When you get to be a more mature woman, sometimes finding the right hairstyle can be a pain. Especially if you decide to finally go shorter and get rid of all that hard to manage length that you’ve had for all your younger years. Besides, getting more mature means you can finally start experimenting with the lengths and styles of your hair. It might seem like a difficult task, but we are here to help.
Here are some ideas on how to wear your hair shorter as a woman over sixty, that can flatter many different face types. Finding one that would suit you shouldn’t be a horrible challenge when you decide to try going shorter.
Getting older shouldn’t mean you go into hiding and don’t show off your best features, or that you aren’t allowed to use your hair as a self expression anymore. Sit back and enjoy our selection of best hairstyles for gorgeous women over 60.
1. Dolly Parton: big hair.
This famous country singer can be recognized from afar for her big hair, cleavage, and her happy smile. Here she rocks a short hair cut that is flattering and takes years off her age. She was always known for having big hair, and having it short didn’t stop her from fluffing it up. An excellent options for women who are not afraid to make a statement.
2. Jessica Lange: graceful curls.
Jessica Lange is a beautiful older woman who is aging fairly gracefully. Loose short curls frame her face to accentuate her gorgeous smile and good bone structure. She doesn’t over do the color job, letting it look natural and has no grays showing. Go for this one if you have a similar bone structure and face shape.
3. Helen Mirren: layered bob.
Helen Mirren has a layered bob that’s longer on one side than the other. Her bangs are styled to the side to accentual her graceful aging and draw attention to her pretty blue eyes. This would be an easy style to maintain for someone with straight hair. She allows her natural gray/white color to show, which is in style right now.
4. Sigourney Weaver: natural beauty.
Sigourney Weaver keeps her hair color brown, her natural color in her youth. It takes years off her actual age because she doesn’t overdo her makeup and tries to accentuate her good looks with natural makeup. Her hairstyle is gentle for her face and can be easily tucked behind her ears to keep it out of her face, as shown here. Her hair has natural curl in it that’s been brushed out and styled to flatter her face shape.
5. Diane Keaton: grayish highlights.
Diane Keaton has allowed frost her hair with highlights to hide the gray without making it too obvious she dyes her hair. It gives just enough hint of color to make her look younger than she is and make the gray roots look less obvious. She’s got a layered cut that frames around her face and is simply styled by brushing it around her face to accentuate her cheek bones. Great options for women with silver hair.
6. Kathy Bates: confident.
Kathy Bates has a very short cropped hair cut that’s easy to maintain and just requires regular trimming. Letting herself go all natural shows how confident she is to be an older woman and it doesn’t take away at all from her gorgeous smile. Suitable only for confident women.
7. Diane Sawyer: business lady.
This beautiful journalist either has the world’s best plastic surgeon or has make up tricks we totally need to steal. She looks like she’s in her thirties. With a gorgeous layered bob cut to frame her face and slightly longer bangs brushed to one side, this works great for the shape of her face, and is an easy to maintain hairstyle. Choose it if you have oblong or oval face.
8. Glenn Close: open face.
Glenn Close has allowed her hair to have it’s natural color shine through, despite that, it doesn’t really age her flawless skin. Her above the shoulder cut works well with a styling brush and a little spray to hold the slight curl into place. It draws attention to her youthful forehead and beautiful cheek bones.
9. Isabella Rossellini: add some body.
Isabella Rosselini has a cut that’s very short on the sides and longer on top. This allows her to style it up to give her hair some body and draw attention to her face. While most women wouldn’t be able to pull this hair style off, her elegant dress style and natural makeup allows this hairstyle to do her justice. If you have time and energy, try it on, the result is definitely worth it.
10. Christine Baranski: adorable waves.
Christine Baranski sports a adorable wavy cut here that frames her face softly. Using her bangs layered to the side to create some volume around her face, this is a good style for an older woman who wants to have some flair without being too grandma-like.
11. Sharon Osbourne: bright color.
Sharon Osbourne dyes her hair a fun burgundy color that takes years off her face. Looking thirty years younger than her actual age, this pixie cut flatters her green eyes and rounder face.
12. Julie Christie: complicated colors.
Julie Christie has her tri-colored hair in a short curly bob that works well for many facial features. This is not a super easy to maintain hairstyle, needing products, curlers and a holding gel or spray to keep hair in place. It’s worth it though for those who have time to style their hair and are willing to look their best on any occasion.
13. Cybill Shepherd: natural cut.
Cybill Sheperd has a low maintenance hair style that works because of her natural waves. Minimal products are needing for keeping it shaped like this. A little gel when wet, brushing the tighter curls into looser waves works well for those who have natural curl.
14. Candice Bergen: straighter hair.
Candice Bergen is a good example of an easy to maintain short hair style for someone with straighter hair. Short bangs around the face give it some body and keep it from looking flat. Getting out of the shower and finger combing it with some leave in conditioner can help control frizz and add a little body.
15. Lauren Hutton: tight curls.
This actress has naturally tighter curls, and it works well in a short by the chin cut, because of how the curl tighten up towards her ears, it appears shorter than it really is.
16. Frances Fisher: just a blow dry.
Frances Fisher has a shorter layered hair cut that incorporates her bangs and works well with her straight hair and lighter skin tone. Keeping the gray out by keeping it close to her natural-pre-gray color, it works well with her complexion and facial structure. This style is easy to maintain because all you would need is a blow dry.
17. Wendie Malick: forever young.
Wendie Malick has a flatter cut, with bangs that she’s frosted and added highlights too to keep the gray from showing. Looking years younger than she actually is, this suits a longer face. The sides of her bangs are layered around her face, while the sides and back are kept longer, this keeps it from looking like a mullet.
18. Anne Archer: frizzy energy.
Anne Archer looks gorgeous with her layered cut that leaves volume at the top to draw attention to her eyes and facial structure without aging her. The longer hair on the sides and the back frame her neck and the top of shoulders for an elegant look that is easy to style and maintain. Do not be afraid to leave some loose curls out there, they will make you look decades younger.
19. Diahann Carroll: classic bob.
Diahann Carroll Has a classy cut that uses a large brush to style it out in a 50’s style bob. She pulls it off well and the bangs styled over the side of her forehead add an elegant flair that accentuates her nice skin and shape of her face.
20. Jessica Lange: minimalism.
Here is another Jessica Lange picture, showing how her haircut would look without the styled curls added in. Delicately framing her strong features, this cut is versatile and can be worn a variety of ways to flatter her features, in this one, she wears it straight with minimal fluffing on the sides to add some volume.
21. Helen Mirren: asymmetrical.
Helen Mirren in another short bob cut, only this time she supports full bangs across her forehead instead of parting her bangs in the middle and keeping them longer. This asymmetrical hairdo frames her face drawing attention to her eyes instead of her forehead.
22. Kathy Bates: softer look.
Kathy Bates sports a longer hair cut in this picture and I think it’s more suited to giving her a more youthful look. It frames her features and takes years off her face by flattering it and softening her over-all appearance instead of her previous pixie cut that leaves nothing to frame her the sides and her cheeks.
23. Glenn Close: pixie cut.
Glenn Close again lets her natural hair color shine through in this longer pixie cut, she’s able to pull it off because of how firm her forehead and cheeks appear skin-wise. In this particular cut she has the top hair slightly longer then the sides, allowing her to have a “messy” curl look on top to soften the shortness of the pixie cut and allow it to look more feminine.
24. Sigourney Weaver: sophisticated volume.
Sigourney Weaver has a longer hair in this particular picture allowing her natural volume to frame her face in a sophisticated layered cut. It frames her jaw line and draws attention to her chin, which brings your eyes up to her smile. This is a flattering cut for a woman with thicker hair and who isn’t trying to take away her age lines with plastic surgery or Botox. It doesn’t age her at all.
25. Isabella Rossellini: tomboy.
Isabella Rosselini has a pixie cut that’s styled to be longer on one side, letting her bangs and the top part of her hair frame her features and gives her a more youthful tomboy look. Perfect haircut for women with smaller features.
26. Sharon Osbourne: all eyes on eyes.
Sharon Osbourne has styled her brightly colored red hair here in a cute pixie bob that has volume on top to add body and give it some fluff. This flatters her face shape and draws attention to her eyes and away from the forehead.
27. Frances Fisher: pageboy.
Frances Fisher has a shorter cut in this picture, with a pageboy style bob with thicker bangs that keep her forehead entirely covered. This draws attention to her slender neck and thins her face. This is a cute and modern cut that not all women can pull off.
28. Wendie Malick: all natural.
Wendie Malick has a straight chin length cut that is an easy to maintain hairstyle for those who don’t have thick intense curls or frizzy thick hair. This style works well for those with a longer face. Here, she’s grown her bangs out long and lets it curl around her cheek and can be easily tucked behind her ear on the other side to show off her jaw line.
29. Helen Mirren: lady with style.
Helen Mirren is shown here with a short bob cut with dramatic bangs that frame her forehead and leave her neck and cheeks bare. This is a cute pixie-bob cut that is flattering on most faces. This lets her show off those gorgeous earrings with style and draws attention t her smile and shoulders. Showing off that despite her age, she still makes a striking figure that can still get attention.
30. Glenn Close: gorgeous smile.
Glenn Close is really fond of short and stylish pixie bob cuts. They flatter her square cheeks and strong jawbone. This is a good choice for an older woman who’s not afraid to show off her features and draw plenty of attention to her cheeks, jaw line and smile.
No matter how old you are, what your body shape or hair color or style is, you can find a flattering cut to suit you, in a variety of lengths. Short hair is in again, and many women, old and young are trying out pixie and bob cuts. Most shorter hair styles have the advantage of generally being easier to maintain and not requiring as many hair products to keep styled when you are out and about, but may require more short-term maintenance with a stylist to keep the layers from getting ratter, or the pixie or bob cuts from turning into a mullet cut.
One big disadvantage of a shorter hair style is having to add extensions if you ever want to wear it longer while you wait for it to grow back out, or waiting for the funny looking stages while it grows back out, so be sure you want it short before you whack it all off.
The nice thing about short hair is it’s often easier to style, keep washed, and takes very little brushing, which for some women as they age, can be appealing, especially with arthritic or painful hands.
Sometimes you need to go short out of necessity and there’s no reason you can’t do it with style and flair.