7 Celeb-Inspired Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Derick Chetty | January 15th, 2018

Looking to update your look? Here, some inspirational ideas from glamorous women who aren’t afraid to break conventional hair rules.

Your hair is perhaps one of the easiest and least expensive ways (compared to cosmetic surgery) to have a brand new look. As you age, your skin changes in texture and tone. The hair style and colour that looked fabulous on you 10 years ago might not look so great today without some tinkering with the shape, hue and style. Consult your hairdresser for some advice on updating your hair or perhaps finally trying an entirely new do. Be prepared to be honest about details such as if it’s suitable for your current lifestyle and how much maintenance is required to upkeep.

And relax, it’s not like a pricey home reno or time-consuming decorating project you hated once you saw the final outcome. This is only hair. If you don’t like it, it grows back.

Scroll through our slide show below for a look at some inspirational ideas and a few women who broke conventional hair rules. 


Hair buns perched at the top of one’s head is a casual look sported by young women, often on the run doing errands on weekends. So it was startling and dramatic to see Goldie Hawn, swanning down the red carpet at the recent Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills earlier this year, with her hair styled in a top knot.

With her head held high confidently, she not only looked beautiful but also proved that some older women can pull off the rather simple and casual look of a top knot and actually make it look gracefully elegant.

If you want to try this look for your next dressy event or a summer wedding – and feel good about exposing your neck and clavicles – keep the hairstyle breezily soft. Don’t scrape your hair up into a tight bun. Like Hawn’s hair-do, keep it soft, the top knot is not perfect but slightly messy and keep bangs and a few locks of hair down to gently frame your face.


The most famous fashion magazine editor in the world reportedly has been sporting the same bob hairstyle since she was a teenager. You would think, as editor-in-chief of American Vogue, the editrix would be tempted to experiment or try any of the multitude of hair trends that blow by her every season, But she is the rare woman who has found a hairstyle – albeit, one that is classic – which suits her and sticks to it.

But while her bob – with sharp bangs and chin level length – looks the same over the years, she makes slight changes to keep it from looking dated. And that is the key to maintaing a classic hairstyle – you have to do some tinkering with the hue to keep it looking up-to-date and fresh. Always glossy and immaculate, her colour ranges from chestnut to honey-hued and more on the lighter side as she ages.


This actress offers a sexier take on the classic bob hairstyle with a slightly femme fatale look. Note it’s parted on side, tucked behind one ear and sweeps across her head in a manner, where her locks might fall provocatively across her eyes. And it’s blond and lighter towards the tips, giving it a youthful vibe.



The matriarch of the Kardashian clan looks anything but matronly in her sexily tousled pixie hair cut which has become her signature. Her short-do is layered on the sides and longer on the top – and surprisingly, it can be styled a number of ways. She sometimes sweeps it back in a punk-like do. Or slicks it down with a side part for a more demure and boyish look. But it’s the tousled and messy look which is the most refreshing and care-free and wins her rave reviews.


For a red carpet premiere back in February, Dame Helen Mirren had her short bob curled softly, gently framing her face. The actress claims to have a low key approach to her hair and says she uses very little products since it’s thin. This hairstyle not only looks simple and easy but also has a touch of unfussy glamour.


Through out her career, the actress has sported a few memorable hair-do’s. There was the lovely boyish cut she had in Ghost and in 1996, she did her most extreme: shaving her head for G.I. Jane. Today, her mahogany brown tresses is almost waist-length, shattering a popular notion that older women should not wear long hair.


The dark Burgundy red colour suits her short hair style. Longer hair might make the colour over-powering. The bit of volume on top, highlights the rich hue. This particular hairstyle looks non-fussy, professional and dynamic, befitting this multi-hyphenate working woman who is a television host, a talent show judge, author, music manager and promoter. And the colour provides a bit of edge and gothic glamour befitting the wife of heavy metal musician, Ozzy Osbourne.