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50 Youthful Gray Hairstyles for Over 50

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The only factor preventing you from getting whatever hairstyle you want is yourself, frankly. If you don’t think it’s weird for you to get a Mohawk, you can rock a Mohawk beautifully, and all you’ll get are compliments.

However, a Mohawk isn’t the only ‘youthful’ hairstyle that can look amazing on gray hair, there are several. Matter of fact, there are so many others that we can compile our favorite youthful gray hairstyles for over 50 ladies.

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50 Youthful Gray Hairstyles for Over 50

If you’re ready to go gray, here are youthful gray hairstyles for over 50 to consider.

youthful gray hairstyles for over 50

And just before we proceed, It’s fairly common that hair that has turned gray tends to be prone to dryness and coarse. In this regard, here are some inexpensive products you need to keep your gray hair soft and healthy

6 Inexpensive Must-Have Products Your Gray Needs

  1. Softening Shampoo and Conditioner
  2. Color Wow Shampoo – Specifically made for colored hair
  3. Gray Defining Mixed Leave-In Conditioner
  4. Grab n Go Silver Hair Ties
  5. Pure Argan Oil
  6. Gray Hair Perfector

Without further ado, Let me show your that hairstyle ideas curated just for you.

1. Gray Layered Bob Haircut

Gray Layered Bob Haircut

Let’s start from the basics: a simply layered bob haircut is nothing too special; it’s as common among young ladies as it is among seniors, and for one compelling reason: it’s freaking adorable.

2. Mixed-toned Gray Medium Length Hairdo

Mixed-toned Gray Medium Length Hairdo

Now, mixing colors is primarily a youthful thing, but this one’s a lot subtler than you’ll usually find. The way she made different colors work together beautifully here is something I’d like to replicate when I turn 50.

3. Half Up Half Down Gray Hair

Half Up Half Down Gray Hair

You don’t randomly see seniors wearing half-up half-downs unless they’re revolutionaries with a kick for unconventional styles like you. And frankly, who would’ve thought the style would look this good in gray?

4. Neck-Length Gray Curly Haircut 

Neck-Length Gray Curly Haircut

How about this gorgeous curly style with blonde highlights towards the ends? While it looks like something a grandma would get, it’s so adorable that I wouldn’t mind it either, even in gray.

5. Gray Ponytail with Bangs 

Gray Ponytail with Bangs

Getting a ponytail with those gigantic bangs is the absolute definition of gorgeous, and I’d argue, youthful. If going gray today meant my hairstyle would always look like this, I’d say bring it on.

6. Short Gray Curled Hair 

Short Gray Curled Hair

This isn’t the most youthful entry on this list, but I can see my young self getting this. The well-defined curls are a beauty, and observing the style from the front makes it look like she’s preparing for her wedding.

7. Full Gray Weave for Thin Hair 

Full Gray Weave for Thin Hair

A full weave sounds like something a 28-year-old would use to hide their hair’s fineness, but it’s not only for the youth. If this model can look this good a full gray weave, we should start debating its youthfulness.

8. Voluminous Gray Hair for Thin Hair 

Voluminous Gray Hair for Thin Hair

Volume is something most seniors struggle with, but it seems like this model can’t relate. If you’re anything like her, simply wearing your hair naturally makes you look younger, making it an adorable youthful style.

9. Simple and Scanty Gray Hairdo for Thinner Hair 

Simple and Scanty Gray Hairdo for Thinner Hair

Volume is cool, but not necessary for an adorable hairstyle. Like the preceding idea, this hairstyle has no bells and whistles, and yet it looks uniquely charming in its own way.

10. Short Mohawk Gray Hair 

Short Mohawk Gray Hair

What screams ‘youthful’ more than this spiky gray endearing Mohawk? I’m nowhere near 50 yet, but I can confirm that the style I currently wear is not nearly as youthful or charming.

11. Center-Parted Medium Length Gray Hair with Curls 

Center-Parted Medium Length Gray Hair with Curls

Curls are a smart way to look both adorable and youthful in gray hair, but you can even turn up their allure by adding a center parting. Throw in her wide smile and the cute sunglasses, and you just might find yourself on this list.

12. Barbie Gray Half Up Half Down 

Barbie Gray Half Up Half Down

We’ve seen the promise of a half-up half-down hairstyle earlier, but this easily takes that to the next level. Apart from the length that makes it more youthful, the adorable color blend is another reason you may want to consider this style.

13. Side-Parted Gray Haircut 

Side-Parted Gray Haircut

Side-parted hairstyles are crazy popular among the youth now, so it’d be a mistake to not include one in this list. Even with the relatively mature gray, the style still manages to exude plenty of youthful allure.

14. Super Long Thick Gray Haircut 

Super Long Thick Gray Haircut

We’ve seen this before: when your hair is long and thick, you naturally look younger wearing it. If you want some cherries on top, make it wavy and put on a nice smile for the camera.

15. Cute Messy Blow-out Gray Haircut 

Cute Messy Blow-out Gray Haircut

A messy blowout isn’t the most common thing you see on older ladies, but it’s adorable. This makes you wonder: Why aren’t more seniors getting these charming styles?

16. Gray Hair with Layers and Bangs 

Gray Hair with Layers and Bangs

If you’re a layers and bangs kind of person, why should that change when you go gray? Even if you’ve been considering that change, this amazing layered gray haircut with curtain bangs should discourage you.

17. Gray Wolf Cut with Curtain Bangs 

Gray Wolf Cut with Curtain Bangs

Wolf cuts are also relatively youthful, which is why you need to get the style one of these days. Make sure to add some enticing curtain bangs to make the hairstyle pop.

18. Very Short Gray Pixie Haircut

Very Short Gray Pixie Haircut

If you’re the pixie type, we also have an alluring gray hairstyle idea we think you’ll love. Somehow, it looks so perfect that I’m considering cutting my hair and dying it gray to get it.

19. Gray Layered Pixie Haircut

Gray Layered Pixie Haircut

If you prefer to grow your pixies out a bit, this idea should work better for you. With the extra length, however, it would be a shame not to get layers, as that’s the secret to this hairstyle’s beauty.

20. Long Gray Hair with Curls

Long Gray Hair with Curls

Back from pixies, this long curly hairstyle makes you want to go gray today. However, you should note that growing out your hair this long takes time, but one thing that takes no time is the amazing center parting; what a beauty.

21. Long Gray Bob Haircut 

Long Gray Bob Haircut

Lobs are the young lady’s version of bobs, but our 50-year-old here is rocking it beautifully, and I’m jealous. With that adorable center parting, you can only expect the style to look this good.

22. Medium-Length Gray Haircut with Blow-Out Curls

Medium-Length Gray Haircut with Blow-Out Curls

Parting and layers normally characterize youthful hairstyles, but here they are, making our 50-year-old model feel 20 again. With this prettiness, I’d gladly get a replica, even if it means I’m going gray instantly.

23. Short Bleached Curly Permed Hair

Gray Shaggy Bob

Most ladies over 50 have neither this length nor this volume, but if you’re blessed enough to have both, cropping it at medium length and wearing it naturally makes you look like you’re going on the cover of Vogue.

24. Chic Fluffy Gray Hair

Chic Fluffy Gray Hair

The fluffiness on this model’s hair gives away her age, but you still have to respect the length and volume, at her age. Coupled with that brilliant smile, you simply don’t get many gray hairstyles this good.

25. Short Gray Hair with Highlights 

Short Gray Hair with Highlights

If you don’t have the length from the preceding style, you can make your masterpiece from your short hair with highlights. Her budding gray hair seems to create highlights that naturally adorn her black hair, making it significantly prettier.

26. Messy Gray Hair with Dream Waves 

Messy Gray Hair with Dream Waves

Sometimes, the best way to be ‘youthful’ is to be messy, and you just have to live with that. If you’re getting this bob-like wavy style, there’s no escaping a bit of shagginess, if you want to look youthful, that is.

27. Cute Gray and Black Haircut 

Cute Gray and Black Haircut

The situation here is simple: She’s transitioning to gray, and her gray hair forms an alluring highlight over her younger black locs. It doesn’t happen with everyone, but it can for you if you’re lucky.

28. Gray French Bob with Fringe 

Gray French Bob with Fringe

You’ve most likely gotten a French bob with a full fringe in your younger years; maybe you’re remembering it now. The point is: you can get it again, this time on your gray hair, and surely, it’d look amazing.

29. Gray Pixie Barbie Haircut 

Gray Pixie Barbie Haircut

The original Barbie was supposed to be 19, but her hairstyle is timeless. If you’re already 50, getting a gray pixie Barbie is a no-brainer; and yes, there are gray-haired Barbie dolls!

30. Classic Gray Hair with Layers 

Classic Gray Hair with Layers

You don’t have to be a Barbie for your hairstyle to look good; simple classic layered gray hair can work even more wonders than a fictional style. Just ensure you’re putting on a bright smile for the camera.

31. Short Gray Permed Hair 

Short Gray Permed Hair

Perming may not be common among seniors, but it surely doesn’t mean it’s not good for them. I’m not sure it’d look this good on every 50-year-old, but even nearly as good will do.

32. Gray Shoulder-Length Natural Haircut 

Gray Shoulder-Length Natural Haircut

Sometimes, the most youthful way to wear your hair is just leaving it to flow. Not caring much is a young people thing, and if you’re anything like this model, that might just work for you.

33. Chic Layered Gray Hair with Highlights 

Chic Layered Gray Hair with Highlights

I’m not sure how she managed to pull this off, but it seems like nature is her personal hairdresser. All she had to do here was let it flow, and flow, it did.

34. Short Gray Bob with Bangs 

Short Gray Bob with Bangs

Short bobs with a full fringe is a classic that never wants to go away, and it shouldn’t. Why would anyone want something this adorable to simply disappear; I mean, see how charming it looks in gray.

35. Classic Brushed Back Gray Hair 

Classic Brushed Back Gray Hair

The brushed-back style is a classic for ladies of all age groups, but here’s proof that it works for ladies over 50 with gray hair. It’s not the most youthful style on this list, but who cares when it looks this beautiful?

36. Gray Curly Hair for Thin Hair 

Gray Curly Hair for Thin Hair

Thinning is natural as you age, but you can’t afford to put it on full display if you’re after a youthful look. An adorable way to hide it is by curling your hair, and as you can see here, it works.

37. Gray Cropped Pixie Haircut 

Gray Cropped Pixie Haircut

Pixies seem to work everywhere, and on everyone, regardless of age or hair color. If you’re finding it hard to choose something that’ll fit your peculiarities, just get this pixie.

38. Gray All Back Wolf Haircut 

Gray All Back Wolf Haircut

We’ve seen a similar hairstyle earlier, and this one looks every bit just as good. However, the wolf cut here makes it somewhat more radical, and subsequently more youthful.

39. Voluminous Long Gray Haircut 

Voluminous Long Gray Haircut

As I’ve hinted earlier, simply wearing a voluminous lengthy hairstyle makes you look youthful and adorable, even without any bells or whistles. Now, when you add a side parting and beachy waves, you’re just looking to become a model.

40. Chic Gray Hair for Women with Glasses 

Chic Gray Hair for Women with Glasses

If you’re after an adorable hairstyle to go with your glasses, you can never go wrong with this idea. The slightly messy texture makes it chic yet shaggy, giving it a nerdy look that works excellently with the glasses.

41. Mixed-Tone Thick Gray Hairdo 

Mixed-Tone Thick Gray Hairdo

You can see the pattern I noted earlier in this style: voluminous and lengthy. Those two qualities already make it naturally elegant, but the mixed-tone look and the wavy texture only add cherries on top.

42. Short Blow Out Gray Haircut 

Short Blow Out Gray Haircut

Your blowout doesn’t have to be long, as you can see in this recommendation; this short one will do. While the gray does make the style look aged, its foundation clearly shows as a youthful one.

43. Cute Super Long Gray Hair 

Cute Super Long Gray Hair

I’m wondering how people manage to retain this much length at 50 when much younger ladies struggle to do the same. However, length is only part of what makes this hairstyle great; you can also notice how sleek it looks, and that plays a role too.

44. Statement Short Curly Gray Haircut 

Statement Short Curly Gray Haircut

The blonde-gray color of this hairstyle is a statement on its own, not to talk of its captivating structure and the model’s befitting smile. It’s easily one of the most adorable youthful gray hairstyles for those over 50.

45. Short Gray Bob with Baby Bangs

Short Gray Bob with Baby Bangs

We’ve seen this template before, and it never fails to make heads spin. Last time, it was a French bob with curtain bangs, but now, it’s a regular bob with baby bangs, but they both look adorable nonetheless.

46. Long Gray Haircut with HeadBand 

Long Gray Haircut with HeadBand

The headband is a recurring fashion statement these days, and there’s no better way to show you still have it in you than by adorning your style with a headband; plus, it looks adorable too.

47. Blonde and Gray Curly Hair 

Blonde and Gray Curly Hair

Blonde and gray is a fun color combination for blondes looking to transition to gray. With this style specifically, you get to keep a significant portion of your blonde while showing you have a gray commitment. It’s beautiful.

48. Simple Neck-Line Gray Hair with Bangs 

Simple Neck-Line Gray Hair with Bangs

This layered hairstyle looks incredibly simple, but its simplicity is exactly its source of elegance. The half bang is an adorable cherry on top, and her subtle smile makes the entire package pop.

49. Cute Gray Lob 

Cute Gray Lob

Short bobs are good, but if I had to choose between any short bob in this list and this lob, I’d definitely go for this. I’m also pretty sure I’m not the only one willing to sacrifice my hair color if it means my gray would look this great.

50. Classic Long Gray Bob Haircut 

Classic Long Gray Bob Haircut

While this lob isn’t as elegant as the preceding one, not every hairstyle will be 10/10. However, we can all agree it’s amazing as it is, especially for a gray hairstyle.


Going gray shouldn’t stop you from getting your favorite youthful hairstyles. This compilation walks you through 50 charming youthful gray hairstyles, all for ladies over 50. If that doesn’t inspire you to get a Mohawk, I don’t know what will.

If the hairstyles above seem adorable to you, then you’ll also love the following recommendations.

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Esther Godswill

Hi, Esther Here! Graduate, Full-Time Hairstylist, and Business Woman. I am also addicted to cute Outfits. I am here to guide and provide you with helpful and well-researched pieces of information you need to achieve your hair goals.

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