Change your hair, change your outlook.
Nothing gives you a sense of confidence and style like a new haircut. But you don’t have to go full dreadlocks and rainbow highlights to make a statement. The right haircut can take years off your image and make you feel beautiful inside and out. The trick is to work with a stylist who focuses on three key factors: your facial type, hair texture and preferred maintenance level. For inspiration, see these hairstyles for women over 50 or these haircuts for senior women featuring celebrities in their 60s and beyond. If you have a similar facial type or hair texture, show your favorite celebrity haircut to your stylist.
If you’re finding it difficult keeping up appearances because of arthritis or reduced dexterity, try a shorter hairstyle that’s easier to maintain. A wide-handled brush can help reduce stress on fingers and wrists. A wide-toothed comb also makes combing your hair easier, especially if it’s thick and curly.
Choose a cut that flatters your features.
A great haircut can transform your face and show off your personality. But don’t forget to take your hair texture into account. If you have curly hair, bangs could make you look like a poodle. If your hair is straw-straight, be careful with layers. Blunt cuts and geometric styles will showcase your sharp lines.
You’ll also want to consider how much time you’re prepared to spend each day on your ‘do. If you’re always on the run, a fussy, time-consuming style may not be for you. Here’s a quick rundown of cuts for each facial type.
Oval face – You can get away with just about any hairstyle you like. Short, long, curls, layers — everything flatters your features.
Round face – A long, blunt cut is ideal, and a little volume on top will help lengthen a round face.
Heart-shaped face – Look for a hairstyle that makes your face seem more oval. Any cut that’s full around the jawline should work.
Long face – Go for layers around the face to make a long face appear wider. Consider parting your hair on the side.
Square face – Long layered hair is ideal for you. Avoid severe styles like tight buns or chin-length geometric cuts.
For more stylish tips, see these cuts for short, medium and long hairstyles for women of a certain age.
Highlights and coloring.
Going gray happens to us all. In fact, gray hair is fashionable with many younger women who are choosing to dye their hair shades of silver. If you have a significant amount of gray, consider embracing it. A shorter hair cut could modernize your image and transform your look from drab to fab. Think Jamie Lee Curtis, who’s been rocking silver hair and a pixie cut for years.
If your grays are more sporadic, ask your stylist to blend them. Highlights can ease the transition from your natural color to the grays. For a more glittery gray, ask your stylist to add a few silvery highlights to your hair.
Coloring your hair or changing your hair color is another option. When choosing a color, consider your skin tone. If you have a light skin tone, stay away from warm hair colors like a copper auburn. If you have a darker skin tone, warmer colors will look amazing on you.
Only your hairdresser knows for sure.
A good stylist can give you a haircut that will make you look fabulous and feel beautiful. They’ll take into account your hair texture, face shape, and lifestyle when coming up with the right look for you. They can also recommend a hair color that can take years off your appearance.
At The Heritage of Green Hills, residents have access to a full-service senior living salon on-site. Our stylists can provide all the expertise you need to turn your locks into a look you’ll love. To learn more about all the ways we can make you feel fabulous, visit our Lifestyle page.