Hair styles can be a great way to add flair and personality to your look. It can also make you feel good about yourself.
Ponytails are a classic and simple style that signals a fun and active lifestyle. They are also easy to maintain. They work well with high fades and are perfect for summer.
Long bobs are one of the most versatile styles you can wear. This shoulder-length haircut is easy to tie up in ponytails, buns, and braids. It also goes well with curls and waves. You can even add highlights to your bob to create a light and airy look. For a more formal look, try teasing the crown area to add height and volume to your face. You can also experiment with different hair accessories to find the ones that work best for your style and personality.
The bob was a popular choice for women during the 1920s and 1930s. It was popular amongst women who rejected traditional roles and looked for new ways to express their independence. Actresses Clara Bow and Joan Crawford, singers Siouxsie Sioux and Corinne Drewery, and Dutch film star Truus van Aalten wore bobs during this time.
In the 1940s, the bob made its way back into fashion. Vidal Sassoon reworked the look of this classic with his “mop top” bob cut. The bob became the preferred haircut for many young women during this period, particularly those who worked in professional occupations. It was also a popular choice for celebrities and other public figures who wanted to project a modern, progressive image.
In more recent times, the bob has been reclaimed as a sophisticated and timeless style for women of all ages. In the past few years, the length has been gradually extended from a short blunt cut to a long lob. This length is a great compromise for those who want to go shorter but aren’t ready to commit to a drastic chop.
You can also choose a layered long bob to give the appearance of thicker locks. This bob has soft layers that frame the face and add body to your hair. This style is also a great option for those with thin hair, as it can help to create the illusion of fullness.
Another trend in bobs is to add face-framing bangs. This look is flattering for both straight and wavy bobs, and it’s also easy to maintain. You can keep your bob simple by opting for a middle-parted style, or you can add more drama by creating a half up, half down style with some textured layers and balayage highlights.
One of the most versatile and classic styles, the ponytail can be pulled high on your head, low on the nape of your neck, or somewhere in between. It’s a great option if you’re looking for an easy way to look put together but don’t have the energy or time to spend on a full beauty routine.
The good news is that no matter what hair type you have, there’s a ponytail style for you. If you have short or fine hair, you can still achieve a sleek and smooth look by taking the time to comb through your locks with a teasing comb and securing it with a small silk scrunchie (the Slip Small Slipsilk Scrunchies are the perfect pick). If your hair is kinky or has natural waves, try letting it down a bit to create a more romantic, less structured look.
For those with medium hair, a slick mid-ponytail is an easy-to-style option that’ll look chic with almost any outfit. This style, like the one worn by Jessica Chastain above, is a little more structured than your typical ponytail but is still super stylish and elegant. To give it a little extra flair, pull out a few wispy strands of hair from the base of your ponytail to wrap around the hair tie and discreetly secure them with bobby pins.
Ponytails also work well for those with thick hair, particularly if you prefer to wear yours wavy or curly. For an added touch of femininity, add a few face-framing bangs to your ponytail. This style, like the ones worn by Shay Mitchell above, looks stunning on oval and heart-shaped faces, and it’s a great way to make your hair seem more volumed.
Long, straight ponytails are a great choice for formal occasions and can be paired with many different looks, from casual tees to a sophisticated cocktail dress. It’s a classic style that never goes out of fashion, and you can always turn it into a glam look by adding a few statement jewelry pieces or styling your ponytail with a cute braid or a feminine flower crown.
With just a few snips, bangs can dramatically change your look. They can elongate your face, add an air of mystery and can conceal forehead lines or a misshaped hairline. Whether you are going for a sexy mystery woman or girl-next-door look, the right bangs can take your style from conservative to rock ‘n’ roll.
If you’re unsure of which bang to go for, ask your stylist to recommend the best style for your face shape and hair texture. They will also be able to offer styling tips so you can style your bangs at home for a professional, polished aesthetic.
For instance, a longer style, a Jane Birkin bang, is ideal for those with wavy or curly hair. The bangs are a little bit longer than your eyebrows and are swept to the side to create a soft, feminine silhouette. The cut accentuates cheekbones, frames the eyes and softens a larger forehead, says Montoya.
Another option is a blunt bang that falls just above your eyes. This cut accentuates your cheekbones, hides a receding chin, highlights the jawline and softens a square or round face shape. It’s a versatile, timeless style that never goes out of fashion, according to Montoya.
Wispy, choppy bangs are a popular choice for thin or fine hair. A little bit of layered texture helps make them appear fuller, while a few lowlights or highlights help to make the style more interesting and dramatic. You can keep the look soft and natural by working a little dry shampoo into your hair before blow-drying, suggests Blandi.
A swoop of bangs can make you seem younger and more refreshed. They can also draw attention to your eyes and can instantly make you more sexy or mysterious. The look can also be worn asymmetrically to emphasize your cheekbones or hide a double chin, according to Montoya.
Regardless of the length, your bangs should be trimmed on a regular basis to prevent them from getting too long. You can do this on your own at home or have your stylist trim them every two to three weeks, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
Whether you have long, medium, or short hair, layers are a great way to add movement and volume to your look. Depending on the cut and your personal style, they can even create different looks for each length. For example, medium length layers that are positioned around your face can flatter your complexion while adding shape. You can also wear them with bangs for a softer, feminine look. If you’re thinking about trying a new layered style, consider getting a color that enhances your texture and highlights your layers.
Layers work on all types of hair, including thick, thin, and curly styles. They can make curly hair more manageable, while also adding body and boosting shine. However, many people are hesitant to try layers because they think they will make their hair appear thinner or limp. But according to Barton, this is not necessarily the case. “The trick is to find a style that suits the density, thickness, and wave pattern of your hair. When you have the right cut and the right shade, it can actually give your hair dimension,” he says.
For instance, those with thick hair should consider a cut with asymmetrical or concave layers, which will help reduce weight and add a fuller appearance to the hair. Meanwhile, those with thin hair can use bespoke, tailored layers to add definition and avoid the dreaded limp-string effect.
There are so many ways to cut a layered haircut, which means that it’s easy to find the perfect one for your needs and lifestyle. For example, balayage is a subtle coloring technique that involves hand-painting color onto your hair to create a natural-looking gradient of color. This style can make your layers stand out and it will only need a touch-up a few times a year.
Another option is ombre, which is similar to balayage but more gradual and soft. It will highlight your face-framing layers while blending the rest of your hair for a sun-kissed effect. This hairstyle is a good choice for those with blonde or light brown hair and will only need a touch-up every two months or so.