How To Know What Hairstyle Is Right For You


Choosing a new hairstyle can be both fun and difficult. We think we know the new style we want. We are sure it will look perfect on us, and we are ready for a change. However, when we show the idea to our hairstylist, she is not as enthusiastic. She says that are other styles that would be better for us. Hairstylists work every day in the business; they have the inside knowledge of which styles work well with different face shapes, body types and hair textures.

Analyze your face shape by drawing your hair away from your face and drawing an outline of it with a tube of lipstick. Stylists often like working with oval-shaped faces because the possibilities are endless; almost any style or length is flattering. If you have a heart-shaped face, you may have a wide forehead and a pointy chin, and should aim for medium-length cuts with wispy bangs. Curls can often soften the strong jaw line of a square-shaped face. Medium-length styles and side-swept bangs help round out an oblong face. Round faces often widen the cheekbones, and you should avoid short styles that will just accentuate the roundness. Try to aim for medium to long styles with feathered bangs.

Study your body shape, because certain styles look better on certain builds. If you are short and petite, avoid longer styles that will seem disproportionate to the rest of your body, and sample some cute, short styles or try some wispy bangs. If you are short and curvy, aim for styles that will make you look taller by adding body on top but not so much that it makes you look too rounded. If you are tall and large boned, sample some layered, longer styles to add texture and femininity to your hairstyle, while avoiding short styles because they will make your head look smaller and your body appear larger.

Study your hair type, because not all styles will work for everyone. If you have straight hair, depending on the thickness, you may be able to style it several ways, from coloring it to perming it to curling it. In fact, coloring it can sometimes improve the texture. The thicker the hair, the harder it may be to perm your hair. The best hairstyle for all kinds of straight hair remains a simple, layered bob. Women who have naturally wavy hair are extremely lucky, because with a few styling products, they can make their hair straighter or curlier, or just have a few cascading waves. Curly hair may also provide natural body, but you must either cut it short or long to show better shape and prevent split ends. You should also use special heat-activated conditioners to help treat your curly hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Trust your hairstylist on her advice about what will look good for your hair.

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