When you’re picking out a new haircut, it’s important to keep two things in mind: hair type and texture. Most people don’t realize hair type and texture can drastically change the way a haircut looks. Let’s dive a little deeper so you’re prepared for your next salon visit. If you’re not sure what your hair type or texture is, check How to Determine Your Hair Type: A Complete Guide for Redheads.
Best haircuts for the 3 common types of hair:
The 3 most common hair types for redheads are straight, wavy, and curly. Hair type matters when picking a cut because your style may change shape, length, and overall look when in its natural state.
- Straight Hair: For those with straight hair, you can typically get any cut, although you may need some help to achieve volume or need to add texture spray. You will also need to use some sort of heat tool or overnight method if you wish to achieve waves or curls.
- Wavy Hair: For those with wavy hair, you have to keep your wave pattern in mind to know how your hair will actually lay. A great example of this is a blunt cut. It might be nice and sharp when wet, but as your waves dry, they will lose their edge. You can more easily achieve the look you want through heat styling, but it’s something to keep in mind when selecting a haircut.
- Curly Hair: For those with curly hair, haircuts are where things get difficult. If you opt for a curly cut, your hair may look different when straightened, and if you opt for a cut while straight it might not look how you want when natural. The best thing to do is figure out how you wear your hair most often or get something you’re happy with when both natural and straight.
Why does hair texture matter?
So we know hair type can alter the look of your cut, but did you know texture can too? Most redheads have thicker hair, but the common textures are fine, medium, and coarse.
Hair texture has less effect on how your cut will look but if you have very thin hair or very thick hair your style might not be what you expect. Thin hair will lack fullness and volume, while thick or coarse hair might feel too big or too heavy on the ends.
For those with thin hair, texture spray, densifying treatments or extensions can help to fill out your hair. For those with thick or coarse hair, thinning can be a good option to achieve a lighter look.
How to pick a cut for your hair type/texture?
The best way to pick a cut suitting your hair type and texture is to look for inspo photos of people who have similar hair to you and then ask your stylist how you can achieve said look with your natural hair.
Rock it like a Redhead!