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How Would You Look With A New Hair Style? 3 Cool Websites

Updated on April 7, 2010

Now you can see how you'd look with a mullet, dreadlocks or bobby pins before you head to the salon!

A slew of websites allows user to virtually render how they would appear in a variety of hair styles. Unfortunately, most of these sites all charge a subscription fee. Fortunately one of the best among them, The Hair Styler, is now 100% free!!!

Below are reviews of the best two hair style preview sites on the web, plus a third site for the fun of it:

Cost: $14.95 for a one-time payment

Pros: Very user friendly, over 2000 different hair styles to choose from, cost free

Cons: You can only see how the hair style looks from the front


The Hair Styler

The Hair Styler website is wonderfully easy to use. Upload a decent face shot of yourself and you're ready to go. The Hair Styler has over 2000 virtual hair styles, renderable in over 50 colors, to superimpose on top of your photo. And since the website's database will store multiple photos you can see how a hairstyle looks with different outfits and makeup.

The coolest feature of this site might be the constantly updated selection of hair styles, include celebrity styles. Did you catch a glimpse of Kirsten Dunst at the opening gala for her latest movie and wonder how you'd look with her hair? You'll find that exact cut to try on at The Hair Styler.

The downside of such a large database of hair styles is that it can take a long time to look through them for the perfect one. Then again, experimenting with all the different styles can be a lot of fun!

Cost: $19.95 for one month, $29.94 one year, $67 lifetime

Pros: Excellent 3D hair style models

Cons: Long setup time, currently only around 200 hair styles to choose from, expensive



What sets Stellure apart from competitor sites is their 3D hair rendering model, which allows you to see how your virtual hair style would look from various angles. The 3D effect works astonishingly well! However, it also requires quite a bit more set up time than does the simple straight-ahead method used by The Hair Styler (above).

To start, you first have to go to the "Face Shape Wizard" (which is a program on the Stellure website, not some Dumbledore-like old man) and answer some questions on your face and head shape. The questions aren't difficult but, trust us, it's impossible not to feel a little self conscious when answering detailed questions about your facial features. Next you need two photos of your head -- one from the front and one from the side. The process works best if both of these photos are the same size and taken from the same distance. Since you are unlikely to have such photos handy you'll probably need to snap some to send to Stellure with a good digital camera . Then -- and this is the part that's a real bummer -- you have to wait around two working days for Stellure to create your 3D model.

Once your 3D model is complete you are good to go. Stellure will suggest hair styles for you based on your profile (taking into account, surprisingly, your zip code) but it is easy and fun to play around with all their styles. The site currently around 200 hair styles. Sort through them by length or hair density. Choose from their formal and bridal looks, or simply a style that's easy to care for.

Cost: Free

Pros: Fast and fun. And the price is right too.

Cons: You need to start with a photo with the person looking straight ahead, face uncovered. In general, the site works better for men subjects than women.


Yearbook Yourself

You might find it a little scary to imagine what your yearbook photo would look like if you were in the Class of 1952, or 1974, or 1990. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun to see how other people would look. Yearbook Yourself is a website that let's you upload anyone's pic and gander at their theoretical yearbook photo. The hard part is finding a good photo -- you need one in which the subject is looking straight at the camera without anything obstructing the face. So, if your photo victim has bangs or is wearing glasses you are out of luck. Once the photo is uploaded simply resize it, make some adjustments, click on the class year you want to see and voila! Not useful, perhaps, but lots of fun.

Below are two sets of photos we did, each in about 15 minutes:

Yearbooking Paris Hilton:

Yearbooking Brad Pitt:

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      Ellena Paccone 

      7 years ago

      Guys and girls If U rely want to look great you should this android app How to Make Your Hair Look Fab

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      8 years ago

      bunch of idoits on this

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      the guy 

      8 years ago

      is it free..?

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      9 years ago


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      Angela Ott 

      9 years ago

      Another good site is, you can do hair but also make up.

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      9 years ago

      there's always good old ! Can't believe you didn't name that one!

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      cut hair short women  

      9 years ago

      good.thanks for sharing...

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      keyshia cole 

      9 years ago


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      9 years ago from Coorg,India

      cool..thnx for sharing

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      Karla King 

      9 years ago

      Specialized In Healthy Hair, Do Not Overbook.

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      9 years ago

      Well, the first one is NOT "free". If you want to see how YOU look with a new hairstyle, you have to pay.

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      9 years ago

      its amaizing websites..thanks a lot for sharing this

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      10 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA

      Info from an alert reader:

      FROM NOW UNTIL NOV 30th you can get 10% off of The Hair Styler (link above) if you use the coupon code "NOVHAIR" (without the quotes).

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      Research Analyst 

      11 years ago

      What a difference a hairstyle makes, just by changing the cut,style, length or color a person becomes unrecognizable, especially the photo of paris hilton she looks better in the class of 1966 photo. LOL


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      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      These are definitely cool sites. :) We tried it once and was enjoying at how we looked with different hairdos.

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      11 years ago from OKC

      LOL I luv it! Great Hub!

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      Aubrey Allyn 

      11 years ago

      This is a really great HUB. I loved the hairstyles on Paris and Brad. Great Idea! Seems like it took you a good amount of time to do all of that as well, which makes the HUB feel like it had a lot of effort put into it.

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      11 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA


      I literally spent hours looking for good free sites. All of them I found were -- if I may be blunt -- crap.

      If it helps: The Hair Styler comes with a money back guarantee. In theory, they'll refund your money no questions asked. I found a third hand report of some one getting their money back without a problem. But I wasn't able to personnaly talk to someone who tried getting the refund, which is why I didn't mention it in the review. The main reason I couldn't find such a person is that the people I interviewed who tried the site were all rather happy with it.

      If you do try it let us know how it goes. I'd love to hear your experience.

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I keep thinking I'll try one of the free sites out there, but I never can seem to find a good photo to use. Love the yearbook photos - funny!

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      Susan Keeping 

      11 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      What great sites! I'll have to check them out.

      That is Kirsten Dunst :) But, maybe the name fits :)

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      11 years ago from California

      This would be fun if they were all free. I think I'd look spectacular in Kirsten Dunce's hair (or her clothes or her shower or... ) j/k. (Well not really). (Well, sort of.) Frankly, and seriously, anyone's hair.

      Good hub and nice angle on the hair mob idea.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very cool!! Those pics of Paris and Brad are hilarious!

      Nice hub, thx for sharing.

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      11 years ago from Augusta, ME

      That definitely looks like it would be fun to play around with. Thanks for sharing.

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      11 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

      I hate the yearbook. Now i know why Dottie stopped after trying once. great fun hub. thanks. Princessa you have beautiful hair. period...

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      11 years ago from MA, USA

      Cool websites that look like a lot of fun.  I already know what I look like in a yearbook and once is enough!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      I don't think that there is any chance of trying it for real...unless my virtual do is "royally beautiful" ;-)

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      11 years ago from San Francisco, CA USA


      If you do try blonde, either virtually or in real life, you must send a photo. I'd love to see.

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      11 years ago

      Natural usually is best :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      Ananta: Tryed red... a complete disaster :( It looked so fake it put me off hair dye. I am sticking to my natural shade now, unless of course is virtual and I can try even the boldy look :)

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      11 years ago

      Red would suit you better, is my guess :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      at least it is cheaper than having your hair done with no chance to go back :) I always wondered how I would look in blonde but never had the courage to do it, I am curious now...

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      11 years ago

      Too bad those first two sites are pay-sites. Great hub!

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      DJ Funktual 

      11 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove


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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      This is so cool... I love it. I need to try them ASAP


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