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10 Youthful Hairstyles for Women Over 50

By Sandra Roussy September 14, 2022 Makeup and Fashion

Are you looking for a new hairstyle? Feeling youthful at heart and want to wear your hair in a style that matches your personality?

I’ve put together a list of 10 youthful hairstyles for women over 50:

  1. Cleopatra Hairstyle – A classic look great for all ages.
  2. Natural Fluffy Afro – Bring out your natural beauty.
  3. Long Side-Styled – Go long or go home.
  4. Colorful Highlights – Play with colored extensions.
  5. Natural Waves – Play with your gray curls.
  6. Bold Color – Express yourself with color.
  7. Shaggy Hairstyle – Bring out your inner rock star.
  8. Blonde Afro – Go bold with your afro.
  9. Blunt Pixie with Bangs – Straight across statement bangs.
  10. Long Braids – Rock your braids.

Bring photos to your hairstylist to show them what you have in mind. They can guide you and tell you if your hair and face shape are good for what you want to do with your hair.

Need a change? Take a look at our list of youthful hairstyles for older women for some great ideas and inspirations.

Youthful Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Cleopatra Hairstyle

The shoulder-length bob with bangs is a classic that never goes out of style. You can wear this hairstyle in every imaginable color – from black to pure white and everything in between. Apply an anti-frizz product to keep your Cleopatra hair nice and sleek.

Natural Fluffy Afro

Embrace your natural textured hair. Wear your hairstyle as short or as long as you want. Remember to use a conditioning curl-enhancing product to gently shape your coils and keep them healthy. Work a hair pick on the roots to lift and plump.

Long Side-Styled

Love your long locks? No need to cut your hair short because you are over 50. Apply a thickening product to your hair and style it with loose playful curls for the perfect youthful look.

Colorful Highlights

Are you feeling bold and trendy? Add some colorful highlights to your hair to showcase your fun personality. Try the color hair clip extensions that you can temporarily add when you want.

Natural Waves

Gray or white hair doesn’t have to make you look older. Style your beautiful natural waves with colorful hair accessories. Use a purple shampoo and conditioner to keep your natural locks from going yellow.

Bold Color

Feeling bold? Color your hair in your favorite color. Pink, purple, red, or any other color that represents your style and personality.

Shaggy Hairstyle

Bring out your inner Pat Benatar with this trendy shag hairstyle. This style suits many face shapes and also looks great in a variety of colors. Add highlights and lowlights to accentuate your shag hairstyle. Dab on some texturizing product to achieve the perfect shaggy look.

Blonde Afro

Dye your beautiful afro in a bold color and let your youthful personality shine. Make sure to condition your hair to keep your style healthy looking.

Blunt Pixie with Bangs

Express yourself with this fun pixie with straight-cut bangs. This style looks great in a natural salt & pepper or a bold color like pink or purple.

Long Braids

Rock your long braids and look as young as you feel. For best results get your braids and extensions done professionally and keep them conditioned.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Do you want a new hairstyle to express your youthful personality? Which style on our list is your favorite? Tell us what your hair looks like now and what you would like to achieve in the comments below.

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I was inspired to grow out my hair after watching a Brooke Shields Christmas movie… I will never look anything like her, but we have similar hair color/texture. (And the same age…)

Cindy Silverstein

Thank you for this article – I always thought that long hair was a big no no for us older girls . But now I know differently – Not cutting my hair


After retiring, I stopped cutting and dyeing my hair and I love the results. My hair is almost to my waist now (I have had it trimmed) and the color is a soft gray that I find very appealing. I’ve had fun braiding it and trying new styles – all things I never was able to do when younger, when I had my hair styled short. Even as a girl it was short. Love it!

The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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