15 Great Hairstyle Ideas

Need a new hairstyle? Try one of these sexy cuts
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Chin-Length Bob

Great for: Minimizing a prominent chin; balancing a heart-shaped face.

Avoid: If hair is extra fine — go for a more layered cut instead.

Long, Wispy Layers

Great for: Giving fine hair more body.

Avoid: Too-long sections in the front — they can overwhelm the face.

Chic Shag

Great for: Slenderizing a round face; adding volume to fine or wispy hair.

Avoid: Too much pouf on top — the style will look outdated.

Natural Crop

Great for: Playing up delicate features; slashing a.m. prep-time.

Avoid: If you aren’t in love with your face shape — there’s zero camouflage here.

Long Layers

Great for: Framing and flattering most any face shape.

Avoid: Too-long sections that draw facial features downward.

Classic Curls

Great for: Softening angular features; making a long face look fuller.

Avoid: If you want to downplay plump cheeks — tight curls emphasize roundness.

Shoulder-Length Layers

Great for: Boosting straight hair’s texture and movement.

Avoid: Letting hair lie flat at the root. Try using a round brush or root-volumizer to style.

Short and Choppy

Great for: Balancing a wide face with height on top.

Avoid: If you have a long face — a tall style will make it look even longer.

Long Layers, Lots of Volume

Great for: Taming thick or coarse hair into a manageable shape.

Avoid: The dreaded triangle silhouette, formed when layers grow too long. Maintenance is a must.

Layered, Textured Bob

Great for: Wearing wispy waves natural, with minimal maintenance.

Avoid: If hair is pin-straight and lacks texture.

Long and Wavy

Great for: Instant sexiness; infinite styling possibilities.

Avoid: Wearing fine hair long — lots of length will weigh it down.

Medium-Length Layers, Sideswept Bangs

Great for: Classic style; framing the face.

Avoid: Overly flipped-out ends — too retro.

Graduated Bob

Great for: Looking polished and sleek.

Avoid: If your hair’s not straight and you lack blow-drying motivation.

Long, Curly Layers

Great for: Showing off natural spirals.

Avoid: Using too much product. Think soft and natural, not crunchy.

Romantic Waves

Great for: Playing up wavy, fine-textured hair.


Avoid: Weighing curls down with heavy products.


Originally published on MORE.com, March 2008.


A monochromatic look can be aging," says Jason Backe, a colorist at the Ted Gibson Salon in New York City. "If you look washed out, add deeper, richer tones: soft brown highlights for brunettes, golden tones for blondes." And whether you’re going lighter or letting your hair go all white, adjusting your makeup will make the look more flattering. "Lighter hair requires softer makeup," says Sonia Kashuk, founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. "Avoid dark lipsticks and black around the eyes. Go for a bright blush-shades of pink or coral-and nude, gray or purple on the eyes. Also, a navy eye pencil is fabulous with gray hair."


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First Published April 6, 2009

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