African-American Short Hair Styles for Women Over 50

By MacKenzie Herald

Being over 50 doesn't mean you have a limited amount of choices in hairstyles. There are many hairstyles that can complement your lifestyle, look, personality and maturity. Live it up with a style that is easy to manage and brings out your best features. If you've had the same hairstyle for years, it's time to take the plunge. A short style may be right up your alley.

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Alfre Woodard

Natural

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Cut down the time spent on your hair's maintenance with a short natural hairstyle. To go natural, cut off your hair down to new growth. It may be best to go to a salon or barber to make sure it is shaped right. You can choose a super low cut close to the scalp or you can grow your roots out before making the cut. Try a cropped cut, which is low on the sides. A cropped natural look is ideal for someone who thinks it fits her face and wants to play up delicate features, according to "More" magazine. If you don't want a short cut, try growing your hair to chin or shoulder length and letting it shrink. Naturally curly hair automatically shrinks, so just add conditioner and go.

Tapered

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If you prefer a relaxer, but still want a cropped look, go for a tapered cut. "Marie Claire" says "A cropped cut makes textured hair look instantly polished. This style requires professional relaxing but not a ton of maintenance." Have your hairdresser leave the top two to three inches long and taper the sides and back very low. With a taper, you can have the hair shaven down, cut in low layers, or cut short enough for a mini curling iron to bump the back. If you want to have a little leeway when it's time for a relaxer retouch, consider having it layered.

The Bob

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Michelle Obama

The bob is a popular style that can be transformed to fit almost anyone. The style works on a variety of hair types, face shapes and age groups. "If you have a bob, take it a couple inches shorter in the back, leaving the front longer. This will give your profile an instant lift," suggests celebrity stylist Ken Paves. Try a wispy bob if your hair is thin. For curly hair, go just above or below the chin for bounce. Don't be afraid to add layers or bangs if your want more volume.