If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in this beauty game, it’s that hair makes a huge difference. A new haircut can really transform your look and make you feel great.
First things first – it all boils down to your face shape. Once you have figured out what your face shape is, it is so much easier to find out what cuts and styles can flatter, making your search much less traumatic (don’t get me started on all the ‘trial and error’ I had to go through to finally realize this!). If you don’t know (or are unsure) about what your face shape is, check out How to: Find Your Face Shape.
Once you’ve found your face shape, here are some guidelines for hairstyles:
- Round face: Long, layered straight to slightly wavy hair looks stunning on you! Side swept and long bangs will also suit you well. Avoid styles that will bring more width to your face, such as blunt bangs, bobs and big curls. They might make your face look rounder. The trick here is to elongate.
- Long face: The key here is to widen your face, so focus on getting volume at the side (near your cheeks). (Check out How to: Get More Hair Volume for help.) Hairstyles such as bobs, wavy and curly hair will add width to your face; and short to shoulder length cuts look great on you! Bangs work very well on long faces, especially blunt and side bangs. Avoid styles that “lengthen” the face, such as straight, long cuts, and avoid too long hair length, which can drag your face down (again, stick to short styles, shoulder-length, or length not past your chest).
- Square face: Softer hairstyles will work best with you to soften your sharp features, wispy bangs, soft romantic curls will look really pretty. Hairstyle with big, soft volume look great too. Avoid chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.
- Oval Face: Lucky you, oval face shapes look great in anything! Experiment and see what you like best.
- Heart & Triangle face: Long and wavy hairstyles will look great on you. Keep your hair length to the longer side; as shorter cuts and styles may emphasise your smaller jaw area. Soft, side swept bangs looks great and will soften the jaw area as well to give your face some balance.
Lastly, my next tip would be to try out the hairstyle… by photo manipulation first. It’s great if you want to play a bit safe before taking the plunge. So if you are handy at Photoshop, get to work! If not, InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Makeover is a great virtual hair makeover tool I’d recommend. Because the photo can still look a little fake, what I do is I squint my eyes at the photo manipulation so I can get an overall look and feel of the hairstyle. Or you can always blur the photo. Once you’ve done that, ask yourself: Does it look good overall? Was your initial response a positive one? If so, go for it.
And if you are still not sure; that’s where the “universal cut” comes in. I remember reading in Allure – the top beauty magazine in the world – that the ‘universal’ cut is shoulder-length hair with slight layers and a long side swept fringe.
According to them, this cut flatters every face shape, hair type and is suitable at any age. I can personally vouch for that, as at one point in time all my girlfriends and I had this style and the style I have today is very much like it! It makes sense, too – the cut is simple, timeless and sophisticated; I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t suit it.