By Rachel Lankester, Editor

Are you looking for some inspiration for short spiky haircuts for women over 60? You’ve come to the right place. 

Older women can look amazing with short spiky haircuts although often it’s a scary step to take to go really short. But there’s something about the facial features of older women, as our bone structure becomes more defined, that can really play to a shorter spiky haircut. And then our older feistiness and character can shine through in however we choose to style our short spiky haircut.

I think sometimes we may fear looking washed out with shorter hair as we get older. Perhaps we feel we’ll need to make more effort with our make up to counterbalance the shortness. But I find with a lot of women, a short spiky haircut actually sets off our beauty as we age and whether or not we choose to further enhance our faces is entirely up to us. But a bright lipstick can certainly help highlight what we have, as you can see below.

This is a beautiful style that really accentuates salt-and-pepper hair. This spiky pixie cut has been styled beautifully with choppy layers and then  textured spikes on the top. The beauty of the cut is set off by beautifully styled eyebrows and a deep fuchsia lipstick further enhancing this beautiful round face. This is a wonderful style for relatively thick short grey hair and very low maintenance.

Short spiky haircuts can also work particularly well for fine hair and we know that with age and hormonal changes, our hair texture changes and can get thinner. Click here for tips on how to care for thinning hair.

A short pixie cut can be styled in many different ways. Clearly what you choose will depend on your hair type and face shape. Getting the advice of a trusted hair stylist is key. Here we look at some of the very best short spiky haircuts for women over 60 to inspire you.

Here’s another very stylish spiky hairstyle, this time that works well with relatively thin hair. Short wispy bangs are swept over to the side in this short cut. Again this makes the most of this woman’s natural color, and the style itself actually highlights the gradations of silver and grey very beautifully.

Deborah Darling is the queen of the silver quiff. In this Youtube video she shows exactly how she achieves this amazing hairstyle. It’s a lot of blow drying up and the perfect hair products to make it stay in place. If you’re looking for the ultimate edgy look this could be a good choice for you. It takes a lot of daring to carry this one off, but can look spectacular as you can see here.

This is not a low maintenance hairstyle! Deborah has soft hair, that naturally wants to hang down, so she has to style it every day because it doesn’t survive over night! So this might be a look you want to try for a special occasion. It would likely be easier to shape the hair into a quiff with shorter hair. Deborah’s hair is still quite long on top with an undercut beneath. See the section at the bottom of the post where we share the products Deborah recommends.

Here’s a lower maintenance short spiky hairstyle. Some nice wisps around the ears and neck to soften the overall look and longer spikes on the top. This one also has side-swept bangs which can be especially good if you feel a little exposed with such short hair and want it softer around your face.

Here’s another version of a quiff or short faux hawk style. This is another great option for grey hair as you can see. Because the hair is that much shorter on top this would be a low-maintenance haircut if you like the edginess of the style and don’t want the faff of Deborah’s longer hair on the top. The leather jacket beautifully sets off this cool style. 

Here’s a gentler version of a short spiky hairstyle for women over 60. The spikes here are just on one side of the head with the rest swept over to the side. This is a great choice if you want the ease of a short haircut but longer layers on top. Again working with a blow dryer and some great products, the style of this cut could be changed quite radically and quickly, offering a lot of versatility.

Another version of a quiff or faux hawk style. This time the sides are swept forward giving a different look to the overall style.

A simple short and spikey cut. Looks great with natural white hair or dyed. 

Experimenting with different lengths. Spikes on the top and at the back, but long bangs swept over to the side which have been highlighted at the ends. A This could be a great transitional style if you’re growing out the hair dye!

A super stylish version of the quiff again, with highlights at the ends for added attitude. Another style that makes the most of changing colours within our hair. If you have extra white or grey at the front this could be a great style to set that off.

This image shows that women can look beautiful with short pixie haircuts at any age. Just gorgeous! I think this shot also shows the confidence we can exude in our third age!

Another version of a short spikey cut for thicker hair. Again a bit of hair gel helps to define the hair for a natural sophisticated look. 

A fun version of a short spikey cut. Wisps around the ears are combined with a upturned fringe making the most of different colors in the hair. 

Short and simple but stunning too. This works very well for mature women with thinning hair.

A good haircut makes all the difference when it comes to spikey styles. Here you can see before and after. A good option for making the most of natural gray hair. 

Spikes on top with longer layers at the front and swept to the side.

It’s not difficult to get some variation going even with the shortest of haircuts. Here the back is spikey with the front hair styled flat with a side parting.

How about this for a stunning look at any age! When our hair loses its earlier color why not take advantage of the blank canvas and experiment with bright colors! Here’s a super short but still spikey pink creation.

One hair style, two looks. I love the versatility here and how both short styles really set off this model’s bone structure. Both gorgeous looks for mature women.

A tight undercut is covered by longer hair on top and softer messy spikes. You’d need to still have some natural body in your hair or great hair products, to keep this style in place.

Here’s another fabulous bright color hawk style. Wow!

Getting seriously creative here. If this style works for you, why ever not? I reckon we can embrace being more rebellious as we get older and certainly over 60! Super cool.

Another stylish variation on the quiff, using great products to lift that hair up at the front for an extra bit of sass!

For when you want to keep some length at the front and softness around the face but some short spikes on top.

I love this longer shaggy spikey haircut. Proving you don’t need to go super short to still have a short spiky haircut. Gorgeous and would definitely translate to women over 60.

Choppy longer spikes at the side and straight up in the front. Confident and beautiful.

Another variation on a short spiky haircut for a woman over 60. I love this. It’s almost like choppy spikes are going downwards with the razor cutting of the hair which beautifully frames the face. Super glamorous.

Showing how a short spikey cut can work for any hair texture and skin tone. Here’s a super sassy version of a quiff with short back and sides.

Women of all ages can look great with short pixie haircuts. Here’s a younger model sporting a style that can look great for older ladies too. The side part is deep on one side of the head with hair swept over and short choppy bangs at the front. This keeps it soft around the face while still working with very short layers. All you need is a bit of hair gel or mousse to make this spiky hairdo a hit.

spiky haircuts for women over 60

Making the most of salt and pepper hair. This simple short layered pixie looks stunning on a more mature visage.

Short Spiky Haircuts For Women Over 60: Products To Try

Recommended by Deborah Darling

Mousse with firm hold: L’Oreal Elvive Extra Firm Control

L’Oreal Poker Paste

Hairspray with strong hold: Perfect Touch Ultra Hold

Rachel’s favorite hair gel: VO5 Mega Hold Styling Gel

Schwarzkopf Osis Flexwax

Schwarzkopf OSiS Freeze Hairspray

I hope you’ve enjoyed our look at the best short spiky haircuts for women over 60. We’ve tried to show styles on older models, but it’s clear these haircuts can work for women of any age. If you fancy completely revamping your style, then go for something short, stylish and avant garde! The best thing about hair? It always grows. So if you decide you don’t like it, you can always grow it back. But chances are you may decide you love it!

**Check out these recommended hair products

Rachel Lankester is the founder of Magnificent Midlife, author, host of the Magnificent Midlife Podcast, a midlife mentor and editor of the Mutton Club online magazine. After an initially devastating early menopause at 41, she dedicated herself to helping women vibrantly transition through the sometimes messy middle of life, helping them cope better with menopause and ageing in general, and create magnificent next chapters. She’s been featured in/on BBC Woman’s Hour, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, The Age Buster, Woman’s Weekly, Prima Magazine, eShe, Tatler HK and Woman’s Own amongst others. She believes we just get better with age. Get her book Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond which was recommended in the New York Times.

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Last Updated on April 25, 2024 by Editorial Staff

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