A mature woman must consider her hairstyle wisely; it is easy to style your hair into an appearance either too young or too old for your facial features. Certain hairstyles accentuate a woman’s mature features while others simply appear to be out of place.
Having thick hair is as much of a blessing as it is a curse for women over 50. While thick hair retains body, it may have dried out and acquired split ends. Thicker hair also has a tendency to show signs of graying much sooner than thin hair does. As hair begins to gray, many women disguise it with dye. If you have naturally light hair, adding highlights or lowlights will easily disguise the gray.
Short Bob Cut
A short bob is an ideal hairstyle for a mature woman because it works well with dry, thick hair. Short hairstyles draw attention away from the health or dryness of your hair and focus attention on your face. Ask your hairdresser for a layered, short bob cut; layering the hair gives it body and volume for a healthier appearance. Dress up this style by cutting swept bangs or adding highlights to accent your hair’s layers.
Your hairdresser can style a medium-length cut to soften the expression lines of age. This style features hair cut slightly shorter in the front than in the back. With the front cut to hang slightly below eye level, the cut gets progressively longer until stopping at the base of the neck in the back. This style diverts attention to your best features, such as your eyes. You can curl the ends slightly outwards, away from the neck, to give the appearance of a longer, more defined neck line.
Long and Lush
A long and lush hairstyle works well for mature women with thick hair. This look requires wavy hair to accent the body and volume. If you don’t have naturally wavy hair, a light perm from your hairdresser may be the solution. You’ll simply need to brush this hairstyle lightly in the morning to be styled and ready to go. You can also sweep it up quickly in an up-do for a sophisticated hairstyle.
References and ResourcesHairdo Hairstyles: Women Over 50
"Haircutting for Dummies"; J. Elaine Spear; 2002
"The Complete Book of Hairstyling"; Charles Worthington; 2002
"Fabulous Hair"; Maria Neuman; 2006