Here are 5 rules about hair texture every woman should know and a few ways to break them.
1. 6 Types of Hair Texture
There are 6 basic types of hair texture: fine, straight, wavy, coarse, frizzy and curly. You can also be a combination of these.
To figure out your hair's texture, grab sections of it on the top, sides and back and watch how it falls when you let go. If your hair falls flat and limp, you have fine hair. If your hair sticks up straight or if it poufs up and away from your scalp and face, you have thick textured hair. Anything in between is medium texture. Naturally, blonde hair tends to be thinner in texture, while dark hair tends to be thicker.
2. Curly Hair Tends to Look Best Long
Beauty experts, myself included, will tell you that curly hair needs length to weigh it down, otherwise it will pouf up. This is true. Usually the longer you can grow your curly hair, the better.
Check out this curly hairstyle on actress Julia Garner, which is soft, silky and flattering. It speaks to her personality, which I take to be independent and a bit hipster. This is not a haircut for a shy person.
3. Don't Grow Your Fine Hair Too Long
Just as curly hair needs length to weigh it down, fine hair needs to be shorter to retain body. Long, fine hair can appear flat and lifeless.
4. Layers Work on All Hair Textures
Layers build in movement, soften your hair's lines, create body and can keep your curly hair from looking like a Christmas tree. The good news is they work on all hair textures.
5. Bangs are Best for Straight, Coarse, and Fine Hair
Everyone's big on bangs these days and if you have curly and/or frizzy hair you might be feeling a bit left out because it's an age-old beauty rule that bangs work best on straight hair, coarse hair and fine hair but never curly hair.
The beauty rule is that unless you're willing to chemically or manually straighten your hair and bangs each day, you're better off not getting bangs.
You can break this rule if you go for long, side-swept bangs. The shortest layer should hit at your ear and make sure your stylist cuts those bangs when they're dry. Hair shrivels up when it dries and you don't want short curls boing-ing out from your forehead.