The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Hairstyles for Women

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Contents

  • CHAPTER 1

    Learning the Basics
  • CHAPTER 2

    How Are Hair
    Extensions Made
  • CHAPTER 3

    What Are the Types of
    Hair Extensions
  • CHAPTER 4

    What Are the Things to
    Consider When Buying
    Hair Extensions
  • CHAPTER 5

    Where to Get Your Hair Extensions
  • CHAPTER 6

    How to Apply Hair
    Extensions
  • CHAPTER 7

    Frequently Asked
    Questions
  • CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 1

Chapter 1
Determine Your Hair Type and Texture

Learning your hair type and texture will help in understanding which hair products and styling methods will work best for you. You will learn how to care for your hair properly to promote growth and reduce your risks of hair loss or thinning.

It could get tricky, so we have laid out the different hair types and textures to help you determine which category your hair belongs to.

1.1 The Different Hair Types

Simply observe your hair. Is it straight, wavy, or curly? If you’re not sure, take a closer look at the different hair types and determine which describes your hair best.

woman with windblown brunette long straight hair

Type 1: Straight Hair

This hair type will remain straight without any curling and will stay flat from the roots to the tips. Straight hair is often soft, silky, and shiny. Usually, women with straight hair will also have fine hair.

People with straight hair also produce high natural oil content, which makes the strands stronger and less prone to damage. However, this will make them tough to curl. Among all the hair types, straight hair has the most luster and resilience.

woman with blonde curly hair

Type 2: Wavy Hair

Wavy hair falls between straight and curly. In this type, you can notice a slight curl near the tip of the hair.

The great thing about wavy hair is it’s ideal for styling through its rough texture and thick diameter. However, styling it will depend on its texture. If it’s fine hair, styling will be quite easy, but if it’s thick, it can get difficult.

woman with brunette curly hair holding her hair

Type 3: Curly Hair

The first thing you’re going to notice with curly hair is the “S” pattern on the curls. This type of hair is climate-dependent and more prone to damage. However, it has more volume compared to the straight and wavy hair types. Curly hair requires more maintenance to prevent it from frizz and tangling.

woman with kinky curly hair and pink eyeshadow

Type 4: Kinky Hair

This hair type can easily be identified with its distinct “Z” pattern. It has the highest density among the four types and comes with exceptionally tight curls. From afar, kinky hair looks rough and coarse, but it is actually soft and fragile. It can easily break if it does not receive proper care.

1.2 Hair Texture

There have been misconceptions when it comes to the texture of one’s hair. You might have heard somewhere that dry, dull, and frizzy are hair textures. They are not. They only describe the current condition your hair is in.

Your hair texture is something you had right when you were born. It defines your hair’s circumference and can be divided into three categories:

Fine Hair

People with fine hair will have strands that only have two hair layers – the cortex and cuticle. It is fragile and becomes oily easily. It is hard to style as applying too many products will cause damage and breakage.

Medium Hair

The hair strands still have two layers, but might also have the third one, the medulla. Most of us have medium hair, which is thicker and stronger than fine hair. It is ideal for styling, appears fuller, and is less prone to breaking and damage.

Thick or Coarse Hair

Each strand will now have all three hair layers – the cortex, cuticle, and medulla. People with thick hair strands will have hair that looks thicker. Thick hair is the most resilient and is most tolerant of heat. It can withstand various hair products, styling tools, heating, and dyeing. It is less prone to damage but will take longer to dry and will likely frizz in damp weather.

CHAPTER 2

Chapter 2
Find the Best Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Have you ever asked your hair stylist to give you a haircut from pictures you found online, only to leave feeling disappointed? It’s likely due to the mismatch between your desired haircut and your face shape. Your face shape is crucial when it comes to choosing the right hairstyle. Below, we will show you how to figure out the best hairstyle suited for your unique facial features.

How To Determine Your Face Shape

Here’s a quick way to determine your face shape: Look in the mirror, use a brow or lip pencil to trace around your face. Pay attention to your hairline, jawline, width, and length of your face, as these are the determining factors of your face shape.

Many women think that their faces are simply round. But round is only one of the six most common face shapes:

six different face shapes

Now let’s talk about the features of each face shape and how to choose the right hairstyles accordingly.

Oval Shape

Usually, your chin is a tad narrower than your forehead. The vertical center line of your face is approximately fifty percent longer than the horizontal center line. Cheekbones are slightly wider, which taper into a soft rounded chin and hairline. Since an oval face is considered aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, you can pretty much get away with any haircut.

Round Shape

Rounder than oval shape. Bigger cheeks. No sharp angles. Stay away from bobs or haircuts with one length. Having layers or shorter pieces in your hair will give your hair more structure. You want to bring in layers below the chin area to add more length so your face looks more oval. Using hair extensions is a great option to add length if your hair is short.

Rectangle Shape

You’d have a prominent chin with a wide forehead. Forehead and jawline are about the same width. You face is more angular with sharp lines. To distract eyes from the sharp angles, you can always do a bang that’s shorter in the middle and round out on the sides. It’s also a good idea to keep your hair long to soften the corners of your jaw.

Oblong Shape

Your face is rounder at the top and bottom but more squared-off on the sides. The chin is narrower than that of an oval face. Consider more volume to be in the center half of the head. Add layers to your haircut to downplay the narrowness of your face. Bring more volume to the sides and bring out your cheekbones. Having your hair at your chin will draw attention to the overall shape and make your face look longer. So stick to haircuts that are below the chin.

Heart Shape

Your face is wider at the top with a larger forehead. You’d have higher cheekbones and, a smaller chin that’s pointy at the bottom. Keep your hair length at your chin or below to draw more attention to your jaw. Doing so will take off width from the forehead and add it to the jawline so that your face looks more oval. You can try a side-swept fringe to distract eyes from the overall wideness of your forehead.

Heart Shape

Your face is wider at the top with a larger forehead. You’d have higher cheekbones and, a smaller chin that’s pointy at the bottom. Keep your hair length at your chin or below to draw more attention to your jaw. Doing so will take off width from the forehead and add it to the jawline so that your face looks more oval. You can try a side-swept fringe to distract eyes from the overall wideness of your forehead.

Diamond Shape

A diamond shape forms from the top of your forehead to the corners of your eyes down to your chin. Usually, you’d have a pronounced chin and angular jawline. The forehead is often smaller with cheekbones pointed upwards. To make your face look more oval, you can always do a bob with some soft wispy pieces to distract eyes from the sharp lines of your jaw.

CHAPTER 3

Chapter 3
Choosing the Right Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

When you think about changing your hair color, you will realize right away how mind-boggling it can be with all the color choices available. One thing is for sure, it will dramatically change how you look. The question is, will it be for the better? 

You may not be aware of it, but your skin’s undertone will also play a major role in figuring out which hair color is best for you. To understand yours, look first at the top area of your hands near your wrist. If you’re seeing purple or blue veins, this means that you have a cool skin undertone. If the veins are green, this means you have a warm skin undertone. If you’re seeing both, you are likely neutral.

 Now that you have determined your skin undertone, you can now choose which hair color suits you basing on your skin tone.

woman with fair skin and blonde straight hair

Light Skin

If you have light skin with a cool undertone, you’re going to see red, blue, or pink undertones in your complexion. With this considered, you want your hair color to help lessen the redness in your body. 

Gold and warm hair colors look great on light skin with a cool undertone. So, go for shades of neutral brunettes and golden blondes to counter your pinkish or reddish skin tone.

 If you have light skin with a warm undertone, you’re going to see hints of orange or yellow around your skin. The best hair color for you must make your skin look healthy. To achieve this, go for colors that are cool and have an ashy or red color, like golden copper, rich brown, and strawberry blonde.

woman with long brown hair holding her hair

Medium Skin

If you have brown skin with a warm undertone, warm brown colors are ideal for you. These will include honey, amber, golden brown, cinnamon, and mahogany.

If you have brown skin with a cool undertone, the best hair colors for you are cocoa, dark mocha, and brown-black.

black woman with wavy hair touching side of her face

Dark Skin

Achieving the right contrast between your skin and hair color is essential. If you have dark skin, you don’t want to exactly match the color of your skin to your hair. This will make your distinct features fade away.

If your skin is golden and warm, you want to go for hues of copper and mahogany to bring out the warmth of your skin. If you have a cool skin tone, put emphasis on your pinkish/ bluish undertones with icy or cool red and dark browns and rich black colors.

CHAPTER 4

Chapter 4
Hairstyles for Different Hair Lengths

The great thing about our hair is no matter how short or long it is, it can be styled and can make us all glammed up for the occasion. Read on to learn how you can achieve the perfect look regardless of what your hair length is.

Short Hair

Having short hair doesn’t mean you can’t look girly anymore. It’s time we debunk the idea that short hair is boring and can’t be styled up. Here are some excellent styles of short hair.

woman with short pixie cut and a big smile against grey background

The Pixie Cut

Flaunting the pixie cut can either make you look bold and fierce or young and playful. This style is comfortable and almost weightless. You’ll feel really light, like something heavy has been lifted from you.

woman with brunette bob haircut looking sideways

The Bob

The classic bob cut has been around for many years and it’s here to stay for a long time. Women who sport this hairstyle are often perceived as someone bold and brave.

black woman with straight crop hairstyle

The Straight Crop

The straight crop cut is a hairstyle that more women are starting to love. Even though it’s really short, women who rock this hairstyle appear sexy and elegant.

woman with brunette short curls holding her hair

Short Curls

Short curls are a favorite of many. It’s easy to achieve and it doesn’t require much maintenance. It’s comfortable and you can literally pair it with anything – hair cuffs, hair ties, hair bands, and even caps!

Shoulder Length Hair

Having shoulder length hair is ideal for women who have a lot of things to handle, leaving little to no time to style their hair. If you have this hair length, you will find it easier and faster to keep your hair organized and stylish. Here are some excellent styles for your hair:

woman with medium length blonde messy hair wearing black leather jacket against black background

The “Messy” Hair

Almost all women have tried going out with the “messy” hair. It appears like you just got up from your bed and didn’t even bother to fix your hair. But, the truth is, women really exerted some effort to achieve this look to give the impression that even without bothering their hair, they still look good.

woman with lob cut hairstyle showing her back

The Lob Cut

The lob cut is having long hair in front and will gradually shorten as it reaches the back. It’s also a classic style but still considered fashionable until now.

woman with brunette medium length

With Bangs

Most women decide to have bangs more for the function it gives rather than the appearance. Having bangs is ideal for women who have large foreheads. So before you decide to have bangs, make sure it is suitable for your face shape.

Long Hair

The main advantage of having long hair is it can be transformed into any hairstyle. If you have long hair, your choices are endless and you can flaunt any hairstyle you want each day (that is if you have the time to do so)! Try clip-in extensions or tape-in extensions if you want to add length to your hair without waiting for it to grow. Here are some great examples how you can play with your long hair:

woman with blonde french twist hairstyle in houndstooth pattern shirt showing her back against brick wall background

The French Twist

This hairstyle is quite common, and you can see women using this updo almost everywhere – be it in an office, the grocery store, at the coffee shop, and so on.

How to achieve this hairstyle: You can follow this video here, which clearly shows and explains how you can do a french twist in a matter of minutes.

red hair woman with long french braids showing her back

The French Braid

A French braid is a type of braid that will involve three small sections of hair, interwoven from the top and down to the tip of the hair while gradually adding more hair to the sections.

red hair woman with top knot hairstyle and a big smile

The Top Knot

The top knot bun is a famous go-to style among women. This is because any hair type can achieve this style. It doesn’t matter if you have straight or curly hair, you can tie your hair in a bun if you feel like it!

CHAPTER 5

Chapter 5
Easy and Quick Hairstyles for Your Daily Routine

No matter how the day will turn out and how busy the schedule is, most women still love to make a fashionable statement, especially with their hair and clothes. If you are one of these women, here are easy hairstyles you can achieve no matter what kind of day you’re having.

woman with blue eyes and milkmaid braid hairstyle

The Milkmaid Braid

The milkmaid braid is a fun and beautiful way to up your hair, which is done by wrapping two braids on your head. It may seem difficult to achieve, but it’s really simple. Carrie Waller from Glitter Guide shares with us 5 easy steps to do a perfect milkmaid braid:

  • Step 1:

    Section your hair using your fingers. The sections don’t have to be equal, just make sure they have enough hair on each side.

  • Step 2:

    With each section, make a three-strand braid starting above your ear. Leave about two to three inches near the tip and tie it. Repeat this process on the other side.

  • Step 3:

    Now that you have two braids, you can now make your milkmaid braid. To do this, secure your braids across your head to achieve the desired style.

  • Step 4:

    Once you’re done with both sides, use clips to secure them. If your hair is long and will not finish at the center of your head, you can tuck the extra hair behind your ear.

  • Step 5:

    Use a hairspray to keep your hair in place and to further secure your milkmaid braid.

woman with long blonde ponytail showing her back

Ponytail

The ponytail is also a classic favorite wherein most of the hair are pulled back to keep them away from the face. They will then be tied and hanged down, making them appear like a pony’s tail.

woman in white t-shirt tying her hair up in a bun

The Simple Bun

Just like the ponytail, you’re going to pull your hair away from your face. You will keep it at the back of your head by twisting, and then tying it. The simple bun is another go-to style that any hair type can achieve. It is almost identical to the top knot, except that buns can be wrapped in circular foil or braided to be held in place.

woman with long blonde braids in pink long-sleeve shirt

Beautiful Braids

A braid or plait is a complicated pattern created by interweaving three or more sections of your hair. Other materials can be added to add more style, like ropes, laces, yarns, etc. This hairstyle can be achieved simply by overlapping the three sections of your hair with each other until you reach the tip. Secure the braid with a hair tie to keep it from loosening.

CHAPTER 6

Chapter 6
Charming Hairstyles for Date Nights

Date nights should always be treated special, regardless who you are going out with. You must always look your best, and to achieve that, you must have a charming hairstyle that will go well with your outfit. Check out some of these hairstyles for inspiration:

woman with fishtail braid and blue eyeshadow looking upwards

The Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid is a type of braid that still involves hair sections interlocking with each other. The process of achieving this style is quite complex, but with a few practice, you can perfect this hairstyle. Here’s an excellent guide on how to do the fishtail braid.

woman with blonde crown braids hairstyle showing her back

The Crown Braid

Also known as the halo braid, the crown braid is an attractive hairstyle that you can wear on different occasions. You can wear a long gown and look good with this hairstyle, and at the same time, you can wear a shirt and jeans and still look lovely with it!

If you want to learn and try this hairstyle, check this easy and complete how-to Easy Crown video.

woman with blonde twisted hair bun showing her back

The Twisted Hair Bun

The twisted hair bun is a sophisticated, yet easy way to style your hair. If you’re a busy bee, but don’t want to look dull on date night, you can style your hair in a twisted bun. A lot of women love this hairstyle because it’s not only great for date night, but also for other special occasions, like a birthday, graduation, wedding, or even for work.

To learn how to do a beautiful twisted hair bun, you can check a step-by-step guide here.

CHAPTER 7

Chapter 7
Quirky Hairstyles for Holiday Parties

Holiday parties are another way for women to experiment with their hair. No matter how busy the holidays can be, women will always find the time to look good, especially with their hair. Here are some excellent hairstyle ideas for the holidays so you can look beautiful in your holiday pictures!

woman with blue eyes and vintage bouffant hairstyle

The Vintage Bouffant

The bouffant is a retro hairstyle defined by a section of the hair raised up or puffed out to form a rounded shape at the top of the head. It’s a 1960s hairstyle that is still rocked by women until today. If you’re feeling nostalgic for those times when bigger hair and longer eyelashes were a thing, then you would want to up your hair in a bouffant.

woman with beach waves hairstyle smiling

Beach Waves Hair

Beachy waves are a fun, relaxing, and beautiful way to style your hair. You can freely sport this look no matter what the occasion is. Celebrities even wear this hairstyle on the red carpet. It is comfortable and can be paired with another style, like tying it half up, braiding the top area, using a hair accessory, like a floral clip, hair band, etc.

You can check this post to achieve bouncy and beachy waves.

woman with blonde bob hairstyle wearing sunglasses, blue scarf and blue sweater against blue background

Updo With a Scarf

Using a scarf is another excellent way to express a fashion statement through your hair. Not only does it make you stand out, but it also serves as protection for your hair against the heat of the sun. Here are some excellent ideas on how you can style your hair using a scarf. Also, here’s a tutorial video on how to make your hair stylish using your scarf.

CHAPTER 8

Chapter 8
Elegant Hairstyles for Weddings

Holiday parties are another way for women to experiment with their hair. No matter how busy the holidays can be, women will always find the time to look good, especially with their hair. Here are some excellent hairstyle ideas for the holidays so you can look beautiful in your holiday pictures!

woman with low chignon hairstyle

The Stunning Low Chignon

The low chignon is a hairstyle that will make you look both smart and sexy. You may have noticed this hairstyle from brides, executives, and even celebrities on the red carpet. It’s a flexible style as it can be both casual and formal.

It is ideal for wedding celebrations because it’s elegant, yet simple, which is what many brides and wedding guests are aiming for. The low chignon can be styled in different ways. You can check here fo a complete tutorial on achieving this hairstyle.

woman with blonde greek braids hairstyle

Greek Braids

Greek braids are also a great choice for brides. They are appealing, sexy, and they surely help in keeping all the attention directed to the bride. This hairstyle is a great choice if you want something extraordinary.

Greek braids may be a bit complicated to do, but you can check out this video to see how this hairstyle is achieved.

woman with blonde low bun hairstyle

The Low Bun

The low bun hairstyle will make the bride appear timeless, elegant, and effortless. It is also comfortable, which is important for a bride to completely enjoy her wedding day. It is fuss-free and doesn’t need constant retouch.

Watch this video here to learn how to perfect the low bun.

woman with side bun hairstyle and floral hair piece

The Side Bun

The side bun is a popular choice of many brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests. It is messy, yet romantic, simple, yet fashionable, and comfortable.

Here’s how you can do a DIY side bun:

side bun hairstyle step-by-step instruction
woman with bridal flower brown hairstyle

Crown of Flowers

Adding flowers to your updo will promote freshness and will bring out your natural beauty. This hairstyle is commonly used by brides and flower girls. Most brides decide to add flowers to their hair because they symbolize love and fertility.

You can find wonderful flower crown ideas here, whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, guest, or looking for inspiration on how to style your flower girls.

CHAPTER

Conclusion

woman with braided hair holding hands under her chin

Your hairstyle must be treated as part of your entire outfit. How you’re going to choose your style will either make or break you. Thankfully, there will always be a hairstyle for you, no matter what the length, type, and texture of your hair is.

Hopefully, you have learned a lot from this guide and can now confidently choose which haircut and style will suit you best.