Celebrity Inspiration: Chic Hairstyles for Women Over 50

Sure, it's fun to see how much Rihanna will shave off her head next, but once you turn an age corner, you know which style looks best on you. Check out these gorgeous celebs over 50 for some tresspiration and classic styles that instantly knock years off your face.


meryl streep at the 82nd academy awards
Alberto E. Rodriguez
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Updo Sweep

At 61, Meryl Streep may be acknowledged as one of the greatest actresses of her time, but she's also known for her red carpet glamour. She looked white-hot at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards with a loose, twisted updo, long white Marchesa gown, and square diamond pavé earrings from Fred Leighton.

meryl streep at the 82nd annual academy awards luncheon
Steve Granitz
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Bouncy Waves

These full-bodied waves give Streep a carefree and youthful look at a luncheon for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

diane keaton at an event in 2010
Jemal Countess
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At 64, Diane Keaton pulls off casual chic like few others, and this look is no exception. We'll call this lipstick choice "bronze berry," and that lightly tousled, piece-y 'do — we'll just call that fab.

diane keaton at the 24th annual infinity awards in new york City
Bryan Bedder
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Two-Toned Highlights

Take a cue from Keaton if you want to conceal grays. Opt for mixed shades of darker and lighter highlights to avoid brassy, overly bleached strands. This color complements her eyes and is a great pick for fall at the 24th Annual Infinity Awards in New York City.

Samir Hussein
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Flipped Crop

Fifty-two-year-old Sharon Stone proves year after year that elegance and sex appeal don't have to be mutually exclusive. At a 2009 cocktail party in Turkey, she rocked some seriously sexy winged eyeliner to match her flirty flipped layers.

Jason Merritt
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Breezy, Beachy Waves

Stone knows this hairstyle is great for two reasons — it can be done in five minutes before bouncing out the door and the subtle volume gives her hair a slight lift for movement. She looked positively glowing in an all-black ensemble and these soft waves at the 2010 Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Party.

Steve Granitz
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Casual Curls

Sally Field, 63, has been working in Hollywood for over 40 years, so it's no wonder she has her style nailed. The evidence speaks for itself here at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she wore her salt-and-pepper layers casually curled and highlighted her porcelain complexion with berry lips and rosy cheeks.

Jason Merritt
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Sleek with a Bang

Field's slight, separated bangs paired with her shiny and sleek style at a 2010 awards ceremony in California set her up for the complete polished look. Plus: points for that gorgeous dewy complexion.

Silky Straight

Fifty-four-year-old Geena Davis looks radiant at the premiere of Accidents Happen. The simple side part and slicked strands bring out her bold lip color.

Jim Spellman
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Low 'Do

At the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, Davis's loosely constructed low bun looks effortlessly classy. Matched with her chic LBD, it boosts her complexion and shows off her sculpted shoulders.

Bruce Gilkas
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Classic Twist

Melanie Griffith, 53, knows you can't go wrong with a timeless look. She channels a little bit of Old Hollywood at the 64th Annual Tony Awards with this twisted updo paired with a perfect red lip. She adds her own twist by gently separating her bangs.

Jordan Strauss
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Lots 'o Layers

Griffith shines at the Genesis Awards, with a rosy complexion and lots of full, layered highlights. The cut is perfect for adding volume and shape, and the apples of her cheeks glow with just a drop of illuminating crème.

Face-Framing Streaks

Sixty-five-year-old Helen Mirren knows you're never too old to try the latest trend, as long as you make it work for you. She rocked these face-framing highlights that brought out her swooping bangs at the 27th Annual Academy Awards in 2007.

Signature Bob

Mirren knows what works for her face shape and hair type. She sported her signature platinum bob at the L.A. premiere of Love Ranch in June 2010. The style frames her face perfectly, and her pale, pink lips give her an attractively flushed look.