Hairstyles for Women Over Fifty

Updated February 16, 2017

The best hairstyles for women over 50 minimise signs of ageing and flatter the face. If you want to unleash your long lost sex kitten or wear flowing waves for a special event, make sure that the hairstyle suits your personality and lifestyle. Regardless of your hair type or age, you can select a face-flattering style that minimises your flaws.

Bob Hairstyle

The best hairstyle length, if you want to look younger, falls anywhere between your collarbone and chin, reports Good Housekeeping's website. A tousled bob adds fullness to limp strands and works with most hair types and textures. Blow-dry freshly shampooed and conditioned hair using a round-bristled brush and a blow dryer on a medium setting. To wear a super-straight hairstyle, smooth dry hair with a 2-inch flat iron. Add a dollop of a shine serum to add gloss to the hair.

Side-Swept Bangs

If your hair is thinning around the hairline, thick side-swept fringe create fullness at the front of the face. If you want a loose and romantic hairstyle, pair side-swept fringe with loose waves. To add waves to your medium-length hair, apply a texturizer to damp strands. Blow-dry hair on a medium-setting using a diffuser. Create loose waves by cupping small sections of the hair. Once hair is completely dry, create spiral curls with a 2-inch barrelled curling iron. Comb hair with fingers to release the waves.

Short Layers to Frame the Face

To soften your facial features and minimise frown lines, style the hair in layers, shorter around the face than in the back, according to Hair Do Hairstyles' website. Short layers add fullness to thinning hair and flatter oval and square face shapes. If you have fine hair, add a dollop of volumizing mousse to your damp strands. Apply the mousse like shampoo, from the roots to the strands. Blow dry hair on a medium-heat setting until hair is 80% dry. To create body and volume, roll hair back onto large Velcro rollers. Use the blow dryer to finish drying. Remove rollers and comb with fingers to release curls and tousle hair. Spritz with a light-hold hairspray to set layers.

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Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.