Denise McAdam is an expert on hairstyles for older women. Whether your hair is short or long, thick or thin, she knows exactly what to do to make you look your best.

For 40 years, Denise has worked with women from all walks of life. She has worked her magic on celebrities, royalty, models and the rest of us. Through it all, she has learned the secrets of what it takes to deliver the best haircuts and hairstyles for women of any age.

Exploring Short Hairstyles for Older Women

As our hair gets a little thinner with age – and I know about this phenomenon first hand – short hair is often the way to go. Personally, I’ve resisted the urge to cut my hair too short, but, after talking with Denise and looking at all of the amazing short hairstyles for older women, I’m honestly reconsidering!

 
 

Long Hairstyles for Older Women 0Looking back at a picture of me in the 60s, I sometimes dream of my long, lustrous hair. I remember several guys leaving messages in my high-school yearbook, asking me never to cut it. Well, I’m sorry boys. Times change and so too, unfortunately, did my hair. It’s time for a change and Denise is here to help!

In today’s interview, I talk with celebrity hairdresser, Denise McAdam. I hope that you enjoy listening to her advice. If you have any questions for Denise, please add them in the comments section at the end of this article. Enjoy the show!

 

Denise starts by reminding us of two important things. First, short hair can look quite masculine, so, it’s important to make sure that it has some height and movement. Secondly, if you’re going to go short, you need a great cut!

Let’s discuss the 3 main options that Denise and I discussed when it comes to short hairstyles for older women.

Gamine or Pixie: Judi Dench and Annie Lennox

We all love Dame Judi Dench and her wonderful “pixie” haircut. Denise also uses the word “gamine,” which is defined as “A slim, often boyish, elegant, wide-eyed young woman who is, or is perceived to be, mischievous, teasing or sexually appealing.”

I love that description!

Denise says that this particular style was originally made popular by Mia Farrow, Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn. These women always strove for wispy, soft looks.

The bottom line is that, as long as you keep a little height and shape, you can still look glamorous, while accentuating the twinkle in your eye. Just remember, to avoid looking too masculine, make sure that your stylist keeps this cut light and airy.

Another woman who sports a gamine style haircut is Annie Lennox. She doesn’t look overly masculine. She is simply natural and radiant. Just on the edge of grey, Annie chose this haircut as a statement about the way that she was aging. She wanted to be seen as strong, independent and inspirational. With a pixie or gamine haircut, you can too!

Tailored “Bob”: Suze Orman

Short Hairstyles for Older WomenAnother short hairstyle for older women to consider is the more dramatic smooth “bob.” This is the haircut that television host Suze Orman became famous for.

Denise points out that women in the public eye, such as journalists, corporate leaders and politicians often go for this haircut and sculpt it back and to the side. They opt for soft hairstyles, letting their hair fall over their foreheads, with an edge of elegance.

The tailored “bob” can be a sassy, sexy and professional looking cut, which is perhaps why I chose it for most of my corporate career.

One thing that Denise reminds us is to keep the hair slightly shorter at the back. This helps with the chin line, which may have become beautifully jowly.

Layered Chin Length: Jane Fonda and Meg Ryan

Another short hairstyle for older women is the layered, chin-length style. This is the hairstyle that is preferred by actresses like Jane Fonda and Meg Ryan. Both of these women use a brush to flick the layers of the cut and give their hair fullness and sparkle.

Light and layered, this cut can create an organic look. The hair is long enough to fall into your eyes and give a sense of seductiveness.

Denise encourages us to be flirtatious and not worry about what other people think. So, love yourself and embrace your short, layered hairstyle.

Finally, remember that these are only guidelines. No matter what short hairstyle you choose, you are a whole woman, complex and beautiful. Your hair is an important part of your look, but, more important, you should choose a cut that brings out your personality and makes you feel amazing!

Do you have a short haircut? Which one? What questions about haircuts and hairstyles for older women would you like me to ask Denise in a future interview? Please join the conversation.

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