The best hairstyles for ladies age 50 and older are layered, especially around the face, and give the illusion of bounciness and fullness. This applies to long and short hairstyles.
Longer-layered styles on ladies with full hair can be styled with a curling iron if straight, or finger-teased if full-bodied. Thin hair also works in a long style, but looks best with light layering to let it float a bit more. Short, blunt cuts look best with light layering around the face for the illusion of extra softness, and can be styled with a round brush at the crown for extra fullness. Short-layered shags also offer lift and bounce, and can be blow dried or styled with a curling iron to get the maximum shape from the style.