Knowing how to adapt your hairstyle so that it matures with you into your fifties and beyond can be tricky. We say go for whatever look makes you happy, but if you're in need of some inspiration, we're here to help.

Short and sleek

Short hair is low maintenance, easy to style and always on trend. Plus if you've never had your hair short before, going for the chop could rejuvenate your whole look and give you a confidence boost. 

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This classic cropped do is easy to maintain and style, and will cut serious time off your morning routine. Just blow-dry, tong and go.

This less dramatic side fringe will suit almost any face shape. Ask your hairdresser for advice on tailoring this look to your features. 

 

 

How celebrities wear it:

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Michelle Obama dazzles with a chic short cut. The sweeping side fringe adds drama to the look, making it perfect for a more formal occasion. 

 

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Jodie Foster sported this chic bob at the Golden Globes. The simple centre parting makes it unfussy and effortlessly cool. It's a practical style that would be especially winning for women who are always on the go. 

Want more short hair inspiration? Here are five chic updo tutorials

 

 

Midlength

Falling somewhere between the collar bone and jaw line, this hair length is having a bit of a moment. It's a versatile cut, as it can be worn 'undone' and messy for rock chic cool points, or sleek and polished for a more put-together look.

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We love these blue ends, which make sure this look has some serious personality. The secret is to find a cut that suits you, and then adapt it to match your personal taste. 

 

 

How celebrities wear it:

Michelle Pfeiffer
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Michelle Pfeiffer rocking a curly midlength style. 

 

Angela Bassett
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Angela Bassett keeping lines clean and chic at the Golden Globes. 

 

 

Long and luscious

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Loose plaits make this long hairstyle more practical. This model certainly puts the tired idea that older women shouldn't have long hair to bed. 

Here are seven creative ways to plait your long hair

 

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Natural grey roots combined with brunette ends give this look a polished ombre effect. 

 

 

How celebrities wear it:

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Madonna keeps things youthful at the Met Ball with long blonde hair and grungy dark roots. 

 

Dianan Ross
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Diana Ross continues to look every inch the glamour puss way into her seventies, thanks to her luscious long black hair. 

 

Looking for more inspiration?

Five ways to style grey hair 

How to dye your hair without damaging it

Seven perfect ponytails

Five creative braiding styles

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