30 Best Short Hairstyles for Women Over 50

By on December 29, 2015

Are you looking for a new way to revive your hairstyle but don’t really know where to start? You should start right here, with the 30 best short hairstyles for women over 50! 

Whether you’re looking for a way to rock your silver with style, or are hoping to grow out a short look to longer one, there is something for everyone, and every face shape too! Pixie cuts, bobs, long bobs, pops, shaggy, smooth, whatever you want, whatever haircut you’ve not been brave enough to rock before, you should do it now. You could look just as fabulous as our flirty over fifties that you see here! 

Why not take a peek for yourself at the 30 best short hairstyles for women over 50:

1. Kris Jenner : Short Pixie with Bangs

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We love this look as sported by Kris Jenner, and is one of the easiest looks you can go for over 50. A short pixie cut with long lengths on the top give the impression of these razor-cut bangs, and with plenty of smoothing serum, you can achieve the glossy locks with shine. Blow dry the hair upside-down to get volume at the roots, and sweep the parting over to the side for a softer look. 

2. Courteney Cox : Shoulder-Skimming Messy Waves

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There aren’t many looks that Courteney Cox-Arquette can’t pull off, and this one-length, shoulder skimming long bob works perfectly to soften and frame a more mature face. The curls have been created with a spiralling curling iron and tousled out with the fingers, and set in place with a quick squirt of hairspray. This is actually a super easy look, and if you blow-dry greasy hair upside down after spraying dry shampoo, it won’t look so greasy, perfect for sleek hair like this. 

3. Mariska Hargitay : Chin-Length Touseled Bob

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Taking things slightly shorter and we come to Mariska Hargitay, another fan of the darker brunette look. This is a colour that really suits the over 50’s, so if you’ve been going lighter for a while, it might just be time to consider going dark. 

Cut to the chin with the side-parting incorporated into the cut, small curling irons will create that curly waved look, and when you lighten things out with your fingers, you have a slightly shorter of the above Courteney Cox look, with a side parting to suit rounder face shapes. 

4. Sharon Stone : Longer-on-Top Pixie

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She’s gone shorter around the back and sides, but kept things longer on the top in this super-glam and super-easy style. The longer lengths have been swept across in faux-bangs style, and a bit of back-combing and some dry shampoo has been used to help achieve the volume towards the back. You could achieve the same look with volumising mousse and drying your hair upside down. 

5. Jodie Foster : Short & Wavy Simple Bob

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This style is really no-muss, no-fuss, which suits Jodie Foster’s busy filming career down to the ground. A perfect look for the over 50’s, the fa-ceframing curls really help to soften the face, while the one length cut makes it super easy to maintain. You could leave your hair to dry naturally with this look, before curling it afterwards and brushing out slightly and setting with hairspray. 

6. Angela Bassett : Short & Sleek 

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This look screams business, and is easily achieved with a quick flick of the straightening irons, and some sleek and smooth serum. Cut sharp and one length, this is a great one to go for if you’re going from longer hair, with the need to cut off some dead ends. 

7. Teri Hatcher : Super-Cute Girlie Bob

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One of the most adorable looks on the list, this super short and super cute curly bob is very well suited to Teri’s beautiful face, and really adds a fun and playful twist to an otherwise pretty boring look. 

A slight centre parting with some tight curls may seem a little too 80’s for some, but add a clip or other cute accessory, and you have a great Gatsby inspired look that is bang on trend for right now. 

8. Sela Ward : Short & Flicky 

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Another cute and simple look sported by Sela Ward, and the chin-length short bob has had some added layers thrown in around the face and around the back to really cute and soften this look. A small-barrel round brush will help to achieve the flicks as you are drying the hair, or a curling iron will really set the look in place. Tousle some mousse through the roots for that added volume too. 

9. Kelly Lynch : Blunt Chop

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This isn’t a look to suit everyone, and on longer faces, would look quite harsh. On Kelly Lynch however, the bluntly chopped one length bob to the chin is finished with a centre-parting, and really helps to soften up that relatively strong jawline. You could literally ‘wash and go’ with this look, but a straightening iron will help if you have fine or frizzy hair. 

10. Penelope Ann Miller : Brushed Back Soft Pixie

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She’s had a few different yet beautiful hairstyles over the years but this short, brushed back style is a really flattering one, great for the more mature face. It’s a pretty standard longer-length pixie cut, but you could achieve this ‘do with a number of different base cuts. Simply blow dry the hair whilst brushing it back from the face, and set in spray with a little light hairspray. 

11. Betsy Russell : Fakin’ It Longer

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If you don’t have longer length hair already, let us tell you the big secret on how you can achieve this look…. 

Hair extensions! 

That’s right – a couple of well-placed hair extensions, curled right at the bottom, and your own hair set with a centre parting is how you can recreate this glam look at home. If you have a bob-cut, add some instant length with clip-in’s, or visit your hairdresser for a little helping hand.

12. Madonna : Great Gatsby Pob

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This amazing posh-bob, or Pob, looks brilliant at Madonna who might be over 50, but certainly doesn’t look it! A chin length bob has been instantly revived with a large-barrel curling iron, or a round brush during blow-drying will help you to create this look at home, and the centre parting with solidly raised flick really helps to add that Gatsby-feel. Believe it or not, this hair style for the over 50’s takes as little as ten minutes to achieve! 

13. Jamie Lee Curtis : Short, Silver & Sweet

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Jamie Lee Curtis is one of those women that rocks super-short hair really well, but with her fine-boned features, long face, and square forehead. The shorter tendrils left at the front help to round-out that upper part of the face, and the short, silver spikes give you a way to grow old gracefully and beautifully! It takes seconds to perfect in the morning! 

14. Tilda Swinton : Short Sides but Long Up Top

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You could actually achieve this simple Tilda Swinton short hair look with slightly longer hair by slicking the sides back, but this look is achieved by shorter hair on the back and sides, with a longer section up top which can be flicked to the sides to give volume and ‘bangs’. With a bit of hairspray, the look can be instantly changed to a ‘rockier’, edgier one just by adding some punky flicks or a ‘faux-hawk’, or even made more feminine with the help of a hairband or scarf. 

15. Jennifer Grey : Short n’ Flicked

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It doesn’t matter what length bob you have with this kind of style, as long as it is just below the chin, but Jennifer Grey has livened up her slightly-longer, grown-out bob, using a few gentle and discreet layers and a large brush during blow-drying to achieve those 70’s style flicks. You can throw your parting wherever you like because blow-drying upside down will give you the volume at the roots you need, and it’s a great way to hide the fact you need your roots re-dyed! 

16. Joan Jett : Thick & Messy

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Joan Jett is blessed with thick hair and she wears it well, as shown in this short and messy style which she has become somewhat renowned for. Simply blow-dry, add a touch of smoothing serum to tame any frizz, and let it do its natural thing, falling where it normally does. The jet-black colour is a choice only you can make, but it’s certainly a way to vamp up an over 50’s style! 

17. Katie Couric : Simple & Sweet Bob

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This simple and sweet bob is beautiful on round faced Katie Couric, and the chin-length slightly longer tendrils really work well on her rounded chin. The parting is slightly off centre, to make her forehead less obvious, and the over-swept bangs to the side help to give the look a bit of life. Simply blow-dry and style, and off you go. For added volume, use a large-barrel curling iron or some heated rollers right at the front. 

18. Melissa McBride : Messy, Cute & Short Pixie

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This look is such a beautiful one and really works well with the silver tones in Melissa McBride’s silvery hair. A short pixie cut that has been left to grow out a little, the front sections have been pulled forward to frame the face, and the rest of the hair has been twisted almost randomly into place with a little wax or styling serum. It’s scruffy, cute, messy and super easy to do first thing in the morning! 

19. Gloria Estefan : Latino Bob

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Our favourite Latino pop princess, Gloria Estefan, rocks this chin-length bob, and her thick hair really wears it well. A great one for growing out your roots, more volume at the base and slightly tousled ends makes this super simple and refreshingly quick. A centre parting should be cut into the bob first, not just to add volume but to add a bit of something exciting into the look, and you can even style the hair up with curls or waves for every occasion. 

20. Megan Mullally : Layered, Short & Red

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If you’re looking for a daring, bold revival as you hit your 50’s, this layered, messy red do, as sported by Megan Mullally, is perfect for you! It’s a chin length bob with plenty of layers thrown in. This is great for thin hair as a blow-dry working with the layers can help to create volume, and with a bit of tousling, or flicking your brush out as you blow-dry will help to get those cute little flicks at the ends. A side parting with some flicked-forward bangs finishes everything off very nicely! 

21. Sharon Stone : Short, Blonde & Windswept! 

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Why not give the windswept hair a shot this year? You’re hair is going to get all messed up when you go outside anyway! Sharon Stone has a simple short cut, almost a long-length pixie but not quite a bob, and simple blow-dries the hair, leaving it to fall naturally as it would. You’ll be amazed how refreshing it is to just let your hair do its own thing from time to time, and as you can see from Sharon Stone, sometimes it doesn’t look all bad! 

22. Kim Cattrall : Short, Shaggy Bob

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Kim Cattrall has pretty thin hair so this short, shaggy cut bob helped to add some va-va-voom to an otherwise limp look. If your shoulder-skimming bob is looking a bit lifeless, get your hairdress to add some wispy bangs at the front, a trim around the back, and lightly curl the hair using your straightening irons, setting with a touch of hairspray before you go. It’s a simple change to a regular look, and can make all the difference! 

23. Kris Jenner : Light & Feathery Short Pixie with Bangs

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Believe it or not, this hairstyle is jut a very simple change to the cut Kris Jenner was sporting in the number one look on this list of short women for women over 50. Rather than brushing things forward and sleeking it out like she did in the first shot however, she has left things to fall naturally, just adding some volume on the roots with a touch of back-combing. Tuck the front facing tendrils back behind your eyes and have the same look! 

24. Kelly Lynch : Simple & Side-Swept Short Bob

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Kelly Lynch has instantly livened up a boring, chin-length bob here by simply adding a side parting. You can curl the section that frame the face to add a cuter look to it all, or just leave it to work with its own natural shape like Kelly has done here. It’s a pretty blunt cut, but is the perfect way to grow your short cut out into a longer length bob, and this cut will see you through right up until it reaches shoulder length, which plenty of cute little twists to reinvent it further. 

25. Sela Ward : Simple, Chin-Length Bob

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A great low-maintenance look for the over 50’s, this is a simple one-length, cut to the chin bob. It’s the side-parting that makes all the difference here, and adds faux-bangs to an otherwise lifeless look. With the help of some straightening irons and a flick over to the side, you have a very simple look that takes minutes to achieve and will stay all day. 

26. Angela Bassett : Short Cut with Attitude! 

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Angela Bassett really knows how to work short hair, as shown by this short and flicked-out, curly look that screams with attitude. The centre parting has been flicked over to the side to incorporate in with the rest of the hair, which has been curled with a small-barrel curling iron. Add some super-fabulous earrings, and your glamorous, high-attitude look is complete! 

27. Angela Bassett : Short & Rocked-Up

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We told you that Angela Bassett wore short hair really well, and this super-cute and super-short pixie cut has been left just a little longer at the top, with some wax thrown in to get this high-altitude, punked-up, spiky look. Keep the sides sleeked down (but with the right amount of volume), and add some cuter tendrils towards the front to soften the look a little, and you have a look that takes five minutes and everyone will love. You could even add a cute bow or other hair accessories too. 

28. Tilda Swinton : Fierce Grow-Out

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If you’re looking for a way to grow-out your pixie, let Tinda Swinton lead the way. The sides are left shorter, and the top has been left to grow long. There has been a lot of back-combing and hairspray to achieve this look, but with that longer section on the top, you can achieve a multitude of looks just as fabulous as this one! 

29. Jennifer Grey : Short & Slightly Twisted

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Bangs have been cut into Jennifer Grey’s short hair here, and the look has been given a slightly-curled look with ribbons curled into the hair overnight. The twists look great on short hair, and it really helps to bring some attitude to a curly look that would otherwise look quite sweet. 

30. Joan Jett : Short & Slicked

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Joan Jett’s hair has been stripped of its volume here, with the same short and messy look that she had before, just slightly trimmed down and slicked back this time around. The side parting with added bangs stop the look being too harsh or greasy-looking, and the flicked-out ends are easily achieve with your straighteners if you don’t have curling tongs to hand. And some glossy serum and away you go! 

So what do you think? Have you been inspired by the 30 best short hairstyles for women over 50? Are you ready and raring to go, eager to try something new and bold this summer? 

Revamp yourself ladies, and make your 50’s the years you WILL remember! Let’s start with your hairstyle!

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