Making the Cut: How to Find the Right Haircut for You

Woman having a haircut

One of the best and simplest ways to give yourself a new look is by getting a haircut. However, you’ve probably experienced going home from the salon disappointed with the new do you just got. Weeks felt like years while you waited for your hair to grow out, too.

Because a haircut drastically changes the way you look — for better or for worse — it’s best to do what you can to get one that fits your face and style. Find out yours before your stylist brings out their hair cutting scissors.

Get Inspiration Online

If you don’t know what kind of hairstyle you want to have yet, the internet is your best friend. Think of the celebrities and artists that you adore and what their mops are like. Do you see yourself getting the same cut as them? If not, search for styles according to the hair length you want. There are many catalogs online, like TheHairStyler.com’s collection of 12,000 haircuts. With that many styles, you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you.

See if it Fits Your Face and Hair

Cutting a woman's bangsWhat’s great about TheHairStyler.com’s catalog is that it categorizes haircuts based on face shape and hair type, which are crucial in determining which style is best for you. If you don’t know your face shape yet, here’s a short guide on how to figure it out:

If you have a broad forehead and a pointy chin, you have a heart-shaped face, like Reese Witherspoon and Chloe Moretz. If your forehead is a bit narrow, you have a diamond-shaped face like Vanessa Hudgens.

If your face is wide, has straight sides, and you have a sharp jawline, you have a square-shaped face, like Sandra Bullock. A rectangular one is longer, as opposed to wider, like Liv Tyler.

If you have what looks like a square face with a rounded chin and wide cheekbones, then you have a rounded face, like Elizabeth Olsen. If it’s a bit longer, you have an oval face like Blake Lively.

Search for cuts based on your face shape and try to see if your hair type fits as well. Try to find at least three to five styles you like.

Be Realistic

Now that you have a set of haircuts that you’re satisfied with, try to see which one suits your lifestyle the most. You may not always have the luxury of prepping up your hair every day. If you’re always on the go, low maintenance styles like bobs or a pixie cut may be best. If you like having a morning ritual and have the time to afford it, go wild with updos, pompadours, or even mohawks.

Once you’ve narrowed down a style that fits your taste, hair type, and face shape, save them on your phone and head to the salon. Show them to your hairdresser and ask their opinion about which one is right for you and let them work their magic. While trying out different haircuts is a joy, finding one that consistently looks great on you is the best feeling ever.