Hairstyles That Fit Your Personality
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The 'Do for You1 of 9
By Ning Chao
Whether you're a total perfectionist or a fearless nonconformist, don't let your 'do suffer from an identity crisis. We spoke to Manhattan–based hairstylist Ashley Javier who tells how to find the perfect hairstyle to reflect your true self.
The Tomboy2 of 9
"When I trimmed Olivia Wilde's bangs last fall, we snipped the rest of her hair a little bit too to create a boy-cut look," reveals Javier. "Blunt bangs give hair a sense of toughness. These are women who want to say they're down with the boys. They're not precious." Plus, bangs create an instant style, even when you're pulling the rest of your hair back into a sporty ponytail. "The trick to styling bangs is hairspray," according to Javier. "Spray it on your brush or your fingers and use it aggressively to thicken strands with an extra coating. You don't want your bangs to look fluffy."
The Life of the Party3 of 9
Always the center of attention, party girls know how to have fun. With brightly hued strands that range from Lady Gaga platinum to Katy Perry blue, Type A women use even their hair as an attention-getter. "These girls are playing with color and normalizing it. They've stretched the boundaries," says Javier. "The hairstyle itself can be cartoonish, glamorous or classic, but I prefer for it to be a solid color."
The Bombshell4 of 9
Ask any Victoria's Secret supermodel—lush waves are the flirt's ultimate tool of seduction. "The bend in the hair accentuates the movement and shape of the body," says Javier. "There's even an hourglass shape in the Veronica Lake and Jessica Rabbit hair. This style will accentuate your curves." To sculpt this voluptuous silhouette, he suggests using a curling iron or hot rollers, then brushing strands into shape with a spritz of hairspray onto the bristles of a good finishing brush, like the Mason Pearson "Popular" model.
The Dreamer5 of 9
When your head is in the clouds, a braid suits you best. "Braids are no-brainer styles that have a natural elegance and an organic feel," says Javier, who likes both big flat braids and tiny cute side twists. He recommends using a dry shampoo and teasing sections to create a messier, romantic plait. For a sleeker look, apply gel and braid hair while it's still wet.
The Ingenue6 of 9
Long layering à la Jennifer Aniston is a classic compromise for the more demure woman who might want to hide behind her hair. Javier suggests asking your stylist to use a razor or thinning shears to soften pieces around the face. After all, you don't want your hair to be a literal curtain over your eyes. "Soothe those ends after you've razored them," adds Javier. "You need a serum or cream to hydrate, because you've carved into the hair and disrupted its natural flow."
The Perfectionist7 of 9
Type A personalities rejoice at the sight of a slick side part that's smooth and pristine. "This 1920s flapper-esque look is extremely glamorous," says Javier, who recommends applying protein gels to tame flyaways before and after blow-drying. "You can do this strong part with long, medium or short hair. The strictness comes from the part, which controls the look and creates line and structure," he adds.
The Rebel8 of 9
Freethinkers don't follow the rules—especially when it comes to their hair. Javier recently gave iconoclast actress Chloë Sevigny the ultimate wild-child coif: "I call it the 'shabeaux.' It's a shaggy bob that's cut into so it's slightly '50s and short in the top and back," says Javier, who suggests using mousse and pomade to control the style. "Bluntness makes it cute, but you don't want it so unkempt that you look maniacal."
The Go-Getter9 of 9
"Pixies create confidence," according to Javier, who says the cut works best on women who aren't afraid of standing out. To keep this super-short style flirty and feminine, he suggests mixing together gel and a hydrating serum because extreme crops tend to look dried out. "What makes this cut a pixie is that it's shiny and pretty. Otherwise it's just a short, choppy cut," he explains.