Gorgeous Haircuts on Women in Their 60s

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The Most Flattering Hairstyles for Women Over 60

Glenn Close. from left: Steven Lovekin and Jason Merritt for Getty

After being on this earth for the past 60 years, you probably have some idea of what hairstyles look best on you and which ones make you the most comfortable. Don't let outdated beauty rules dictate how you should wear your hair. The truth is you will look most beautiful in a hair cut and color you're comfortable with.

Two things to consider when choosing a hairstyle: your face shape and your hair texture. There are some hairstyles that will better suit both your face and your hair texture, whether it's coarse, frizzy, wavy, straight or thin.

In this gallery of hairstyles on women over age 60, I'll point out why these haircuts work on these women and what you should consider when choosing your own styles and colors.

Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) 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, responds well to curl (which adds body) and doesn't fall limp like mine does when styled this way (eek!).

If you have straight hair, a cut that falls below the chin can be super flattering. I strongly recommend "long bobs." (See my gallery of 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 (1948)

Barbara Hershey. Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty

Can you believe Barbara Hershey (born February 5, 1948) is in her 60s? If you showed me this picture and had me guess how old Hershey is, I'd guess 35. This photo is proof that women in their 60s can wear their hair long as long as it suits their face shape and their hair texture.

Long hair is great on square, round and heart-shaped faces, but isn't as flattering on women with long faces because it can make the face appear even longer. Learn more about face shapes in The Most Flattering Styles By Face Shape.

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 look better with shorter hair. Learn more about hair texture in 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture .

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Ellen Barkin (1954)

Ellen Barkin. Donna Ward for Getty

Here, Ellen Barkin (born April 16, 1954) wears a wavy shoulder-length bob that's so trendy right now among women decades younger than her. But it works on her fine hair. 

Yes, you can wear your hair longer even as an older woman. It's a myth you have to cut your hair short after age 50 (or whatever number you may have in your head).

Shoulder-length hair can be flattering on all face shapes. See Medium Length Hairstyles for Women Over 50.

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Maria Shriver (1955)

Maria Shriver. JB Lacroix for Getty

If only we could all have coarse thick hair like Maria Shriver (born November 6, 1955). Of course if there's anything I've learned in life it's that we all want what we don't have and Maria has probably wished for straight blonde hair more than once in her own life.

Note her hair color here. This is a gorgeous shade of bronde (a mix between blonde and brunette). Read more about bronde hair in The Hair New Hair Color Trend.


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Kris Jenner (1955)

Let's talk makeovers shall we? I believe in makeovers as long as it's something you want for yourself, not something that's being forced on you.

When I was in my early 20s I was dying to make over my mother. She was naturally gorgeous (angular cheekbones, tanned skin, piercing blue eyes) but she was not one to bother too much with hair and makeup. Her fingernails were always dirty from working on a farm and with animals and she rarely got her hair cut. Of course, as a teenager, this killed me. I wanted her to be what I thought was a quintessential Texas mom: big hair, lots of makeup and an interest in taking me to shopping malls. Mother at least let me curl her hair and do her makeup before church and weddings and such things.

Fast forward to my 20s. I'm embarrassed to say that I probably made her feel bad about herself when I dragged my mother to the salon and told the stylist, "fix her." She got a haircut and new makeup, but I have the "after" picture that I took outside on my front porch and she doesn't look radiant and pleased. Rather, she looks resigned, beaten down a bit, perhaps.

Young women are notoriously hard on their mothers. And now that I'm much older, I regret my actions. I look back on that time and I realize that my issues with my mother's appearance were about my controlling nature, not about improving my mother's life, which was just fine the way it was. I thought my mother was frumpy and in need of a makeover, but I was trying to turn her into something she was not. She was simply laid-back, carefree and more comfortable in jeans and t-shirt with her nails dirty than she was in full hair and makeup. I love that about her.

I wish I could call my mother up and tell her that I'm sorry for all those days when I made her feel bad about herself.

Here's to being yourself and not letting others get you down.

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    Mary Steenburgen (1953)

    Mary Steenburgen. Frederick M. Brown for Getty

    Bangs can wipe off years from a face, as evidenced here on Mary Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953). Her blunt bangs are gorgeous, but side-swept bangs work just as well.

    Check out your options for bangs in 20 Great Hairstyles With Bangs.

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    Dana Delany (1956)

    Dana Delaney. John Sciulli for Getty

    If you do grow your hair long, make sure your hair is healthy and doesn't fall flat. Ask for long layers, which give hair texture and movement. I love Dana Delany's (born March 13, 1956) haircut and color here.

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    Kate Capshaw (1953)

    Kate Capshaw. Getty Images: Gregg DeGuire and Rob Kim

    Bangs are a great way to shave years off your face. But long, side-swept bangs are much more flattering on Steven Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw, (born November 3, 1953) than the short, blunt bangs on the left.  

    Learn how to properly care for bangs in How to Blow Dry Bangs (& Avoid the Dreaded "Bubble Bangs")

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    Carine Roitfeld (1954)

    Carine Roitfeld. Dominique Charriau for Getty

    Hair that is too styled can make you look dated. Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld (born September 19, 1954) is super trendy with her mussy shag haircut here. She looks edgy, cool and still very sophisticated. She can pull off bedhead, she's skinny, lives in Paris and works for Vogue. Hello!

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    Jessica Lange (1949)

    Jessica Lange. Frederick M. Brown // Getty Images

    I love this hairstyle on anyone, no matter their age, but Jessica Lange (born April 20, 1949) shows you don't have to go super short the day after you hit a certain age milestone.

    Wear what's flattering on you. And shoulder-length is flattering on everyone. Before growing your short hair longer you should consider if your hair texture can handle this cut. Super curly hair needs to be longer anyway. The length weighs down the curls. Go short and you get a pouf. If you have thin, flat hair, you need body so ask your stylist to cut in a few layers.

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    Christine Baranski (1952)

    Chrstine Baranski. Credit: Jason LaVeris for Getty

    Long bobs are flattering on women of all ages and with all face shapes. I like this long bob on Christine Baranski (born May 2, 1952).

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    Emmylou Harris (1947)

    Emmylou Harris. Michael Loccisano

    Bangs can shave years off your face. Sweeping, side-swept bangs like these on singer Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) are super flattering. They can hide a wrinkled forehead, bring attention to your best features, such as your eyes, and add interest to an otherwise boring, typical haircut.

    Learn more about bangs in The Best Bangs By Face Shape.

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    Deidre Hall (1947)

    Deidre Hall. Angela Weiss

    If you want to keep your hair longer, as actress Deidre Hall's (born October 31, 1947) is here, you'll want your stylist to cut in layers. Layers add movement and swinginess to a hairstyle. Just make sure the layers are longer and start at the chin or near it, otherwise your hairstyle can appear dated.

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    Oprah Winfrey (1954)

    Oprah Winfrey. Jeffrey Mayer for Getty

     Just because you're older, doesn't mean you can't wear a youthful ponytail. Oprah Winfrey (January 29, 1954) gets away with one here. Note her amazing glasses. 

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    Roseanne Barr (1952)

    Roseanne Barr. Frazer Harrison for Getty

    After 60 you may have some gray, no gray or you may be all gray. How you deal with this is up to you. More and more women are embracing their grays, allowing their hair to grow into what it naturally is meant to be.

    If you do want to color gray hair, you have a few options. Going darker may be harder to upkeep as blonde hair blends with gray as it grows in. But if you have never been blonde in life, the color may not suit you. In this case, you might opt for a copper or rich chocolate shade.

    This bob hairstyle on Roseanne Barr (born November 3, 1952) is flattering to her round face shape. Note the sweeping bangs and the wonderful gray colors throughout her hair.

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    Susan Sarandon (1946)

    Susan Sarandon. Jason Merritt for Getty

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

    I explain much more about embracing your natural hair texture in 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture.

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    Queen Noor of Jordan (1951)

    Queen Noor of Jordan. Ian Gavan for Getty

    Absolutely stunning. This hairstyle is perfect for the queen (born August 23, 1951), and works with her thick hair texture.

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    Patti Scialfa (1953)

    Patti Scialfa. Credit: Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin for Getty

    This look on musician (and Bruce Springsteen's wife) Patti Scialfa (born July 29, 1953), takes years off her look. She wears her hair as a 20-year-old might, but the long, side-swept bangs soften the look. Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

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    Susan Lucci (1946)

    Susan Lucci. Robin Marchant for Getty Images

    You may hate your dry hair, but trust me, we all wish we had what we don't. My hair is thick, fine and has a tendency to be oily and I can hardly keep body in it. It won't hold a curl. Even hairspray won't give it volume.

    If you have dry hair that can get fluffy, embrace it as Susan Lucci (born December 23, 1946) does here. The volume is super flattering.

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    Beverly Johnson (1952)

    Beverly Johnson. Kevin Winter for Getty Images

    Long, lush and lovely at the age of 61! Here, Beverly Johnson (born October 13, 1952) shows you can have gorgeous long hair long after age 30. The key is in 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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    Kathryn Bigelow (1951)

    Kathryn Bigelow. George Pimentel for Getty Images

    One could argue that Kathryn Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is wearing hair that's a bit too long for her face shape. Hair that's worn straight and long can drag down an oval or long face.

    Find out what hairstyle work with your face shape in The Most Flattering Styles by Face Shape

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    Alfre Woodard (1952)

    Alfre Woodard in curly hair for over 50. Stephen Lovekin for Getty Images

    I love this haircut on Alfre Woodard (born November 8, 1952).

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    Marisa Berenson (1947)

    Marisa Berenson with curly hair, left and straight hair, right. Getty Images

    Marisa Berenson (born February 15, 1947) shows off two different looks, one natural and one straightened.

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    Ariana Huffington (1950)

    Arianna Huffington. Tommaso Boddi for Getty Images

    Ariana Huffington (born July 15, 1950) is gorgeous in this cut and color.

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    Anna Wintour (1949)

    Anna Wintour: 2 shots of her famous bob. From left: Mark Robert Milan and David M. Benett for Getty

    Anna Wintour (born November 3, 1949) has had the same haircut for decades.

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    Kate Capshaw (1953)

    Kate Capshaw. WireImage for Getty

    Kate Capshaw (born November 3, 1953) wears her naturally hair curly in this picture.

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    Amy Irving (Sept. 10, 1953)

    Amy Irving. Paul Hawthorne/Getty

    Amy Irving (Sept. 10, 1953) wears her hair naturally curly in this picture.

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    Jane Seymour (Feb. 15, 1951)

    Jane Seymour
    Jane Seymour. Didier Baverel (l) and Tony Barson (r) for Getty Images

    Jane Seymour (Feb. 15, 1951) wears her hair long. It's sort of her trademark and it works beautifully on her. So much for the rule that women should never wear their hair long after 55.

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    Julie Walters (February 22, 1950)

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    This cut on actress Julie Walters (February 22, 1950) is flattering, edgy and super cool.

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    Olivia Newton-John (Sept. 26, 1948)

    Olivia Newton-John
    Olivia Newton-John. Paul Archuleta (l) and John Sciulli (r) for Getty Images

    Olivia Newton-John (Sept. 26, 1948) looks absolutely gorgeous in both of these photos. I particularly love her hair cut to the shoulders. Love it.

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