11 Flattering and Fun Hairstyles Perfect for Senior Women

You're never too old to experiment with your hair.

Updated March 30, 2023

Beauty and style are meant for women of all ages. When it comes to senior women's hairstyles, choosing a look is no longer a matter of following a few fashion rules or meeting someone else's standards. There's no rulebook you have to follow, no one-size-fits-all cut you have to adopt. Instead, get experimental, have a little fun, and express your best self through some of these awesome hairstyles perfect for senior women.

Razor-Sharp Bangs for a Striking Look


Blunt bangs are a great way to freshen up medium length and long hairstyles you might've had for years. Senior women who want to create a bold, fresh hairstyle will love this cut. The key to pulling this style off is to keep the hair pin straight and smooth, so the sharp edges you create highlight your jawline and cheekbones.

Long & Loose Hairstyles Are Fabulous for Older Women


Gone are the days where long hair was just for young girls. If your hair's still growing like a weed, there's no reason to cut it. Whether it's shoulder-length or down to your waist, it can make you feel free, and will compliment a 'devil may care' attitude.

To keep long and natural hair healthy as you age, make sure that you use a deep conditioning treatment every so often. Also, always stick with a heat protectant for the days you feel like styling.

Close-Cropped Style Like Rosemary's Baby


Keeping thin and fine hair short is a great style for busy senior women. As we all know, the shorter the hair, the lower the maintenance. And, like downsizing on their homes, seniors can't be bothered with a fussy routine.

This Rosemary's Baby inspired wash-and-go style is perfect for women with an active life. If you're showering before you sleep, make sure to comb down your hair how you'd like it to dry so that each of your hairs lay down properly.

Short Layers Add Texture to Senior Women's Hairstyles


Pairing layers with a shorter hairstyle is a great way to keep short hair looking full and voluminous. Layers will break up all the beautiful hair on your head to create texture, so that it won't just hang in your face. It's a pretty low-maintenance style that you can blow dry out with a roll brush.

Slightly Spiky & Edgy Hairstyle for Elderly Women


The best kind of low-maintenance style is one that you can roll out of bed with and still look put together. With a super-cropped cut, you can go straight from the bed to the workroom, or take a little mousse or gel and spike your hair up for some extra spice that'll last all day.

Vintage-Inspired 50s Italian Cut


Go full retro by bringing back the Italian cut. Popularized in the 1950s by stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Gina Lollobrigida, this short haircut leaves a halo of volume around your head that you can softly curl. Better suited for textured hair that can hold curl, this hairstyle is a sophisticated alternative to shaggier short hairstyles.

Gentle Waves for Ultra Femme Softness


Soft, gentle waves give hair a feminine, romantic look. Women with wavy hair will find that a short or medium-length cut can be very flattering. The front layers should be kept shorter to frame the face while the back can be a longer length.

If you're not blessed with naturally wavy or curly hair, you can still achieve this romantic hairstyle. Whether you like rollers, heatless curlers, or a good old-fashioned curling iron, there are so many ways to bring a little bounce to your bob.

Go Old School and Get a Perm


For decades, perms were the way to go if you wanted to have a curly hairstyle, and lots of those getting perms in salons today are elderly women. Jump on the train and get a perm to add long-term volume. Although you can perm longer hair, it's most effective for shorter styles (unless you want to get asked to join an 80s cover band). However, keep in mind that you do need to get a one every 3-4 months to keep the hair in shape.

Short Voluminous Looks Work Beautifully for Senior Hairstyles


Many senior women prefer a style that will keep their hair away from the face. A short, voluminous look will do just that. Some women will need to get a body perm to give their hair volume on top, while others will have the natural texture needed to pump up the body. You can tousle it higher or just spray it into place. Either way, it's a great option for embracing what you've already got going on.

Get Creative With New Colors


These years are the time to go all out and experiment with styles your workplace (or society) wouldn't allow. If you don't want to commit to anything too bold, have a hairstylist put a semi-permanent or colored gloss on your hair instead. It'll wash out after a few weeks, and if you really loved it, you can go back for a more permanent dye instead.

Add a Money Piece to Draw Attention


Gen Z coined money pieces and they describe the strands of hair that frame your face, which are dyed a contrasting color to the rest of your hair. This dye style will bring people's attention straight to your face, so you want to highlight your features with a complimentary color and tone. Consult with your hairdresser to find the right color for you.

Show Off Your Personality Through Your Hair


Remember, your hairstyle should compliment not only your face but your personality as well. For all the personalities out there, there are senior hairstyles to match. From low-maintenance to wild styles, there's no limit to how you can style your hair at any age.

11 Flattering and Fun Hairstyles Perfect for Senior Women