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Updated on March 21, 2023
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Many women are shy of their first gray hairs and try to cover them up with permanent dyes. While these grays are not numerous, and you are still young that really makes sense. And when you are turning grayer, you can either consider going blondish or sport your silver locks with pride and style. After viewing the following gray hairstyles, you may completely change your opinion about gray locks. When else in your life could you have that stunning silver hue that looked absolutely natural and flattering on you?

To Hide Grays or Not to Hide?

Normally women want to cover up gray because they want to look younger, whereas gray hair has been associated with old age. However, today even younger celebrities who can work with the best colorists and have whatever hair hue they want, opt to go gray!? Check Rihanna’s gray hair or Pink’s gray hair looks, for instance. It’s really becoming a trend that you simply shouldn’t leave without attention, especially when it offers you so many perks. Just imagine saving monthly on permanent dyes and leaving all those pains when trying to achieve the perfect hue…

What Are the Best Hairstyles for Gray Hair?

There are too many, depending on your hair texture and preferable length. Generally speaking, gray hairstyles look dignified. They frame the face stately and draw attention rather to your facial features than any fancy styling tricks. You may have bangs with gray hairstyles, but they are either light and well-trimmed or styled to one side.

  1. Short gray hairstyles. If you like pixie hairstyles, keep them sassy and edgy, adding lots of texture to look modern. In case of hairstyles based on classic bobs, you can, certainly, style them sleek with a side parting or messy and curly in a playful manner.
  2. Medium gray hairstyles. Mid-length gray hairstyles make an accent on layers, texture or finish for the ends. They are simple and refined, showing off healthy locks with an exceptional silver hue.
  3. Long hairstyles with grays are not as popular as shorter gray versions. Besides, long hair is harder to maintain. But who knows, maybe you are an exception? Anyway, we believe an older lady looks more contemporary and stylish with a short or shoulder-length hairstyle. Below are some really nice examples to follow.

Beautiful Hairstyles for Grayish Hair

So, take your time and give some of your attention to the following gorgeous looks to select the best haircut and hairstyle for yourself.

1. Silver Balayage Pixie

Feathered Gray Pixie

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A pixie cut with lots of movement and dimension adds femininity to the sharp, almost masculine feel of cropped hair. A short cut matched with a statement silver color should be balanced with a soft makeup palette consisting of browns, bronzes, and soft pinks.

2. White and Gray Ombre

We’ve all seen burgundy and blonde ombre hair color, but what about gray? This style starts out white and naturally fades back into a deep foggy hue that’s gorgeous for any sophisticated woman.

3. Gray Beauty Naturally

If you are naturally going gray, then you are in luck – this hue of wisdom is actually very popular with even young women. Get a nice layered cut and make sure your gray is yellow-free, if not, they make beautiful toning to achieve pure silver gray hair at a salon.

4. 50+ Gorgeous Gray Bob with Swoopy Layers

For women over 60, finding a mature style and color you’re comfortable with can be difficult. Rather than running away from graying hair, embrace it and ask your hairdresser to tailor your cut and color to compliment your gray. Dimension can easily be painted into the hair utilizing fine-tuned lightening techniques.

5. Classic Bob

If your hair is stick straight and thinning, go for a classic style like this bob cut. For gray hair, a bob can show off the beautiful color dimension that comes with naturally grown whites or added platinum highlights. It is also a no-nonsense, low-maintenance style that’s ideal for busy women.

6. Blonde into Gray

Whether your hair is curly or straight, if you’re not quite ready to completely make the jump into gray hair, then consider a very light blonde with gray undertones. If you feel it’s too blonde, you can always go grayer, as opposed to the full on gray, which is much more difficult and expensive to accomplish.

7. Short Layered Gray Bob for Older Women

Short silver hair can be styled in many different ways but wavy layers are one of the easiest go-tos! If you have naturally wavy hair, let it air dry and use a sea salt spray when it’s damp to get those piece-y waves.

Short Silver Hair For Older Women

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8. Gray Hair Glam

You can recapture a hairstyle from your school days with one added twist – a gray shade. Gray hair doesn’t have to be scary, and it doesn’t have to be set in an elderly woman perm. Keep hair soft, straight and shoulder length to feel young again.

9. Short Silver and Gold Shag

A shag cut makes your hair have more bounce and volume while remaining light and fun. If you want the easiest of gray hair styles to manage – here it is!

Gray Hair Style With Golden Highlights

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10. Spiky Gray Pixie for Fine Hair

Who says gray hairstyles can’t be youthful and frivolous? All you need is a spiky top and a little attitude, and you can go clubbing with the best of ‘em. Height is critical here, so make sure you give the crown a good teasing and leave some long bright white pieces in the front to frame the face. The attractive cut is cropped close to the nape and sides with just a short tendril in front of the ears.

Gray Spiky Pixie Hairstyle

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11. Medium Gray Hairstyle with Swoopy Layers

We’re getting feminine vibes from this beautiful salt and pepper style! The medium length gives you a lot of space to style and play with. You can keep it straight or make it wavy to show off the ombre effect.

Medium Salt And Pepper Hairstyle With Layers

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12. Soft Gray Sheen

Go for a pretty silver shade if you aren’t sure which tone is right for your complexion. Going completely gray can seem drastic and intimidating – but with the right hue you’ll feel beautiful.

13. Short and Sassy Gray

Certainly, long gray hair is beautiful, but it can be a huge pain to upkeep. Instead, why not go for a cropped cut that frames the face and still feels beautiful. Long side strands both in front of and behind the ears modernize the look.

14. Short Layered Salt and Pepper Haircut

There’s a bit more salt than pepper in this salt and pepper hair, and that’s why it’s so attractive. The hairstyle is parted in the center and has long wispy bangs that are pushed to the sides. Feathery layers give a little bit of height, and the overall style is easy to manage if you’re a mature woman on the go.

Feathery Salt And Pepper Bob

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15. Short Feathered White Blonde Cut

As you experiment with hairstyles for gray hair, don’t be afraid to go for a white-blonde color; a bright balayage looks rich when combined with brown roots. The crown section of the cut features a lot of flattering height.

Short Feathered Hairstyle For Gray Hair

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16. Sassy Gray Spiky Pixie

You’re never too old to add a little spunk into your hairstyle. A spiked pixie cut offers just the right amount of playfulness, while still keeping things low maintenance. Pair the edgy cut with sweet side bangs for a better face-framing effect.

Tapered Silver Pixie For Women Over 60

Instagram / @chilimoirana

17. White Layered Bob with Bangs

A little bit of extra length for your short white hair can turn it into a bob on steroids! It’s a perfect choice if you are in the “in-between” stage of growing your shorter pixie cut into a longer lob. The combination of bangs and a layered bottom gives a sense of roundness and volume on top.

White Bob With Bangs

Instagram / @master_of_beauty

18. Soft Curly Blonde and Gray Bob

Curly hair is inherently dry, because it’s difficult for a natural oil to travel down the spiral shaft. As hair ages, sebum levels decrease as well, contributing to the overall dryness of the hair. To combat this, use a moisturizing hair care system that includes a shampoo, conditioner, leave in product, and serum.

Ash Blonde Perm Bob

Instagram / @salonkhouri

19. Short Shaggy Bob with Gray Highlights

Short gray hairstyles like a chic bob are trendy and popular whether you are young or over 60 and have naturally gray hair. Try it with youthful bangs and be sure to add lots of layers to get the most movement.

20. Over 50 Classy Side-Parted Chin-Length Bob

The classic length for a bob is the one that grazes your jawline. As gravity takes its toll on jowls and cheekbones, a cut that brings definition to the chin can lift this area. Intensify this delineation by lightly flipping ends inwards. Slowly roll the tips of locks towards the neck with a straightener.

Brown Gray A-Line Bob

Instagram / @lizwparks

21. Gorgeous Long Layered Dark Ash Blonde Hairstyle

When choosing to make the transition to gray, you can either chop where your original color begins or blend your natural hair with the new gray. A light layered haircut is very flattering for a mix of tones.

22. Shaggy Wavy Gray Lob

If you want to achieve natural-looking gray hair, blend partial white highlights into your natural grays. Let it be the front pieces which frame the face. Use your waves to help you decide where to place the splashes of color.

Medium Natural-Looking Gray Hair

Instagram / @prive_danielle

23. Gray Blonde Stacked Bob

Add stacked layers to your short gray hair to gain extra body and volume if you are missing that with your current look. You can go as close to your neck as you want or don’t want with a razor cut.

24. Thick Layered Bob for Graying Hair

Be the talk of the town with a mushroom cut. You won’t need to do much styling because the way it falls is effortless. Blow-dry your hair with a round brush to get as much volume and body as you can.

Layered Short Gray Bob

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25. Straight Silver Locks

Combat flyaway strands with this sleek, uber-straight hairstyle that includes bangs and plenty of color dimensions. Nature might not give you this shade for free, but any salon is capable of recreating this beautiful hue.

26. Short Wavy White Blonde Cut

Sometimes gray hair isn’t exactly gray – silver, white and light lavender hues also bring an air of purity and sophistication. The short, textured bob has tons of waves to play with. The long bangs sweep down to the side, covering the ears and slimming down the face.

Short Textured Silver Bob With Waves

Instagram / @goshandco

27. Gray and Layered

Gray hair can still look youthful, thanks to today’s haircuts that incorporate long layers for slightly curled tips. Mature women look best with hair that is no longer than just below the shoulders – this ‘do is a great feminine alternative to shorter hair.

28. Ashy Hairstyle with Stacked Layers

For short gray hair, stacked layers cut from the middle of the back to the nape of the neck are a great way to add volume and texture. You will be able to see the color depth in your hair, even with the gray! The levels of layers give your hair a lift, and an ashy shade of blonde allows blending in your graying hair.

Straight Cut Slacked Bob

Instagram / @sarahpriceseagle

29. Nape-Length Layered Gray Bronde Cut

Graying locks can have a tendency to look harsh if the right cut isn’t implemented to tone down the edge. Weaving in gentle cascading layers through a shorter haircut allows for the right amount of gentleness.

Short Layered Dark Blonde Cut For Thick Hair

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30. Medium Gray Balayage Hairstyle for Thick Hair

With thick wavy hair, it is sometimes best to keep your locks at or near your shoulders, so you can better control them. Try a sweet and romantic style like a medium-length cut with light layers throughout the ends. Alternate between light and dark shades of gray and enjoy a nice balayage that fits your style and your age.

Shoulder Length Gray Wavy Bob

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31. Neat Feathered Gray Pixie

Embrace your gray hair by wearing it in a neatly shorn pixie cut with sharp sideburns. Keep the dark color as an accent and mix gray and white for the main color. This cut is unquestionably tomboyish, so if you want it to look more feminine, dress it up with some big, funky earrings.

Tomboyish Gray And White Pixie

Instagram / @rolyhairstylist

32. Voluminous Gray Layered Hairstyle for Medium Hair

Adding long, flowy layers to a white-blond, shoulder-length haircut creates a modern lob with an elegant twist. A style that embraces the aging process while still displaying youthfulness is ideal for the woman in her 50s.

33. Neat Polished White Gold Bob

Go for that almost white hair color during your next trip to the salon! You will look super chic and classy without having to do much. Just blow dry or straighten your hair and make sure to keep flyaways at bay with an anti-frizz cream.

Chic Rounded White Blonde Bob

Instagram / @salon_twentyeight

34. Curly Gray Fun

Flaunt those curls with an adorable salt and pepper hair color mix that will show off your fun and youthful personality. If you don’t have naturally curly hair, perms are still popular with the older generation. They allow for easy upkeep and an affordable style.

35. Short Gray Shag for Older Women

To get that spiky look, use pomade or gel to style upwards. You will get the mega volumized effect! It’s great that you can choose how spiky you want to go – depending on your mood.

Over Short Spiky Gray Hairstyle

Instagram / @mbs_hair

36. Cool White and Gray Cut with Layered Back

The long, straight strands of the inverted bob look even better when they are highlighted to a shiny white. If you have fine hair, be sure to feather the sides and layer the back for a sleek and smooth appearance.

37. Feathered Gray Bob

Confident women know how to embrace and enjoy their natural gray – instead of trying to hide it, they choose to flaunt it for everyone to see. Be one of those gorgeous women and go for a full head of feathered white and gray hair with short bangs and lots of textured angles.

Short Feathered Natural Gray Bob Hairstyle

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38. Pixie Undercut with Flipped Up Bangs

For women over 60, it’s still possible to incorporate some of the edge and funk from your youth into your current hairstyle. Pairing a subtle undercut with wispy, flipped bangs dresses up the classic pixie cut and perfectly shows off your gray hair. The style is classy, yet modern, and can work for any woman who is rocking gray locks.

Tapered Gray Pixie Over 50

Instagram / @hairbyjessid

39. Colorless Highlights

Gray hair can still benefit from highlights – you just need to go for white instead of blonde. This color job is the perfect transition from your natural hair color into a stylish mature look – hues of gray, white and black are intermingled.

40. Gray Bob with Movement

Women who seek unique gray hairstyles will love this loosely curled bob with movement at the bottom and an extra sense of youth and frivolity. Whether you choose to wear it parted on the side or down the middle, make sure to shape some swoopy waves in the front.

Loosely Curled Gray Bob Hairstyle

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41. Medium Cut with Feathered Ends

Medium length gray hair with a blowout looks fresh and flirty, so let it grow a little longer and leave it loose and carefree. A gray balayage with bright white accents keeps the hair healthy and pampered. Part it on the side and be sure to leave the ends curled upwards and feathered for some extra bounce.

Brown Gray Balayage Hair

Instagram / @kalliedwardshair

42. White Feathered Bob

Short white hair can be creative. The idea is to embrace your natural gray and dress it up with the help of balayage. Blend your natural salt-and-pepper hair in the back with chunky highlighted white sections in the front and sprinkle everything with bronze babylights.

Short Salt And Pepper And White Bob

Instagram / @am_hairstylist

43. Long Gray Pixie

Cut your short silver hair into a pixie with a bit of extra length. Tuck a few of the loose side pieces behind the ears and make the most of the salt-and-pepper color by throwing in some silver highlights around the face. Let those feathered bangs fall over the eyes for a more casual appearance.

Long Feathered Salt And Pepper Pixie

Instagram / @het.haarpand

44. Mid-Length Soft Wavy Gray Hairstyle

Ditch long gray hair for a curly mid-length lob ASAP! You’ll still have some length to style with less to manage on a daily basis.

Medium Gray Hairstyle For Wavy Hair

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45. Medium Gray Hair with Curled Layers

Check the perfect blend of gray highlights and lowlights. It helps to add dimension to a shorter cut in such a simple way! You can use rollers or a curling iron to get your perfect curl.

46. Straight Sliced Gray Haircut

If you’re interested in wearing your gray hair in a more traditional cut, go for a straight sliced bob with a little extra height in the crown. The short bangs frame the face, and the top layers provide a nice balance for the accurate bottom that might have looked a bit heavy otherwise.

Short Gray Layered Bob With Bangs

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47. Sassy Gray

Go short and sassy with this silver haircut that fits any fun personality. This will bring volume to thin hair, while also providing a solution for curly haired beauties.

48. Feathered Style with White Highlights

Multi-layered feathered hair seems fuller and rounder if it’s cut straight across the nape. When you’re looking through many hairstyles for gray hair trying to choose the right color solution, don’t forget that you can add tones of sepia, blonde and silver to balance out the overall color.

Nape-Length Feathered Hairstyle For Gray Hair

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49. Long Spiky Pixie for Older Women

Short haircuts are typically a more manageable option for women over 50. A longer pixie provides femininity and less maintenance, because a regular trim isn’t as necessary as with a shorter cut. Styling with a wax and tousling tresses is just one example of an easy hairstyle for short gray hair.

50. Medium Curly Brown and Gray Balayage Hair

Going gray doesn’t mean sacrificing your hair’s natural texture and color. There are short haircuts that still allow you to embrace your curly locks. So, if this sounds appealing to you, you might want to give a medium layered cut a try. You also don’t have to fully commit to a solid gray shade, so blend in gray balayage highlights into your natural hair color for a nice combination.

51. Feathered Up Gray

As hair ages, it also tends to lose some of its texture. Keep things looking full with gray hair styles that allow for a bit of feathering. You can get this look at your salon, or use a wide toothed comb to do it on your own.

52. Silver Glow Gray Hair

The more you lean toward a silver tone instead of a flat, matte gray, the shinier and younger your hair will look. When you’re trying out colors for gray hair, don’t be afraid to go bright.

53. Gray with a Pop of Rebellion

Just like length doesn’t have an age requirement, neither do bold streaks of color. Try a vibrant, royal purple on for size, or go with a blue, pink, green or magenta. If a permanent bright color freaks you out, go with a clip in extension, hair chalk or a temporary dye.

54. Long Layered Gray Brown Hair

Try a modern take on salt and pepper hair and choose a blend of gray and brown shades, rather than the normal white and darker gray. Keep the lighter shades near the hairline and have the ash brown fade into the rest of your hair. With a longer cut, make sure you get regular trims to keep your silver gray hair healthy.

Ash Bronde Long Layered Hair

Instagram / @biancahendeehair

55. Perfect Blowout for White Bob

An icy white shade can be a hard color to pull off, but with a perfectly styled bob, you can enjoy a crispy cut every day. If you prefer having layers in your hair, cut them on the longer side so they blend nicely and form the right rounded shape.

Rounded White Bob Over 60

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56. Forever Young

This wonderful gray hair style gives a very light and youthful feel that matches the young eyes and brilliant smile. Who knew that airy texture and natural silver color could be so irresistibly charming?

57. Awesome Straight Gray Hairstyle

Ah… it’s flawless… Having seen this, a rare woman will shy away from her naturally gray hair. And these locks are simply centre-parted and flat-ironed. Do you think you could rock something like this?

58. Short Edgy Style

Wow! This woman has fire in her eyes and heart, and this sassy hairstyle brings it out! Although those flicks are sticking out at all sides, the rounded shape of the cut softens all the edges, revealing the fantastic texture.

59. Epic Flicks

Gray hair and a cute hairstyle is all it takes to look modern and stylish in “over…” age. This medium length style features a good lift at the roots and gorgeous flicks at the ends melting into foamy curls only for the ends – wow, that’s a poetic and very beautiful look!

60. Layered Fringy Gray Hairstyle

An older woman that looks contemporary is twice beautiful. With a layered hairstyle like this you are a lady who lives today and takes interest in the current trends. These delicate layers and fringy finish for the edges are adorable!

61. White Blonde Razored Pixie-Bob

Who would have thought that short white hair with cropped baby-bangs could look so youthful and energetic? The feathered layers directed towards the chin help to elongate the face. The white-blonde balayage over dark gray is a refreshing hair color solution.

62. Long Sliced Pixie with Silver Balayage

A problem that older women may have is thinning hair that lacks volume. Incorporating the right amount of layers without reducing density can revive the hair that lacks body. Blow-drying upside down also increases volume. When setting this style, avoid high alcohol content hairsprays that can leech off your strands.

Tousled Layered Gray Pixie For Older Women

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63. Side-Parted Pixie Bob with Gray Balayage

For a hairdo that’s a little bit more eye-catching, choose a longer, side-parted pixie cut that has a dramatic color, like a high contrast face-framing balayage. With this modern Cruella de Vil style, you can look just as classy with a mix of stark white and darker gray mixed throughout your hair.

Long Pixie With Gray Highlights

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64. Blonde Ambition

If your hair is graying, but you’re not quite ready to embrace this natural beauty evolution, ask your stylist to use an ash blonde hue that incorporates some mild gray highlights. You can also go for some other complementary hues like gold and silver.

65. Classy Silver Bob with Swoopy Layers

Not a fan of super short, gray hairstyles? Opt for a golden mean with a classic bob that features long layers cut throughout. The style is youthful yet still appropriate for ladies over 50. The symmetrical cut of the layers forms a nice swooping shape that keeps your style looking polished.

Aging gracefully and going gray naturally is a gift that contemporary older women are accepting with gratitude. I hope you’ve selected a hairstyle for over 50 you believe you’ll feel comfortable with, and I’m sure it’s going to present your silver locks in the best light.

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