Everyone likes to keep their hair up to date during their youth, but as soon as we step into our 50s, we start to drift away from the little things that add to our appearance. If you’re a woman over 50 with thin hair, don’t get fooled into thinking you can’t style your hair the way you want.
Tips for Styling Short Hair for Thin Hair Over 50
- Add layers to your short, thin haircut – they will create the illusion of more volume and texture
- Opt for a shag or a lob haircut. These are full of built-in shape and volume so you get the best of both in a stylish cut.
- For non-frizzy hair, have your stylist give your ends a razor cut.
- Part your hair at a different spot. If you typically make a middle part, try a heavy or slightly off-center part instead.
- Use texturizing sprays like sea salt
- Braid your hair when it’s wet, leave it braided overnight, then undo the braids in the morning.
- Tease your roots with dry shampoo or volumizing spray. Take a comb halfway down the section of hair and comb toward your scalp.
- Blow dry your hair upside down. If your hair tends to get frizzy, you can run a light anti-frizz mousse through your hair afterward.
- Heavy products – gel, for example, is too heavy on thin hair.
- Heavy hair processing. Frequently coloring your hair, using bleach, perms, or hot tools at high temperatures every day will break thin hair more quickly.
- Tight ponytails.
Ideal Short Haircuts for Thin-Haired Women Over 50
To help you keep your look fresh and lively despite your age, here are 80 amazing hairstyles for women over 50 years old with thin hair that’ll keep you looking absolutely stylish.
1. Fine Bob with Bangs
This woman teased her roots a little bit before working in some mousse on her short haircut. The thin bangs are piecey and can be easily brushed to the side and off the forehead.
2. Pixie with Receding Hairline
If you’re over 50 and dealing with both thin hair and a receding hairline, we feel for you! Try this cute pixie and work in a little hair oil for texture. Short layers can be arranged with your fingers to cover the areas with less hair.
3. Thin Bixie
We love a chic bob on women over 50. They can be cut in all sorts of ways to flatter your face shape. This one features an a-line cut with plenty of volume at the back. The thin bangs are short and brushed slightly to one side.
4. Short Tousled Hair
If you thought short haircuts weren’t for women over 50 with a round face, you’ll be nicely surprised to see how adorable this thin curly pixie with bangs is! You can even give it an edgy undercut, leaving the top half longer than the bottom half.
5. Swept Back with Headband
With a headband in a cute bright color sweeping your bluntly-cut short hair off your face, no one will even be paying attention to how thin it is. This salt and pepper style is great for older women with graying hair.
6. Short White Afro
For Black women over 50 with thin naturally curly hair or afro-textured hair, we love a short pixie. The shortness breathes new life into your curls, plus it’s insanely easy to maintain and style in the morning.
7. Short, Thin Hair with Side Bangs
One great way to keep your thin wavy hair looking young and trendy is by rocking a soft side bang with a short haircut. You’ll simply part your hair off-center, and use your fingers to casually arrange the bangs.
8. Wavy Hair with Thin Bangs
For older women with wavy thin hair, a short haircut is great for bringing your natural texture to front and center. We love how this mane is filled with soft waves, and contrasts perfectly with straight thin bangs.
9. Short Red Hair for Over 50
If Sharon Osbourne could see this red beauty, we’re sure she’d approve of it for women over 50. The varying short layers make wavy fine hair look more voluminous. We’d pair the cut with a side bang to cut off round angles in the face.
10. Thin Asymmetrical Bob
If you’re looking for a softer hairstyle in your older age, skip a blunt haircut and opt for an asymmetrical bob with a side bangs. Whatever your hair’s natural texture is will be shown off perfectly in the ends and in the teased roots.
11. Side-Parted Pixie
The nice thing about this pixie cut is that while it might mean a few more trips to the salon for regular trims, it’s easy to style at home. Simply part hair off-center and work through some mousse to give texture to thin hair.
12. Side Swept
Women over 50 who are still heading to the office or just looking for a more dressed up hairstyle can count on this hairdo with an ultra heavy side swoopinf. It switches up face dimension nicely and stacks volume on top of volume with curled ends.
13. Spiky Pixie for Over 50 with Glasses
If eccentric and bold is your personal style, we recommend choosing a short pixie in a dramatic color with room for fun details. This one features chunky spiky texture that distracts from thin hair. It also flatters any style of glasses.
14. Teased Short Hair with Highlights
Are you a natural brunette? Lighten up your look instantly with thin highlights placed throughout. A short haircut is an ideal length for flaunting the new color, like this teased pixie with an off-center part shows.
15. Thin Wavy Hair with Bangs
Those lucky women over 50 who still have gorgeous texture in their thin hair have a duty to show it off! Make the switch today to a short hairdo with face-framing layers and curtain bangs.
16. Razored Straight Hair
On older women with thin straight hair, we like this modern pixie with a noticeably longer top with razored ends that cover ears. Keep the bangs long for balance if you have a wide forehead or long face.
17. Black Curly Pixie
If you have short natural black hair and you’re open to a hair treatment, consider getting a perm to transform thin hair into thick spiral curls. A pixie is a fabulous hairstyle for displaying them.
18. Thin Shag Haircut
To keep longer length, you might want to try a shag haircut. These concentrate volume up top through the use of short layers. The casual, mussy look is low-maintenance and can be worn with curtain bangs for versatility.
19. Pastel Colored Bob
A short haircut is already youthful and modern, but with fun hair color, women over 50 can feel like a teenager again. A pastel green on a voluminous white bob with layered waves is packed full of personality.
20. Short Salt & Pepper Hair
A long face shape would also do well with a pixie, especially if you have naturally straight, thin hair. We like this salt and pepper style for older women. The subtle volume at the crown and the short bangs are a perfect match.
21. Pixie Mullet with Side Bangs
When you have a little more time to style your hair in the morning, give it a blowout to give thin hair these smooth waves. On a pixie, add a side part to create a swooped side bang too.
22. Asymmetrical Layers
Women over 50 with a round or oval face shape look best with asymmetrical haircuts. This short hairdo with wavy layers does wonders for thin hair. It also looks great on women who wear glasses.
23. Wavy Brushed Back Hair
With a blow dryer and some mousse, you can get these enviable thick waves easily. Brush them back away from your face or aim the blow dryer toward the back to create this shape on short, thin hair.
24. Pastel Purple Pixie
For the older lady who seeks unique style and loves color, look no further than this spiky pixie with undercut! Between the textured top and the light purple, you can really prove age is just a number when it comes to hair.
25. Wispy Thin Hair + Bottleneck Bangs
Using mousse to style your thin hair will really help when it comes to giving your locks a lift of volume. We love how this wispy, layered haircut also features a soft bottleneck bangs.
26. Short Dark Hair with Blonde Highlights
Whether your natural hair color is black or dark brown, try throwing in some light blonde highlights for contrast. A short hairdo like a pixie with messy texture is a youthful and edgy hairstyle choice for women over 50 with fine hair.
27. Blonde Bob + Side Part
What older woman doesn’t love the ease and classiness of a bob? With a blonde dye job on the sleek side-parted style, you can feel young again before the day is through.
28. Short Layered Bob
Just because you have thin hair, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a fuller look! After cutting hair to a jaw-length bob, have your stylist cut in short layers. Work in a bit of mousse with fingers to get soft texture.
29. Light Pink Bob
If your main goal is to distract from your thin hair, a bob with vibrant color is a beautiful choice. All you’ll have to do is comb in a soft center part. The cut will rock the feminine pink on its own and make you forget about your thin locks!
30. Straight Asymmetrical Bob
For women over 50 wanting a quick glow up, just add in blonde highlights! This asymmetrical bob features straight side parted hair and thin light blonde highlights that warm up the face nicely.
31. Edgy Pixie with Fade
Love a statement hairstyle? Consider a short pixie with a fade! This punk hairdo is perfect for women over 50 with thin hair since it involves minimal styling and maintenance. Of course, a cheery yellow hair color will add another level of personality.
32. Short Wavy Perm
A short permed haircut featuring soft waves will last several months. Any woman over 50 with thin hair should consider this chic short hairdo for wake-up-and-go style!
33. Short Hair with Bangs
Bangs, despite what many people think, don’t have an age limit! If you’re a woman over 50 with thin hair, try these soft bangs with their slightly curled ends on a short haircut.
34. Choppy Pixie
We love this fierce teal color on a short pixie hairstyle for women over 50 with thin hair. The bangs are choppy, an ideal style of fringe because it makes the cut look more friendly, unlike a blunt bang.
35. Straight Platinum Blonde
Another thing that doesn’t have an age limit is platinum hair color! Be bold and rock it on a short straight pixie or bob. You’ll love how the chic hairdo makes the color and cut the focus, instead of your thin hair.
36. Combed Back Bob
Heading out for the evening? Comb your short hair back off the face for an “updo,” careful not to make it too slicked back. Teasing the hair with hairspray or mousse while combing back will add volume, making thin hair look thicker.
37. Relaxed Bob with Side Bangs
Women over 50 with thin hair who are retired and just need a low key hairstyle for daily life will appreciate the ease of a neck-length bob and a side bang. Finger combing will get the job done, no products needed!
A layered bob that is not quite even can bring back tons of texture to your hair. Whether you have curly hair or straight, some choppy layers can bring back the life and volume to your hair. With this hairstyle, you won’t have to spend hours in front of the mirror taming your hair down.
39. Back To The Feathered Layers
Remember the time when every woman sported a feathered, layered medium length haircut? Yes, it is now back. Get as many layers as you can to fluff up the thin mane and rock your sky-high hairstyle to the kitty parties and fun family gatherings this year.
40. Sophisticated Bob Cut
A bob cut is an ultimate way to add sophistication to your face. A short bob and elegant bob will also save you from the hassle of styling your hair differently every day as it looks very elegant and stylish on its own. Sweep it back of brush it forwards, your hair will always look good in this short hairstyle.
41. Casual Fringe With Highlights
A little bit of fringe on the forehead is the easiest way to freshen up the look of your thin hair. To add a little bit of interesting factor to your hair, opt for minimal highlights. This will give your hair a lot of texture whether tied up or worn down.
You don’t want to compromise on the length of your hair but still, want to enliven your hair a little? Go for long layers without losing the lengths. It will not only give your short hairstyle for thin hair a whole new look but also add volume to thin and long hair.
43. Side Swept And Messy
To change your look up a little bit, pull all your hair to one side and pin them securely. Keep your hair messy to add volume to the hairstyle. It will make you look gorgeous and up to date in a few minutes effortlessly.
44. Classic Wavy Lob
A wavy long bob is what most of the celebrities go for, no matter what age. This short hairstyle for women suits all ages, face shape, and personality. It is the perfect hairstyle for women with naturally wavy hair but the same effect can also be achieved using a waving hot iron.
45. Kris Jenner Inspired
Kris Jenner is the ultimate glam mom that is a major inspiration for most women in her 50s. Her pixie cut with a long quiff is absolutely gorgeous. The reason she looks so young even when she is in her 60s is that she keeps her hair short and modern. So take some inspiration from Mama Jenner and update your look.
46. Elegant Short Asymmetrical Bob
Just because you are in your 50s, does not mean you cannot sport a modern look. An asymmetrical bob is a new and contemporary way of keeping your hair short. This short hairstyle for women 50 over adds a modern yet feminine appeal to your appearance.
47. Tight Yet Short Curls
Cut your hair short and style them into tight curls to add extra volume to your hair. If your hair is naturally curly then simply let your hair air dry and you will be ready to head out the door.
48. Modern Layered Bob
Women with longer face shapes, especially the ones who are used to wearing glasses can perfectly sport a modern layered bob hairstyle. The sleek, straight, and contemporary layers is perfect short hairstyle for thin hair and it will add a Hollywood glam to your overall look.
49. Soft Focus Curls
Soft curls can never fail to make anyone look beautiful. Use a one and a half inch curling barrel to add loose curls in your short hair. This will add a bohemian vibe to your look making you look youthful and beautiful.
50. Salt And Pepper Curly Bob
A mixture of white, grey, and black hair can add a new twist to your aging thin hair. This is a great look for all kinds of hair and all hairstyles. You will see fashion enthusiast women sporting this short hair look because of its high street appearance.
Inspired by Audrey Hepburn this pixie crop is coming back in all its glory. You will see more career-oriented wearing this hairstyle because of how low maintenance and stylish it is. Sport this look and steal the spotlight, quite subtly.
What Are the Best Products for Maintaining Thin Hair for Women Over 50?
To keep your hair looking healthy and not thinning out even more, try to incorporate some of these products into your hair care:
- R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo ($34)
- OGX Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner ($14)
- Extra Strength Damage Remedy Coconut Miracle Oil Penetrating Oil ($10)
- Kérastase Densifique Leave-in Thickening Mousse ($45)
- It’s a 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer ($19)
Products with biotin in them will help your hair stay thick and strong. When it comes to styling products, try to avoid gel since it’s heavier on the hair. Mousse is lighter and will give thin hair a nice lift.
Whether you are in your late 40s, 50s that are also known as your second youth, or early 60s, these elegant short hairstyles for thin hair women over 50 will definitely freshen up your look instantly.
It will not only take some years away from your overall appearance but also make you look more sophisticated than ever. Just remember to go with what you feel comfortable and feel stylish in and you will be turning heads even in your 50s.