Determine your facial shape. It’s generally understood that not every hairstyle will look good on everyone. This largely has to do with facial shape and features. A useful way to find your facial shape is to stand in front of a mirror and mark the outline of your face (not including your hair or ears) using a bar of soap or makeup pencil. You should be able to see a definitive shape.

  • If you have an oval face, your features are balanced and you can pull off most any hairstyle. Do note that if you choose to have bangs or fringe, it will make your face appear rounder.
  • If you have a square face, you might consider choosing a softer style around your hairline since square faces are already quite angular. Short, tight hairstyles will play up your sharp features. Avoid parting your hair in the center.
  • If you have an oblong face, you should keep balance in mind. If you keep the sides short and the top long, you’ll make your face look even longer. Keeping some hair styled onto your face can help balance your facial length.
  • If you have a round face, consider what facial features you’d like to play up. Avoid sharp bangs or lots of hair swept onto the face, since this can make your face look rounder.
  • If you have a diamond face, you’re one of the few that can pull off longer hairstyles. Avoid sharp haircuts near the ears and straight hair, since this can overemphasize the angles of your face.
  • If you have a heart face, you too would benefit from longer hair. Facial hair, such as a beard, mustache, or goatee, will also help balance the lower part of your face.
  • If you have a triangular face, you might have a difficult time finding a style. You’ll need to find a style that adds width and volume at the top.Keeping your hair wavy or curly is a good way to add the volume.

 

Figure out your hair type. Is your hair wavy, straight, textured, or curly? Is it fine, medium, or thick? Certain hairstyles will work better with your hair’s natural tendencies and can make styling easier.

 

Pick a hairstyle that matches your hair type. While some of these styles work with any hair texture, most work best with a specific hair type. Evaluate what your hair naturally tends to do and find a hairstyle that complements those tendencies.

  • If you have straight hair of any consistency, consider choosing the Prohibition High-and-Tight, let it grow out (as long as it isn’t fine), flow and comb it, or crop it.
    • The Prohibition High-and-Tight features very short sides while fading hair shorter into your nape and sideburns. The top should be a little longer, about an inch and a half. To style, use a gel to keep the top combed into place. Don’t choose this look if you have wavy or curly hair.
    • To let your hair grow out for a messy look, simply let your hair grow past your shoulders. Styling is simple, just towel dry your hair and apply a little texture cream.
    • The flow and comb starts with a square cut, but is longer on the sides and the top. Apply a mousse to your wet hair, then comb the hair back Avoid this if you have curly hair.
    • Cropped hair is essentially cut short evenly across the sides and the top. You don’t really need styling products with this low-maintenance cut.
  • If you have curly or hair, consider choosing a pompadour, let it grow out, or crop it.
    • The pompadour is simply a classic haircut. The blended cut should be done to a ratio of 2 to 1, top to sides. This basically means that you should leave the sides shorter than the top, but not drastically shorter. Style with a pomade and comb the top into place.Avoid this look if you have very fine, straight, or thin hair.
    • To let your hair grow out for a messy look, simply let your hair grow past your shoulders. Styling is simple, just towel dry your hair and apply a little texture cream.For more of a bed-head look, ask your stylist to add texture and style with a hair gel.
    • Cropped hair is essentially cut short evenly across the sides and the top. You don’t really need styling products with this low-maintenance cut.
  • If you have a receding hairline, just keep your hair short. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could shave everything off and possibly grow a beard/goatee.
  • This is not a definitive list of popular hairstyles. Keep your eyes open for hairstyles you like. If you see someone around town with a hairstyle you like, ask them where they got it cut. Or find photos of celebrities with hairstyles you like. Take these to your hairstylist.

 

Consider your styling needs and situation. Why are you styling your hair? Are you going to Prom? Meeting your girlfriend’s parents? Just want cool hair? Make the look match the situation.

  • Keep your job in mind, when choosing a hairstyle. If it requires professional attire, an edgy modern cut might be out of place. You should also think about how long it takes to style your hair. The length, curl, and texture of your hair can all be altered to some extent, but honestly assess how much time you’re willing to put into your hairstyle every morning. If you hate grooming or styling, you should choose a low-maintenance look.
  • Regardless of the hairstyle you choose, it should work with your personality. You’ll need to be comfortable with your new style, so don’t pick a style that doesn’t match your own personal tastes. If your stylist recommends a hairstyle that you don’t feel comfortable with, politely tell them how you feel and find something else.
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