How to Choose The Right Hairstyle for Your Hair Type

by Updated on June 14, 2018

There are countless factors that determine whether a hairstyle is a good choice for you – or if it should be something you steer away from forever. These factors include your face shape, personality, whether you have a receding hairline and – probably most importantly – your hair type.

While many hairstyles work for several hair types, there are also many that’ll work better on some types than others. Some hairstyles will highlight your best features – both of your hair and face – and cleverly disguise the features you don’t want to be too noticeable.

To make sure your hair always looks spot on, learning which hair styles will work for your hair type and which won’t, is key. So – let’s go on and find that out, so we can stop making dumb mistakes in the barber’s chair, shall we?!

Thick Hair

Thick hair can either be a blessing, or a curse. More often, it’s a bit of both. There are days when you’re loving how thick and awesome your hair looks. But there are also days when it’s simply impossible to style – it’s all over the place, no matter how much product you’ve used. Thick hair comes in all “shapes” too – from straight and a bit straw-like to bouncy and curly. It does have a reputation for being slightly unmanageable – and we can understand why.

Hairstyles for Thick Hair

This is where having thick hair comes in handy – it will most likely look awesome whichever hairstyle you happen to choose as your next. You won’t avoid regular cuts – that’ll be a must to keep thick hair more manageable. But whether you go for a seductive, slick pompadour or a longer ‘do, thick hair is bound to look awesome. It’s recommended to let your hair grow a little – because the weight of the hair will keep it in place better. Hidden internal layers will also be your helper – especially when you add a bit of product for a texturized effect.
French Crob
Long Hair Quiff

Fine Hair

If you aren’t one of the lucky devils with thick hair, chances are you’re one of us – a man with fine hair. While thick hair is often envied and admired, there’s no need to think less of fine hair! The fact that it isn’t dense enough can actually work in your favor in making hairstyles easier to manage. The only thing is that you have to know which hairstyles accentuate your hair without making it look limp and lifeless – because that’s not a good look, trust us.

Hairstyles for Fine Hair

For fine hair, it’s all about longish hairstyles. Shorter hairstyles may look like your hair is lacking body – but longer styles will add weight to the hair, making it look thicker than it is. This means going for medium or even shoulder-length locks – both layered curtains and mid-length styles are great options.
Bald Fade + Medium Length
Fine Hair
Fine Hair
Fine Hair

Wavy Hair

If you’re a man with wavy hair, then you may be a little confused about what to do with it. Not really curly – not straight either, your hair type sits somewhere in the middle and finding a suitable hairstyle option may be tricky. Wavy hair also varies lots – so what works for some wavy hair may not work on others.

Hairstyles for Wavy Hair

If your hair can’t make up its mind, then your job is to give it a sense of direction. Going for a longer top and shorter sides and back will save you from looking like a caveman – and give your hair the definition that it needs. Short quiffs, messy crops and tapered sides are the way forward with wavy hair.
Hairstyles for Wavy Hair
Tapered Sides + Big and Messy Cut
Short Crop + Taper

Afro Hair

There is a misleading notion that all Afro hair is the same. It isn’t. There may be lots of similarities between two kinds of Afro hair – but it also often varies in thickness, texture and the size of curls and waves. However, it is true that many types of Afro hair will be prone to dryness – and will lack shine.

Hairstyles for Afro Hair

Styling Afro hair is easy – there’s not much else you need to do after getting a solid haircut. For Afro hair, you should discuss the type of hair you have with your barber – and ask for a cut based on the type of curls you have. The type of curls will help you decide whether the cut is squarer, rounder or more faded. If you have wavier curls, you can go for a blunter fringe and a fade, while tighter coils would work better with a short, squared cut on top.
Afro Hair

Asian Hair

When you think of Asian hair, it immediately associates with shine and thickness. So, if you’ve been blessed with this type of hair – we would lie if we said we didn’t envy you. However, you probably also already know that using heated tools to style is a mission impossible – you can use them to style your hair, but the style will go back to how it was before you even have time to put your shoes on.

Hairstyles for Asian Hair

To get the best out of your Asian hair, opt for hairstyles with sharp geometric shapes. They’ll require very little styling – which means easier life for you. Plus, short crops are a good look for Asian hair – particularly short back and sides with some length on top.
Asian Hair
Asian Hair

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