Our Favorite Hairstyles for Women Over 60

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It's Time for an Upgrade

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After 60 plus years of figuring it out, you probably have at least a relative idea of what hairstyles look best on you. But beauty has come a long way in the past 60 years—and you shouldn't let fear of change dictate how you should wear your hair. Ultimately, you will look beautiful in a haircut and color you're comfortable with. But that doesn't mean it has to be the one you've had forever.

There are two things to consider when choosing a hairstyle: face shape and hair texture. There are some hairstyles that will better suit your combination of the two than others. To aid you in finding a new look, we've rounded up some beautiful women who found a style that flatters their features, for inspiration.

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Glenn Close

Christine Baranski in a pantsuit with a long bob
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Christine Baranski (born May 2, 1952) wears her hair a few inches below her chin, which is super flattering on almost all women. This cut works for her because her hair is naturally thick and wavy, so it responds well to curl (which adds body).

If you have straight hair, a cut that falls below the chin can be super flattering. We strongly recommend "long bobs." Just make sure you get some layers cut in or ask your stylist for an "A-line" cut which means the back is shorter than the front.

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Barbara Hershey

Barbara Hershey in a black dress from the chest up
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Barbara Hershey (born February 5, 1948) looks far younger than she is. She is also concrete proof that women in their 60s can wear their hair long, if it suits their face shape and hair texture.

Long hair is great on square, round, and heart-shaped faces. However, it isn't as flattering on women with long faces because it can make the face appear even longer.

As for hair texture, the thicker and more coarse your hair is, the longer you can wear it. If you have thin hair that tends to fall limp or flat, you will probably want to go with shorter hair. 

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Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
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The iconic Ellen Barkin (born April 16, 1954) looks as fabulous as ever with a wavy shoulder-length bob. It's trendy among women decades younger than her, and it's perfect for her fine hair. Luckily, shoulder-length hair is flattering on all face shapes. 

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Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver with long blonde & brown hair in a jean jacket and floral print dress at South By Southwest
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Maria Shriver (born November 6, 1955) has fabulous coarse, thick hair. It looks great in long layers, which frame her face and allow for her to push it behind her ears. The gentle wave at the end softens it wonderfully. Her hair color is gorgeous, too—brown with heavy blonde highlighting is a good option for women who don't want the commitment of blonde, but want a more dynamic shade than brown.

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Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner in a white blouse and blue blazer
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Kris Jenner (born November 5, 1955) is a style icon, in keeping with her equally famous daughters. She almost exclusively wears her hair in a short pixie with lots of volume up top, volume being the secret to pulling off a shorter cut like hers with a rounder face.

Pixies are very popular amongst older women, and there are plenty of directions in which to take this style. If you have a round face, keep some body on top of your head to elongate your face. Do this with plenty of layers, and hair products that add volume.

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Mary Steenburgen

Mary Streenburgen in a red dress from the chest up, wearing a dark brown shoulder length bob with blunt cut bangs
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Bangs can wipe off years off a face, as evidenced here on Mary Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953). Her blunt cut adds a youthful touch, and the neat and uniform length adds a sense of elegance.

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Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris
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Sweeping, side-swept bangs like singer Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) wears are also super flattering. They can hide a wrinkled forehead, bring attention to your eyes, and add interest to almost any haircut.

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Dana Delany

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If you do grow your hair long, make sure it is healthy and doesn't fall flat. Ask for long layers, which give hair texture and movement and consider a side-part. Dana Delany's (born March 13, 1956) haircut and color is a perfect example of how to pull it off.

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Carine Roitfeld

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Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld (born September 19, 1954) will always be super trendy, but she's even moreso with her mussy shag haircut. She looks edgy, cool, and very sophisticated, though she opted to go with a less-styled look than most women her age.

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Deidre Hall

Diedre Hall with layered hair in a brown jacket and white collared shirt
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If you want to keep your hair longer, as actress Deidre Hall (born October 31, 1947) has, you'll want your stylist to cut in layers. Layers add movement and swing to a hairstyle. Just make sure the layers are longer and start at your chin or near it to keep the look modern.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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Just because you're older, doesn't mean you can't wear a sleek ponytail. Oprah Winfrey (January 29, 1954) gets away with one often, and she usually completes her look with amazing glasses.

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon
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It's important to embrace your natural hair texture as Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) does. She has naturally wavy hair, which she's not trying to straighten with a blow dry and flat iron. The result is quite lovely.

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Patti Scialfa

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This look on musician (and Bruce Springsteen's wife) Patti Scialfa (born July 29, 1953), takes years off her look. This haircut would look equally as good on a 20-year-old, but the long, side-swept bangs soften the look. It is absolutely gorgeous.

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Beverly Johnson

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Long, lush, and lovely. Beverly Johnson (born October 13, 1952) shows that you can have gorgeous long hair well after age 30. The key is your hair's health. Don't be afraid to get hair extensions (which Johnson sports here) to make your hair fuller and lusher.

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Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard
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Alfre Woodard (born November 8, 1952) wears a big, bold, and beautiful look with wonderful curls. It's messy but styled and super cute. The red highlights in her black hair add a youthful look to her style.

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Marisa Berenson

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Marisa Berenson (born February 15, 1947) shows off two different looks, one natural and one straightened. Both look great, but it's a good example of how you're not stuck with one texture at any age. If you're willing to take a risk, head to the salon and see what a different texture looks like on you.

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour, celebrity mother of twins
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Jane Seymour (born February 15, 1951) wears her hair long. It's sort of her trademark, and it works beautifully on her. Her blunt, thick bangs complement the length, framing her face and the barely noticeable layers, adding just enough volume to her straight hair.

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Julie Walters

Julie Walters
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This cut on actress Julie Walters (born February 22, 1950) is flattering, edgy, and super cool. It proves that you can go short while still showing off personality. Since it's left rather tousled, it's also one of the easiest short haircuts to maintain daily.