Hair Style via Paul Mitchell

Everyone wants to love their hairstyle, but unfortunately everyone doesn’t have the luxury of waking up everyday and loving their hair.

Your hair should be an expression of your style, how you want to portray yourself to others, and most of all…you should love it!

There’s a lot more to finding your perfect style than flipping through a magazine and picking something you like. We are not celebrities and we do not have their $1,000 a day stylists, or the money to keep it up much less.


I’m going to help you find the right style for your face & body shape that works with your texture and can be styled without hassle. I know it sounds impossible but it can be done with patience and a little work!

Things to Consider:

  • Face and Body Shape
  • Natural Texture and Thickness
  • Cost
  • Everyday Maintenance
  • Lifestyle

Finding Your Perfect Style


Face and Body Shape

Believe it or not your body tells you a lot about what styles will naturally look great on you. First, you need to consider your body shape. Are you short or tall? Slender or more filled out?

If you’re short you’d probably look best with a short to medium style, and if you are taller a medium to longer style will look best. I’m tall and more curvy, so long layered styles look best to balance out my body shape. People who are more on the slender side look great in shorter, more sleek styles as more curvy women look better in styles that flatter their shape as well as add volume for balancing the overall look.

The shape of your face can be a huge help when choosing a hairstyle. I always hear clients pick out their “flaws” and instruct me to do anything that will make them less noticeable. What they don’t know is that they are describing their facial shape without realizing it.

For example, if you feel that you have a large forehead and strong jawline you are probably a square. It doesn’t take an expert to know that you may need bangs and a soft, rounded hairstyle.

Start with these:

  • Basic Facial Shapes-Oval, Round, Square, Heart, & Triangle
  • Basic Body Types- Slender, Average, Curvy


Natural Texture and Thickness

Your natural texture also plays a huge role in what style you should choose. If you’ve got really curly hair and you want a graduated bob like the one Victoria Beckham is famous for, chances are it’s going to be a huge pain it the butt. Do you really want to straighten it everyday? Sometimes it’s best to go with something that your hair will do, this equals less stressing over your hair and more time in the mornings!

Thickness is important and probably just as self-explanatory. If you’ve got really thin hair why chop it up with layers or hang on to your length when you can have a great one length bob that styles itself?

Not every stylist has the guts to be blatantly honest with their clients, so here are a few tips to remember:

  • Choose a style that WORKS with your texture…don’t fight those gorgeous curls!
  • If you have fine hair stop trying to hold on to your length(you know if this is you)…It looks bad and will NEVER work…stick with medium to short styles for a thicker, fuller look.
  • For those of you with super straight hair…it will show lines more often than not. Choose sleek styles and stay away from a bunch of layers, if your hair isn’t already flowly and full the layers will not magically transform your hair.



When you decide to get your haircut and change or improve your style it’s important to remember the cost. Is this an every 8 weeks trim or every 4 weeks?

For example, short graduated cuts require frequent trims to keep up the look where a medium layered cut can last a lot longer before losing its shape. Can you afford to spend $30 or $40 on your haircut each month? I know what you’re thinking, you can get it for less, but you get what you pay for!

Tips on cost:

  • Include your trip to the salon in your budget just like your electric bill. If not, you may end up resorting to box color or a chop shop…ugh!
  • Ask your stylist how often you will need to keep up your style before you pick one. You can also tell your stylist how often you’d like to come in and what you can afford, he/she will be sure to find something within your means!


Everyday Maintenance

If you’re like me styling your hair and putting your make-up on isn’t the highlight of your day. It’s something I need to do and I want it to be as simple and quick as possible. If you have time to do more and you enjoy it, then go ahead, get a style that requires a little more work.

Here are a few things you should consider about everyday maintenance:

  • Time- How much of your morning are you willing to dedicate to your hair?
  • Comfort Zone- Are you pretty good with a round brush? Does the word flat iron make you crazy?
  • Tools- What do you have to work with? A blow dryer, round brush, & flat or curling iron are a few basics.
  • Products- Everyone is different, do you love them or would you rather use the minimum? Can you afford them?
  • Routine- Do you work out everyday? Have kids? Do you have more or less time in the morning?



Lastly your lifestyle is a good thing to consider. How do you want to portray yourself to others in your life? What does your personality say about you? Are you bright & bubbly or quiet & conservative? How you want wish to be viewed is important whether you think so or not. Do you want to be taken seriously in your career or are you getting ready to leave for college? Your hairstyle will say a lot about you so it’s important to know what you want it to say to others.

Things to consider about your lifestyle and work:

  • Is your career professional or laid back when it comes to appearance?
  • Do you work out a lot or have kids? Things like this may cut back on time for styling.
  • Do you enjoy styling your hair or do you just want the look? If you’re someone that sticks with a basic hairbrush and calls it a day, maybe you should get a low maintenance style

Hopefully this will give you an idea of the questions you should ask yourself before you hit the salon. I see so many clients come in and flip swiftly through a 2 year old hair magazine looking for a style! Don’t let that be you! Do your homework and you will surely get the style that’s right for you.

You may also want to check out:

 The Styles for Your Body

Styles for Slender Shapes

Styles for Curvy Women 

Already have a great style, but not sure which products you need? Check out my Product Comparison Charts for all hair types! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the right products for you!

About The Author


Professional Hairstylist | American Board Certified Haircolorist | Makeup Artist | Beauty Blogger

18 Responses to Finding Your Perfect Style

  1. […] Don’t think you’re a rectangle? Check out this Body Shapes Overview if you need help going in the right direction. You may also want to read Finding the Perfect Style for Your Shape! […]

  2. Sarab says:

    Hi i love your valuable advise..i have thin and flat hair..i really need a change to my current hairstyle which is no style at’s basically pulled back with a hairband and tied.any suggestions pls.thanks very much

  3. Rita says:

    How do you know which side of your face you should put side swept bangs?

    • Erika says:

      Most people don’t have a choice…it just depends on if you have a natural part and/or a cowlick.When you brush your hair straight back, where does it fall naturally? If you can move your part around with ease then you have more options compared to people like me(my part is on the left and I can’t change it…looks weird if I try to).

      If you haven’t read my posts about bangs, then these might help you decide:
      To Bang or Not to Bang?
      Should I Get Bangs?

  4. Toni says:

    I wished you lived here,I need help with my hair I was trying to grow it out but I’m looking patience I home color and the last time it didn’t take well I know it needs to be cut I just don’t want a cut I have to mess with sad

    • Erika says:

      You’re welcome to e-mail me and send a photo of how you normally wear your hair. I’ll give you a few suggestions, then help you with finding someone you’ll like!

      *You’ll have to message me, then I’ll reply to the message. You can attach a photo after you get my reply e-mail.

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  15. Mia says:

    Thank you so much for the post, it was interesting reading.

    • Erika says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I want to give people interesting information about cosmetology from an insider perspective!

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