Fall Hairstyles for Women Over 50

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Women over 50 can wear stylish 'dos.
Women over 50 can wear stylish 'dos. (Image: frau image by Dron from Fotolia.com)

As you cross the 50-year-old mark, chances are your hair might not be as thick and shiny as it was in your twenties. The days of wearing mussy, fussy beach hair to every event — informal or otherwise — are gone, to be replaced with a more coiffed and structured appearance. While blond highlights are appropriate for summertime, fall seasons bring deeper, richer hair colors.

Short

For the woman over 50, short cuts don’t mean letting go of fashion and style. It doesn’t matter if your hair is naturally curly or straight, short cuts present a put-together appearance. Try a cropped style, with the hair longer on top and shorter on the sides. Work with the shape of your face for specific styling details. For a rounder face, you’ll want to keep the sides short but have more hair at the top. For longer or oval shaped faces, keep hair short all around — think Halle Berry. To keep with fall colors, skip the highlights for your blond hair. Look to deepen the color for a richer appearance. Caramel, red and rich brown are color options for a sleek, sassy, seasonal 'do.

Medium

If short hair doesn't interest you, keep your medium-length hair. Go with a layered cut to add more volume. Keep the bangs long and wispy. The length of the medium layered cut should fall no lower than the nape of the neck. A bobbed hairstyle is another option for the over-50 woman. Bobbed hairstyles can be layered to give a full-bodied appearance or cut bluntly for a sleeker look. Keep the color simple. If you have some grays, play them up by having them highlighted to showcase your mature style. If gray isn't your thing, use lowlights around the hairline to accentuate your face. Go with trendy accessories for the fall season. Floral headbands are a carryover trend from the summer. Instead of summer brights, for fall, look for dark colors like black, brown or navy.

Long

Never let anyone tell you that longer hairstyles are not appropriate for a woman over 50. This is absolutely not true. If you want to keep your longer locks, go with a layered cut that softly frames the face. Layered and blunt cuts coupled with bangs that frame the face are appropriate for older women because it softens the appearance and often takes attention away from those pesky wrinkles that have started to form. Leave the blond bombshell look for the younger girls. If you have blond hair and prefer highlights, for the fall season keep them at a minimum. For darker colored hair, use lowlights around the face to further soften the appearance or even go for a change by coloring your hair a deep auburn shade. If going for an updo, pin your hair up with shiny accessories associated with fall, such as leaf barrettes or combs.

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