3 Gorgeous DIY Hairstyles for Women Over 50

by Wendy Rose Gould

Overview

While a trip to the salon is always a nice treat, you don't have to carve a chunk of time out of your day -- or money out of your pocket -- to get a fabulous head of hair. These three DIY hairstyles, provided and detailed by experienced stylists, are simple enough to recreate in the comfort of your own bathroom and are suitable for women over the age of 50.

Look #1: Effortless, Voluminous Updo

This hairstyle is ideal for second day hair that's medium length, said celebrity hairstylist Vasken Demirjian. He says to start by brushing hair, which helps to loosen and prep it. "This daily brushing ritual is the most essential part of the second day style," he noted. "It stimulates the glands in the scalp to distribute the oils. This process tends to normalize an oily scalp as well as a dry one and subsequently enhances the overall appearance of the hair."

Look #1: Effortless, Voluminous Updo

Once your hair is thoroughly brushed, section hair into top and bottom sections. "They don't have to be perfect, as loose sections are better," said Demirjian. The overall goal is to create an effortless updo.

Look #1: Effortless, Voluminous Updo

Next, form a loose bun with your bottom section of hair. Secure the bun in place with bobby pins.

Look #1: Effortless, Voluminous Updo

Gather the top section of hair into a ponytail just above the bun you created. Secure with an elastic.

Look #1: Effortless, Voluminous Updo

"Wrap the ponytail loosely around the bun," said Demirjian. "Shorter hair can be pinned loosely into the bun." You can easily dress this look up with a headband or an ornate hair clip.

Look #1: Effortless, Voluminous Updo

This gorgeous look is perfect for day or night.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

If your hair has a bit of length, consider a romantic French twist, an upswept 'do that works on all hair textures and colors. It's perfect for the office, an evening dinner or a formal event. Start by brushing dry hair with a bristle boar brush to smooth hair and add shine.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

Apply an anti-frizz serum evenly from root to tip to tame flyaways and give your hair additional shine.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

Gather all of your hair at the back of your head. Pull it straight back and away from your head so that the length of your hair is parallel with the ground.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

With your hair still outstretched backward, start rolling the ends into a loop and continue rolling until you meet your scalp.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

Pin your hair into place with bobby pins. The amount of bobby pins required depends on the thickness and length of your hair.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

With your brush, smooth any tendrils that escaped the twist and pin them down. Finish with an even application of medium-hold hairspray.

Look #2: Romantic French Twist

Très chic! Who says you can't get creative with short hair?

Look #3: Everyday Classy Bun

Mix up your everyday hairstyle by adding this simple bun to your hairstyle routine. "Start by teasing hair around the back of your head," said Nancy Monroy, a senior colorist and hairstylist at the Antonio Salon in NYC. "Lightly comb it out, but still leave it messy."

Look #3: Everyday Classy Bun

Gather your gently teased hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. The ponytail should sit near the middle of the back of your head.

Look #3: Everyday Classy Bun

Divide the ponytail into two sections. Twist one section all the way down to the end and then wrap around the base of your ponytail, said Monroy. Secure with bobby pins.

Look #3: Everyday Classy Bun

Repeat with your second section of hair and wrap around the base of the ponytail, this time in the opposite direction. Pin hair into place.

Look #3: Everyday Classy Bun

This effortless bun is just the thing to get you out of your hairstyle rut.

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About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.