Allure recommends short hairstyles for women over 50 that include pixie cuts, bobs and layered styles. Spikes, soft ends and piecey layers, which look somewhat chunky, are keys to keeping hairstyles fresh.
One attractive short hairstyle is the spiky pixie worn by Judi Dench and Angela Bassett. The haircut is a graduated layer cut that exposes the ears but features soft sideburns. What updates this style is the shortness of the top. It should not be so short that it spikes automatically; at around 3 inches long, it can be tousled with hair product. The hair stylist should add texture or thin out the top for thick hair.
A bob can get updated with an A-line cut, making it shorter in the back with razored ends. Using a razor creates a softer line that is more flattering to the face. The style can be worn without bangs or with a side-swept fringe.
Piecey layers are integral for updating otherwise stodgy hairstyles. For instance, Madonna wears a longer bob that appears youthful because of the layering near her face. Another option is the opposite of the spiky pixie. The back and sides get cut short with sharp lines. The top is left long, which can be swept forward or tousled. This look gets styled with hair wax to emphasize the piecey nature of the layers.