These 21 Lengthy Hairstyles Look Particularly Beautiful on Individuals Over 50


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From packing away your white garments on the finish of the summer season to avoiding monochrome make-up, some fashion guidelines have been simply made to be damaged. Amongst them: Older ladies ought to put on their hair quick. As ladies make their approach into their 50s and past, the dialog round “acceptable” hairstyles typically includes breaking out the styling shears. However this dated magnificence trope simply does not maintain weight.

Because it seems, rising out your hair is flattering at any age—simply ask hair business execs Chris Jones and Gina Rivera, who shared with us their greatest styling suggestions and professional recommendation.

Forward, 21 lovely lengthy types, as seen on a few of our favourite 50-plus celebrities.

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Mermaid Waves

Demi Moore's long mermaid waves

Proper off the bat: Strong proof that girls over 50 can effortlessly put on lengthy strands. Though Demi Moore often wears her hair straight, right here she is a imaginative and prescient choosing texture with cascading raven mermaid waves.

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Voluminous Waves

Diana Ross long, curly natural hair

Diana Ross’s iconic pure curls transcend anyone decade. Right here, she wears them layered, which provides form and a face-framing ingredient. “The size is offset by a gorgeous form and tons of softness round her face. Her hair is shiny and wholesome, which is a should with lengthy hair,” says Jones. For this look, fashion and deal with with Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Remedy ($48).

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Stylish Blowout

Christie Brinkley's silky blowout

There’s nothing like a recent blowout to make a lady really feel her greatest. Christie Brinkley wears her hair in a smooth, clean, shiny blowout that exudes youthfulness.

In terms of blowouts, reaching quantity is all in regards to the roots. Use a big, spherical brush (pulling it taut) when you blow dry.

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Messy Updo

Halle Berry's high ponytail hairstyle

Halle Berry has a face that appears gorgeous with quick hair, and it solely appears to get higher with every passing yr. Nonetheless, the attractive actress steps out in lengthy locks once in a while. We love the straightforward, breezy vibe of this messy updo with face-framing items, which, in keeping with Jones, “have this superb capacity to raise and intensify the cheekbones.”

For Berry’s casual-cool look, Jones suggests Advantage Moisture Defining Whip ($18) as it’s splendid for reaching voluminous outcomes whereas concurrently offering much-needed moisture. To complete, add a smooth wave and a spritz of Oribe Break up Finish Seal ($48).

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Modern, Excessive Bun

Salma Hayek's sophisticated updo

Salma Hayek is commonly seen along with her lengthy locks worn down and wavy, however for an evening out, she pulled it straight again into a beautiful sculptural bun.

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Straight With A Center Half

Sandra Bullock's pin-straight strands

Ladies of their 50s are inclined to draw back from straight hair, fearing it is going to look skinny. Nonetheless, Sandra Bullock proves pin-straight strands with a middle half screams sophistication.

Rivera says, “Lengthy straight hair with a middle half can undoubtedly be worn after 50,” though she provides that this fashion works greatest “for these with excessive cheekbones and well-defined options. To get this look use a smoothing serum with a big paddle brush to drive. End with a spritz of shine spray.”

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Half-Up, Half-Down

Nicole Kidman's easy half-up 'do

A brilliant-simple half-up coiffure holds way more energy than you suppose. Nicole Kidman wears her pure waves in a smooth pick-up on the again with a little bit of quantity on the crown. Her lengthy hair is reduce into face-framing layers that really feel youthful and add tons of texture.

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Tender Waves

Marisa Tomei long, wavy hair

A contemporary, crimped-style wave provides fairly texture to lengthy lengths. Plus, the added quantity all through the ends provides you the thickness you would possibly’ve misplaced over time.

“Any time you possibly can add softness via texture you’ll instill a younger look. The delicate highlights additionally add heat to her pores and skin including to that sun-kissed look,” says Jones. For Marisa Tomei’s smooth waves, he recommends prepping hair with a little bit styling product—we like Kérastase Nutritive Blow-Dry Primer for Dry Hair ($39)—and perhaps a tad of volumizing primer on the root for added loft. Observe with a blowout after which curl hair with a 1.25-inch curling iron and end with texturizing spray.”

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Modern and Straight

Iman long, sleek blonde hair


Through the years, Iman has worn each coiffure from a brief pixie reduce to finger waves. Right here, she’s sporting glossy, straight hair however in a a lot lighter hue than we’re used to seeing on the mannequin and entrepreneur: a fairly golden caramel.

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Low Chignon

Julianne Moore's low chignon

When doubtful, a glossy, low chignon is all the time a good suggestion, irrespective of your age. The LBD of hairstyles goes with any outfit from denims and a tee to a glitzy ballgown—and the very best half is that it is easy to create irrespective of how lengthy your hair is. Half your hair in a deep aspect half, pull straight again on the nape of the neck, twist, and safe. You’ll be able to even do it on moist hair for occasions while you’re in a pinch.

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Low Ponytail

Julia Roberts low blonde ponytail

Roberts’ low ponytail with free items on both aspect of her face is carefree but trendy. There’s additionally added top all through the crown, a fantastic trick for thin-haired women trying to feign quantity. As for the colour, “Honey tones are extraordinarily flattering towards a good complexion,” notes Jones.

Merely fashion with a little bit R+Co Plane Pomade Mousse ($32) on the root, then Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Crème ($11) via the mids and ends. Blow out and end with Amika Un.carried out Quantity & Texture Spray ($27). “This seems to be superb down for day one then twist up for day two,” he feedback.

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Wavy, Voluminous Ponytail

Viola Davis - Oscars 2018 Red Carpet

The primary Black actress to attain the Triple Crown of Appearing—an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony—Viola Davis, strikes the proper stability of hair and make-up with this ponytail look. Her snatched ‘do styled with a middle half exhibits off her lengthy, voluminous curls, however extra importantly, it provides her attractive face the highlight it deserves.

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Excessive Blonde Ponytail

Lucy Liu high blonde pony, lifted at the crown and roots

When Lucy Liu traded in her signature darkish tresses for a blonde dye job she shocked us all—in a really, very great way. The lighter colour brightens her complexion, whereas a excessive pony provides a youthful aptitude. You probably have tremendous hair, lifting hair on the roots and crown is a fast and simple method to pump up the quantity.

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Blunt With Fringe

Monica Bellucci long blunt hair and bangs

There’s one thing so gorgeous a couple of lengthy, blunt reduce, particularly when it is paired with statement-making fringe. “The size isn’t too lengthy, the perimeter accentuates her cheekbones, and I really like the nice and cozy colour,” feedback Jones. “To recreate this look I might go straight for Therapeutic Oil ($44) and 6-in-1 Styler ($34). I want utilizing a boar-bristle spherical brush to guard the hair and promote shine.”

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Half-Pulled Again

Jennifer Lopez long blonde hair with headband

By pulling her hair midway again with a delicate, but #trending headband, J.Lo exhibits off her attractive face and ageless pores and skin. She lets the opposite half of her lengthy mane grasp free for a youthful distinction to her subtle slick again.

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Face-Framing Free Waves

Jennifer Aniston long, glossy waves

Whereas Jennifer Aniston usually wears her hair straight, we’re loving these free waves. In keeping with Rivera, “Lengthy loosely curled layers with side-swept bangs are nice for creating quantity and a youthful look.” Highlights additionally assist as they “create dimension and soften,” she factors out.

To attain this fashion, “Dry the hair the wrong way up and use a root booster to create additional quantity across the crown. Separate into sections and loosely curl with a big barrel curling iron,” instructs Rivera. (FYI: Aniston swears by Unite 7Seconds Go away-In Detangler for smooth and shiny strands sans frizz.)

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Lengthy Waves With Caramel Highlights

Naomi Campbell long, wavy hair with caramel highlights

Naomi Campbell strikes a pose along with her head of lengthy, cascading waves. When contemplating whether or not an extended fashion is best for you, take into consideration colour. “Colour performs an enormous half,” says Jones.”Tender face-framing highlights with a slight golden hue [or in the case of Ms. Campbell, a caramel tone] work effectively for brightening options.”

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Excessive, Messy Bun

Sarah Jessica Parker high bun


Sarah Jessica Parker has all the time boasted a headful of lengthy, sun-kissed hair, however we love how she styled it on this excessive, messy bun with middle-parted fringe on the Divorce premiere. It is no secret she is a vogue icon, however she’s additionally one in every of our favourite ladies to comply with for magnificence inspiration too.

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Low Voluminous Pony

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett styled her longer-than-life hair with a super-sleek heart half and low-positioned base. In case you ever suppose you possibly can’t put on your hair down previous your hips after 50 years previous, bear in mind this attractive ponytail.

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Pink and Grey Highlights

Kelly Hu loose waves and grey/pink highlights

Kelly Hu is all about highlights—pure and salon-delivered. Not solely does she show that anybody can pull off grey, however she additionally exhibits us that pink hair is enjoyable, refreshing, and will (and will) be worn at any age.

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Jet-Black Waves

Cher long, curly black hair

Final, however definitely not least: Does anybody put on lengthy hair higher than the Goddess of Pop? When deciding whether or not hair like Cher (learn: Rapunzel-esque size) is true for his purchasers over 50, Jones says contemplating hair density and facial form is a should. “Does she have hair thick sufficient to put on previous her shoulders?” he asks. Concerning face form, he says, “I all the time search for types that may raise and complement somebody’s options. I really like a superb fringe or smooth layers across the face to melt and create motion.”

  • Can ladies over 50 nonetheless rock lengthy hair?

    Completely. Simply make sure to spend money on a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. As hair ages, it tends to get extra dry.

  • Ought to I take advantage of a particular kind of shampoo if I’ve graying hair?

    The most effective shampoos for grey hair are blue- or violet-based firming shampoos, which work by neutralizing brassiness in order that your silver shade stays crisp.

  • Ought to I additionally use purple conditioner on my grey hair?

    Utilizing a complementary purple conditioner will guarantee your hair is well-maintained in between visits to the salon. You’ll want to search for a purple or blue tint, together with a mixture of hydrating and nourishing substances.

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