How to Style Short Hair Over 50 For Youthful Volume & Lift

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30 Minutes

Short hair looks super sophisticated, youthful, flirty, and confident! I’ve had this bob haircut for a while but I’ve been styling it differently and I love the results! Let me show you how to style short hair over 50 so it looks beautiful. You will get so many compliments!

I’m going to show you the entire process from freshly washing my hair in the shower to the finished result.

Tools and materials:

  • Hydrating shampoo
  • For lightened hair: purple or anti-brassiness shampoo
  • Hydrating conditioner masque
  • Leave-in spray hair conditioner 
  • Styling gel
  • Blow dryer styling brush
  • Duckbill hair clips
  • Hair spray
  • Plastic hair pick
Using hydrating shampoo for lightened hair

1. Use a hydrating shampoo

In the shower, I use a hydrating shampoo. Follow the directions on the bottle. If your hair is not lightened, skip this step. I have lightened hair so I use a shampoo that helps tone down the brassiness and keeps the color on the cooler side.

After washing with the hydrating shampoo, I use the shampoo made specifically to keep blonde hair from warming up and keep it on for about 3-4 minutes. 

Once I’ve rinsed the shampoo out, I apply a hydrating conditioner and leave it for a few minutes and then rinse.

Spraying leave-in conditioner

2. Apply leave-in conditioner

After gently towel drying my hair, I spray a leave-in conditioner all over my hair. 

Applying gel to hair

3. Apply gel

Next, I apply a dime-sized or half teaspoon squirt of styling gel into my palm. I rub my palms together, then move my palms through my hair, working the gel and leave-in conditioner at the same time.

Blow dryer styling brush

4. Blowdrying brush

I use a blow dryer styling brush with an oval head. This works great for short hair as I can easily wrap my short hair around the brush.

Some of these styling dryers have tufted bristles with boar technology that detangle hair. Make sure the one you use has high and low functions.

Blow drying hair with a brush

I start on the high setting and move the dryer brush around to dry my hair. This saves me time and works really well. When it’s mostly dry - like it feels dry to the touch, but there is still some dampness in the shaft of the hair - it’s time to add volume and lift.

Volumizing hair with a blow dryer brush

5. Volumize and style

You know the saying “the higher the hair, the closer to God?” Well, I love hair with volume and lift. The way to get this look with short hair is to use the low function on the styling brush.

I separate the hair into 3 sections using 2 duckbill clips. I leave the entire bottom layer for drying and clip up the 2nd tier and the very front of the hair.

I curl the hair under, starting with the drying brush set on the low function on the roots. 

Creating volume with a blow dryer brush

I do several passes until I get the look I want.

Sectioning and blow drying hair

I work my way across the lower layer and once that’s done, I remove 1 clip and do the second tier following the same technique. I just have the front clipped up.

Once that’s finished, I do the same movements around the remaining hair.

How to blow dry bangs with the brush

When I reach the very front of my hair, I rotate the brush in the opposite direction and have the curl going upward. 

Sweeping bangs

This gives a gorgeous sweeping look to the front.

Then, I let my hair dry and settle while I apply makeup.

Plastic pick for hair

6. Teasing hair

I use a plastic pick to style my hair.  

Backcombing and teasing hair

To add more lift, I backcomb or tease my hair. 

How to backcomb hair at the back

I start at the crown and backcomb underneath the hair, just at the root. 

Applying hairspray at to hair

7. Hair spray

Once it is lifted, I spray hair spray only on the backcombed area. 

How to create volume on short hair

I then backcomb both sides and also spray underneath only on the backcomb. You can see how I created lift at the top and the sides so it looks like I have much fuller hair.

I let the hairspray dry for a few seconds. 

Gently laying down the hair

Once it’s dry, I use my pick to gently lay down the hair without disturbing the backcomb because I want that volume!

Checking the back of hair

I check the back as well. Once it’s all smooth, I spray my entire hair to keep it in place.

How to style short hair over 50

How to style short hair over 50 tutorial

If you’re a woman over 50 with short hair, I hope you try this technique for a flattering style with volume and lift for a beautiful result. Please let me know what you think and if you tried any of these tips! I love hearing from you!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Hydrating shampoo
  • For lightened hair: purple or anti-brassiness shampoo
  • Hydrating conditioner masque
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  • Lyn Thorpe Lyn Thorpe on Nov 08, 2022

    Hi Kimberly just discovered your video all your tips were very helpful thankyou so much 😊❤️

  • Pianogirl Pianogirl on Nov 10, 2022

    Lovely! Well done! And I'm off to buy some of your favorite products!!!!!