Your haircut is an important part of who you are. Just like your clothing and makeup choices, your haircut will be one of the first things people see, and despite the old adage, people can’t help but judge a book by its cover. You need the perfect hairstyle, meaning something that’s flattering and fits your style.
No one hairstyle is ideal for everyone. However, that doesn’t mean you have to take a random guess. By taking into account a number of different factors, you can determine your own perfect hairstyle.
This is likely the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a hairstyle. Different sources will give you slightly different explanations of face shapes, but the most common explanation uses six shapes: round, square, diamond, heart, oval, and rectangle.
Here are the best hairstyle tips for each main face shape:
- Round faces lend themselves well to short cuts with center parts, as well as cuts that give more volume to the crown of your head.
- Square faces can benefit from cuts that end an inch or two below the jawline, which helps round out the angles of your face.
- Diamond faces work perfectly with styles that accentuate your face’s curves, rather than its angles, such as a chin-length bob.
- Heart-shaped faces are perfect for bangs, especially sweeping bangs that help balance the forehead and the chin.
- Oval faces are the most balanced when it comes to hairstyles. You can essentially opt for any style, although styles that help break up the face are usually most flattering.
- Rectangle faces look great with layers for both short and long styles, as they’ll help your face appear wider and less angular.
There are many different methods for measuring hair type, but the name or number for your hair type isn’t necessarily what you should be focusing on here. Rather, you just want to make sure you’re taking into account your hair curliness and thickness.
Hair is usually divided into four classifications: straight, wavy, curly, and coily. It’s also often subcategorized into different volumes, generally between 2 and 3. Thickness, which indicates the actual size of the hair follicles, can also be a factor. Different hair types, thicknesses, and volumes lend themselves better to different hairstyles.
Straight hair, for example, often looks great with a simple long cut or bob. Tight curls can often benefit from long locks that are pulled into an updo. Wavy hair can give you that beachy look naturally, without needing to give it too much attention. Ask your stylist what will look good with your hair type.
No matter what hairstyle you choose, you want to make sure you have enough time to style it properly every morning. Some cuts and styles work just fine if you only have a few minutes every morning, while some might require you to spend half an hour on your hair.
Think about your current hair regimen. If the thought of spending more time on your hair every morning fills you with dread, go for something simple. If you’re okay with that much time, try something that’s a little more labor-intensive.
Your Own Style
At the end of the day, you want something that will complement your current style. If you tend to dress and do your makeup in a more feminine manner, you may not want to try a fauxhawk or buzzcut. Similarly, if you’re always wearing a T-shirt and jeans, a long, flowing style may not be for you.
This extends to your hair color as well. If you’re a reserved person, you’ll want to stick to muted, neutral colors such as dark brown and black. If you’re not afraid to get a little wild, you can go for non-natural colors across the rainbow.
What Style Should I Choose?
Your ideal style will usually be predicated upon what you like the most. Even if it doesn’t technically fit your face shape or hair type, your stylist may be able to modify a style you like to make it shine.
Of course, the success of that style depends entirely upon your stylist. You should be using a great stylist if you want a great haircut, as that expert opinion will keep you away from making a very bad choice.
Ogle School Houston has stylists that are ready to help you find the perfect cut and style. Make an appointment today!