How to Do a Cute & Curly Short Hairstyle for Women Over 50

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Want some inspiration on short hairstyles for women over 50? I have the perfect hairstyle for you! This is one of my favorite layered, youthful hairstyles. It creates lovely waves that give me great volume and style.

Want to see it for yourself? Keep reading to get the complete step-by-step guide and the big reveal!

Tools and materials:

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Smoothing serum
  • Volumizing root lifter
  • Argan oil
  • Curling iron (or straight iron)
  • Root lifter
  • Hairspray
  • Pick
Prepping hair ready to style

1. Wash and prep

As you can see, I have fairly fine hair, but it does have some body to it. So, before styling, I like to prep my hair to give it that extra shiny, silky, and smooth boost.

So, start by washing your hair. Then, add the following products;

  • Smoothing serum - smoothes your hair and gives a silky finish.
  • Volumizing root lifter - lift your hair and spray this around the front of your face and the crown of your head.
  • Argan oil - add a tiny bit for moisture (especially good if you have dry hair).
Sectioning hair with clips

2. Section your hair

Brush your hair with a wide-tooth comb, then start sectioning off your hair, starting from the bottom and working your way up. 

Curling hair with a flat iron

3. Curl sections of hair

Take a section of hair, and press your curling iron about ½ an inch from your roots. 

Hair to curl your hair with a flat iron

Then, turn it towards the back while simultaneously gliding the curling iron downward.

Curly hairstyles for women over 50

Can you see that beautiful curl? I am amazed how a flat iron can also double-up as a curling iron! Once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy. 

Easy hairstyles for over 50

Now, move on to the next section of hair and repeat the process. 

Tip: The slower you glide it through, the tighter the curl will be. 

Twisting the curls to the back

When you get to the other side, ensure that you twist the iron to the other side. Meaning, your wrist should always turn towards the back, and so should your curls. 

Curling sections of hair with a flat iron

Once you’re done with the bottom section, go ahead and do the rest of the sections, repeating the same process as shown above. 

Creating layered, youthful hairstyles over 50

I suggest making the curls on the top section a little tighter as this is more visible and will really give that extra “oomph.” 

Start your curl a little further down when you get to the front parts of your hair. 

Curled hair over 50

Here are all the lovely curls! 

Layered bob hairstyles for over 50

4. Separate the curls

Now that your hair is curled and cooled down a little, it’s time to separate them. The best way is to use a wide-tooth pick. Slowly run it through your hair so that it separates the curls evenly. 

Backcombing the top third of hair for volume

5. Volumize

Using the pick, lift a ⅓ of your hair and backcomb it for added volume. 

Spraying hairspray at the roots

Spray hairspray all along the roots so the newly added volume holds. Also, spray some root lifter to enhance the volume. Allow your hair a few minutes to dry before moving to the next step.

How to do curly hairstyles for women over 50

6. Style your curls

Take your pick and start styling your curls. You can use your fingers to style and place the curls exactly how you want them to be. 

Once you’re done, spray a dash of hairspray all over your hair to hold those beautiful curls in place! 

Hairstyles for women over 50

Curly bob hairstyle for the older woman

Hairstyles for women over 50

The magical thing about this hairstyle is that it comes out differently every time! There’s also plenty of room to play around with your curls and style them the way you want, whether it be tighter or looser.

My hair looks natural, youthful, and carefree. What do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. 

Products used and mentioned:

Suggested materials:
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Smoothing serum
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Join the conversation
  • Denise Denise on Jan 02, 2022

    OMG, what an awesome tutorial on hair! I love this!! I’m gonna have to try it soon! Thank you so much!!

  • Marie Ryan Marie Ryan on Dec 24, 2023

    How is this considered SHORT hair? It comes to her shoulders!