There are many stunning pixie haircuts that look great on women over 50. Here are 16 examples to inspire you.
One of the most fashionable hairstyles throughout time is the pixie cut. It made my list of the top 16 hairstyles for the year due to its widespread popularity.
The pixie cut is flattering on a variety of face shapes and works well with various hair textures. It is also a versatile style that looks great on women of all ages, from 15 to 80.
I feature my all-time favorite pixie hairstyles in this photo gallery on older women. I will help you determine whether a pixie hairstyle would work for you based on your hair type and texture and offer suggestions for both edgy and classic pixie styles.
Before getting a pixie cut, consider these tips:
- Before committing to a short haircut like a pixie, consider whether your personality is well-suited to this style. Short cuts tend to attract a lot of attention, so if you prefer to hide behind your hair or dislike being the center of attention, it may be wise to think twice before going to the salon.
- If you are someone who dislikes going to the salon or considers yourself low maintenance, there may be better choices than a pixie cut. It is one of the most high-maintenance cuts and requires regular trims every 4-6 weeks to keep it looking fresh.
- Are you a risk-taker? If you hate the haircut, it may take months or even years to grow back. If you are risk averse by nature (hey, I am, so I get it), then consider getting a shag or a bob before going all the way with this short-short cut.
Now, enjoy the gallery….
Denise Welch’s Two Versions of the Pixie
Pixie haircuts that closely hug the head can look great on some women but may only be suitable for some. If you want to add some edge to your pixie, try using pomade to create a spiky, cool look like Denise Welch’s hair on the right.
Alternatively, for a trendy and stylish look like Welch’s hair on the left, consider wearing your bangs a bit longer so you can brush them back, forward, or style them however you like. Longer bangs in a pixie cut provide more flexibility in styling.
So would you look good short? Don’t miss How to Choose the Perfect Haircut for Your Hair Texture & Face Shape to find out if the pixie works with your hair texture and face shape.
Glamour Magazine Editor Cindy Leive in Her Signature Pixie
It is important to consider your body type when deciding whether a pixie haircut would suit you. Here are some general guidelines regarding who tends to look good in a pixie:
- Women with a longer, elegant necks.
- Petite, thin women like Glamour Magazine editor Cindy Leive, pictured here, also look great in this cut (think “Amelie”).
- Tall, slimmer women often look good with a pixie cut (such as Charlize Theron, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Audrey Hepburn, who was actually quite tall for her time). But body type does matter. A pixie cut may be unflattering if you are tall and have a boyish figure.
- If you’re a larger body size and have a petite face, the pixie might not be right for you, either. You need more body up top to balance out your body below the neck.
- Some experts claim women with round faces should not wear a pixie, but that’s not true. In fact, some of the most beautiful women with round faces rock pixie cuts, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
In the end, rules are meant to be broken, so don’t fret if this site (or others) tell you that a pixie won’t look good on you.
The Super Edgy Pixie
I love this hairstyle on Judi Dench because it’s edgy and cool and could suit a woman at age 15, 25, 40, 65, or 85. Plus, I love that she keeps her hair naturally gray.
There are many reasons why more and more women are choosing to embrace their natural gray hair color. If you have beautiful gray coloring and don’t want to deal with the time and cost of coloring your hair, letting your gray hair be is a great choice. Alternatively, you may simply want to embrace the natural changes that come with age.
Tabatha Coffey’s Super Stylish Pixie
I love the pixie on TV star Tabatha Coffey. The pixie is her signature look and is perfect for her role as a super-powerful figure on TV. She’s intimidating, and the pixie fits her personality beautifully.
According to stylist Anh Co Tran in Allure Magazine, the long, side-swept bangs on Coffey provide a lot of versatility when it comes to styling.
“Keeping it longer on top gives you that versatility to sweep it to the side, part it in the middle, pull it back, or create waves,” says Co Tran.
“It’s also flattering for almost everyone. You can play down a square jaw or round face.”
Best Hair Texture
Pixies can work on all hair textures — even curly! But super curly hair may grow out crazy cut super short. Before getting a pixie cut, it’s important to consult with your stylist to ensure that your hair is suitable for the style and won’t require a large amount of styling products to maintain it.
Learn more about how important hair texture is in finding the right hairstyle in Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture.
Funky Cuts Must Fit Your Personality
According to stylist Matt Fugate in an interview with the Glo website, anyone with confidence can rock a pixie cut. This style is more about attitude than face shape.
It works best on thick, coarse hair but may require a lot of styling products to maintain volume on fine hair. A skilled stylist knows how to create edgy, funky styles that follow the shape of the head rather than just the face shape when cutting a short haircut.
Jamie Lee Curtis in a Pixie
Pixie hairstyles generally look good on oval, square, and heart-shaped faces, but this particular style is especially flattering on round face shapes. It adds lift at the top of the head, creating the illusion of an elongated face.
“All those little pieces help emphasize the cheekbones and eyes; it’s almost as if you build in cheekbones with this cut,” says stylist Jimmy Paul in Allure Magazine.
A pixie haircut may not be suitable or flattering for everyone.
This pixie style suits petite women with wavy or straight hair. However, it may make a long face appear even more elongated.
Sharon Stone is sporting a short hairstyle with side-swept bangs in this photo. Bangs are a great option for older women as they can give a youthful appearance and draw attention to your best features. However, they can be high-maintenance, requiring regular trims every few weeks.
Another Version of the Pixie
The pixie, pictured here, works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair. I find the pixie doesn’t work as well on fine, straight hair because the hair can fall too close to the scalp, looking a bit flat.
If you have fine hair, you may need lots of products to add body. The pixie haircut tends to be most flattering on women with heart-shaped, square, and oval face shapes.
These face shapes have balanced proportions that are well-suited to the pixie’s sleek, angular lines.
If you have a round face and are considering a pixie haircut, it’s a good idea to keep the bangs long and style them forward or up to create the illusion of length. This can help balance out the proportions of your face and make the pixie cut more flattering.
Kris Jenner’s Short, Edgy Haircut
It takes guts (or what we call “chutzpah” here in New York) to get a super-short, edgy haircut, but as you can see on Kris Jenner, the results can be very, very cool — and even sophisticated.
Whether you’re seeking a cut that’s sexy or funky, or sweet, there are many, many cuts available to you.
Love this Cut
Pixie cuts can be very stylish and versatile, as Tilda Swinton demonstrates in this photo. You can have the top of your hair cut longer than the sides and style it slicked back or with long bangs.
Super-Short and Edgy
If you have long-ish hair and you’re considering going short, try this tip from “Confessions of a Beauty Editor” by Allure’s Linda Wells.
Take a picture of yourself in front of a dark or light background depending on your hair color (if you’re blonde, choose dark, brunette, choose light). Take a Sharpie and “cut off” your hair to see how you’d look shorter.
If you’re considering a pixie haircut, start with a longer length and gradually go shorter over time rather than making a drastic cut all at once.
This can help you avoid cutting off too much hair and potentially regretting the change. Starting longer and gradually going shorter can also give you time to get used to the shorter length and style, and allow you to make any necessary adjustments along the way.
In my article, How to Tell if You’d Look Good With Short Hair, I share tips to find your best short hairstyles.
You’ll find you may need to change your makeup when you get a pixie haircut. Your face is on display, and you attract attention with your edgy haircut, so I recommend either going with a bold lip (think bright pink or red) or a bold eye (long lashes and an amazing eyeshadow color).
Glasses are Wonderful Paired With a Pixie
Just because you’re a Woman of a Certain Age who wears glasses, you are not doomed to bifocals. Glasses hung from chains around the neck and the pastel frames you bought for $40 back in 1988.
Choosing the right eyeglasses and frames can help you appear younger, while the wrong ones or sticking with outdated styles can make you look older.
If Evelina Khromchenko, pictured here, were to wear the wrong eyeglass frames, she could appear frumpy. However, the frames she has chosen show that she is a fashionable, sophisticated woman.
The oversized, cat-eye frames suit her well. To pull off this look, it’s best to keep jewelry and other accessories to a minimum.
You Gotta Get Bangs
In her book “How Not to Look Old,” which came out a few years ago but is still super relevant and super cheap online, author Charla Krupp tells women they gotta get bangs.
“Once you reach a certain age, you look better with bangs,” she writes. “Almost everyone does.”
She’s right. I’m a big fan of the bang, even though I’m growing mine out now, because they can also take years off your face by hiding a wrinkled forehead, bringing attention to your eyes or your lips instead of your fine lines, and by making an otherwise boring haircut look fresh.
Florence Henderson’s Lovely Pixie
Good news: most people can rock a short hairstyle, like the pixie on actress Florence Henderson. However, it’s important to keep in mind that certain styles work better with specific face shapes and hair textures.
For example, a haircut should help create the illusion of an oval face shape. If you have a round face, you’ll want a cut that elongates it, while someone with a square face may want a style that softens their jawline, and someone with a long face may want a cut that makes their face appear wider.
I love this look on Florence Henderson because it’s not dowdy, flatters her face shape, and brings attention to her beautiful eyes (which look to me to be done, but I don’t judge).
Overall, pixie haircuts can be a great option for older women who want a modern, chic, and low-maintenance hairstyle.
Whether you’re looking for a timeless classic or something more edgy and contemporary, plenty of pixie haircuts will suit your age, face shape, and personal style.
While it’s important to consult with a stylist and consider factors such as your hair type and face shape before making a cut, don’t be afraid to embrace your age and try out a new, short haircut.
A pixie can be a great way to refresh your look and feel confident and stylish at any age.