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Choosing the Right Hairstyle: What to Consider Before Visiting the Hairdresser

Updated on November 29, 2011

Choosing the right hairstyle can be extremely important to both men and women alike. Your hair (cut and style) is often one of the first things that people take notice of and when done right the statement it gives off should be an extension of both your fashion and personality. This just adds to why it is important to find a hairstyle tailored to you.

Sitting in the salon browsing through magazine after magazine of popular hairstyles and cuts may not be the way to go. Though you may visually like someone else's haircut or style does not mean that it will be right for you. Here are some important things to keep in mind when trying to find the right hairstyle for you.


Choosing the Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

The shape and structure of your face can play a big part in how a particular hairstyle, cut or length will look on you, especially for women. A haircut that looks great on someone with an oval face is not necessarily going to be flattering for someone with a round face or those with a strong or square jaw. So make sure you know your face shape and choose a style best suited for you and most flattering for your features.

Tip: For some cyber help with choosing the right hairstyle there are sites online that allow you to try on virtual hairstyles and even see what you look like with a different hair color. CreateNewStyle lets you "picture" yourself in Celebrity hairstyles.

Choosing the Right Hairstyle Based-On Your Hairs Thickness

Certain styles and looks are going to be best kept with certain thicknesses of hair. Short styles that are intended to lay flat and close to the head and face are best achieved with thinner hair and may be more difficult for those with thick hair, for woman these would be cuts like some of the pixies or even short layered bobs. It doesn't mean that these looks are not closely attainable for those outside of the intended hair thickness it may just require a little to a lot more time and care to achieve those hairstyles and perhaps a little compromise on the finished look.

Choosing the Right Hairstyle Based on Your Hairs Makeup (Curly, Straight, Wavy...)

One very important thing to consider when trying to find the right hairstyle is what type of hair you have. Short or even long and sleek cuts or hairstyles may not be as easy to attain or manage for those with thick curly or wavy hair. Whereas full bodied styles may be more difficult for those with thin and straight hair. As with hairs thickness however, many of the looks/styles can be achieved regardless of hair type the process of getting their just may involve a lot more time and steps.

Choosing the Right Hairstyle for Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle may very well be the best judge of how to best find the right hairstyle. If you are always short on time then an easy, no frills, wet and set type of hairstyle may be perfect whereas someone with a little more time may be better suited with a more time consuming style.


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