40+ Messy Short Hair Ideas for Fabulous Women Over 50

Short hair doesn’t have to mean boring or high-maintenance. With the right messy style, you can knock years off your appearance and showcase your fabulous personality.

This article is a collection of timeless and elegant messy short hair styles that will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks. From short choppy haircuts to short shag hairstyles and looks with bangs and layers, let’s look at beautiful short hairstyles for women over 50.

Messy Long Blonde Pixie

Woman with a long, blonde pixie cut.

Want a chic and edgy look? Try this sleek long pixie cut in a striking platinum blonde hair color. The finely textured layers create volume and movement, with a playful, slightly spiked look on top. It’s perfect if you’re after a modern, youthful appearance.

Sleek Stacked Wedge

Woman with a short, stacked wedge haircut.

For a polished and timeless look, consider this sleek short stacked wedge cut. It showcases layers that are artfully stacked at the back, creating a voluminous, rounded shape. The hair is longer at the crown and gradually tapers towards the nape, providing a chic and polished look.

Messy Gray Pixie

Woman with a messy pixie haircut.

This messy pixie haircut is all about texture and movement, with longer choppy layers creating a carefree look. The gray color looks very elegant and stylish, while the short length keeps it modern and youthful. The top layers are styled upwards for added volume and a playful finish.

Textured Choppy Bob

Woman with short, choppy hair.

Want to embrace your playful side? This short choppy haircut radiates youthful energy and playfulness. The layers are cut at varying lengths to create a textured and tousled look that enhances the natural volume.

Textured Silver Layers

Woman with messy, short layered hair.

Looking for something modern and edgy? Consider this textured pixie cut. The choppy layers add volume and movement, and the cut looks amazing with a messy, tousled finish. It’s perfect if you want a look that’s both chic and low-maintenance.

Stacked Inverted Silver Bob

Woman with a stacked, inverted bob haircut.

For a sophisticated and modern look, consider the stacked inverted bob haircut. This sleek style features a smooth side-parted and side-swept fringe that gives off a really youthful vibe. The subtle layers create a soft, rounded shape and the silver-gray color gives it a modern, chic appearance.

Modern Short Cut With Longer Top & Highlights

Woman with short hair, longer on top.

Searching for versatility with a touch of elegance? This modern short cut with a longer top features beautiful highlighted layers that gradually shorten towards the nape. The longer top layers allow for plenty of styling options, whether you prefer a tousled, messy look or a sleek, polished finish.

Spiky Pixie Cut

Woman with a choppy pixie cut.

This spiky choppy pixie cut is all about texture and attitude. The short length is accentuated by layers that are styled upwards and outwards, creating a spiky, edgy appearance. The silver-gray color enhances the boldness of the cut, making it a perfect choice for those who aren’t afraid to flaunt their grays.

Tousled Brunette Layers

Woman with short, messy layered hair.

Add some playfulness to your look with this short messy layered haircut. It’s a perfect blend of structure and fun, with layers cut to create volume and texture, and a slightly tousled finish that adds a casual, carefree feel. The warm, brunette color with subtle highlights can take years off your face, too!

Messu Textured Gray Pixie

Woman with a messy, short pixie haircut.

This messy short pixie cut showcases a beautiful blend of gray tones with textured layers. The short length is stylish and modern, with the top layers styled upwards for added volume and a messy finish. This haircut is perfect for those looking to embrace their natural gray with a fashionable edge.

Elegant Short Blonde Pixie With Side Part

Woman with messy, short hair dyed blonde.

This elegant blonde short haircut boasts a stunning silver hue with a sleek, sophisticated finish. The hair is cut close on the sides and back, with longer layers on top that are styled smoothly for a refined look. The side-swept bangs add a touch of softness to the overall style.

Classic Chin-Length Waves

Woman with a chin-length haircut.

If you’re after a classic look, consider this chin-length haircut. It showcases your natural waves with just the right amount of volume and movement The soft curls will frame your face beautifully and enhance your hair color whatever it may be.

Short Messy Blonde Pixie

Woman with short, messy blonde hair.

This spiky platinum pixie cut is the epitome of modern sophistication. The hair is styled into short, edgy spikes that create a striking silhouette. The platinum blonde color adds an icy coolness, making this hairstyle perfect for those who want to stand out with a bold and contemporary look. It’s a style that speaks volumes with minimal effort.

Voluminous Messy Curly Pixie

Woman with short, messy curls.

Want to embrace your natural curls? This voluminous curly pixie cut is full of bounce and texture. The tight curls add a playful and youthful vibe, while the short length keeps it modern and stylish. The natural black color enhances the richness of the curls, making this an ideal hairstyle for those who love embracing their natural texture with a touch of elegance.

Wavy Messy Layers

Woman with short, wavy, messy hair.

Embrace your natural waves with this short wavy messy hair cut. It offers a carefree and voluminous look, with hair cut shorter on the sides and left longer on the top. The side part and loose, tousled waves enhance the hair’s natural movement, and the salt and pepper color combo looks just stunning on our model.

Flirty Short Flippy Layers

Woman with a short, flippy hairstyle.

This hairstyle is characterized by its lively and flippy layers that add a sense of movement and volume. The hair is cut to about chin-length with playful flips at the ends, creating a dynamic and carefree vibe. The light, silvery tones look fresh and youthful, perfect for those who enjoy a fun and spirited style.

Voluminous Pixie

Woman with a voluminous pixie cut.

The voluminous pixie cut is the perfect choice if you want more texture and height at the crown. In this style, the hair is cut short on the sides and back, with longer layers on top styled to create height and fullness. The soft, tousled waves add a playful and dynamic feel, while the subtle gray streaks add an element of interest.

Wispy Messy Short Layers

Woman with a short, messy hairstyle perfect for women over 60.

Short messy layers can look amazing on women over 60 and this hairstyle is proof of that! The hair is cut in layers to add volume and movement, with the natural gray hair color enhancing the low-maintenance look. The slightly messy style is perfect for a relaxed yet elegant vibe and suits our model perfectly.

Messy Short Layers

Woman with choppy, messy short hair.

For a full-bodied, textured look, try this short cut with mixed choppy layers. It’s cut short around the nape and gradually increases in length towards the top, giving you volume and a relaxed, modern feel. The slightly uneven layers add to that laid-back style you might be after.

Windswept Pixie Cut Long on Top & Short on Sides

Woman with a pixie haircut, long on top and short on the sides.

This windswept pixie cut that’s long on top and short on sides is all about volume and texture. The long top layers are styled upwards and outwards, creating a dynamic, windswept look. The gray/blonde highlights add a youthful touch, while the overall style remains playful and fun.

Silver Long Pixie With Bangs

Woman with a long pixie cut and bangs.

Ready to embrace your natural grays? This short pixie cut with bangs features textured layers in a striking silver-gray color. The bangs are styled with volume at the top and the layers have a slightly tousled finish, creating a modern and elegant look.

Voluminous Layered Bob With Side Bangs

Woman with messy, short hair and bangs.

Want to add some body and movement to your hair? Try this messy short bob with bangs swept to the side. The beautiful feathered layers and a rich blend of caramel and honey highlights add a lot of depth and dimension to this stylish cut.

Platinum Blonde Short Shag Haircut

Woman with a short, shag haircut.

This short shag haircut is incredibly youthful and modern and looks amazing on the model’s platinum blonde hair. It features a wavy, textured finish with the choppy layers cut to a medium length, allowing the natural waves to create a lot of volume. The side-swept bangs add a level of elegance as well.

Elegant Stacked Bob Haircut

Woman with stacked hair.

Add structure and sophistication to your style with an elegant stacked hair cut. It’s characterized by structured layers that add volume and shape, cut in a graduated bob with shorter layers at the back and longer pieces framing the face. The golden buttery blonde color gives the style a sophisticated and polished appearance.

Edgy Textured Pixie With Long Top & Short Sides

Woman with a pixie cut, long on top and short on the sides.

This edgy pixie crop features choppy layers and a textured finish. The hair is cut short around the sides and back, with longer layers on top styled messily for a bold, modern look. Plus, the rich brunette color adds a youthful twist.

Short Blonde Spiky Haircut

Woman with a short, spiky haircut.

Combine edgy with elegant with this short messy spiky haircut. The hair is styled into sharp, defined spikes that look amazing on our model. It’s a bold and confident style that’s easy to maintain and fun to wear. Plus. the blonde color together with dark roots make it very youthful, too.

Tousled Brunette Waves

Woman with messy, short brown hair.

If you’re after an effortlessly chic vibe, try this messy brunette cut. Full of texture and movement, it features tousled, voluminous waves. The layers are cut to enhance your natural hair pattern, creating a relaxed, casual look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Chic Very Short Pixie

Woman with a very short pixie haircut.

For those who prefer a sleek, low-maintenance look, this very short pixie cut is perfect. The hair in this style is cropped close to the head with subtle texturing to still add a bit of movement. The short length emphasizes the facial features and the natural hair color adds a nice touch.

Classic Long Brunette Pixie

Woman with a long, brown pixie haircut.

For a timeless, youthful style, consider this classic long pixie cut. Rich brunette tones together with fine golden highlights and a slightly messy finish make it incredibly elegant. It’s cut short at the back and sides, with longer layers and side-swept bangs on top for volume and softness.

Gray Short Cropped Cut

Woman with short, cropped hair.

This edgy cropped haircut is all about sharp lines and minimalist elegance. The hair is cut very short, especially around the ears and neck, with a slightly longer top that allows for some textural play. The natural gray color complements the modern, sophisticated vibe of this look, making it ideal for those who appreciate a bold yet refined style.

Sleek Tousled Side-Swept Pixie

Woman with short, messy hair.

This elegant short messy pixie cut showcases a smooth, side-swept fringe that beautifully frames the face. The hair is kept short at the back and sides, while the top layers are longer and styled to create a soft, feminine look. The dark, glossy color adds a lot of shine, making this a perfect style for those who want a more polished appearance.

Messy Short Gray Layers

Woman with short hair in messy layers.

If you’re after volume and texture, this messy short haircut with layers might be a good option for you. Cut shorter at the sides and back, with longer textured layers on top, you can style it for a messy yet sophisticated look. It’s the perfect balance of elegance and playfulness.

Short Spiked Hair

Woman with short, spiked hair.

Show off your bold side with this short spiked hair style that is full of attitude. The hair is cut very short at the sides with the longer top styled into playful messy spikes. The silvery gray hair color adds a bit of sass, making it a high-energy look that’s sure to turn heads.

Pixie With Side Part

Woman with a pixie cut and a side part.

Looking for a classic and confident style? This look features a sleek pixie cut with a defined side part. The hair is cut short around the ears and nape, creating a clean and sharp silhouette, while the beautifully layered top section adds a lot of volume. It’s a style that looks as elegant on natural gray hair as it does on dyed tresses.

Playful Curly Crop

Woman with messy, short haircut for older women.

For a fun, dynamic look, you should try this playful messy short haircut. It features bouncy curls and a lively texture, with layers to enhance your natural hair pattern. This youthful and carefree style is perfect for adding some interest to your everyday style.

Messy Gray Bob

Woman with a short, messy bob haircut.

This soft and flowy messy bob is perfect for women who want a cut with just that right length between long and short. The cut ends right before the chin and is styled in gentle waves that frame the face beautifully. The natural gray color enhances the soft and elegant vibe, making this an ideal choice for a timeless, graceful look.

Textured Blonde Tousle

Woman with short, messy blonde hair.

Looking for a chic, carefree style? Try this short, layered cut with tousled texture. The gorgeous blonde color here adds a lively touch, while messy waves create volume and a windswept look. Cut to ear-length with longer layers on top, this style gives you a dynamic, effortless appearance.

Messy Black Pixie

Woman with short, messy black hair.

This short textured messy black cut is a bold choice for older women who aren’t quite ready to embrace their natural hair color yet. The cut is styled in tousled layers, giving it a lively and youthful look. It definitely has a lot of personality!

Elegant Wedge Haircut With Blonde Highlights

Woman with a wedge haircut.

This timeless wedge haircut offers structure and elegance in one. The hair is longer at the top and gradually gets shorter towards the nape, creating a full, rounded shape at the back. The light blonde highlights enhance the overall sophistication of this hairstyle, making it a timeless choice.

Textured Pixie Cut

Woman with a textured pixie cut.

If you’re looking for volume and texture in a short cut, this textured pixie is worth trying. The hair is cut short on the sides and back, with longer layers on top styled to create height and fullness. The soft, tousled waves add a playful and dynamic feel, while the natural highlights add a touch of elegance.

Messy Short Waves on a Brunette Base

Woman with messy, wavy short hair.

If you prefer a relaxed, natural look, this soft, wavy crop could be your go-to style. Cut just at chin-length, it features tousled waves and layers that add texture and volume. The rich brunette color takes years off the wearer and enhances the overall warmth and elegance of the style.

Classic Blonde Wedge Hairstyle

Woman with a short wedge hairstyle.

This classic blonde short wedge cut features soft layers that create a full and rounded silhouette. The hair is cut shorter at the back and gradually gets longer towards the front, with the side-parted long fringe framing the face beautifully. The blonde color adds brightness and warmth, making it a timeless and elegant hairstyle for mature women.

Soft Blonde Short Bob With Bangs

Woman with messy, short blonde hair.

Looking for a polished, refined style? Consider this sophisticated messy short hair cut. It features soft, blonde layers with delicate bangs to frame your face. The sleek, smooth texture offers a chic appearance, while the subtle highlights add dimension. It’s a timeless choice that’ll keep you looking elegant.

Edgy Choppy Bob

Woman with a choppy, messy bob.

If you want something a bit edgier, then you should try this choppy messy bob. Hitting just above the nape of your neck, this cut features textured layers that add a playful, youthful touch, while the tousled styling creates an effortlessly chic vibe.

Edgy Spiky Pixie Haircut

Woman with a short, spiky pixie haircut.

This short spiky pixie haircut is as bold as it is fun. The hair is cut close on the sides and back, while the top is left longer and styled upwards to create a spiky, edgy look. The dark roots contrast with the lighter tips, adding depth and dimension to the overall style. This haircut is perfect for those who want a low-maintenance and low-commitment style.