Short Haircuts for Women in Their 40s & 50s

Updated February 21, 2017

Women often have to make adjustments in their beauty routine as they mature.Some women experience thinning hair and their skin begins to age. However, a good haircut can shave years off your look. The best short haircuts for women in their 40s and 50s will draw attention away from problem areas and highlight the best attributes of the face.

Short Bob

Bob hairstyles are classic for any age. For a women over 40, a short bob is flattering and easy to style. Short bobs tend to work best on straight hair as curly hair can frizz. A short bob should fall just below the ears or at chin length. Wispy fringe that sweep to one side are ideal as they add softness to the style. Another benefit is that fringe hide any forehead lines. Gradual layers throughout give hair shape and movement.


A pixie haircut is attractive on a 40- or 50-year-old woman. There are a few variations, but the most flattering for a mature woman is the cut that is short on the sides and back, and relatively long on top. The hair on top should be layered, with soft fringe over the forehead. Shorter pixie haircuts without fringe can look harsh on mature women.

Razor Cut

Razor-cut, spiky hair is perfect for someone who is trendy and stylish. There is no rule that women over 40 or 50 have to have a certain type of hairstyle. With a razor cut, the sides and back are short. The top is cut with razors and spikes upward. It is not a punk look. It is soft and easy to style.


Another short haircut that is flattering for older women is a shag. To create a modified, short shag hairstyle, the stylist adds layers throughout the hair so it flatters and frames the face. The length of the modified shag is approximately mid-neck. Bangs that reach just the eyebrows work well with this haircut.

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Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.