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What long hairstyles look best on older women?

Do older women look better or worse with long hair? What to choose, long or short hair, if you are a woman over 50? Thanks!

We don’t need the latest statistics to see older women with long hair being in the minority these days. It comes as no surprise considering the fact that until recently, we all believed that more inches can make us look only older, not to mention the trickier maintenance. However, the pictures below sell the idea of sticking to your preferred length regardless of your age – you just need to understand what to pay attention to.

1. Long Hairstyles for Older Women with Fine Hair. We are lucky to have messy hairstyles trending since they are perfect for mature ladies with thin long hair. From beachy waves to tousled ponytails, they give us a chance to bring in texture and get the roots elevated without tipping over into outdated bouffants.

2. Hairstyles for Older Women with Long Hair & Round Faces. Extra inches seem to be just the thing for round faces thanks to their built-in elongating effect. But it’s not enough for a lady over 50 – add layers or waves to amp up volume on the bottom and a side part for some height on the top.

3. Older Women with Long Curly Hair. Curls and waves are the best friends for aged hair since they create a flirty feel while delivering some dimension and dynamics. The key is to retain natural bounce or masterfully reproduce it if we’re dealing with perms. Make sure you trust your hair to professionals who understand curl patterns clearly and can avoid the “poodle perm” effect.

4. Long Hair with Bangs for Older Women. Any hairdos for older women with long hair can be easily updated with bangs. A choppy fringe is today’s go-to option that flatters almost any face shape and allows for a fresher and classier look without much maintenance. Alternatively, go for side-swept bangs to gently frame your face.

5. Older Women with Very Long Hair. Sure, ladies over 60 can wear their locks waist-long, but what’s the point? If the tresses are thin or fine, they will look even scarcer in long hairstyles since the length will pull them down. So, don’t hesitate to opt for extensions – they will make your mane full enough for really beautiful long ‘dos.

6. Natural Curly Long Gray Hair. If you choose to rock your natural curls, your main task is to tame the frizz and get your curl pattern revealed in all its beauty. While a longer hairstyle works towards the first goal by weighing the locks down, African-American curls are naturally more fragile, and it usually gets worse with age. This is the reason to recommend quarterly haircuts for older women with long hair, and protective hairstyles including various braids, twists, and buns.

7. Layered Hairstyles for Women Over 50. Layers work great on long tresses, as they add both movement and volume to thinning locks. However, long layered hairstyles are also flattering to heads of hair, as they remove the bulk. Anyway, keep your layers on the softer side, otherwise, harsh lines and much disruption can make you look older.

8. Medium-To-Long Haircuts. When you are not sure whether you want to go with short or long hair, a long bob is definitely a win-win pick. It gives you the best of both worlds, especially when combined with smartly placed layers. Moreover, if your face is heart- or square-shaped, this choice is sure to nicely balance your bone structure.

Lob for Older Women
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9. Updos for Older Women with Long Hair. The main thing about age-defying updos is to keep them simple. It can be a sleek side-parted chignon or a cascading half-up half-down with a slightly teased crown, but it shouldn’t be overwhelmed with volume or details. Both a laid-back feel and clean lines are better than a bouffant.

10. Braids and Bun Hairstyles for Older Women. Think you are too old for these trifles? Well, what about Madonna with her tight cool-girl plaits? Low buns are timelessly elegant, braids of all kinds are easily incorporated into casual and formal ‘dos, and even a top knot can look gorgeous if it chimes with your face shape and hair texture.

11. Formal Hairstyles for Older Women with Long Hair. Formal ‘dos tend to add years even to young girls, but mature women have the experience to fix the problem, don’t they? The basic tip is to soften the lines around your face with bangs, tendrils, or face-framing layers – just choose what works best for your bone structure.

12. Hair Accessories for Older Women with Long Hair. You can secure your hair with cute bobby pins, pull it back with silk or leather hair bands, or make ponytails using bright (yet hair-friendly!) elastics – as long as they are not cheap-looking. There are plenty of elegant hair accessories around to suit taller and smaller older women and make their hair look age-appropriate.

13. Older Women with Long Gray Hair. Yes, embracing gray hair is officially in vogue, with a bunch of celebrities like Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren spearheading the movement. If you want to join them, just select a flattering shade of gray to go through the awkward transition phase, and you will end up with long silver hair that is minimally affected by chemical treatments.

14. Gray Highlights for Older Women with Long Hair. You can take a different route since you are not bound to go solid gray. Depending on your preferred color scheme, gray streaks are capable of creating stunning contrasts, delivering a sun-kissed effect, or adding the required depth to thinning locks.

15. Hair Products for Older Women with Long Hair. Healthy locks are essential for long hairstyles, and mature women need to go the extra mile for their manes to retain shine, elasticity, and fullness. TLC for the scalp, heat-protectants, keratin treatments, deep conditioners, volumizing sprays, and thickening mousses – employ them all if necessary to stop aging processes in your hair.

While you can successfully follow all the tips from our list of hairstyles for older women with long hair, customization is still required. You need to take into account your hair type and hair color, face shape and complexion, lifestyle and height/build to figure out whether you want to rock your tresses long or chop them off.

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by Donna Sullivan
Donna is a hairstylist with 8 years of experience. Ask her about any hair-related problem (haircuts, hairstyles, colorings, hair care) and get a pro advice!