As I stated in part 1 of this 2 part blog post on determining which haircut is right for you, there are two major factors that come to play: face shape and hair texture.
In this post, I am going to be covering different hair textures with haircuts that complement each one so that you are able to fully identify which cut is going to work best for you!
The reason why texture should be considered is because the way your hair naturally wants to lay is going to play a role in how the cut looks on you vs the picture on Pinterest. It will also help you in understanding the amount of maintenance that will be required.
So, let’s dive in!
There are three common hair textures and one of them fits you: fine, medium, or coarse/thick.
Fine hair is characterized by thin individual strands of hair.
It is certainly possible to have fine hair with high density; in other word’s you can have a ton of hair, but it still be fine. Either way, fine texture of each individual strand presents the same challenges when it comes to styling different cuts.
If you have fine hair, you will want to avoid removing tons of weight through excessive layering. I know it sounds like adding layers will help achieve more volume, but with fine hair it will actually cause it to look more dull and lay more flat.
You need to reserve the hair you have. In order to add volume to fine hair, you want to keep things blunt. This is going to give off the appearance of “more” hair or “fuller” hair.
Medium hair is kind of like having an oval face shape. You can pretty much get away with anything.
I would recommend determining the density of your hair and allowing that to heavily influence your decision on a cut. If you have medium texture and a ton of hair, you might want to consider adding more layers and framing to achieve volume. If you have medium texture but you don’t have a ton of hair, reserve more weight and go with the blunt side of things.
If you have medium hair, short or long haircuts both suit you well. You just have to determine what fits best with your lifestyle from there. How do you like to style it? Do you wear it up a lot? Ask questions like these to decide what cut you want next.
If you have thick/coarse hair, you will want to decide on a cut that removes a good amount of weight. Typically, my thick haired clients come to me wanting “texture”, “layers”, “weight removed”, and most of the time we want to stay clear of anything blunt.
Thick hair will naturally want to lay a little blunter so adding heavy layering, texturing the ends, and even keeping your hair on the longer side will help with shape and lower maintenance.
The shorter you go, the more you might find yourself fighting with heavy ends. Of course, as stylists we are able to texture those ends to an extent, but shorter hair on thick haired clients always tends to be a little higher maintenance.
The biggest question to ask yourself is how much effort do I intend to put into my hair?
You can truly get away with any cut, but by choosing a cut that works well with your natural texture, it will save you a lot of stress, especially on the days you are running out the door.