2022 Top Hairstyles for Women Over 50

There’s a myth that’s been circulating for way too long that women over 50 should be conservative with their style. In reality, there is absolutely no reason that older women shouldn’t look fabulous in their outfits, accessories, and, perhaps most importantly, their hairstyles. When you’re over 50, you can forget the old cultural convention that your hair should be short, neat, understated, and unnoticeable.

top hairstyles for women over 50

Instead, after you turn 50, you should take advantage of the opportunity to style yourself exactly as you feel most comfortable. That means: find a style you love and go get it, because, if not now…When? When choosing a hairstyle for 2022, pick a style that feels right for your body and aesthetic. Then, head to the salon to have a pro cut and style it—and teach you to maintain it on your own at home. By picking a style that’s just right for you, you can experience the feeling of being confident, comfortable, and exactly who you’re meant to be.

If you are considering what to do to your hair, here’s a guide to the best hairstyles of 2022 for women over 50. We’ve also included some helpful info on how you can know which of these cuts is the right one for you. We’ll start by teaching you how to find what shape your face is so you can make sure the hairstyle you choose highlights your beautiful facial features.

How To Find Your Face Shape

The first step to picking the right hairstyle after 50 is figuring out what the shape of your face is. Beauty and style experts agree that face shape is important to consider when picking a hairstyle because some hairstyles highlight certain face shapes and others hide them. And, you want to make sure while styling your hair, you pick a cut that is going to feature the most beautiful parts of you without covering up any of your natural beauty!

The basic list of face shapes includes:

  • Round
  • Square
  • Oval
  • Heart
2022 Top Hairstyles

I’ve written a guide before on how to find the shape of your face. Check out the guide to figure out what the shape of your face is. Then, ensure your face shape is suited to the style you pick from the list below. It really is an interesting exercise for you to try, and if you have a slightly uneven face, like me, you’re going to see your hair in a different light!

You can also read out a guide on the best hairstyles for women over 50 by face shape. Check out this guide if you want a place to start while choosing a hairstyle by face shape. By browsing through the list, you can get an idea of some basic ideas of styles by face and find a starting point to guide you to the right hairstyle that is “on trend” this year.

After you’ve taken the time to know more about your face and your taste, here are 5 of the most popular hairstyles of 2022 for women over 50.

Long, Beachy Waves

Many women over 50 this year are choosing a low-maintenance style that is also glamorous. Long or mid length beachy waves allow you to look great without too much effort! that’s why I love it for my go to hairstyle.You can apply a curl enhancer or beach wave product to wet hair to give you a fresh, full of volume hairstyle. For a more polished beach wave, you can allow your hair to air dry, then take sections of hair using a curling wand or straightening iron. This is will give a more “tidy” and “put together” hair style.The best way to enjoy a low-maintenance style that looks like you’ve just spent a day in the salty air without even leaving home. Long, beachy waves don’t require regular cuts, as long as you keep your ends trimmed That’s one of the best benefits of this style for women over 50.

Another benefit of beachy waves is they help us look younger! Because the waves flow freely around the face , your face is instantly softened and those delightful wrinkles are minimised.  Its an optical illusion and it is perfect for the ageless women over 50! If your hair is thinning at all, this is a great style to ensure your head and hair look as full as possible.

Pro tip! Add dimension and texture by combining low lights with highlights

Ask your hairdresser to add highlights and low lights to your hair colour. This will give you a 3D effect and will add texture and volume.

If you want to choose long, beachy waves for your hairstyle in 2022 (or any other long cut, for that matter), you may be wondering if it’s even okay for you to have long hair when you’re over 50. After all, another popular misconception in society is that older women should have shorter hair. The reality is that nobody’s opinion about your length of hair matters except your own!

If you feel confident, happy, and beautiful with long hair, then a long hairstyle is perfect for you. The only thing that matters when it comes to picking a hairstyle after 50 is how you feel—so forget those critical voices around you and really tune into yourself.

Straight Bob With Bangs

Straight Bob With Bangs

Forget anyone who says that bobs are for the young. Bobs with bangs (fringe) are Ageless and a way to highlight your face, pull attention to your eyes, and showcase your facial structure (including cheekbones, jawline, and more). Rather than call attention to your hair itself, bobs are a way to use your hair to highlight other parts of your look. If you are going for a bob with bangs, you can consider a shoulder-length bob, or you can go for a longer bob, which is just a blunt cut below the shoulders with bangs straight across. A bob with bangs is the perfect solution to softening the lines on your forehead! It is a nice ad simple way to take years off your face.

Short Asymmetrical Cut

Essential Hairstyle

If you are looking for a short haircut that also has edge, the short asymmetrical cut is in style in 2022.

With the short asymmetrical cut, your hair can be either cut very, very short (or buzzed) at the back, then left slightly longer in the front and can swoop across your face.

Or slightly longer, with interesting angles in the cutting, giving the face a soft, modern look.The short asymmetrical cut needs basically no styling, so it’s a good cut if you want to put very little time into maintaining your hair each morning (so, more time for the things that really matter!) And, this style is undeniably edgy, so it’s a good way to add some *funky-ness* to your style if you want to spice things up a little bit. Also, for the summer months of 2022, this is a great cut to keep you cool.

Perfect Grey Hair – Styled Naturally

Grey hair worn on women over 50 is perfect, and the way nature intended, right? Well the answer is YES…for some, bot it is not for everyone! (including me)

Growing old gracefully is often times linked to keeping your hair natural, and as we have all discovered, that means our hair turns grey, starting at the roots and expanding as our hair grows!

Some women look so fabulous with grey hair its annoying! Have you ever wondered why? From my observations, this is why:

  • Dark and full eyebrows give definition to the face and offer a contrast to the grey hair, meaning dark and light combination bring life to the face
  • Bright striking eye colour will offer a similar contrast and look pleasing to the eye
  • Women with cool toned skin who have very dark hair when they are younger, look stunning as they gradually go grey (think Winter colour types)
  • White eye whites, and very white teeth, complement grey hair as it is another fabulous contrast
  • Darker toned skin also offers a complementary contrast to grey hair and looks perfectly in harmony

On the other hand, women who feel terribly uncomfortable about going grey tend to have:

  • low contrast between their eyebrows and natural hair colour
  • sparse eyebrows
  • warm skin tone and ginger hair
  • cool skin tone and red hair
  • loss of the colour in their eyelashes
  • Loss of pigment in lips

Grey hair hair can be worn long, short, wavy, bobbed, pixi cut, curly… A good rule of thumb is to match your hair to your personality, that way you cant get it wrong.

Each one of us looks different to the other, and that is such a good thing! If you choose to color your hair…Fabulous! and if you choose to embrace the grey…Fabulous too!

When it comes to hairstyles for women over 50…

You do you, and allow others to do the same!

What hairstyle are you rocking at the moment?

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37 Responses

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  3. Thanks Shellea, I discovered your videos during 2020 lockdowns and haven’t looked back. At 56 I find I stiffen up very quickly, have aching feet and a constant sore back. Now I can’t start a day without warming up my body with your gentle morning exercises. And 5-10 minutes now easily continues to 30 minutes it feels so good. I work in aged care and have an elderly mother so I see what could be ahead for me but with your help I know I will be much better prepared for the next stage of my life. You are an inspiration.

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    1. Wow ???? you are on fire Marjorie! And take a moment to thank yourself for all the hard work you are putting in (in more ways than one)???? Keep up the fabulous work! ????????

  7. Thank you so much for the information abt going grey. I am 58 with Olive skin, earlier days brought me a soft black hair with dark eyebrows & a dark eye color.. I get so many compliments with my black hair turning grey in it’s soft beachy style past my shoulders style.

  8. Thank you Schellea for getting me moving again. I am 73 years younger now that I have started my daily Fabulous 50s routines. I started out by looking for some stretching exercises for someone whose joints were starting to “rust”. Then I moved on to your 30 min. walking routines. When I still have energy, I add on some 10 or 15 min targeted routines. I have now made my daily routines a priority for the last three months, and I can feel the difference and the extra pounds are slowly disappearing. I decided to write for two reasons. First, to extend my gratitude for providing exercise options that are doable and not intimating for my generation as well. My second reason was to let those women who think they can’t get back some of their vitality and flexibility, after years of neglect, know that they can. It’s not only Fabulous 50s, but it can also be Fabulous 70s.

    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful comment Kathy. And take a moment to thank yourself for all the hard work you are putting in (in more ways than one)???? Keep up the fabulous work! ????????

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    1. YOU are amazing Tina!???? Thank you for sharing your wonderful comment. You got this!???????? Every single day that you’re showing up, know that you’re doing something to make a difference for yourself.​????????

  10. I’m so glad I did! It has the best hairstyle ideas for women over 50. The styles are modern and stylish, yet still age-appropriate. I’ve been trying out some of the looks and have gotten so many compliments from my friends! Blog is definitely a must-have for any woman over 50 who wants to stay fashionable and on trend.

  11. I appreciate the inspiration and options you have provided. It’s great to see that there are plenty of trendy and stylish hairstyles that can work for us older ladies. Thank you so much!

  12. Dear Schellea,
    Your tips are always on point, up till now I never mind my face shape with the hair I fix or make. The tips had given me a lovely face and fixed hair combination.

  13. I love that there are so many stylish and chic options for women over 50 when it comes to hairstyles. It’s great to see that age is not a limitation when it comes to hair. Whether you want to embrace your gray hair or opt for a bold and trendy cut, there are plenty of options to choose from. This list of hairstyls is definitely giving me some inspiration for my next salon visit!

  14. I found my hairstyle through your lesson. Thank you Mrs.Schellea for help me to find myself within me.
    Forever young????

  15. Until I come across this article I never new the type of head shape
    Determined the hair style accolades to the writer

  16. Very informative wtite I got to know that I have been committing hairstyle blunders, now I have to adapt the concept she stated

  17. Love your tips and inspiration iam 66 and have curly hair and have recently learned to embrace it and enjoying it too, thanks❤

  18. This is really informative. I can now wear my hairstyles with good confidence know full that I have learnt how to pick my hairstyle that suits my face.

  19. As a woman over 50, I’m always looking for new hairstyles that will flatter my face and make me feel confident. This is a great resource, with plenty of ideas and inspiration

  20. It’s great to see such a diverse range of styles that cater to different hair types and face shapes. Your post has given me so many ideas for my next salon appointment. Thank you for sharing your expertise and helping women feel confident and beautiful at any age.

  21. Your tips have all been so helpful but mostly your support for women in our age group looking and feeling their best means so much ????

  22. From this I learned how to choose a hairstyle that suits my age and my face. Also I like to change my appearance attractively with this. I look forward to more such things from you.

  23. Hey Schellea ????
    Thanks for another wonderful tips for our hairstyle, with help of your tip I was the talk of the event I went ???? ❤️

  24. Hey Schellea
    I found your videos when looking for an exercise for older women. Since then, I’ve been doing them in the morning, but I’m trying to do them every day if I get the chance with my rushing days . Continue your wonderful work.

  25. Schella, your hairstyle tips are so amazing. Now i get to look closely at the shape of my face before styling my hair so as to look more beautiful.
    I love the straight bob with bangs and always wanted to try it. I guess the time is now.

  26. I love your long, beachy waves Schellea. Its so beautiful and elegant. I will style my hair same way and see how it goes. Definitely a great material for me.

    1. Thanks so much Melissa! I am glad you enjoyed the post and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment ❤️❤️❤️

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Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Her additional qualifications include: Neuro Athletics Coaching Certificate (NACC) from Neuro Athletics, Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach, Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, and Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI.
Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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