What Haircut Should I Get? Tips for Length, Trends, Commitment Factor and Face Shape

Or: How to Choose a Hairstyle 101.

There’s a saying that the trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go, and this applies just as much to our old style habits to the turning of the leaves come fall. From asking yourself “what haircut should I get” to getting perms to experimenting with different hair colors, there is no correct time to switch things up.

If you’re itching for a style change, by all means, go for it! If you’ve found yourself asking yourself the question “what hairstyle suits me” or “what haircut should I get” more often lately regardless of the turn of the seasons, then it’s probably high time you bit the bullet and opt for a new look.

For many of us, upgrading our look means getting a new haircut. Whether just a quick dusting of some frayed ends or a complete overhaul altogether, there’s definitely something therapeutic about tweaking your look. Yes, your strands do also benefit from regular upkeep, but the psychological boost of “cleaning up” and constantly evolving your look is a major driving force whenever we ask ourselves “what haircut should I get?”

Length and Commitment Level

Regardless of what any naysayers might say, cutting your hair can definitely be a highly emotional decision. Your hair length will only affect the way you look for the next year, no biggie! This is the reason majority of people shy away from getting anything too drastic; the fear of getting the wrong cut, coupled with months of dealing with that dreaded awkward stage, is enough to turn anyone off of trying out new trends.

How to choose a hairstyle that you won’t regret? First things first: Pick a length you’re comfortable with and you know can go with your style, personality, and lifestyle, i.e. active women may want easier, wash-and-wear lengths such as a lob or mid-length cut, versus something that needs to be carefully blown out every day, like a concave bob.

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An edgy, platinum pixie haircut is anything but vanilla.

Short Haircut

Asking yourself “what haircut I should get when it comes to short hair?” If you’re looking for a major change—or have strands that have really been put through their paces in the recent past—it might be time to finally go short. Lots of options abound nowadays, from pixie cuts to inverted bobs to even that feathery shag, so you’re bound to find a look that suits your taste with little risk of buyer’s remorse.

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A medium-length lob still leaves room for cute little updos, braids and knots.

Medium-Length

You want to shake out of your rut, but aren’t looking for anything drastic either. Hacking off a few inches to reveal a swingy new lob or some flattering, bouncy layers might just be exactly what you need to freshen up your look. Your hair is still long enough to style in an updo whenever you don’t want to deal with it, which makes medium-length looks a go-to if you’re #TeamLowMaintenance.

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A full, swingy fringe is a flirty fall look.

Long with a Fringe

So you have a staple, classic look—and that’s okay. But just how flowers need the occasional pruning to keep things fresh, we all need a trim every few months to rid ourselves of split ends or any other scraggly bits. For the more adventurous (but still committed to length), some new bangs or subtle jawline can shake things up a bit without sacrificing too many inches.

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The TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) is a fresh way to wear your natural locks. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Natural

African-American women or anyone with a curly texture can choose to wear their hair out au naturel in styles such as the tapered baby afro, which is so on trend this year. Not only is it a huge “trend” (finally!), it’s also definitely lower maintenance—and much less damaging—than relaxing or straightening your hair chemically. A good compromise is wearing a protective style like box braids or twists, which, with the help of extensions, helps give you the look and feel of long hair, but without the chemical or heat damage brought on by relaxing.

Face shapes are typically categorized into the following:

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Heart-shaped faces have a wide forehead and pointy or narrow chin.
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A lob with long bangs camouflages a wide forehead and gives some heft at the jaw. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Heart, Inverted Triangle

Heart-shaped faces are characterized with a wide forehead (with or without a widow’s peak) and a narrow or pointy chin and jawline. Haircuts that offer a bit more heft at the jawline while minimizing a forehead are most flattering. Look into long, side-swept bangs, or curtain bangs with soft layering near the jawline. Blunt bobs (so chic and fashionable at the moment, btw) are also a hairstyle that you can try—you can pull off the straight-edged ends of this particular hairstyle without looking bottom-heavy. A few spritzes of texturizing spray, like Bed Head By TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray help give blunt looks more movement.

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Round shapes look good in haircuts that slim down the sides of their face.
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Ask your stylist for long fringe layers that you can let loose and style with ponies and braids.

Round

If the width and length of your face are pretty much the same, and your cheekbones and cheeks are the widest points of your face, you’ve got a round face shape. Round shapes also have rather softer, fleshier cheeks, and are best flattered by haircuts and hairstyles that provide a bit of angularity and definition to their features—a.k.a. some contour, if you will. Short looks like pixie cuts that have some side-swept bangs, as well as layered haircuts that fall past the jawline or longer, have a slimming effect. Side and off-center parts are also great on this face shape. Steer clear of blunt bangs, rounded bobs and long, plain hairstyles with no layers.

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Oval faces can wear pixie cuts to long, flowing locks.

Oval

The oval face shape is widely known as having the most ideal facial proportions. An oval face typically is well-balanced and is the easiest to work around. The length of your face is only slightly more than the width. You also look good in nearly all lengths and cuts. We’re partial to lobs and bobs though. These put your unique features front and center, but you also look equally fetching in long, gently layered looks.

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Have a forehead that’s as wide as your jawline? You might have a square face shape.
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Soft shags look good against the angular jawlines of a square face.

Square

Square face shapes typically have strong, angular jawlines and wide foreheads, which are of similar width. Haircuts that soften any harsh angles, such as layered, jaw-grazing bobs and lobs, as well as long waves or curls, are the most flattering for this face shape. Make sure to keep the frizz away with all those layers with a shine serum, like Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum.

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Long faces need a fringe to balance out their features.
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A micro fringe and some easy waves help give a long face a bit of width. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Long

Long, or oblong face shapes, as the name suggests, are narrower and longer than they are wide—which, with the wrong haircut, can give the appearance of being too gaunt. Pick a look with bangs to give the illusion of a shorter, more abbreviated forehead area, and avoid any unnecessary layering at the sides. A long haircut with a micro fringe, or a swingy lob, is a good option to try.

And last (but certainly not least), you must always take your hair type into consideration before choosing which haircut to get. While some cuts are designed to favor those with poker straight strands, others are created with curly hair in mindso it pays to know what’s what.

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Straight hair gets a boost with blunt bobs.

Straight

Do you have straight hair and want to know “how should I cut my hair?” Naturally straight strands tend to be more prone to falling flat. To prevent limp locks from weighing you down, we suggest trying out shorter styles, like a sleek asymmetric bob to take some of the weight off. If you want to hold on to some length though, layers are key to adding fullness and texture.

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Wavy locks have a lot of natural movement and swing. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Wavy

If your hair has a natural wave to it (Type 2 ladies, holla!), you’re free to try out a variety of lengths. Whether flowing mermaid locks are your vibe or you’re into the trendy long bob, just remember: Adding bangs to your look will be the help emphasize your overall texture.

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It’s crucial to know your curl type to determine what length works best for you. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Curly

The trick when cutting curly hair is not to stick to one length all over. This will result in a fluffed-out triangle shape and honestly, nobody wants that. But fret not, because long layers are the ideal technique to work in tandem with your natural curls. It’s also important to know what your specific curl type is to know how to work around it best. A curl serum, like Dove Absolute Curls Supreme Crème Serum, helps give definition and separation to your ringlets after washing, to do away with the dreaded pouf.

Also, ask your stylist to cut diagonally rather than horizontally. This method will give a more face-framing finish and fend off the dreaded triangle shape.

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