How to find the best haircut for you
So you’ve reached the point where you’re no longer feeling your current hairstyle and are ready for something new. While this is undoubtedly exciting, it also poses a major question: what are the best haircuts for me?
The number of haircut ideas out there are seemingly endless. Whether it’s a classic style for women that involves layers, or something that follows current hair trends like a lob; whether it’s something timeless for men like a slicked-back look, or something modern that incorporates a fade, you’ve got to make up your mind before you sit down in that L.A. salon or barbershop chair and let the stylist go at it.
Otherwise, you may find yourself leaving with a hairstyle you never wanted, and unfortunately can’t take back.
So, how do you go about choosing your new haircut? While we are all about you getting whatever haircut you’re feeling, we also think it’s a good idea if you take into consideration some things before diving into a cut that may leave you feeling oh-so regretful.
Here are some things we think you should consider before the scissors get moving.
Your face shape
This is the number one thing to take note of when choosing your new haircut. No matter how good a haircut is, it may just never look right if you don’t have the face for it.
Below is a breakdown of the different face shapes, so you can find which one best describes you. You may even want to break out a measuring tape to help you get down to the tiny details.
Haircuts For Oval Faces
Rather than a sharp jaw, yours is rounded. Also, the length of your face is longer than it is wide.
Hairstyles that look great on an oval shape include:
● Blunt bob with layers
● Sleek shoulder-length cut
● Long, textured cut, possibly with swept-to-the-side bangs
Guys with an oval face can pretty much pull off any haircut. However, it is a good idea to aim for a cut that is off of your forehead. Something like:
● Short in the back and on the side with longer length on top
Haircuts For Round Faces
Similar to oval, your jaw is not sharp but is rounded. However, with this face shape, the length of your face and the width of your face are essentially the same.
Round faces mean you can go short -- really short if you’d like. Here’s what will look best on you:
● Short, boyish cut with layers
● Choppy bob with lots of layers
● Long long layers
Men with round faces will want to opt for a hairstyle that brings more structure to their faces. These include:
● Flat top
● Fringe in the front
Haircuts For Square Faces
This face shape has sharp jaw lines and similar measurements on length and width of face.
If you’ve got a square face, you’ll look best with:
● Layers, layers, and more layers
● Shoulder-length bob with layers
● Long style with a few cheekbone-length bangs
Lucky you -- both long and short hairstyles look good on a man with a square face. Our favorites include:
● Buzz cut
● Close fade
● Short layers
Haircuts For Heart Faces
This shape is similar to an upside-down triangle, with the forehead being the widest, and coming down to almost a point at the chin.
To look your best with this face shape, go with:
● Pixie cut with layers
● Mid-length crop with uniform layers
● Long style with long layers
You’ll want a cut that makes your face look more evened, and here are some ideas:
● Swept cut
● Light long style
● Add a beard
Hair texture, thickness and style
Not all hair is created equal -- some people have hair that is thin and fine, others have hair that is thick and coarse.
In addition, there are a few different hair styles that hair can be categorized into – four, specifically: straight, wavy, curly, or coily.
Let’s take a quick look at the difference between these styles.
This is fairly self-explanatory – straight hair is, well, straight. No curve, no wave – just plain straight.
Wavy hair isn’t full-blown curly, but does have a bit more to it than straight hair. Wavy hair also tends to be neither super dry, not super oily.
This hairstyle is characterized with a very distinct “s” shape that is far more defined than wavy styles.
The fourth style of hair is coily, which is essentially very tight curls.
The texture, thickness, and style of your hair are three things you’ve got to take into account when getting your haircut.
Your hairstylist will be able to help you take these factors into consideration, and help you pick a style that best fits you.
We would be lying if we said that no one spends time on their hair. We would also be lying if we said that everyone is okay with spending a good chunk of their morning on styling their hair. Whether you’re at one extreme or the other, or somewhere in between, know going into your haircut how much effort you’re willing, wanting, and able to put into styling your hair every day.
Choosing a new hairstyle isn’t difficult, it just takes some time. So before you run into the salon with a celebrity hairstyle you found online and demanding yours look like that, make sure you know that hairstyle is the right fit for you, for all the reasons above. When you’re ready to get your next haircut styled just how you’d like, hop onto the Klipped app to connect with stylists in your area who will make your hair dreams come true. Download today to see how easy it is to browse, book and pay for your next haircut with Klipped!