A good hairstyle can make all the difference in your overall look and confidence. If you’ve ever gone to the salon, Jennifer Aniston photo in hand, wishing, hoping, and dreaming of leaving with the best hair on TV but left feeling like chewbacca. Why? Your stylist didn’t help you assess 3 key things when it comes to selecting the right hairstyle for you: your hair type, your face shape and finally, your lifestyle. With a little trust in your hairdresser, a lot of inspiration and some knowledge of your own locks, we can create something beautiful and you’ll leave feeling just like Jen!
When planning to make a change, research is critical before you get to the salon so you have a realistic expectation of what your hair can do. Pictures will be your best friend when discussing with your hairdresser the look you want to achieve – and the more the merrier. Browse Pinterest to get an idea of looks you love and gather photos of different hairstyles that you like, keeping in mind the type of hair you have. Naturally curly, straight, thick, thin, these are all things to keep in mind while dreaming up your new ‘do and make sure to search for those terms when you are pinning away on Pinterest. Take these pictures along with you on your next visit to your stylist.
Alongside your hair type, we need to evaluate another aspect of your biology – your face shape. A great haircut always brings out your beauty, so we want to always work with what your mama gave you. Take a long hard look in the mirror at that beautiful face and figure out your face shape. Square, round, oval, oh my!
Oval Face – If you have an oval face shape – lucky you! Your face shape is considered ideal and can really pull off most looks, but focus on showing off your cheekbones and highlighting your eyes. An easy way to do this without messing with your current length is sideswept bangs.
Long Face – To balance out the length of your face, keep your hair above your shoulders and consider playing up your natural volume or getting some bounce or movement side-to-side to balance things out.
Round Face – Taking the opposite side of the spectrum, the with a round face should look to create length – long layers and side swept bangs help to draw the attention away from the width of your cheekbones.
Triangle or Heart Shaped Face – Those with a wider forehead that tapers down to the chin could benefit from shorter styles like a pixie or a short bob. If you love your length, think about some layers and playing with your fringe.
Square Face – If you have a strong jaw, look for styles that soften the shape. Anything with curls and soft waves will help you accomplish this. Look for styles you can easily round brush for volume or long, bouncy curls.
Remember those photos you piled up for your next visit to the salon? Take a look at those again and take note of the models face shape whose hairstyle you liked. If you’re having trouble figuring out exactly what shape you are, ask a friend!
Lastly, in your quest for a new look, consider how you spend a typical day. If you like to keep it simple and are very active, a look with minimal styling would be great for you. However, if you love to experiment and can dedicate the extra time to sculpt and create your ultimate look, you might opt for something more elaborate. If you are always busy, often running late, potentially with a baby on your hip, then you need a cut that is versatile but still leaves you feeling fab. Your styling routine is a crucial element in deciding your look, and one that cannot be overlooked as a beautiful cut that takes too long to recreate at home will be completely useless to you. If you’re feeling really ambitious, throw in some bangs!
In the end, it all boils down to trust. Your hairdresser can help you assess all three criteria and will help you find the look that will be oh-so you. This open dialogue is like music to your stylists ears, and if you go the extra mile and bring her a gingerbread latte, well, you’ve got yourself a hairdresser and friend for life!