15 Hairstyles for Black Women Over 50

Towards the age of 50, women start noticing some inevitable changes to the hair, graying being the most pronounced one. While it is up to you whether to embrace your white hair, the images below will prove that gray locks can be extremely flattering for dark skin tones.

When it comes to hair length, there is variety of choices. Indeed, TWA hairstyles look very appealing on Black women with gray hair, and it’s also a good way to transition to gray locks.

A sassy pixie for natural hair is another popular hairstyle for Black women over 50 that ensures a professional look and low-maintenance routine.

However, if you want more styling freedom, maintaining middle-length or long hairstyles would be a better option. I am a Black woman with long silver hair, and below are the pictures of hairstyles that I’ve created myself – from carefree ponytails to elegant wedding or holiday-ready looks – women with medium to long tresses can easily copy.

1. Sleek Ponytail

A nice sleek, simple ponytail is always a good idea. After blow drying, just pull your hair back using an ouchless band. The natural volume makes black ponytails extremely alluring at any age.

2. Soft Waves with a Snap Pin

To get this style, shampoo and condition your hair. Then, plait it and let it air dry to get soft flowy waves. Use a big pin to create a beautiful neat look.

3. High Bun

A top bun is easy and classic, and it’s really simple to do. Pull your hair to the top of your head, twist it, then pin it down with hairpins. Add a few spritzes of hairspray to help with the flyaway.

4. Elegant Updo for Black Women over 50

This style was created by parting hair in two parts. The top part is pulled back and pinned with barrettes, then blended with the bottom part, twisted and pinned into a loose bun.

5. Big Long Braids

Who told you long hair is not for older women? These beautiful, long and thick braids create such a statement-making, carefree look! Better add hair extensions to your hair to add extra length and thickness.

6. French Braid into a Bun

This style is an elegant twist using a simple braid. Start by doing a loose French braid at one side, combine it with the back of your hair and create a simple messy low bun. Style front layers for an extra zing.

7. Pinned Up Straight Hair with Curled Ends

This style is bone straight and flip curled at the end using a flat iron. The front quarter of hair is pulled up from the sides and pinned to maintain a well-kept, mature hairstyle.

8. Loose Braids into Puffy Ponytail

To create this style, double French braid the front lightly, securing braids at the back with hairpins. Then tease your hair for added volume. Add a decorative hair clip and pins to upgrade the style.

9. Holiday Hairstyle for Long Hair

This ponytail was created for a special holiday look. Instead of a simple one band ponytail, add an extra one or two and tease your hair. Braid hair above the ponytail for an ultimate glam moment.

10. Braided Bun

This is a simple braided ponytail, spiraled into a low bun. An excellent choice when you want to show off your salt and pepper hair.

11. Heatless Curls into a Side Ponytail

Create this style by plaiting your tresses in about 6-8 plaits, braiding them together in the back, then pinning them up for the night. Pull hair up into a side ponytail.

12. Bun with Pearl Clips

A beautiful low messy bun finished off with two pearl clips looks very chic. The accessory is perfect for women over 50 who want to wear some showy yet mature hairstyles for long hair.

13. Sleeked Straight

Achieve this style by blow drying and then flat ironing for a straight sleek look. Naturals love playing with textures and switching styles from time to time.

14. Luscious Curls

Get this look by blow drying, flat ironing, and then curling hair using silk wrap sponge rollers for alluring overnight curls. Curling hair without heat will protect gentle natural hair from damage.

15. Pulled Back Front Pieces

Create this look by twisting hair to form big waves. Then pull back the front and pin it with clips for a cute and clean hairstyle perfect for Black women over 50.

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