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10 Older Actresses With Brown Hair Who Make Aging Attractive

As brown hair is pretty common, it often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. But many older actresses with brown hair prove that styling it right can make it super attractive!

So, if you want some inspiration for your brunette hair, then let’s look at what some of the classy senior Hollywood actresses are currently doing with their hair.

Brown-Haired Older Actresses to Follow

Many senior Hollywood celebs have brown hair, but if you want elegance and simplicity, these older actresses have what you need.

1. Elizabeth McGovern – Wavy Bob

Older Actress Elizabeth McGovern with Short Brown Hair
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While long hair looks elegant, it can become a hassle to wash and dry for older women. Instead, you can take inspiration from this chin-length haircut of Elizabeth McGovern, as seen at the “Downton Abbey” New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2019.

Her dark brown hairstyle with wavy curls and a center part provides a regal style that doesn’t require an hour of drying time!

2. Allison Janney – Wavy Layers

Older Actress Allison Janney with Light Brown Hair
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If you want a more voluminous look, then something like Allison Janney’s style is the way to go. The wavy styling helps add volume to the hair, and you can see her haircut forms feathery layers that sweep with the curl of her hair. The blonde and red highlights help with the elegance of the hairstyle.

3. Isabelle Rossellini – Short and Professional

Older Actress Isabella Rossellini with Brown Pixie Cut
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Even more utilitarian than short wavy hair is hair cut short enough to comb back simply. Isabelle Rossellini is a senior actress with a short brown hairstyle, which allows her to comb her hair off to her right side.

A little styling gel or spray can help keep this business-friendly hairstyle in place all day. 

4. Helena Bonham Carter – Updo With a Twist

Older Actress Helena Bonham Carter with Brown Hair Updo
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Helena Bonham Carter shows that you don’t just have to let your long hair hang down. With some styling, wavy brown hair can look great with a messy bun.

Teasing some of your bangs into a side curl to drape beside the face helps add some interesting details to the hairstyle, too.

5. Marcia Gay Harden – Straight-Laced Center Part

Older Actress Marcia Gay Harden with Long Brown Hair
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You’ve seen plenty of curly and wavy hair on this list of older brunette actresses, but what about the women who don’t want to curl their hair?

Well, go for a simple center part with straightened hair that looks sleek and shiny like Marcian Gay Harden’s appearance at the 2017 “Fifty Shades Darker” World Premiere at the Theater at Ace Hotel.

6. Mary Steenburgen – Bob with Bangs

Older Actress Mary Steenburgen with Brown Bob and Bangs
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Fringe bangs may not be as popular as they used to be, but Mary Steenburgen shows that it works regardless of the time or color of your hair.

A slight bob to the hair helps the ends of the locks curl around and frame your features, and the fringe helps bring attention to the eyes.

7. Melissa McCarthy – Wavy Blonde Tips

Older Actress Melissa McCarthy with Brown Hair
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A splash of a different color can help make the brown hairstyle stand out more, especially when you use blonde highlights!

Melissa McCarthy combines a side part style with blonde tips to help her wavy, brown hair stand out while on camera.

8. Andie MacDowell – Thick Waves

Older Actress Andie MacDowell with Curly Brown Hair
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If layers aren’t your thing, then maybe something simpler, like Andie MacDowell’s long locks with waves, will do the trick!

Her wavy brown hair falls in front of her shoulder, framing her face nicely. A little bit of red lowlight helps bring out the deep brown hues of her hair, as well.

9. Lolita Davidovich – Ruddy Part

Older Actress Lolita Davidovich with Brown Hair
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It’s no secret that red hues help bring out a deep, healthy color in brown hair.

This senior actress used this trick to her advantage by combining her ruddy locks with a center part and curled hair to frame her face and accentuate her cheekbones.

10. Sandra Bullock – A Little Bit of Everything

Older Actress Sandra Bullock with Brown Beach Waves Hairstyle
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Sandra Bullock takes all of the tips and inspirations you saw from the older actresses with brown above and combines them.

Blonde and red highlights, a slight wave in her torso-length hair, and an elegant center part give this popular celebrity a fashionable, busy look that pairs well with many kinds of dress and attire.

Regardless of age, we can all agree that brown hair doesn’t have to be bland!

There’s always great inspiration to be found by seeing what those who walk the red carpet bring forward! The styles these older actresses with brown hair showed off above prove you can take brown hair and elevate it with some straightforward styling tips and a few color tricks. 

Check out the styles again to see if any catch your eye!