It can be a bit of a battle understanding your hair type, and what style suits your natural texture, but today I'm sharing with you how to understand exactly this. To get your best-ever look, you have to understand the kind of hair you have, how it works and what looks best. Read on for my advice on what will always look good on you…
Most women would love a thick head of hair, so if that’s what you’ve got, think yourself very lucky indeed! Thick hair always looks luxurious, full and youthful – but if you don’t manage it in the right way, it can be difficult to control. Thick hair should be worn long, at least past shoulder-length, so that the weight of the hair can balance out its thickness. Anything shorter will run the risk of sticking out and resembling a mushroom – not the elegant look we’re going for.
Embrace the fact that a bob isn’t for you and luxuriate in long, swishy locks like fellow thick-haired ladies Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria. Longer layers around the face and throughout the hair will create movement in heavy hair and take some of the weight out too, leaving you with an effortless, elegant style.
Thin, fine hair can lack in volume and fall flat if left to grow too long. Avoid that limp, lifeless look and reach for the scissors – fine hair will look five times as fabulous if snipped into a chic little bob! Look at Jessica Alba or Kendall Jenner for inspiration; their hair was transformed when they both opted for a choppy lob, as it instantly adds fullness and texture to finer hair.
Choose a style that sits on the shoulders if you can’t quite brave a ‘proper’ bob – this is my favourite kind of cut as it looks effortlessly sexy and so cool. Just ensure that the ends are snipped into, so it’s not a blunt finish; we want lots of movement and the illusion of thickness here.
Curly hair is admittedly a difficult one to control – you want to embrace your wild waves but it still needs to be office-appropriate. Depending on curl type and your own personal style, I’d look at both Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyoncé for true curl inspiration. SJP is known for always rocking bouncy, boho curls in a longer cut, which balances out the width of your hair, so if you’re looking for a laidback style then I’d certainly recommend wearing your curls long and loose.
However, if your style is a little more daring and diva-esque, take a look at Beyoncé’s iconic curl style. Cut just past the collarbone, with long, wispy layers using a slide-cutting technique, creates softness and real bounce. And if you’re really daring, using a diffuser will enhance those curvaceous curls too!
Afro hair is notoriously temperamental, depending on how you wear your hair. Braids are practical and always look great with Afro hair, but recently more women have been celebrating their natural texture. Jada Pinkett-Smith and Corinne Bailey-Rae are two women helping to spread the word about rocking their natural Afro curls with pride, and they’ve chosen a similar cut which I think looks incredible.
Go bold with a shoulder-length blunt cut: this will create maximum volume but looks so modern and fresh, especially worn with a sharp middle parting. Use a specialist curl cream to enhance your curls and waves for a contemporary style that will always look fabulous.
If you have straight hair and just don’t know what to do with it – snip in a fringe! A cute little set of bangs will add interest and movement to even the most poker-straight of strands, and you can of course adapt the style of fringe you opt for depending on the thickness and texture of your hair.
Finer-haired ladies should choose sultry side bangs like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for a simple but stylish look, while ladies with thick, full tresses can go for my favourite kind of fringe – the flirty Bardot bangs, thick and full across the forehead a la Zooey Deschanel. Fringes are a lot of maintenance, but they’re absolutely worth it for a seriously sexy update that will elevate your whole look.