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Styling Tips for Every Hair Type to Keep Your Locks Looking Luscious

Ever wondered what the best cut, style, product, and styling tools are for your hair? We’ve researched each hair type to find out exactly what your hair requires to look and feel its best.

Fine Hair

Fine Hair Styling Tips

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What’s your hair like? It’s frail and delicate, often looks flat, and gets greasy quickly.

What’s the best haircut? The thinner the hair, the shorter and blunter the cut should be! So opt for things like a blunt lob, bob, or even a pixie cut. Blunt cuts will help to make your hair appear fuller, while layers can make your hair look even thinner than it is, so avoid those at all costs. 

Hero Styling Products: Look for thickening sprays and root lift powders to help you create extra volume and body. A heat protectant spray is especially important for preventing the risk of losing any extra volume through split ends and hair breakage. Also, keep a dry shampoo in your bag at all times since your hair has a tendency to get greasy!

Best Hair Tool: Thin hair can be made to look significantly thicker and bouncier through the help of a trusty hairdryer. The trick is to blow-dry your hair in small sections using a round brush before pinning it up to create volume. But did you know that blow-drying can cause damage to your hair? Hairdryers work at a lower temperature than straighteners, but blow-drying, brushing, and styling your hair can damage it in the long run. When you blow-dry wet hair, it’s weaker and more susceptible to breakage. So make sure to always use a heat protectant!

Straight/Wavy Hair

Straight Hair Styling Tips Women Over 50

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What’s your hair like? It’s naturally imperfect, messy, or frizzy. Due to this, your hair is quite reliant on styling tools.

What’s the best haircut? Luckily for you, having straight hair means you’re open to a few different styles, including a blunt cut, or one with lots of choppy layers to help add texture. If you have wavier hair, get your hairdresser to cut some face-framing layers near the front — this will be really flattering.

Hero Styling Products: Since your hair needs help from styling tools, hairspray will be your best friend when it comes to setting your hairstyle in place. Plus, a heat protectant will help to further lock in shine and stop frizz from rearing its head. Say hello to fluid, glossy locks that last all day. 

Best Hair Tool: A trusty straightener will work like a charm on this hair type. If you’re after a sleek look, you can use your straightener to banish frizz. Alternatively, you can use your straightener to create curls or beachy waves! Double-win.

Curly/Natural Hair

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What’s your hair like? You may have loose, tight, or coiled curls — either way, your hair has lots of texture! Your mane is also unpredictable, unmanageable, and time-consuming to style.

What’s the best haircut? Curly hair is often thick and full of texture, so it can get weighed down and lose its gorgeous shape. To avoid this, opt for medium or long hairstyles with long layers peppered throughout (avoid short layers, or your hair will be bouncing all over the place). 

Hero Styling Products: Moisture is the key to making curls pop, so be sure to treat your hair with deep conditioning masks or leave-in sprays. Curlier hair is also more susceptible to dryness, so using a heat protectant will stop curls becoming frazzled while still keeping them healthy and defined.

Best Hair Tool: Trust us when we say that a diffuser is a curly-haired girl’s best friend. This handy attachment goes on the end of your hairdryer, and helps to dry your curls while reducing frizz. It’s a total life-changer.

Dry/Damaged Hair

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What’s your hair like? If you over-style, over-brush, or over-dye your hair, then you’ll probably fall into this category. Your hair can become coarse or brittle and may have a tendency to break or shed.

What’s the best haircut? When it comes to dry or damaged hair, it’s not so much the style of cut that matters — it’s more important to focus on cutting off those pesky split ends! Make sure you book regular trims to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, and your mane will soon be on the road to recovery.

Hero Styling Products: If you use heated styling tools (whether that’s a hairdryer or a curling iron), be sure to use a heat protectant beforehand. Leave-in conditioners are also great at adding moisture back into dry locks.

Best Hair Tool: If you have dry and damaged hair, you should try to avoid using heated styling tools as much as possible to avoid any further damage. But don’t fret: You can still create gorgeous styles with non-heated tools, such as velcro or foam rollers.

This article was originally written by Arianna Chatzidakis. For more, check out our sister site, Grazia.

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