Hairstyles & Cutting
Haircuts: Most women are constantly looking for new hairstyles. Each person is different, and choosing the right hairstyles to fit them will depend on the person’s face shape, hair texture, and the occasion. The right hairstyles can accentuate your best facial features while downplaying any flaws. The shape of your face can help determine the kind of hairstyles that will suit you best. For instance, if you have a round face, you might consider wearing your hair long to minimize the width of your face.
However, if you have a longer face, you’ll look great in hairstyles that are short with sweeping bangs which will give a wider appearance to your face.
Haircut Styles for Every Hair Type
It’s a universal truth among women that nobody, we repeat, nobody, is completely satisfied with her hair type. Straight haired ladies with the long, flip-worthy locks that curly gals covet complain that thier hair is too limp. Women with thick coils fret over frizz, while those with wavy hair sigh about thier inconsistent curl pattern.
Haircuts for Straight Hair
To those who don’t have it, straight hair is enviable—it rarely frizzes, beautifully reflects light and is so simple to style (not to mention fairly versatile).
According to the experts we spoke with, straight hair has a tendency to fall flat—fast. And when cut incorrectly, “it can make you look like you have less of it.”
Pin straight hair has no forgiving factor so any mistake—bad angles, layers or bangs—will show in spades.
Mechanics of a Straight Haircut
That right cut: a blunt style—or hair that’s cut straight across. Cutting blunt keeps the thickness and fullness of the hair, which is especially important with fine straight hair.
Adding a few long layers is an option—it softens the lines and creates movement. Though too many can thin out the bottom and make the hair appear stringy.
Dry cutting with scissors is the preferred technique with this hair type because it creates strong, precise lines.
Razors are forbidden—they sheer the hair and sever the ends, making it look as though their split.
Haircuts for Long, Straight Hair
If your hair is long, as noted, a blunt base is best with a sweeping or heavy-straight bang.
For the sweeping style, the bang should start at the top point of the cheekbone and angle around the face, just touching the eyebrow to the other side.
For a fuller bang, more hair is pulled forward and cut level. A few long, strategically placed layers around the face opens it up, adds movement and can make the cut more interesting and modern.
Haircuts for Shoulder-Length, Straight Hair
With medium, or shoulder length, the Bob is best.
Any variation will work—from a classic blunt to a more graduated style, where the hair is slightly longer in the front than the back.
If your hair is fine, suggests keeping the cut on the shorter side. “The longest you should go is about an inch or two past your shoulders, otherwise it will get weighed down and will be tough to add volume to when styling.
Haircuts for Short, Straight Hair
A Pixie cut makes the cut for short hair—cropped on the sides with longer pieces on top.
To achieve it: “You want to cut into the hair in an abstract manner to create layers which add volume.
Unlike long straight hair, layers (and lots of them) give this style movement. Lift and versatility—you can wear it loose and tousled, slightly spiked or gracefully slicked back.
Updos for Straight Hair
As for updos, a classic or low ponytail is timeless and works for almost any occasion. Also popular among the experts is a basic chignon, only tied a little looser so it looks more modern.
Haircuts for Wavy Hair
From haircut to blowout to curling iron to carefully applied product, the most coveted wavy hairstyles are often the most contrived.
Achieving perfect waves doesn’t have to be hard.
It all comes down to your haircut. Too many layers can make the hair look too round and too voluminous (and in turn make it hard to manage). While none at all can make it appear boxy.
The key is knowing what cut is right for this hair type—and then you, too, will have a red carpet-worthy style.
Mechanics of a Wavy Haircut
The biggest concerns for women with this hair type are two-fold: don’t make my hair look like a mushroom and cut it in a way that makes it easy to style.
Layers are important to ward off a “mushroom” or “rounded” effect, but how they’re cut and where they’re placed can make or break your style.
When adding layers, your stylist needs to account for spring—they can’t be too short or too numerous.
You also want to ensure they’re placed throughout the interior and exterior of the hair, which helps create that desired draping effect.
The experts recommend cutting with scissors, while tools like razors should be used only to add softness and definition.
Haircuts for Long, Wavy Hair
For women with hair that falls way below the shoulders, your most flattering cut is long, graduated layers with a side-angled or sweeping bang.
Long layers on this length allow the wave to release itself and give swing and movement to the hair.
A few face-framing pieces are also an option to keep the hair from crowding or even elongating your features.
Haircuts for Shoulder-Length Wavy Hair
Like long hair, medium or shoulder length looks best with long layers.
The layers need to be cut throughout the interior of the hair and framed around the face.
When face-framing, layers should fall from the cheekbones to the collarbone.
Avoid blunt or bob styles with this length, otherwise, the bottom gets too heavy and the hair will take on a triangular effect.
Haircuts for Short, Wavy Hair
Short waves, or hair that’s ear to chin length, should opt for a one-length cut. Unlike long or medium hair, too many layers will make it look rounded.
Short waves, or hair that’s ear to chin length, should opt for a one-length cut. “Unlike long or medium hair, too many layers will make it look rounded.
In this case, you need the weight of the hair to keep it from springing up. Adding a long bang is possible (it should start at the cheekbone and no shorter) and texturizing the ends to add softness is also an option.
Updos for Wavy Hair
As for updos, the experts agree that a loose chignon with a few wavy pieces falling around the face, and a half-up half-down style are head turners. These two styles don’t disguise or hide the wave, but actually appreciate it and show it off.
Haircuts for Highly Textured Hair
Highly textured hair is blessed with lots and lots of tightly coiled curls. A head of gorgeously kinky curls is the envy of many a limp-locked women, but those with it often complain that it has a mind of its own. Usually fine, sometimes course, and always fragile, highly textured hair should be trimmed more frequently than other hair types—every four to six weeks is a must.
Mechanics of a Highly Textured Haircut
Like any hair type, the right cut is essential. But for highly textured hair, it’s beyond crucial.
The right cut gives naturally textured hair shape and manageability.
You have to be much more cautious when cutting this hair type because the shape stands out more when you cut it.
According to the experts, a layered cut is best for this hair type because it removes bulk, creates movement, and it gives shape to otherwise shapeless hair. It also helps with curl placement—the layers create a cascading effect where the curls fall into each other, creating better flow, balance and as previously mentioned, shape.
A layered style is universal to all lengths—short, medium or long, with minor adjustments to the layers. If the hair is long (below the shoulders), your stylist should cut long layers throughout the hair. Medium lengths (at or just above the shoulder) can go longer as well, though too long could create a blunt effect, will make the hair sit out as opposed to flat.” Shorter hair (chin or above) can handle shorter layers, however, caution the experts: Your stylist must account for spring when cutting smaller layers.
Cutting highly textured hair while dry is an absolute. “I always make sure my clients’ hair is blown out prior to cutting so you can see the true length and therefore achieve an accurate cut.
Scissors are the best tool because they give the stylist more control, and create a more uniform shape than other types of shears, such as a razor, which will make the ends look frayed (an existing concern with this hair type).
Highly Textured, Relaxed Hair
Some women with highly textured hair choose to relax their locks.
The coarser the texture, the less styling flexibility there is so a lot of women turn to relaxing the hair to create a foundation for more versatile styles.
Smoothing treatments last until the hair is cut or grown out, and allow for more options with the cut.
The rules change when the hair is relaxed because now you’re working with an entirely new texture. But it’s best to stick with a cut designed for this hair type, in the event you re-embrace your natural texture.
Updos for Highly Textured Hair
Whether smoothed or textured, a ponytail is among the most flattering updos. Top knots, where you flip over and pull all the hair to the top of the head and knot it, is also an easy style.
Haircuts for Curly Hair
Some of the downsides of a curly hair type can be the lack of definition in the curls, hair frizz and not being able to control and style your curls in the way that you want. These hair problems can be solved, however, with the right haircut and some simple hair tips.
Layered Haircut Suggestions:
Layers are great for eliminating weight in the hair so they are perfect for helping you to tame your curls and add shape to your hairstyle.
If hair volume and body is what you want from your curly hair then adding uniform layers (pictured left) throughout your hair will balance out the body and volume. While layers cut through the sides and back of curly hair (pictured right). Will promote and provide lots of volume and lift.
For toning down and balancing out the fullness of your curls. Subtle layers can be added to the edges of your hair. And will also lighten the weight through the ends of your curly hair.
For a haircut that lets your curls run free, wild and loose. A mixture of short and long hair layers cut throughout your hair will achieve just that.
There are lots of different types of layers that can be added to curly hair. So seeing a hairstylist in person who will be able to look at the condition of your hair. And the characteristics of your curls will give you the best results. And ensure you get the right advice.
Curly Hair Tips:
• When blow-drying. You’ll get a better result from your curls with a slower speed and cooler temperature so take your time.
• Use a shampoo and conditioner exclusively designed for curls.
• Go easy on the shampoos. Curly hair can get away with washing less as curls respond well if they aren’t washed every day.
• Keep your curls well conditioned. The better conditioned your curly hair is, the less hair frizz it will have. Which in turn will give you glossy curls with more definition.
• Ensure your natural curls look groomed by using a curl enhancer followed by a styling serum. The combination will define and hold the shape of your curls while keeping them frizz free as your hair dries.
• You can also try gently twisting some light-weight serum into the ends of your curls. If you want frizz control without having to add lots of hair styling products.