You see a picture of someone’s haircut and it is everything you have been looking for. You wonder if that hairstyle would work on your hair. Maybe it would, maybe not – but what if you don’t know how to find out? In this article I will show you how to figure out the right hairstyle for YOUR features!
Know your face shape
Round face shape features: small forehead, full cheeks and jawline. You will want to avoid anything too heavy on the sides like a long shaggy cut or straight boxy bangs – they’ll only make your face look fuller. A good idea is to ask for sassy short choppy layers that are longer in front!
Heart face shape features: forehead is wider than the jawline. You will want to avoid anything too heavy on the sides like a long shaggy cut or straight boxy bangs – they’ll only make your face look longer and more narrow. A good idea is to ask for some extra layers through your hair so that it’s not so heavy on the sides – this will draw attention to your gorgeous eyes!
Square face shape features: jawline is usually more pronounced, with a defined chin. A good idea for you would be something that softens up your strong edges like some bangs or long layers in front. This way they’ll soften up your whole look and take attention away from your square jawline.
Oval face shape features: this is the ideal face shape! Lucky you 🙂 You can pretty much wear any style you want and look amazing.
The right hair color
Another thing to consider when finding the right hairstyle for you, is your hair color. The wrong color can completely wash you out or make you look older than you are. So what’s the right color for you? Here’s a guide:
- Blondes should go for warmer colors like honey, golden beige or light blonde. Stay away from ashy tones – they’ll make you look pale and washed out.
- Brunettes should go for warmer colors like chestnut, caramel or dark chocolate. As with blondes, stay away from ashy tones – they’ll make you look dull and dated.
- Redheads should go for cooler colors like ruby, auburn or dark cherry. Stay away from warm colors like orange, they’ll make you look dated.
- Gray hair should go for cooler colors like silver, platinum or light ash. Warm colors will only make your hair look more gray and washed out.
Hair type is everything
Of course, all of the above advice goes out the window if you have a completely different hair type than what I’ve described. If you have curly hair, for example, you’ll want to avoid anything that’s too straight or heavy – it will only make your curls look frizzy and undefined. Conversely, if you have straight hair, you’ll want to avoid anything too curly or heavy – it will only make your hair look stringy and lifeless.
The right length
Last but not least, another thing that’s very important when figuring out the right hairstyle for YOU is the length of your haircut. Remember: long haircuts always grow out into short haircuts! So if you’re thinking of getting something very short, keep that in mind. You might regret it later down the road when all your hair is gone!
On the other hand, if you’re planning on growing out a pixie cut or long bob to get some more length – think again before you take scissors to your hair! The right haircut for you is one that will grow out into what YOU want. So if you’re thinking of going short, make sure your haircut won’t look silly on a longer length – and vice versa!
So now I hope you feel more prepared to go into the hairdresser’s chair with some ideas as to what would be best suited for your individual face shape, color and hair type. Good luck!
Lakeisha Walker is a stylist, fashionista and blogger who has been featured on Style.com, The Coveteur, Fashion Gone Rogue and many others. She started her blog in 2010 as a way to offer advice to help people find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Her wardrobe consists of pieces she’s found at Target or Forever 21; you can’t go wrong with that!