“What hairstyle should I get?”
I’ve asked this question many times throughout my life, and after many years of disastrous hairstyles, desperately trying to find the best hairstyle for me, I finally realized what hairstyle I should get, and what really suits me – because the truth is, hair really does make a huge difference. I don’t think anyone can deny that.
Your choice of hairstyle can really transform your look, and your haircut, I think, can also showcase your personality and who you are to others – even before saying a word.
Below, I share some of the steps to find your best hairstyle. This is how I personally found my perfect best hairstyle as well, one that I believe not only suits me, but I’ve been told time and time again that my hair is so “me”.
First, it boils down to your face shape.
To find what hairstyle suits you, you need to know your face shape first. Once you know your basic guidelines for your face shape. It is so much easier to find out what cuts and styles will flatter your face, making your search much less traumatic.
Check out How to find out your face shape, and once you’ve figured it out, come back and continue reading.
Know what works – and doesn’t – with your face shape.
Once you’ve found your face shape, it’s time to remember what styles suit you – and which ones you should stay away from. I call these the “guidelines” you can work within.
Here are some guidelines for the different face shapes:
- Round: The goal here is to create visual length, so that your face shape looks longer, since there is already a lot of width. To do this, you gotta find a style that will visually “pull” your face longer. So long, straight hair (or slightly wavy) would look stunning on you. Avoid styles that will bring more width to your face, such as blunt bangs, short bobs and big curls.
- Long: The key here is to visually widen your face, so focus on getting hair volume at the side (near your cheeks). Hairstyles such as wavy and curly hair will add width to your face; and short to shoulder length cuts look great on you too. Avoid styles that “lengthen” the face, such as super straight, long cuts, and avoid too much hair length, which can drag your face down.
- Square: The goal here is to soften your sharp features: just think romantic, soft, feminine. Soft romantic curls, soft layers will all look really pretty on you; and hairstyles with big, soft volume will look great too. It’s best to avoid sharp, angled styles and chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.
- Oval: Lucky you, oval face shapes look great in anything! Experiment and see what you like. I especially love The Universal Haircut on this face shape.
- Heart (or inverted triangle): The aim here is to balance out the width at the top and the slimness at the bottom. To do that, keep your hair length to the longer side; as shorter cuts and styles (shorter than your chin, for example) may emphasise your smaller jaw area. Long and wavy hairstyles past your shoulders will look beautiful on you.
Consider getting bangs.
Bangs are one of those things that can really change up your look and are fantastic in balancing out face shapes. Check out my post, Best Bangs for Your Face Shape for more info on what bangs will suit you best.
Try out potential hairstyles… digitally.
InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Makeover is a great virtual hair makeover tool I’d recommend. Once you’ve gotten your little image, ask yourself: Does it look good overall? Was your initial response a positive one? If so, put set it aside and keep trying out and testing different looks, until you have a few options.
Do An Audit.
Now it’s time to study and get feedback and consider all areas of the few hairstyle options you now have. I’m a big believer in doing what you want to your hair – it’s your hair after all – but I also think it’s always best to ask around.
Ask some of your trusted friends, your man, your hairstylist, beauty loving friends, etc, what they think. Once you’ve asked around for some opinions and gotten a clearer choice of what you want, all you have to do now is pick your favorite of the bunch from the options you have left. And there you have it! Your next hairstyle.
Still not sure what to get?
If you are still not sure on what hairstyle suits you; then that’s where “The Universal Haircut” comes in. This cut will flatter every face shape, hair type and is suitable at any age (for real!). It is timeless and classic, and will look beautiful on any woman.