Thinking of changing up your hairstyle? You might have heard from your hairdresser or the Internet that you should pick a hairstyle according to your face shape. The face shape is the go-to for guiding people on what hairstyle might work for them, but in fact, your hair type also holds a heavy hand on how you should have your hair cut and styled. Below, we’ve made a guide on the different hairstyles and the hair types that suit them best.
Text: Chez Vous’ Shawn Chia And Readen Chia / Her World / August 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim
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1. Thin hair in all areas
Hair styles that suit this type are: Angled or Graduated Bob / Lob
Angled or Graduated Bob / Lob (i.e. the hair at the back is shorter than the front) will add body and shape to your thin hair. The graduation will help re-distribute the weight back to your crown. Also, you can try Root Stretch colour technique, where the roots are coloured slightly darker than re-growth to give illusion of a denser root area. Avoid long hair length as the weight of the hair will make your crown appears flatter than it already is.
2. Thin strands but lots of hair
Hair styles that suit this type are: The Swag
The bangs add volume to your crown and make your hair appear thicker, while the shaggy layers can easily be manipulated into curls and waves add depth and texture without making your hair look too big. Bonus: Spray on a little Sea Salt Spray for a more contemporary and tousled look.
3. Thick strands but not much hair
Hair styles that suit this type are: Pixie Cut
This is perfect for women with thick strands but are suffering from hair loss. To pull off a Pixie Cut, the hair diameter must ideally be above average to hold its shape. With less weight pulling the hair down and minimal brushing, one can expect fuller-looking hair while reducing hair breakage. All you need is some wax or clay, and you’re good to go. If you’re one of those blessed ones who have extremely thick hair that looks dense even when you are suffering from hair loss problems, you can opt for undercut or a close-cropped to reduce the heaviness.
4. Thick hair in all areas
Hair styles that suit this type are: Long Layers
Long Layers add lightness and movement to thick hair, while reducing the weight of it and reduce the weight at the bottom. Bottom-heavy hair can sometimes drag one’s appearance down, making her look fatigue. When all else fails, do a half-up style to keep your mane away from your face while accentuating your facial features and your hair’s lushness.
5. Curly hair
Hair styles that suit this type are: Blended Bangs with Light Layers at the Bottom
Blended Bangs with light layers at the bottom suit women with curls best. The light layers at the bottom will accentuate the curls while keeping it in control. Also, the natural curls of the hair will help swept the bangs to one side, keeping it neat while concealing any wrinkles one might have. The best part, side-swept bangs does have a slimming effect as well! Bonus: If you are blessed with slender shoulders, you might opt for Lob (Long Bob), with short layers in the back and long, face-framing layers in the front to create an edgy look.
6. Grey hair
Embrace your grey!
Grey can be beautiful too. Constant roots retouch can be painful and time-consuming. Why not try to grow out your greys? With this colour, a full-fledged bob or pixie hairstyle can look gorgeous. If your grey is a little patchy, opt for a blonde (blue- or purple-depositing) shampoo. If you find grey hair too boring, insert panels of black low-lights into your hair for an edgier look. Most importantly, condition your grey hair regularly to create a vibrant shine to it.
7. Heavy and straight hair
Hair styles that suit this type are: WOB (Wavy Bob)
WOB (Wavy Bob) is best suited for women with heavy and straight hair – especially long hair – as it creates an intense frame around the face, highlighting any facial flaws one might have. Think of your face as a painting, which will attract more attention to the painting? A thick black framed painting or a painting without frames? Also, heavy and straight (especially black) hair can sometimes make one look haggard. A WOB (Wavy Bob) will help “open up” your face and bring out your cheekbones.
8. Straight hair with flyaways
Hair styles that suit this type are: Neat Hair
One major rule whether you have curls or straight looking hair: Always keep them well-coiffed and healthy-looking. Otherwise, it might “upstage” you and your actual capability, and be perceived as someone unkempt and disorganised.