Hairstyles for Gray-Haired Older Women

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The media is full of hairstyle advice for young women, but women don't stop caring about their hair when they start to go grey. The right hairstyle can accentuate the positive while masking the not-so-positive (like the signs of ageing).

For example, sweeping fringe add a soft, youthful look to the face while obscuring forehead wrinkles and wrinkles around the eyes. When you are deciding on your hairstyle, consider your face shape, hair texture, and amount of time you are likely to spend on maintenance.

Pixie Cut

Very short hair is a common choice for older women. Short hair is sophisticated, low maintenance, and dramatically reduces the amount of waiting time for those who have decided to embrace their grey hair and let their dye grow out. Very short styles can be spiked for a youthful high-fashion event, or layered and textured for everyday wear. The downside of very short hair is that it needs to be cut frequently to maintain its shape.

The Bob

The classic bob is a flattering cut on younger and older women alike. Bobs can be very short (above chin length), or longer (to the shoulders). Aside from length, there are many stylistic variations on the bob, from one length to complicated layers. Typically, more complex cuts result in less conservative looks. For cutting-edge women, asymmetrical bobs are artistic and eye catching and, when skilfully cut, can look natural and elegant on most face shapes.

Longer Styles

Many stylists advise older women to stick with shorter cuts, but longer cuts can also be flattering on older women. Longer hair is more versatile and can be worn in a wide variety of styles, with or without accessories. Long hair usually works best for women who have thick hair, or hair with a lot of texture. Thin long hair can fall flat and look stringy.