What should you consider when you’re choosing a new hairstyle?

Summer’s almost here and a change in season is always a perfect time for a change in hairstyle, but when you’re thinking about your next new look there are always a few things you should consider before going in for the chop!

What’s your face shape?

Depending upon your face shape, some hairstyles will suit you perfectly and others… well… might not work as beautifully as you’d hoped. So, even if you’ve got your heart set on replicating Scarlett Johansson’s layers and side bangs, if your face shape is closer to Kim Kardashian’s then a more flattering asymmetrical look may be the way to go. 

As a general guideline:

If you’ve got a round face (your facial width and length are roughly the same size) you should look for a style that creates height and elongates your face so that it appears slimmer. Avoid short hair and heavy, straight bangs.

Chignons and ponytails are great for square faces (meaning your forehead, cheekbones and jawline are approximately the same width) and long bobs or long, flat-ironed locks can be flattering too. Because a square face usually also means a strong jawline, try to soften that area with curls or side-swept bangs.

If your face is wider at the brow and narrower at the chin, you’ve got a heart shaped face. A long lob that’s all on one length or a hairstyle that builds volume on top is a great way to soften your jawline and accentuate your eyes and cheekbones.

Slightly slanting bangs are perfect if you’ve got a long face (your forehead, cheekbones and chin are a similar width) because they give the illusion that your face is shorter. A hairstyle that creates width and body (think, curls and waves) can be complimentary too.

If you’ve got an oval face shape (your forehead is slightly wider than your chin, with high cheekbones), the chances are that most cuts will suit you… and your friends will never tell you how jealous they are! But, being serious for a second, the most flattering oval-face haircut is shoulder-length. A shorter bob with a side parting could work for you as well. 

Don’t forget your natural texture

Your hair’s texture can also help determine the best style for you. Curly hair looks terrific when it’s long, but bangs might be better if your hair is straight, fine or coarse (although length can also work for coarse hair because it adds weight and controllability.) If your hair is thin, think about a cut that’s shorter and takes the weight away. The good news is that layers work for all hair textures.

How can you identify your hair’s texture?

Easy. Just take sections of your hair on the top, back and sides and watch how your hair falls when you let it go. If your hair falls flat, your texture is fine. If your hair sticks out straight or bounces up and away from your scalp and face, your texture is thick. Anything in between, your texture is medium. 

Think about maintenance

Choosing the right hairstyle isn’t just about face shape or texture, it’s about the amount of work it will require to keep it looking great. Let’s face it, most of us have had at least one experience of leaving the salon with a fabulous new look only to realise, when we roll out of bed the next morning, that we don’t have the time or the product to reproduce the incredibleness our hairstylist achieved yesterday. So, when you’re thinking about your new style, ask yourself some realistic questions about its daily upkeep: will you have time to do it? How often will it have to be trimmed, and will you be able to stick to that schedule? If you have to use any additional hair care products, is that an expense you’re happy to bear? And, probably the most important question of all, you might love the thought of this hairstyle today but, in a few days or weeks’ time, will you wish you’d opted for something a bit simpler instead? 

It goes without saying that your hairstylist should be happy to answer your questions and give you all the advice you need and if you’ve really got your heart set on a particular look they’ll usually be able to find a way to improvise around it – it might not be quite what you were visualising, but we’d bet the results will be even better! But always remember that the most important requirement for any new hairstyle is that it makes you feel fabulous and confident and reflects exactly what you want the rest of the world to see. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun when you’re choosing it! 

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