Stylish short hairstyles for women over 50

Take a look at these ideas for short haircuts for older women from some of our favourite celebs.

short hairsyles for over 50

by Lorna White |

Changing the style of your hair can be such a confidence booster and also change your whole appearance, but it can be hard to find the perfect style to suit you.

We're not saying once you reach 'a certain age' you should get the scissors out and go short, but many of us who struggle with thinning or greying hair might want to try a shorter style to help our hair look healthier and make us feel better.

It'll also save you plenty of time on washing, drying and styling your hair, which can become harder as we age with all the turning of styling tools and heavy hair dryers.

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Anything from your face shape to hair type can affect what kind of style you should opt for, so we’ve rounded up some of the best celeb short hairstyles for you to consider as well as the best cuts for you, whatever your hair colour.

Celebrity style steals

There are so many famous faces looking fabulous with their short cuts! We love how these celebs have embraced their crop styles so why not copy them for yourself? Take one of these pictures to the hairdresser at your next appointment!

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Crop hairstyle

Face shape: Oval or round | Hair type: Thinning hair


Short hair is a brilliant choice if you find your hair is thinning and want a real change in style. It’s also a brilliant choice if you’re looking for a low maintenance do. Judi Dench's famous pixie crop is the perfect style for our favourite leading lady. Ask your hairdresser for short, textured layers. If you have long or mid-length hair, then it’s best to go short gradually.

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Short bob hairstyle

Face shape: Square | Hair type: Straight hair

Helen Mirren

She’s had long hair, tumbling curls and even pink hair, but Helen Mirren’s latest look is our favourite. This slightly dishevelled update of her signature bob looks modern, fresh and is easy to copy. Suits most naturally straight hair types. Ask your hairdresser for a short layered bob to help cheat some texture.


Rather than blow-drying your hair, leave your hair to dry naturally or rough-dry it on the low heat setting, before finishing with a little wax to define the ends.

Sleek bob hairstyles

Face shape: Square | Hair type: Thick hair


Her trademark sleek bob and fringe have always left us envious and we also love Dawn French's latest locks! Gone is the short angular fringe and instead a softer, longer, side-swept fringe flatters her face, making her look years younger. Suits thick hair types and those who want to grow out a fringe or short layers. Ask your hairdresser for a longer bob, with a slight side parting and a sweeping fringe.


Face shape: Oval | Hair type: Curly hair


Elegant and polished, we love Darcey Bussell with a fringe. Copy her style and avoid anything heavy, short or structured and instead go for a longer fringe that’s softly feathered.

This short hairstyle for women over 50 suits those of us with fine hair or thin hair types. Ask your hairdresser for a shoulder-length cut, with some long layers and a soft, longer fringe.

Long crop with a fringe

Face shape: Oval | Hair type: Straight hair


With her softly layered cut and long sweeping fringe, Dame Emma Thompson steals the show with this polished and flattering look. It’s perfect for straight and fuller hair, but avoid this look completely if you have thin or curly hair. Ask your hairdresser for a long crop with a side-sweeping fringe.

Bouncy bob

Face shape: Long or heart-shaped | Hair type: Fine, thick, curly or straight hair


With bouncy curls and lots of volume, we love this look on Benidorm star Sherrie Hewson. This style suits most hair types including fine, thick, curly or straight. It works best on those with long or heart-shaped faces though, so if you have a round face shape a slightly longer version will suit you better. Ask your hairdresser for a shoulder-length bob with layers for extra movement.

Short hairstyles for over 50 with glasses

Glasses are actually a great accessory to enhance your hairstyle and even your clothes, so it's worth considering your glasses when choosing your style of hair for the day.

Here are a few of our favourite hairstyles we would recommend with your specs:

•Long pixie cut

•Super short cut

•Short bob

•Short layered hair

Suiting your face shape


Finding the perfect hairstyle to compliment your face shape can be hard. You’ll first need to decide what face shape you are. Take a look at the images above and think about which matches your face most.

Round - the face will be a similar diameter all the way across with little definition of the jaw. If you want to go really short, something like Olivia Colman’s pixie cut would look fabulous.

Heart - the chin will be a lot slimmer than your forehead in a kind of upside-down triangle. Something similar to the style of Sherrie Hewson’s shoulder-length bob would look great.

Square - the jaw line will be defined and the same width as the forehead. A long-bob like Dawn French’s with a sweeping fringe would suit this shape.

Oval - the face will be more elongated than a round face with a more pointed chin and higher hairline. This face shape suits most styles including Judi Dench’s crop cut to Darcy Bussell’s effortless shoulder-length cut.

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Types of hair

Short hairstyles for over 50 with fine hair - If you want to go very short, try something like Judi Dench’s do which requires little maintenance and effort to appear thicker. For a longer style, Darcy Bussell’s feathery cut suits thinner hair types perfectly.

Short hairstyles for over 50 with thick hair - Fuller hair would look great in a style similar to Dawn French’s showing off its structure, volume and shine. Sherrie Hewson’s style is full of volume at the root making it an ideal style for those with a thicker head of hair.

Short hairstyles for over 50 with curly hair - If you prefer to keep your hair naturally curly, a Darcy Bussell style would require little maintenance to look stylish.

Short hairstyles for over 50 with straight hair - Emma Thompson styles her straight hair perfectly with her crop and sweeping fringe, great for naturally straight hair.

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