How to Choose a Short Hairstyle As an Older Woman

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27-02-2021, 14:20
Choosing a shorter hairstyle can be a liberating experience as you ditch the maintenance and frustration of longer hair. Older women can find styles that fit their lifestyle and personality. As you search for your ideal hairstyle, keep in mind which cuts may be more flattering for you. Length, color, and volume can all have a dramatic effect on a short hairstyle. Most of all, choose a style that makes you feel great.

Looking for Inspiration

  1. Decide how short you want to go. Short can mean different things to different people, and the length of your hair can help you decide what cut to go for. For example, pixie cuts are great for women who want extremely short hairstyle while a bob works for those who want a chin-length cut. You might decide that you want to go:
    • Chin-length
    • Mouth-length
    • Cheek-length
    • Eye or ear length
    • Pixie cut
  2. Define your hair goals. Try to determine why you want a short haircut. By understanding what type of look you are going for, you can more easily select a style that fits your needs and preferences.
    • Do you want to look more youthful or to minimize lines? In this case, you might try a curly bob, side-bangs, or a shag cut.
    • Do you want to look powerful, professional, or polished? If so, a sleek bob or a pixie with long sidebangs may be your best bet.
    • Do you want a practical hair cut to cut down on styling time? A pixie cut, chin-length bob, or short layers may work well for you.
    • Do you want to create volume for thinning or fine hair? A fringed or layered look may help.
  3. Look through magazines and blogs. Once you have an idea of what type of style you might go for, you can look through magazines, fashion blogs, and style websites for inspiration about the specific style that you want. Try to save these images somewhere; when you go to get your hair cut, you can show the stylist the picture so that they know exactly what you want.
  4. Use imaging software to try on styles. If you’re uncertain how a particular style will look on you, there are many apps, programs, and websites that can help. These will layer haircuts on a photograph of yourself so that you can see how you look with the style. You may even be able to choose different colors and lengths.
    • If you do not have a way of doing this digitally, you can cut hairstyles out of a magazine and place them over a photograph of yourself to have the same effect.
  5. Talk to a stylist. A hairdresser or stylist can give you great advice about what will look best for your face shape, complexion, age, and lifestyle. When you go to get your hair cut, bring several pictures, and the stylist can tell you what will look best on you. You can even ask:
    • “Is this style easy to maintain?”
    • “I want to draw attention away from my nose. Will this help?”
    • “Which style will make me look more youthful?”
    • “I wear quite a bit of black for work. What color would you suggest?”
    • “I don’t want to look washed out in pictures. What can you do to help?”
    • “What products would you recommend to help take care of my hair?”

Finding a Flattering Cut

  1. Determine your face shape. Face shape is an important way of deciding what type of hair cut will look best on you. To determine your face shape, take a wash-off marker (such as a dry erase marker) and stand in front of a mirror. Try to outline your face with the marker, and decide which shape best describes it: oval, round, heart, or square.
    • Oval face shapes look good with any type of cut. You might try a pixie or a bob.
    • Round face shapes benefit well from soft layers or asymmetrical cuts.
    • For a heart shaped face, you might try wispy bangs, an asymmetrical cut, or a chin-length bob.
    • If you have a square face, you might try styles that are parted to the side, or you might soften your face with layers or curls.
  2. Emphasize your best features. A haircut can bring attention to the best parts of your face. Decide what your favorite feature is. You may want to alter the length of your cut based on what you are trying to emphasize.
    • If you want to bring attention to your smile, choose a style that is lip length.
    • If you want to bring attention to your cheekbones, either a pixie-cut or cheek-length cut may help.
    • You can bring attention to your eyes by choosing a cut that ends around your ears.
  3. Minimize your flaws. Haircuts can also help conceal or reduce certain features. If you are uncomfortable or unhappy with a certain feature of your face, try to find a haircut that will either draw attention away from it or that will gently cover it.
    • If you are worried about the softness of your face, you can use an angled cut that helps create shape in your face.
    • If your jawline is causing concern, a jaw-length cut with soft layers can hide and distract from it.
    • If you do not like your forehead wrinkles, you can use sideswept bangs to bring attention to your eyes instead.
  4. Discover your hair texture. The texture of your hair is defined by the thickness of each individual strand. If your strands are thin and fragile, you have fine hair. If your strands are sturdy or thick, you have coarse hair.
    • If you have thick or coarse hair, you may be able to pull off a straight pixie cut. Add tapered ends or an angled side swept bang for a more youthful look.
    • As women age, they may find that their hair is changing texture. Perhaps it is becoming thinner or more brittle. It may be losing volume as a result. To add volume to thinning hair, try a fringed, layered look. You can also go for a stacked haircut, where the lower layers are cut longer than the higher layers.
  5. Avoid blunt hairstyles. It is important to avoid blunt, straight lines in your hair. These can age your appearance and are generally not flattering to older women. Instead choose soft looks with layers, tapered ends, curls, or angled cuts. These can add both volume and style to your look.
    • Instead of straight-cut bangs, go for bangs that are swept to the side or wispy bangs.
    • A one-length hairstyle without layers may not be the most flattering hairstyle for an older woman. If you want to get a bob, consider having it cut longer in either the front or the back.

Deciding on the Color

  1. Work with your complexion. Your complexion can help you determine the best color for your hairstyle. Choose a color that flatters your complexion. A good color will make your skin appear bright and healthy; it will not wash your complexion out or make you look tired.
    • If you have an olive or dark complexion, you can choose from brown, burgundy, and blond colors.
    • Lighter shades are often recommended for women over fifty, unless you have a pale complexion. In that case, you might want to go slightly darker.
    • If you already dye your hair, you might try going just one shade lighter to see how it looks on you.
  2. Add highlights. Highlights add definition to your hair color, and they make your hair color look more natural. Choose natural highlights that pair well with your chosen hair color. A hairstylist can help you decide on the right color.
    • Highlights should only be one to two shades lighter than your main color.
    • Warm and golden highlights may be better suited for older women than cool or bright tones.
    • Babylights, which are fine strands of highlighted hair, give your hair a natural and youthful dimension. They’re a good choice for those who do not want to draw attention to their highlights, and they can work for a variety of hair colors.
    • If you are dying your own hair, look for hair dyes that offer natural highlights or that provide highlighting tools in the kit.
  3. Go bold. Just because you are getting older does not mean that you have to stick to natural colors. Bold, bright colors can express your personality and still look great.
    • An ombre hair color can add definition to your hair while making you look younger.
    • If your hair is graying, you have the perfect base for a pastel color, such as lavender or light pink. These are very trendy looks that can give you a pop of color.
  4. Embrace gray. Gray or white hair can appear sophisticated. If your hair is graying, don’t be afraid to rock your new color. Instead of dying your hair, you can make it sleek and shiny by conditioning it often.
    • Gray hair looks great with sharp and sleek hairstyles, such as a straight bob.
    • Wash your hair at least every other day to keep it clean and shiny.
    • Use a shine spray instead of heavy pomade or oils to style your hair without making it look greasy or dull.


  • If you're nervous about making a big change, try to start small. Choose subtle changes to your hairstyle, and over time, you can build your way up to a great style.
  • Remember that hair can grow back out. Don’t be afraid to try a new style.
  • Ask family and friends for their opinions on your hairstyle.
  • Research hair salons first so that you find a highly rated stylist to care for your hair.
  • If you do not like your new hairstyle, you can go back to the salon to see if they can fix it for you.


  • Dyed hair requires frequent maintenance, including special conditioners and frequent touch-ups. Make sure that dying your hair is right for your lifestyle.
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