Looking for flattering haircuts for older women? We’ve rounded up 15 haircuts for every face shape that will leave you looking fabulous. Whether you want short haircuts for women with thin hair, or medium length hairstyles for older women, we have it here. Check out these 15 flattering haircuts for older women that will take years off your face.
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1. Halle Berry’s Pixie
We had to start this list off with the beautiful Halle Berry and her now-signature pixie haircut! Halle’s been through a lot of hairstyles. But this is one that’s lasted through the years and we can see why! This is a no-fuss pixie haircut for older women that looks great whether you’ve styled it or just rolled out of bed.
2. Charlize Theron’s Chops
Okay, so yes, Charlize Theron looks beautiful regardless of her haircut. (I mean, she’s bald in Mad Max and still manages to blow us away.) This is a different take on Halle’s pixie in that it’s parted to the side, giving it a more “done up” look that’s great for formal occasions or business meetings.
3. Heidi Klum’s Layers
To the general public, this would be an unusual haircut for older women. But the general public still operates under the belief that everything about you has to change just because you’re getting older. With a haircut like this, Heidi kept her youthful attitude and playfulness, but still makes it look “age-appropriate.” The layers are perfect and not too crazy, and the bangs lend a youthful, edgy look. You better believe this is the hairstyle we’re going to be rocking!
4. Lena Headey’s In Between
- Actress Lena Headey is known for playing Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones (but we’re sure you already knew that). In the show, she’s wearing a long, blonde wig, but in real life, Lena rocks a great short haircut for older women. This is the perfect idea for ladies who are curious about the pixie cut but still want some length and style. Side-swept bangs are perfect for this length, as fringe bangs can make your head appear block-ish. (At least, that’s what happened in our experience!)
5. Julianne Moore Goes Long
- If there’s anyone that (falsely) believes older women can’t rock long, voluminous hair, they must have never seen Julianne Moore. She wears long hair perfectly in a way that’s age-appropriate, yet confident and sexy. We love how she embraces her femininity and individuality, and we encourage you lovely ladies to do the same!
6. Jodie Foster’s Bob
If you have fine or thinning hair, the bob might just be the next hairstyle for you. This is a classic look that works well with finer hair textures, as full or thick hair can result in a bob that ends up looking like a giant, untrimmed bush. Basically, thick hair isn’t the best for this haircut. When going for the bob, you have the option of either parting it in the middle, like Jodie, or to the side. We’re personally fans of the bob and side-swept bangs look.
7. Kim Basinger’s Curls
Much like wine, everything gets better as it ages, and that means you too, lovely ladies! Kim Basinger defies all of those silly stereotypes by still being just as sexy as she was in her 20s and 30s! (And we think it’s because of that rocking, carefree hairstyle.) For women who have had long hair their entire lives, this length might be the next best alternative if you find that your hair is thinning, or the structure of it is changing. The great part about these permed hairstyles for the older woman is their versatility. You have the option of straightening it or playing around with it and creating soft, luscious curls or beachy waves.
8. Cate Blanchett’s Layered Bob
If you’re not a fan of the perfect, symmetrical bob, you will fall in love with the layered bob. The look is very soft and looks gorgeous on Cate Blanchett. Round-faced women should avoid this kind of bob as it will make the face look rounder. On the other hand, if you think this is too soft, get some short layers in front and in the back for an edgier hairstyle.
9. Jennifer Aniston’s Long Layers
Everyone (including us) loves Jennifer Aniston and it’s not just because of her humor. She’s a timeless beauty who carries herself well and is sure to never be caught on the wrong side of the media. You may know her by her signature “Rachel” cut, but Jennifer has rocked this low-maintenance, beachy hairstyle ever since Friends finished. If you’re not into high-maintenance looks that require frequent trims, products, etc., this is the perfect look for you.
10. Jane Fonda’s Shag
Jane Fonda’s hair just screams shag-idelic, amiright? It looks young and fierce, but then again, those are the exact two words we would use to describe Jane Fonda. To get this look, ask your stylist for very short layers in front to frame the face, then style it with hair gel, wax, or pomade in order to get those edgy spikes. This is definitely on the list of great short haircuts for older women.
11. Salma Hayek’s Straight Locks
Salma Hayek and Demi Moore are perfect examples of middle-aged women who pull off the straight and sleek black hair look. This look is similar to Jennifer Aniston’s in that it’s incredibly easy to maintain and style, and always looks good. You can either part this hair to the side or middle, or even alternate and do both! In regards to the cut, you can ask your stylist for a straight edged-look or layers at the bottom, to give it more pizzazz and style.
12. Madonna’s Lush Curls
If you have an angular face like Madonna, the right hairstyle will help soften your face’s angles. This is a great style if you have defined, curly hair or straight, fine hair. Loose curls create a romantic, sophisticated look that flatters everyone.
13. Helen Mirren’s Hair
We love Helen Mirren – we love her bold style and fierce attitude, we love the fashion risks she takes and the confidence she exudes. “Helen Mirren Hair” is one of the most popular search terms on Google and we know why; she flaunts an effortless hairstyle that frames her face and shows it off. A minimal amount of layers and long side-swept bangs make this an easy-to-maintain look that is great for any facial structure and age.
14. Kristen Wiig’s Chin Bob
Kristen Wiig’s chin-length bob is so pretty and stylish. This is the perfect haircut for heart-shaped or oval faces, as it helps elongate the neck without making your head look too round or block-ish.
15. Monica Belluci’s Doll Hair
Again, just because you’re “getting older” doesn’t mean you have to abandon long hair and sport designated “haircuts for older women,” such as the soccer mom or Kate Gosselin look. Just look at Monica Bellucci, who is 50 years old and has never looked better! Her long hair is so beautiful, regal, and great for any face shape! Feel like a queen and let your hair grow!
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As you age, everything begins to change. The haircut that defined your style is now too juvenile or outdated. Clothes and prints that you found yourself previously attracted to are now too loud or gaudy. The same goes for makeup and just about everything else, and short haircuts for women 40’s and up are now all the rage. These are classic hairstyle ideas and tips that will help you look even more fabulous, regardless of your age!
Which one of these haircuts for older women is your favorite? Let us know which hairstyle you went with in the comments section below, and don’t be afraid to send us pictures of your transformation!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 12, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.