How to choose the right color & style for your hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Many women don't change their hairstyle often, but the right hair colour and style can make a big difference in the way you look and feel. There are many factors which need to be taken into consideration when trying to choose the right colour and style for your hair.

Select a hair colour that is no more than two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair colour. This is the best way to ensure that the new colour will flatter you. Staying within two shades of your natural hair colour is a great way to help ensure that your eyebrows, eye colour and skin tone will continue to match your hair colour.

Think about adding highlights to your hair. Just about everyone looks great with highlights. Whether you are doing highlights in combination with a new hair dye colour or you are adding highlights to your natural hair colour, it can change your overall appearance. Additionally, highlights will add a lot of extra depth and texture to your hair.

Consider current hairstyle trends, but make sure the style you choose has staying power. Choppy layers and bobs are both hairstyles which are often trendy but timeless as well. It is important to remember that certain hairstyles are popular for a reason. Not only may they be easy to style, but they also tend to look great on most people.

Choose a hairstyle that is suitable for your hair type. If you have very thick hair, it's probably not a good idea to choose a hairstyle that requires a lot of time and maintenance. On the other hand, those with thin, straight hair should avoid styles that are meant to be worn very wavy or curly.

Research what hairstyles look best with your face shape. People with oval faces can easily pass off almost any hairstyle, while round faces tend to have a more challenging time finding one that suits them well. A basic Internet search on face shapes and hairstyles will help you determine what type of hair style would be best suited for your face shape.

Look at celebrity hairstyle photos. Be honest with yourself and try to determine which celebrity has a face shape and hair texture that is closest to your own. See what hairstyles they have had in the past for further inspiration.

Talk to your hair stylist about what would look good on you. It is important to keep in mind that a good, experienced hair stylist would not encourage you to opt for a hair style or colour that wouldn't work right for you. Having your hair done by a hair stylist who you are familiar with and whose opinion you trust is one of the best things you can do with regards to your hair.


Consider whether you want a hairstyle that needs to mostly be worn down, or if you would prefer one that allows you to wear it up. Those with rounder features should choose a hair style that softens curves.


Remember that certain hairstyles can be more costly than others due to more frequent salon visits.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair stylist
  • Celebrity hair photographs
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About the Author

Jody Morse has worked as an assistant wedding deejay and has also dabbled in wedding planning. As a sufferer of endometriosis, Morse enjoys writing on women's health topics. Her work has appeared on,, and other websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.