So you hit 50. Are you freaking out? You shouldn't be. You are now officially in your prime! I've never understood why we get so freaked out over turning the big 5-0. It's nothing to be scared of, and I see it as a sign of accomplishment!
But one thing I can agree with is that once you get older, you can start to get bored with your appearance. There's nothing wrong with the way you look, but you just want to spice things up! It's not worth getting an entirely new wardrobe, because who has the money? But what you can do is get a new haircut and totally rock it!
I know a lot of people worry about haircuts because if you get the wrong one, it can feel like the end of the world. That's why you should totally go with one of these awesome cuts to make sure you're looking chic right off the bat!
1. The Long Bob
The best part about a long bob is...well, everything. With little to no upkeep, you can look professional, yet fun, without a ton of effort. It frames your face beautifully, too! A lot of celebrities have been rocking the long bob recently, because it can go from the red carpet to chilling on the couch in basically no time.
2. Gray Pixie Cut
I know you think you can't pull this off, but you absolutely can. Embrace the gray, embrace the short length, and embrace all the extra time you'll have since you no longer have to deal with your hair.
"It's a great look for people who don't have a lot of time in the morning to do much with their hair," says hairdresser Venina Senn. "It works for people with very fine hair, but also thicker hair."
3. Waves With Highlights
As we age, our hair tends to get lighter. Often times, women feels as though this totally washes them out, but that doesn't have to be the case! Longer waves with some subtle highlights can give you that sun-kissed look without having to actually be kissed by the sun. Long waves say "I'm here, I'm confident, and I'm naturally beautiful." Which, frankly, we all are.
Depending on your hair type, a shag cut can be the perfect way to keep some character in your style. Lots of choppy layers means you can still keep your length, but not have to worry about constantly styling it. The more "casual" look to this style is effortless, and can be dressed up or down depending on where you're going.
"All lifestyles would be perfect for this look as long as the person is less detailed and more into the lived-in, undone, messy hair look," says hairstylist Jenna Erin Murray.
5. Classic Bob
Bobs are seen as classic, sophisticated, professional, and low maintenance. They really accentuate your jawline and neckline, so if you're not a fan of those areas of your face, maybe go for something a little bit longer.
6. Straight Bangs
These are a guaranteed way to add youth to your face. I know a lot of people think that bangs are for younger kids, but they are WRONG. Bangs add character and mystery to your face, and are an elegant way to style your hair without having to do too much work.
7. Side Bangs
Bangs in general are a great way to hide a hairline that starts farther back than you might like, but especially side bangs. Because of their swooped style, they don't cut your face harshly, and they draw attention to your eyes rather than your hair.
8. A-Line With Highlights
A traditional cut just got a little more stylish with blonde highlights! This shorter cut will allow you to play with different shades and colors over time, but it will require a little more upkeep. Think of it as in between the bob and the pixie cut.
"It's a great choice for moms who don't necessarily have a lot of time to do their hair, but still need a look to make them look feminine," stylist Chelsea Pritchard says. "It's also for the women who just want something fun and different!
9. Tight Curls
Curls are in right now, and if done properly, they don't require much upkeep. If you're like me, you've got natural curls, so you'll just have to find a product that lets them fall naturally. However, if you don't have naturally curly hair, look into a loose perm or if you have the time, a curling iron technique that will last all day!
10. Side-Swept Curly Bob
Adding volume with curls is a great way to frame a more rounded face. The shorter style is easier to maintain, an the curls give you sophistication and youth!
"All face shapes would be flattered by this curly classic," Irene Bredthauer says. "Any hair thickness would work for this style and straight to slightly naturally curly hair would work as well."
Don't shy away from going bold with your hair...you've earned it! Adding pink highlights or a blue streak can make all the difference, both in how you look and how you feel.
"I would describe this look as fun and spunky, something that says age is just a number and that every woman has their own kind of sass," hair artist Amanda Culp says.
12. Embrace The Gray
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the saying, right? If you find yourself going gray a little faster than you'd like, then why not just dye it all? That way, you can pick the shade of gray and not be held hostage by your lack of melanin.
13. Pixie Undercut
The big thing right now is getting the under part of your hair shaved, called an undercut. It means you have less hair to worry about styling, and it's also a pretty edgy look. If you're looking for a way to keep up with the current trends, this is it.
14. Platinum Blonde Waves
It's true. Blondes really do have more fun. Just ask Dolly Parton.