hairstyles for women over 50:

1. Julianne Moore : Long & Wavy, Natural Redhead

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Red is a pretty daring colour, and for many women over 50, it is considered simply too high-maintenance to pull off. You’ll be surprised to know, if you have pale skin, this is an easy one to pull off, and if you go for a more reddy-brown colour rather than bright red itself, you’ll find it far less high-maintenance. 

As Julianne Moore wears hers here, a simple centre parting with loose waves is enough to glam it up! 

2. Michelle Pfeiffer : Sassy, Sweet Curls 

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A curling wand will help to recreate Michelle Pfeiffer’s short and sassy waves, and unlike most other curly hairstyles these days, Michelle has taken the wand right up to the roots, with a simple centre parting. Even the shorter tendrils of hair framing her face have been twisted into shape, but the best thing about this look is that you can just take random sections of hair rather than working through it systematically, making it shorter and easier to achieve. 

3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus : Bouncing Brunette 

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Many women choose to go lighter when they reach the over fifties, but going darker, such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ bouncing brunette curls, is a great look if you want something that looks instantly glam as soon as a few ringlets or waves are added. 

Centre partings seem to be the best way to wear your hair, if you go by what these fabulous over-fifities suggest, and use some heated rollers and high-volume if you struggle to get more lift at the roots. 

4. Sharon Stone : Twisted Blonde Bombshell 

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Sharon Stone has always worn her hair well, from the shorter Basic Instinct look, to the longer, tousled, curlier we see her rocking here. 

Whether you’ve got longer or shorter hair, curly waves are the way forward for an instant boost of sophistication and glamour, and once again, the centre parting has made its appearance, keeping it simple and not too fussy. 

5. Marisa Tomei : One Sided Waves

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Keeping things simple on one side of her face, Marisa has used heated rollers to achieve this look, adding more curlers and volume to one side of the head, achieved with a slightly off-centre parting, and the curls have been let-go slightly by running her fingers through them. 

6. Angela Bassett : Sassy, Short Flicks 

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Angela Bassett has given you a great way to grow out a slightly shorter bob, into a slightly longer one, with this easy to recreate curly, flicked look that is best achieved on the shorter end of the medium-length spectrum. 

Using a wide-barrel curling tong, you simply need to flick out the most obvious ends of the hair, as far around as you can go. The rest of the hair can be tousled with your own fingers and a bit of styling wax. Easy as A, B, C! 

7. Heather Locklear : Big Volume Blonde

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Big volume is something that many women over the age of 50 struggle with, simply because hair has a habit of thinning as you get older. Heated rollers, as we’ve suggested a few times, is very good for adding a bit of a boost, and you should never underestimate the importance of volume-adding mousse. Another great combination for faking extra oomph is a bit of dry shampoo and a touch of back-combing with a baby toothbrush. It works every time! 

8. Elisabeth Shue : Side-Parted Wide Waves

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Flicking the parting over from just over one eye is another great way of faking volume when you’re struggling, especially if you add a bit of oomph with some dry shampoo, a touch of back-combing, and those heated rollers. Honestly, if you don’t have some, you will definitely need to invest. As well as adding volume, they do half the job of fixing your hair while you have time to sort out everything else! 

A curling wand or medium-sized curling iron can be used to create those loose waves, but make sure you tease them apart with your fingers, adding a spritz of hairspray as you go, to stop it from looking too rigid. 

9. Andie MacDowell – Super Spirals

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A very brave look for the over fifties, this is one best left to a really good night out – maybe a nice dinner? A very small curling iron is necessary for this twisted, spirally wonder, and you must be aware that it will take you quite a while to get through the sections, separating the hair from bottom to top and working your way through it. You will need to add some mousse to this before you dry it, and serious-strength hairspray too if you have fine hair. Definitely one for every now and again, and not for every day! 

10. Rebecca De Mornay : Super Simple Stylin’

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What could get simpler than leaving your hair to have a down day? Rebecca de Mornay shows you how a simple do can still look great, with the hair washed and left to dry naturally. You can use a heated-brush-wand to help curl those flicks at the ends of the hair under, if your hair doesn’t shape itself naturally, and a quick brush of the bangs slightly to the side will stop pit from looking too simple. 

11. Sela Ward : Five-Min Glam

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If you have no time to get ready, or simply have five minutes between work and play, all you need is your hairbrush and a quick burst with your hairdryer. If you have worn your hair down throughout the day and it’s starting to look a tad greasy, flick the front section of hair over and jazz it up a bit with your fingers and the hairdryer, before flicking out the ends. It’s as simple as that, and adds instant glam to an otherwise boring hairstyle. 

12. Marg Helgenberger : Simply Chic

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Not a hair out of place, Marg Helgenberger shows you how to rock perfection with this soft shoulder-length bob, flicked under for a really soft, romantic feel. Kept straight nut not slicked-down, use a straightener on the main chunks of the hair to ensure it looks super straight, but flick the ends under AFTER you have perfected the straight look, to stop it from looking too harsh. 

13. Kelly Lynch : Side-Swept & Wavy 

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Kelly Lynch rocks a seriously low side-parting here, flicking all the hair from the top of her head right over onto one side. This is quite a harsh look, and not one that every can achieve, but with her large forehead and chiseled jaw, really helps to soften things slightly, framing the face with loose, natural waves. 

14. Joan Severance : Short, Choppy & Bouncy 

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A great look for thick hair, Joan Severance keeps it short with plenty of volume, making the ends nice and bouncy to frame the face with the help of a large brush and some light-hold hair spray. If you’re worried about the size of your forehead, sweep the bangs over to one side to help soften things out, and get your hairdresser to add in some layers around the front for this flattering face-framing effect. 

15. Catherine Mary Stewart : Au Naturel 

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Leaving your hair natural is a must for summer, and Catherine Mary Stewart shows you just how to wear fine, flyaway hair in the summer – light and natural. As long as you brush the hair, and smooth it down with a bit of serum on a baby toothbrush, you wouldn’t necessary need to even blow-dry your hair for this look, so why not take advantage of the summer heat and stop using heated styling products for a while?

Bangs are a great way to make any hairstyle appear more youthful, and if you’re not sure on heavy bangs, you could always ask your hairdresser to add a few light, wispy strands instead. 

16. Jennifer Grey : Naturally Curly 

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If you have naturally curly hair, rock your natural curly hair, and rock it with pride like Dirty Dancing beauty, Jennifer Grey. Wash your hair, and add some conditioner to make detangling a lot easier, but instead of reaching for your hairdryer and straightening irons, add some curl-enhancing cream instead, and scrunch the curls together with your hands. 

Curly hair is back ladies! 

17. Nigella Lawson : Fake-It Curls

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If you weren’t blessed with naturally, curly hair, there’s nothing wrong with faking it just like Nigella Lawson does. Her naturally wavy hair is thick and certainly helps to hold the curls in place, but you can even achieve this look with thinner hair if you have the right tools and know-how.

If you have fine hair and you want to recreate Nigella’s sexy curls, don’t add as much conditioner as you normally would, and add some curl-enhancing cream instead. After curling, finish the whole lot with a burst of heavy-hold hairspray, and set in place with your hairdryer on the cool setting. 

Works every time! 

18. Geena Davis : Slightly Wavy, Completely Romantic 

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Gene David has a triangular face shape, perfect for this wavy, romantic medium length style. Also known as the pear, it can be hard to figure out what kind of hairstyle would work best, but Geena has figured it out brilliantly, using a side parting to soften her wide forehead, and longer layers to help elongate the face more. The curls help to add bounce and volume to the style, framing the face and softening the sharp jaw even further. 

19. Kim Cattrall : Short & Sweet 

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Simple, sweet and sassy – just three words you could use to describe Kim Cattrall’s NYC style. Short, tight curls have been added randomly all over the hair here, so if you’re worried about how long it will take, don’t worry. Just keep curling random sections, starting about halfway down the hair, until it looks all curly. Any last minute strands can be sorted out right at the last minute, and with the centre parting, stops things looking too girlie and fussy. 

20. Jennifer Tilly : Face-Framing Tousles 

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Wearing short hair can be really hard work for an over-fifties woman that isn’t a size zero, but Jennifer Tilly shows you how to do it without worry about your face looking ‘too young’. 

Keeping the cut between the chin and the shoulder stops it from making the face even more round, and the loose, twisted waves help to add more volume, without being overly curly, with a side-flicked front and parting to help soften the face even further. It’s a very simple style, but one that works really well for rounder face shapes. 

21. Gloria Estefan : Latino Layers 

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Add some layers to the ends of the hair, and also slightly shorter ones around the face (to about chin length), and you have the right tools necessary to recreate this Latino lovelies elegant, medium-length style. Gloria doesn’t have a wide forehead, so she is able to pull the hair back away from the face with more volume the way she has done, but she has left the rest of the hair simple and under flicked, to stop it from becoming too fussy and voluminous. We want Latino, not 80’s, remember? 

22. Megan Mullally – Growin-Out a Bob

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Megan Mullally is currently growing out a very short red bob with blunt bangs that she first unveiled at the Golden Globes just last year in 2014. Keeping things simple, she has left the hair to grow as it normally would, having regular trims just to keep split ends at bay, taking advantage of the newer, healthier growth by leaving it relatively simple and adding just a few simple shapes with a large barrel curling iron. 

These days, growing out short hair has never been more fashionable! 

23. Rita Wilson : Sassy Ombre

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Just because you’re in your fifties, doesn’t mean you can’t rock the latest styles and one of the most popular hairstyles of 2015 has got to be the ombre! 

Adding just the right amount go subtle colouring, Rita Wilson has left her roots natural, while leaving the ends lighter, giving her over-dyed hair a chance to recover and enjoy clean, healthy regrowth, whilst not going quite so boring and back to basics just by leaving things her natural hair colour. 

It’s the perfect way to give your tired, over-treated hair a break! 

24. Elizabeth Perkins : Super Volume Sassiness

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Elizabeth Perkins is giving you one of the simplest hairstyles of our time – a simple, one-length bob that rests between her chin and shoulders, that can be tousled and teased into a number of different styles for a number of different looks. Here, she has flicked the hair over to one side to ‘fake’ an almost asymmetrical look, with one side tucked behind her ears. The ends have been curled but as you can see, there is plenty of volume at the roots to stop it looking to slicked down. 

25. Amy Grant : Leaving’ it Wavy

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Natural waves have never been so in fashion before, and as Amy Grant shows, you don’t need to style your hair to within an inch of its life in order to look beautiful or glamorous! 

She has used a large brush during blowdrying to help accentuate her normal wave, but aside from flicking those bangs out from her face, the whole look is relatively natural, which means it will be super easy to recreate! 

26. Jerry Hall : Glamorous 50’s Waves

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Always the blonde bombshell, Jerry Hall shows she can sophisticated style with these beautiful Hollywood waves. 

You don’t need a bunch of tools to recreate this look and in actual fact, your hair straighteners, when flicked out when in use, can achieve these loose, glamorous Hollywood waves that Jerry sports here. You don’t want tight curls, but very loose waves which are teased over to one side in this classic elegant look. 

27. Hannah Storm : Side-Swept Bangs

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If you’ve never gone for the chop and had bangs before, now is a better time than any to finally take the leap and give them a shot. If you’re not brave enough for full bangs, why not do what Hannah Storm has done here, and have light, longer bangs thrown in, right at the front of the head, that can easily be incorporated into the rest of her hair as face-framing layers when she doesn’t want to style them in. 

Alternatively, you can now buy clip-in bangs to play with if you’re not so sure the look will work for you. Why don’t you give them a try? 

28. Ann Curry : Come-Back Cut! 

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When Ann Curry was axed from Today show, she didn’t sit around moping in her pyjamas. Instead she got herself a brand new look, cutting her hair short which has grown into the style we know and love her for today. 

Simple yet effective, she looks every bit the brilliant journalist and news anchor, with a grown-up, elegant side-swept shorter cut, left to naturally flick s it normally would. 

29. Julianne Moore – Ponytail Waves 

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Are you prone to wearing your hair in a pony tail all the time but are looking for a way to revamp it? While your hair is in that pony tail, curl the ends a little before teasing out with your fingers, and let the whole thing down. Shake your head upside down and leave it to form its natural shape, and you should have something that looks a little like Julianne Moore’s ten minute curls here. 

30. Michelle Pfeiffer : Acceptable Roots 

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Gone are the days when you needed to worry about having your roots done because these days, roots are acceptable! Working almost in the same way as the ombre style, the darker roots, lighter ends combo is now very much on trend, giving you a way to excuse those missed hair appointments!

There you have them – the 30 best medium hairstyles for women over 50! Easy, simple, and easy to recreate (most of them) from the comfort of your home… What more could you possibly be looking for? 

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