Great Haircuts for Women Over 70

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Beauty at Age 70 & Over: Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda. Getty Images

Throw out the old-fashioned beauty rules when it comes to your hairstyle at age 70 and beyond. Just because your mother had helmet hair at this age does not mean you have to. These days, the "beauty rules" are different. You can wear your hair to your shoulders if you want (many of the women in this gallery -- all over age 70 -- do) and you can dye it any color you choose.

In this gallery, we show off gorgeous hairstyles on famous women in their 70s for inspiration and we share tips on each page for getting the right haircut and color.

This cut on Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is stunning on her. Note the gorgeous detailing in the back.

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Blythe Danner (1943)

Blythe Danner. Amanda Edwards, Getty

Let's talk hair texture. You want to make sure your hairstyle works with your hair texture, as Blythe Danner's (born February 3, 1943) does here. Danner has thick, wavy hair that can get frizzy. This hairstyle is gorgeous on her because it shows off the amount of hair she has, which is a lot. If you have thick hair, show it off! Grow it out and fluff it up.

Learn more about how important hair texture is in finding the right hairstyle in 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture. And see more of The Best Medium Length Hairstyles for Women Over 50.

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Helen Mirren (1945)

Helen Mirren. Photos: Getty Images, 2nd one by Frazer Harrison

This long bob hairstyle on actress Helen Mirren (who, born July 26, 1945, is well into her 70s) is a wonderful wash and wear cut that looks great blown dried or air dried. The cut is long enough to flatter her face and be a bit youthful while not so long that it drags down her face. It's classic and sophisticated all at once.

See more examples of long bob hairstyles in The Long Bob Hair Trend is Here to Stay.

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Nancy Pelosi (1940)

Nancy Pelosi. Andrew H. Walker

This is not Nancy Pelosi's (born on March 26, 1940) natural hair color. She's likely gone at least partly gray but colors her hair dark brown like it was when she was in her 30s and 40s.

Silver hair can be very sexy. However, not all women embrace their natural hair color. Many women become blondes as they get older, a natural move considering gray is a softer, lighter color than a natural brown. But blonde hair doesn't complement all skin tones. A better bet for naturally dark-haired women is to color your hair a dark base and get lighter highlights.

Want to stay brown? Get inspired with this article on brown hairstyles: Brown Hair Color: Year's 20 Hottest Hairstyles. Also, check out The Best Medium Length Hairstyles for Women Over 50.

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Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton in two different shoulder length haircuts. Andreas Rentz for Getty

Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) wears her hair naturally gray and in a sophisticated and chic long bob.

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Gloria Steinem (1934)

Gloria Steinem. Frederick M. Brown

There's no reason you have to go short as you get older. Simple, classic long bobs and regular bobs are absolutely gorgeous on older women. They work best on women with naturally straight hair, but wavy hair looks great in a long bob as well.

Here Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934), wears a long bob blow-dried with a round brush curling the ends under. It's a gorgeous look on her. Note the middle-part, which is very ​in trend.

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Shirley Bassey (1937)

Shirley Bassey. Jason Merritt for Getty

Notice a trend in hairstyles here, yet? So far, they all seem to feature hairstyles that hit at the chin or below and are blow-dried with a round brush with the ends under.

Here, Shirley Bassey (born January 8, 1937) shows off a style that also includes side-swept bangs. Bangs are great for older women because they can take years off your look, and they bring attention to your best features. They can be high-maintenance, however. You have to get them cut every few weeks.

Learn more about bangs in Bangs: 20 Great Hairstyles With Bangs.

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Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith hairstyles
Jaclyn Smith hairstyles. Jason Merritt for Getty Images

Can you believe Jaclyn Smith, pictured here, was born on October 26, 1945? She looks years younger than her age because of her hair length, her hair color and probably some work at a plastic surgeon's office (just an educated guess). Even if your skin isn't as taut as Smith's no worries. As long as your hair is relatively thick and healthy, you can wear it longer.

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Ellen Burstyn (1932)

Ellen Burstyn. Michael Loccisano

More and more women are embracing their gray hair color, like Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932) pictured here. There are many reasons to let your gray hair go. If you have a naturally gorgeous gray coloring and you don't want the hassle and expense of covering up gray, it's an excellent option for you. Perhaps you just want to embrace life as it develops, wrinkles, gray hair and all.

Here, we show how gorgeous gray can be in Gray Hair: Photos of Gray Hairstyles.

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Judi Dench (1934)

Judi Dench. Dave Hogan, Getty

Short hairstyles, like this one on actress Judi Dench (born December 9, 1934), are a classic hairstyle option for women in their 70s. They frame your face, showing off and highlighting your best features. You'll be glad to know they are also low-maintenance.

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Vanessa Redgrave (1937)

Vanessa Redgrave. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Yes, you can grow your hair longer! As Vanessa Redgrave (born January 30, 1937) shows here, it can be quite flattering. Be careful, however, as longer hair can make a long, thin face appear longer.


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Catherine Deneuve (1943)

Actress Catherine Deneuve. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Volume in hair is key. Flat, lifeless hair is something you might battle as you age. The secret to voluminous hair lies in a good cut and great styling (styling sprays, curling irons, etc). Here, Catherine Deneuve (born October 22, 1943) shows off gorgeous hair that's a bit longer and full of volume (and likely hairspray). Keep in mind it's harder to keep volume in hair that's long. The shorter you go the better your hair will hold its shape.

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Diahann Carroll (1935)

Diahann Carroll. Jason Merritt for Getty

Skip the old-lady salons where they cut your hair short and give you curls tight to your scalp, spray it into a helmet and send you off on your way until next week. Go to your daughter's salon and ask for a new look. Better yet, take your daughter along and ask her advice.

This is a lovely look on Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935). It's great for a wedding or formal event.

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Carole King

Carole King. Steve Granitz for Getty Images

Carole King (born February 9, 1942) shows how to embrace one's natural hair texture. King has super curly hair and doesn't straighten in. Instead, she wears it beautifully and it's my opinion that her hairstyle actually makes her look younger than her age (she's in her 70s).

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Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis. Frederick M. Brown // Getty

The older you get the more brittle hair becomes. But drier hair keeps it's shape better than fine, oily hair does, so take advantage as Barbara Davis (age unknown) does here. This volume and shape could never happen on a woman with silky fine hair but works great on dry, coarse hair.

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Try a Stylish Pixie

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The pixie is one of the hottest hairstyles of the moment. It's so popular, it made the list of the Year's 20 Most Popular Hairstyles. The pixie flatters most face shapes, works with almost all hair textures and better yet, it looks great on women of all ages, whether you're 15 or 80.

Before you get an edgy, cool pixie cut, ask yourself, if your personality fits this cut? Short cuts such as these invite attention. If you are the sort who hides behind her hair or hates attention, think twice before hitting the salon.

Don't miss The 20 Best Pixie Haircuts for Older Women.

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Another Shot of Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda. Stefanie Keenan for Getty

Here's another shot of Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937), with hair that's stunning on her. 

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A Great Cut for Thick, Wavy Hair

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Just because your past 70, doesn't mean you can't have a stylish cut. I love this look on this model. Her thick, wavy hair is quite stylish here and would look great on a woman of any age

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Betty White

Betty White.

Betty White (January 17, 1922) is in her 90s and has the kind of traditional helmet hair my grandmother wore for 30-plus years. My grandmother got her hair done weekly in a salon and it looked almost exactly like this. This is not hair you do on your own because it requires curlers and sitting under a dryer, but if this is your style, then Betty should be your icon. Everyone loves Betty White.


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Dan Rather's Wife, Jean Goebbel

Dan Rather's wife, Jean Goebbel.

You can't really see her hair very well here, but Jean Goebbel's hair is just the perfect classy bob. She pairs it well with the right accessories and chic outfit. All around gorgeous.


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Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton. Getty Images/Taylor Hill

 Lauren Hutton (1943) wears her curly hair natural in this photo. 

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Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer. Mike Coppola for Getty

I love Diane Sawyer's (December 22, 1945) blonde hair here. Blonde hair is the easiest hair color to mask grays because you can go longer between dye jobs. But not every woman will look good as a blonde. To find out if you will, see Blonde Hair Color Tips & Tricks.