30 Short Haircuts for Women Over 50

It’s hard to believe there was a time when we associated “over 50 haircuts” with dated perms and news anchor bobs. Fast forward to 2022 and we’re happy to see that there are plenty of examples of stylish cuts to consider regardless of age. Here are 30 to start with.

6 Easy Makeup Tips for Women in Their 50s

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Michelle Obama
Paras Griffin/Getty Images

1. Michelle Obama’s Flipped Out Lob

The former First Lady is often seen wearing a variation of a shoulder-grazing lob—and for good reason. The cut is timeless and can easily transition from casual daytime looks to more formal evening affairs.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Viola Davis
Jason LaVeris/Getty Images

2. Viola Davis’ Bouncy Bob

How to get away with really good hair: Keep it curly and close to the chin for a foolproof fix against deflated strands.

GettyImages 1205420789 1
Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

3. Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Curly Lob

If you have hair like Julia Louis Dreyfus, a slightly longer style that hits your collarbones is a nice option because it won’t weigh down your natural curls.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Halle Berry

4. Halle Berry’s Textured Bob

Berry's style works on nearly any texture but looks best on hair with a natural wave or curl. The low-maintenance style looks especially cool with longer fringe.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Youn Yuh Jung
Amy Sussman/Getty Images

5. Youn Yuh Jung’s Side-Swooped Bob

"For longer faces, it’s best to draw the eyes up," says Gregga Prothero, Master Stylist and Founder of Gregga LA, which is what Youn does to perfection here with her swooped over bangs on top of her springy curls.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Jennifer Aniston
Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

6. Layered Lob

Scared of scissors? A long, layered look will give your hair a bit of edge without the risk of an awkward growing-out period. Plus, it provides a lot of freedom to style, while still giving you the ability to put hair in a ponytail.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Jamie Curtis
Mike Coppola/Getty Images

7. Jamie Curtis’s Pixie

If you’re looking for a cut that doesn’t require much styling, the pixie is right up your alley. Erinn Courtney, StyleSeat hairstylist and natural hair expert told us recently: “This is a good hair cut for thin hair, because it lays flat on the head and doesn’t require much volume. It’s also great to cover thinning or balding areas that may be visible with longer hair.”

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Mary Steenburgen
Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

8. Mary Steenburgen's Full Fringe

Fact: Full, rounded bangs can make you look younger. Keep them at or below your brow line to prevent '80s flashbacks.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Rose McGowan
Ki Price/Getty Images

9. Rose McGowan’s Buzz Cut

It doesn’t get breezier (or easier to style) than a buzz cut. A buzzed cut is another great option ladies with thinning hair because balding spots won’t be as obvious as they may be with longer styles.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Helen Mirren
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

10. Helen Mirren’s French Bob

Nothing says chic like a French bob. The stylish cut sits right above the jaw, while bangs add a nice touch to make thin hair appear fuller.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Salma Hayek
Steve Granitz/Getty Images

11. Salma Hayek’s Deep Side Part

An extreme side part is a surefire way to make it look like you have more hair. As Philip B. previously shared with us, “Brushing your hair to one side creates the look of volume and will help add balance while drawing attention away from the top of the scalp.”

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Jennifer Lopez
Toni Anne Barson/Getty Images

12. Jennifer Lopez’s Asymmetrical Bob

Speaking of creating volume, this slightly uneven cut makes thin hair appear fuller at the ends. So, forget your usual middle part and opt for a deep side part instead for some instant dimension.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Kelly Ripa
Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

13. Kelly Ripa’s Relaxed Lob

Another longtime member of the shoulder-length hair club? None other than Kelly Ripa. Keep it sleek and straight or add some loose waves when you want a bit more volume.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Lisa Rinna
Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images

14. Lisa Rinna’s Pixie Shag

What do you get when you mix a classic cut with the latest trend? The pixie shag, which is a take on the classic shag. To rock the look like Lisa Rinna here, invest in a paste that defines the layers and ends.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Meg Ryan
Robert Ricciuti/Getty Images

15. Meg Ryan’s Curly Shag

Speaking of shags, this curlier iteration is another classic cut. Featuring plenty of choppy layers around the face and crown of the head, you maintain tons of texture and volume.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Regina King
ABC/Getty Images

16. Regina King’s Center-Parted Bob

No shade to Gen Z, but center parts were a thing well before TikTok ever existed. A center part looks especially polished with a shorter bob, as Regina King shows us here.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Michelle Yeoh
Desiree Navarro/Getty Images

17. Michelle Yeoh’s Longer Lob

All hail Michelle Yeoh, and her perfectly tousled lob. The 60-year-old actress proves that longer locks can work at any age.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Julia Roberts
Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

18. Julia Robert’s Soft Lob

Similar idea, but with softer, more relaxed waves. This medium-length style has all the bounce you’re looking for—and then some.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Robin Wright
Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

19. Robin Wright’s Bixie

It’s not quite a bob, and it’s slightly longer than a pixie. The cut leaves the ends just long enough to tuck behind your ear if you want. Note: For shorter styles like this, you will need a bit more maintenance (aka monthly trims) to keep the sides and back from getting too long.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Tariji P Henson
Andrew Lipovsky/Getty Images

20. Tariji P. Henson’s Full Curls

Volume and texture are a perfect match. To keep your curls from being weighed down (and thus, weighing down your features), ask your stylist to cut your hair in layers, without thinning things out too much.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Christine Baranski
Hatnim Lee/FilmMagic

21. Christine Baranski’s Sweeping Bob

A little bit of length + a little bit of styling = a whole lot of timelessness.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Sandra Oh
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

22. Sandra Oh’s Curly Lob

Sandra Oh’s longtime hair stylist Ted Gibson credits a Hot Tools curling iron (he alternates between 1- and 1.5-inch barrels) for adding definition to Oh’s naturally voluminous ringlets.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Halle Berry
Steve Granitz/Getty Images

23. Halle Berry’s Side-Shave

The 56-year-old actress wowed us with her side-shaved pixie earlier this year (and gave us some Storm flashbacks with this platinum ‘do).

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Gillian Anderson
Samir Hussein/Getty Images

24. Gillian Anderson’s Tucked Lob

Here’s another famous Gen X’er showcasing a center part. By tucking your ends behind both ears, you can visually open up your features.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Sandra Bullock
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

25. Sandra Bullock’s Side-Parted Lob

Blunt ends and a side part give Sandra’s lob a bit more oomph.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Cate Blanchett
Franco Origlia/Getty Images

26. Cate Blanchett’s Sweeping Bob

For finer hair, keeping your strands single length and clearing the shoulders is a failsafe way to add bounce.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Laura Dern
JB Lacroix/Getty Images

27. Laura Dern’s Layered Lob

Bring on all of the layers. As celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger once explained to us, “The key to this style is the longer fringe, which highlights cheekbones and makes you look more youthful by softening features.”

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Aunjanue Ellis
Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

28. Aunjanue Ellis’ Bob

According to Cataanda James, who is a master colorist and a top artist for Clairol Professional, this is one of the top trending styles for natural hair in 2022. “It’s a 2022 spin on the iconic ‘fro of the 70s, which upholds big personality and amazing shape memory,” says James.

Short Haircuts for Women Over Robin Wright 2
Steve Granitz/Getty Images

29. Robin Wright’s Beachy Bob

Whether she’s rocking a pixie or a bob, bangs or no bangs, the 56-year-old actress usually keeps things on the shorter side. We’d recommend misting a texturizing spray and allowing your hair to airdry for best results.

Short Haircuts for Women Over 50 Alfre Woodard
Steve Granitz/Getty Images

30. Alfre Woodard’s Coiffed Bob

And if a classic coif is more to your liking, it doesn’t get much better than Alfre Woodard’s buoyant bob.

36 Types of Bangs to Consider If You’re Craving a Change in Style

purewow author

Our editorial team works with a variety of writers and experts across all fields to produce thoroughly researched stories that resonate with you. Our mission is to be that...