Hairstyles come and go, but a few remain popular through the years. Hairstylists find ways to update hairstyles with different variations to give them a fresh slant while still keeping their original versions intact. So, don’t be surprised if your mom’s photo of her hairstyle taken decades ago looks similar to the hairstyle that you are wearing today.
If you prefer to go short on your hairstyle, the pixie cut is your best bet. Chop your locks just above the back of your neck and cut around your ears to expose them, leaving enough hair for sideburns. The pixie consists of long, shaggy bangs and tapered sideburns. This hairstyle is ideal for any type of hair, but it suits fine, thin hair the best.
In the 1960s, supermodel Twiggy sported a geometric hairstyle, known as the crop. Cutting your hair close to your head is the first step in creating the crop hairstyle. It may seem similar to the pixie; however, the crop is more refined. Side-sweeping the bangs over your forehead just above the eyebrows and tucking some hair behind your ears make this boyish cut seem feminine.
Inspired by Joan of Arc, the bob cut turned 100 years old in 2009. Cutting your hair at chin level can leave you enough hair to style even when you are sporting this short hair. Wear this with or without bangs, straight or curly, parted at the middle or to one side. Try out any of the bob hairstyles, which include classic bob, choppy bob, blunt-cut bob, inverted bob, angle bob and earlobe-length bob.
A wavy hairstyle gives any length of hair texture, depth and volume. Use large curling irons to create big waves or small curling irons to create smaller, tight curls. Some variations you can choose include feathery wavy, messy wavy, wet and wavy or beachy waves.
Add layers to your hair to give it depth. This hairstyle is ideal if you want to do away with too much symmetry. A simple layered look makes use of pinking shears to create layers at 45-degree angles from the back of your hair to the front. Add layers all over (including the top and front), or just layer the sides and back. Some modern variations include chopped, razor cut, uneven and blunt cut layers.
The Afro, short for “Afro-American,” is a type of hairstyle best suited for those with natural curly hair. Made popular in the late 1960s through 1970s, the Afro has tight, kinky curls. Usually worn by black men or women who leave their hair untreated by straightening or relaxing solutions, the Afro can be long or short.
Weaving and knotting different sections of hair to create beautiful braids is a creative way of wearing your hair. French braids, English braids, Dutch braids, princess braids, rick-rack, mini braids, ropes and cornrows are just some of the types of braids available for anyone with medium-length or long hair. You can embellish your braids with beads, colorful elastic and ribbons.
A hairstyle best suited for people who want to be different is the punk hairstyle. Since the 1980s, punk hairstyles appear in various forms, which include Mohawks, skate punk, death punk, horror punk, pop punk, punk rock and emo punk. The main ingredients for punk hairstyles are plenty of spikes and gels. Using razors to create blunt, choppy edges helps form spikes. Adding hair gel keeps the spikes up. Add bright, contrasting colors for a more non-conforming style.
The classic ponytail is the best camouflage for a bad hair day. Variations include pigtails, half-pony, high pony, behind-the-ear pony and stacked ponytail. The main tool used to create a pony tails is an elastic band to gather and pull the hair together.
Most brides wear their hair up on their wedding day. An updo can keep hair up to reveal your facial features. Don an updo for any special event, such as a wedding party or prom. Updo styles include sleek updo, edgy pony updo, messy updo, ringlet updo and ballerina bun updo.
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