Mature women know what works for them, and their hairstyles should reflect their personalities. For active women, shorter, spikier hairstyles lend a certain sex appeal; if you’re more conservative, shoulder-length cuts with bangs are just the thing, depending on the face shape.

You don’t have to don stiff, matronly updos once you hit 50. A half-updo with sassy tresses at the nape of the neck is age-appropriate, more current and is so soft and feminine.

Shorter hairstyles for mature women have face lifting effects, drawing the eye up and are very feminine. Razor cut ends make wrinkles appear less visible, also positioning them towards the jawline, will instantaneously lift up features and create the illusion of a longer neck. Opt for shorter top layers to give height and volume to the crown and give more body to thin hair. Deep side partings – see Diane Sawyer’s – put any face shape into favorable light.

To style it, blow-dry hair at the roots first, then run through fingers to give the ‘do more body. When hair’s almost dry, use a paddle brush to tidy ends and curve at the sides to hug the face. Mist with soft hold hairspray to finish the look.

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