Haircuts for Women in Their 50s

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Flattering Hairstyles on Women Over Age 50

Finola Hughes. Paul Archuleta for Getty Images

In this photo gallery, I feature a bunch of famous women in their 50s. You'll see their fabulous hairstyles, read why the hairstyles work for them and you'll quickly ascertain which of these cuts would work for you.

What I love most about this gallery is that these women all look way younger than their years. You know what they say about 40 being the new 20 and 50 being the new 30. If you see these women you'll know there's some truth to that.

Finola Hughes (born October 29, 1959) has a haircut that's flattering on all face shapes and hair textures. It's shoulder-length, has a few layers and is worn blown dried (and likely flat ironed) straight.

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Catherine Keener (1959)

Catherine Keener. Steve Mack for Getty

Changing up your appearance can be as simple as lightening your natural hair color. A lighter color can take years off your face. Catherine Keener (born March 23, 1959) has a red tint to her natural brunette color in this image. 

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Demi Moore (1962)

Demi Moore. Getty /Jeffrey Mayer

 As long as your hair is healthy, like Demi Moore's (born November 11, 1962) pictured here, you can grow your hair long and look fantastic.

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Michelle Pfeiffer (1958)

Michelle Pfeiffer. Jesse Grant for Getty Images

Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) has naturally curly hair, but here she wears it straight. You can get your curly hair chemically straightened if you don't want to blow it dry and flat iron it every time you wash. But keep in mind chemical straightening is controversial. The chemicals can be harmful to lungs and skin. Your better bet might be to embrace your natural curls.

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Sandra Bullock (1964)

Sandra Bullock. Alessio Botticelli for Getty

Sandra Bullock wears a youthful, beachy wave in her chestnut hair here. Bullock (born July 26, 1964) always wears her hair long and she can get away with it because her hair is naturally full. 

Find out how to get this look in The Secret to Beachy, Wavy Hair.

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Jodi Foster (1962)

Jodi Foster. Getty

 Jodi Foster (born November 19, 1962) wears a gorgeous shoulder-length hairstyle here. 

Shoulder-length hair tends to be flattering on almost everyone. See more photos for inspiration in Photos of the Most Flattering Hair Length on Everyone

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Kelly Lynch (1959)

Kelly Lynch. From left: Frederick M. Brown and Joe Scarnici for Getty

Kelly Lynch (born January 31, 1959) used to be known for her super long blonde hair (see picture right). She cut off her hair to shoulder length in 2012 and I think the look is much fresher. She doesn't look like she's trying too hard to be youthful. I particularly love the new cut.

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Ann Curry (1956)

Ann Curry. Astrid Stawiarz for Getty

A super flattering cut on all women is shoulder-length hair. This cut on Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) flatters her face. If her hair were any longer, it might make her already long face appear even longer.

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Rita Wilson (1956)

Rita Wilson. Cindy Ord

Rita Wilson (born October 26, 1956) is proof that the uber-trendy ombre hair color is not just for girls age 25 and under. Here, she sports gorgeous hair color that looks amazing on her.

Find out more about ombre hair in my gallery of 20 Amazing Ombre Hairstyles

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Sharon Stone (1958)

Sharon Stone with short hair. Getty Images: David Livingston

 Sharon Stone (born March 10, 1958) wears her hair in a cool short hairstyle here. 

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Jamie Lee Curtis (1958)

Jamie Lee Curtis. Frazer Harrison for Getty

After age 50, you are not doomed to a short haircut. There are many women in this gallery who choose to wear their hair long and some even wear their hair VERY long. While others, such as Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958), choose edgy short haircuts that are anything but frumpy. Curtis has had short, pixie hair her entire career. She wears her hair short because it suits her, not because at age 50 she went to the salon and got her hair cut off, much like when I was growing up girls when they turned 13 went to the mall and get their ears pierced.

Curtis also chooses to let her gray hair go, which is a trendy choice among women these days. See my gallery of gorgeous Gray Hairstyles for more inspiration.

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Julianne Moore (1960)

Julianne Moore. Christopher Polk for Getty

Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is another example of a gorgeous woman over age 50 who looks fabulous with very long hair.

Moore, when asked by US Weekly why she often goes without makeup, said:

"I think that less is better, especially as you get older. Too much makeup on an older woman can really make you look like a freak."

I couldn't agree more. In fact, I believe nothing ages a woman more than pancake makeup, which is why some actresses (hello Miley Cyrus!) can sometimes look 30 when they're really, oh, maybe 10.

When it comes to foundation, don't slather the stuff all over your face. Instead, concentrate on the areas that need evening out: usually the areas under the eyes, along the nose and at the chin. When applying foundation, use your fingers rather than a sponge, which soaks up (and wastes) your foundation.

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Andie MacDowell (1958)

Andie MacDowell. Slaven Vlasic for Getty

Here Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) wears her naturally curly hair curly. Note how long her hair is. Curly hair behaves better the longer it is. Just make sure to get layers cut in so it doesn't pouf up too much.

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Tilda Swinton (1960)

Tilda Swinton. From left: Pascal Le Segretain and Andrew H. Walker for Getty

Bobs are wonderful cuts, and they don't have to be boring as Tilda Swinton (born November 5, 1960) proves here. Have the top of hair cut longer than the sides, slick it back or wear long bangs. You have several options with the bob, including having it cut to your chin or just below.

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Marcia Cross (1962)

Marcia Cross. Frederick M. Brown for Getty

Soft waves soften a look. Here's Marcia Cross (born March 25, 1962) proving my point.

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Yolanda Foster. Frederick M. Brown for Getty Images

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