So you’ve embraced your grey, but how do you avoid a hairstyle that might be too matronly or just makes you look older than necessary?
Now it’s time to go for a short crop. Nothing shears years off more quickly than a sharp cut. But while the pixie and short bob are two styles popular with older women, there are other short cuts that offer a fresh and modern update. It’s a new decade, after all.
Before you take the short route, a chat with your hairdresser to help decide how low should you go and discuss other factors such as the upkeep versus your lifestyle. Yes, short hair is low maintenance to a certain point, but if your hair grows rapidly, you might need frequent trims to keep it looking fresh. When you have lengthy locks, a bad hair day can be saved by pulling it all into a ponytail. A bad hair day with a short cut is for all the world to see – unless you wear a hat.
Surprisingly, shorn looks can be versatile. It’s a popular notion that you can’t do much to change up a short cut, but by combing it back, changing the part and playing with texture and volume, you can pull off looks from sassy to sexy, sophisticated to simply chic.
Scroll below for a look at how seven stars over 60 made short and silver look spectacular.
KATHY BATES, 71
This celebrated actress is no stranger to the red carpet, having collected an Oscar, two Emmys and two Golden Globes throughout her career. But Bates turned more than a few heads at this year’s Golden Globes with her strikingly youthful hair style. Close cropped, parted on the side with a retro-looking upsweep in front, it was simple yet looked sharp and utterly cool. It was the perfect crowning touch to her velvet tuxedo.
MAYE MUSK, 71
Model, nutritionist, author and mother of Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, seen here at the GQ Men of the Year awards in Hollywood in December, is proof you can never be too old to show an edgy, punkish side, if even for just one night. Musk has a short undercut at the sides with longer hair swept up at the top into a pompadour, which gives it a rocking look. Combing it down to cover the short sides would offer a softer look.
LISA LU, 93
She might have played the revered and regal grandmother in the blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, but at this year’s Golden Globes Lu was rocking a hair style you might find on a teenage heart-throb from a boy band. It looks like a pixie cut, but styling it with some volume at the top – simply by spiking it up – makes it look playful and fresh.
GLENN CLOSE, 72
Swanky velvet, statement earrings and a cloud of tousled white hair made this celebrated actress one of the fashion winners on the red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes. And her hairstyle served as a reminder that short hair doesn’t always have to fall flat. This playfully messy style has texture and volume – achieved with hairspray or styling mousse – and can make fine, grey hair look full and vibrant.
BETHANN HARDISON, 62
Trailblazing model of the ’60s and ’70s, muse, talent manager and long-time activist for diversification in the fashion industry, this Brooklyn native has seen many hair trends come and go. At the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City last November, Hardison went back to her roots, embracing the texture and colour of her natural hair. It looks eternally fresh.
HELEN MIRREN, 74
You can always count on this award-winning actress and L’Oreal Paris spokesperson to bring full-wattage glamour and sex appeal to any red carpet. And Mirren’s not afraid to make a hair statement, sporting rose pink hair at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and also at the 2013 BAFTAs, reportedly for no other reason other than she felt like having some fun.
At this year’s Golden Globes, pictured above, she embraced her grey in the most stylish way with a side part, one side swept behind her ear and the top combed forward to give bangs for a look that was sophisticated without looking stiff.
ZHAO SHUZHEN, 75
An actress in her native China since she was 16, Shuzhen made her American film debut in last year’s Sundance Film Festival hit, The Farewell. Besides her luck at landing a meaty role as a septuagenarian in her first Hollywood film, Shuzhen is also lucky to have thick hair. With tight curls framing her face, she looks regal, not unlike another woman of true royal bearing, Queen Elizabeth II. Some might say it is a matronly style, but it is also elegant and timeless. Besides, it also depends on what you wear – the scarlet lipstick and blood red velvet dress hardly makes her look mumsy.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS, 61
The super-short pixie is popular with older women who want a low-maintenance hairstyle. But it can be so much more, as Curtis proves. She has worn her shorn, grey hair slicked back for a sophisticated look, as she did at last year’s Golden Globes. Seen above at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in New York in January, her hair is breezily side-parted with a few spikes casually pulled forward for a look that’s sharp, sexy and simply sizzles with style.