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8 Women Over 50 With Cool-Girl Bangs

April 18, 2022

5 Min read

Bangs or no bangs over 50? This is a popular search query among those looking for a low risk, high reward hair switchup. The answer to the question is a resounding yes! Bangs are fun and youthful, sure, but they’re also sophisticated and look good on everyone, whether your hair is curly, straight, short, long, or in between. 

The important thing is to find a style of bangs that works for you and your lifestyle. Curtain bangs, for example, may require a bit more styling than side-swept bangs or classic blunt bangs. So if you only like to spend five or 10 minutes on your hair, you’ll want to opt for a low maintenance style of bangs. 

To help you settle the question of “bangs or no bangs over 50”—and to steer you toward the perfect bangs for you—here are our favorite styles of bangs, worn by eight cool girls over 50.

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Short hairstyles with bangs

bangs or no bangs over 50
@sophisticatedbox

The bonus of bangs on short hair is that the grow out process is super seamless if you decide you don’t want bangs anymore. Side-swept bangs, as seen on style bloggers Sophie Van de Vyver (above) and Marie J (below), are a go-to style for short hair, especially because they don’t need much styling. Just give them a quick blow-dry to push them to the side, or use a combo of a blow-dryer and a roller brush for extra shape and bounciness. 

As side-swept bangs grow out, you can also style them into curtain bangs by parting them down the middle, softly curling them away from the face, and brushing the curls out. Or, you can grow them out on the sides and cut shorter, wispier bangs in the center for the uber-trendy bottleneck bangs look. Side-swept bangs may be the most versatile bangs out there—so they’re the ultimate style for those on the fence about “bangs or no bangs over 50.”

short hair with bangs
@giftofstyle50s

Another easy-to-style bang for short hair are blunt bangs. Whether you have a pixie, like model Patricia Haué, or a bob, blunt bangs are an instantly chic hairstyle that you can air-dry and go—no curling iron or blow-dryer required. Also, blunt bangs are a total power look. Going for this hairstyle is a clear statement of your personal style.

Medium hairstyles with bangs

medium hair with bangs
@over50and_fearless

Wispy bangs are very in right now, and they’re an excellent style for medium-length hair, especially for those with fine or thin hair. Wispy bangs start a little lower on the forehead, pulling less hair and volume from your crown. We love how actress Rosie de Candia’s wispy bangs have a little extra length on the sides to frame the face and add shape. If you have thinner hair that’s prone to oil, use a little dry shampoo to keep your wispy bangs textured and fluffy. 

curly bangs
@oshunsweetnsour

Curly bangs for the win! Omisade Burney-Scott, creator of The Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause, shows how effortlessly cool curly bangs can look. You can go any way you want with your curly bangs—a classic chop like Burney-Scott, baby bangs, or an uneven shaggy bang. Curly bangs are best styled by simply curling them between your fingers. Also: Make sure to keep your curly fringe super hydrated with a curl cream that helps extend the life of your curls between washes.  

grey hair with bangs
@silke_styles

In between side-swept bangs and blunt bangs are feathered bangs, which wardrobe stylist Silke Styles showcases to perfection. Feathered bangs are longer, piecier bangs that can be worn straight or slightly brushed to the side. They have the same uneven texture as wispy bangs, but with more heft and volume. We love how Silke has blended her feathered bangs into her side-parted hairstyle.

Long hairstyles with bangs

long hair with bangs
@silversparklesonme

Don’t shy away from bowl-cut bangs because of the name. This is a highly sophisticated style that legendary hair stylist Vidal Sassoon made famous and timeless. The signature of bowl-cut bangs is their slightly rounded edges and curved style, which differentiates them from choppier blunt bangs. This variety of bangs will require a bit of styling with a blow-dryer and a roller brush to get the Sassoon effect, but you can also air-dry them for a classic, pin straight bang look. 

long hair with blunt bangs
@linda.lovelock.98

There’s a lot of room for personal style and preference between full curtain bangs and blended middle-parted bangs. Silver hair influencer Kristel skates the line between the two hairstyles with her middle-parted, long side fringe. This style of bangs is great for versatility: You can blend them into parted hair, use them as face-framing pieces in updos, or curl and softly brush them for a swoopy curtain bang effect.  

@agelessstylista_main

The hallmark of a good Birkin bang, made popular by ‘70s stylesetter Jane Birkin, is that they just graze the eyebrows and have a little extra face-framing length at the temples. Whether you choose extra volume, like “Ageless Stylista” above, or wispier Birkin bangs is up to you.

Haircare for women over 50

Just as our approach to skin care changes as we advance through life, so, too, should our approach to haircare. Women over 50 have very specific hair care and hair growth needs. Menopause plays a big role in how our hair changes after 50, but it’s also combined with other issues like stress, lifestyle, and environment, and you need a regimen that’s customized to your specific hair type, needs, and goals, whether you want to boost fullness, texture, shine, or all of the above. 

Starting with proven hair growth stimulators millet and coriander oil, Prose Root Source™ is a customized supplement for hair nutrition and hair growth. Ingredients like horsetail extract help thicken hair, while antioxidant-fueled grape seed extract deeply moisturizes hair to keep it soft and silky as you age. 

Taking your two Root Source™ capsules a day is a science-backed step you can take for your hair’s future: In clinical testing and in-house studies, 91% saw reduced hair loss* and 93% saw improved hair growth**. From fifty and beyond, Root Source is how you keep those cool-girl bangs thick and shiny!

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*Double blind clinical study vs. placebo related to our proprietary blend performed on 60 subjects during 12 weeks. 

**Results of a 3-month in-house study of Prose 2-step hair growth program performed on 69 subjects. Results may vary.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

April Walloga is a beauty and lifestyle editor who’s written extensively on hair health and the root causes of hair loss. She is the former and founding editor in chief of Revelist.com and has been a lead editor at publications like Business Insider, Gotham magazine, and xoVain.com. In her spare time you can find her perusing what’s new at Sephora or enjoying Riverside Park with no less than her third cup of coffee that day.

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