Classic bobs, pixie cuts and shags are some examples of hair appropriate for women in their 50s. A layered bob or spiky pixie is a modern update for the styles.
As of 2015, classic bobs such as Jodie Foster's are considered stylish for women in their 50s. The style is appropriate for fine or medium-thickness hair, but it's not recommended for thick or curly hair; for women with thick or curly hair, the layered bob works better. The layers remove bulk and add movement to the style. Face-framing bangs and waves, such as those worn by Diane Keaton, flatter women's features. Women with medium hair can try a stacked bob with bangs in the front to draw attention to the eyes and cheekbones.
A pixie cut is easy to style and maintain. To keep the look flattering, Latest-Hairstyles.com recommends wearing long, side-swept bangs. According to Allure Magazine, a modern update for a pixie follows Angela Bassett's lead. Bassett wears short bangs on her pixie but spikes the crown to draw attention to her facial features.
The shag is flattering and appropriate for women in their 50s. The shag looks good with choppy layers all over the cut. A few face-framing layers should be even shorter in the front. When women style the shag with up-flips at the ends, it draws the face up. If the layers are left a little longer, they can be curled all over for a fancy effect.