Hairstyles help convey self-expression and personal style, both important factors for teens looking to put their best face forward as they move into young adulthood. Since adolescents tend to take more style risks than their adult counterparts, it is an ideal time to seek out cool, new looks.
Finding the right hairdo is not only fun but can also promote a teen's sense of self-esteem, whether at school each day or during special occasions
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Popular new cuts and styles for teens are often inspired by celebrities as many teens want to emulate the stylish, trendsetting young stars featured in magazines and movies.
Moving into 2009 and beyond, top teen hairstyles include long layers for girls or wavy hair, sometimes with highlights. Side-swept fringe as seen on teen stars such as singer Miley Cyrus and the cast of High School Musical are another key trend, as well as slightly longer hair for boys.
These days, the average price of a haircut in the U.S. ranges from £16-50 for girls while a teen boy might pay anywhere from £9 to £19. Meanwhile, salon highlights or all-over colour cost £32 on average, while quality home hair colour kits start at around £4.
Hair-styling tools add on additional costs but can be essential to help achieve the desired look. Useful hair tools include blow dryers, straightening and curling irons, gels, sprays, and styling waxes.
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For teen girls, a low side ponytail is a stylish and convenient way to get hair out of the face, while French braids are another flattering style. For a slightly undone yet chic hairdo, wavy tresses create a soft, sexy look that can be achieved by blow-drying hair and then twirling with a gel or spray wax, found at drugstores.
For teen boys, the natural look is the current trend, oftentimes with hair grown just past the ears. Using gel or mousse to lightly style this "au naturel" choice is optional, whether the hair texture is straight, wavy, or curly. Guys can also use gel and spray to create an edgy look, such as the "faux-hawk", a shorter, spike-less version of the Mohawk.
Though it may be tempting, it is not advised to adopt a new hairstyle simply because it is "in." Teens should consider whether a new look would actually reflect their own personal features and style. A good rule of thumb is to consider whether the look you desire is one that will work with your particular hair texture, skin tone, or eye colour. A salon stylist can help judge whether a specific colour or style is right for you.
Hair stylists advise teens to think about their personal lifestyle when deciding on a new 'do. A young athlete may have different hairstyling needs than a teen who never participates in sports, for example. Experts also encourage clients to be realistic about how much time they're willing to spend on their hair. In some cases, a shorter, low-maintenance cut may suit a teen's lifestyle much more than a cut that requires frequent styling.
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