If you are a woman over the age of 50, you may find yourself struggling to find a hairstyle that really works for you. You may rely on your haircut to distract from some of the signs of aging while still wanting it to look age appropriate. Finding that balance is the result of using the right cut, style and color to make your haircut age appropriate and attractive.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

It may seem that every time you look in the mirror, a few new fine lines have appeared on your face. Your hairstyle may be a used to distract from these lines. If the lines are appearing around your eyes and mouth, also known as “expression lines,” try a short haircut that is heavily layered around the face, which will will take the focus from the lines on your face. If your fine lines are around your forehead, try a sleek bob that is blown up and back from your face, which will mimic will may help to give the appearance of tightness and youth.

Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is a common complaint from women in their fifties. Years of dyeing and daily wear and tear may be leaving your hair thin and less than lustrous. However, with the right cut, you can make it seem like your hair is thicker and fuller. Ask your hairstylist for a short bob that is layered through the top. The extra layering through the top will give the illusion of thicker hair and conceal where your hair is thinning. If you dye your hair, choose a color with lighter highlights through the top. Dark hair allows your scalp to show through more clearly.

Graying Hair

As you age, the pigment in your hair color is lost, leaving you with graying hair. Some people choose to leave their gray hair and embrace the new color, while some choose to color it. Even if you decide to leave your hair gray, consider using a monthly glaze treatment, as gray hair can lose its gloss and shine. If you decide to color, choose a color with ashy undertones, so that new growth isn’t as obvious. Ash blond or ash brown are excellent, discreet, choices for adding color to your hair.