A hairstyle, haircut, hairdo, or coiffure is the styling of hair that is typically performed on the human scalp. This may also include hair removal from the face or body. Hair fashioning is a subset of grooming practices, fashion, and cosmetics, and practical, sociological, and popular considerations influence certain hairstyles.
Types of hairstyles
Over the years, different hairstyles have come and gone. And lately, some hairstyles keep making comebacks, trending back from obscurity. Even as gender lines continue to blur out hairwise, the distinction between male and female hairstyles thrives to some extent.
It might seem that men are simple and don’t care about having too many hairstyles to pick from, but the styles listed below are some of the many that seem to be shared among men:
- Bald head: this hairstyle is also known as a buzz cut, shaved head or skin cut. This one seems to be the easiest and most common hairstyle among men. While some do it to finish up a receding hairline and get it over with, others genuinely love to feel the breeze on their scalp at all times.
- Flattop: this hairstyle was trendy in the United States of America at some point in history. While some people consider it a thing of the past, some loyal and faithful carriers of the ancient style remain to remind us how incredible history was.
- Dreadlocks: this hairstyle is one of the few unisex hairstyles that are still trending among both sexes. But there is no denying that men started it.
- A crew cut: this is a haircut in which the upright hair on top of the head is cut relatively short, graduating in size from the most extended hair that constructs a short pomp at the front hairline to the shortest at the back of the crown, so that the outline of the top hair approaches the horizontal in side profile. Head form, face shape, and facial features, the design of the whole hair can be arched or levelled at the short pomp front and round or flattened throughout the rest of the top to compliment the front hairline. Hair on the sides and back of the head is either tapered short, semi-short, or long.
- Mohawk: also known as a Mohican, the mohawk is a haircut made by cutting off the hair on both sides of the head but leaving a long line of hair that sticks up straight in the middle. This hairstyle was made famous by football players.
In most societies, females have more options for hairstyles to pick from, primarily because most institutions accept that hair means a lot to a woman. Specific conservative communities do not permit such luxuries, though. Below are some of the most common hairstyles for women in society:
- Bob: This is a hairstyle for women that is made by cutting the hair short or equaling length at the chin or neck level. This is usually caused by women with straight hair but can be done with wigs or hair extensions.
- Pageboy: do not be deceived by the “boy” in the name. this hairstyle for ladies is pretty short, and the ends of the hair strands are turned inwards towards the face or neck. This hairstyle closely resembles the bob hairstyle.
- Bangs: This is a hairstyle with short hair hanging down at the front and covering most of the forehead.
- Topknot: this hairstyle is for long hair. The hair is tied into a ball on the centre of the head. Ladies with short hair will have to use hair attachments or extensions.
- Chignon: This hairstyle is similar to the topknot, but in this case, the long hair is tied up in a loose ball just behind the head.
Hair tinting, dyeing, or colouring is considered a branch of hairstyling on its own. It involves the use of synthetic or natural dyes to change the colour of the hair. This is suitable for both long and short hair and can be done by both men and women.
People tint their hair for different reasons. Such people include older people and people with poliosis, albinism, and other hair-whitening conditions. Apart from changing the hair colour just for the sake of trying out a new look, it is a common practice for people with white or greying hair to try concealing the white strands using dark colours or dyes.
How Do You Color Your Natural Hair?
Hairstylists and medical professionals agree that changing the colour of one’s natural hair is okay. Colour is classified into three types: demi-permanent, semi-permanent, and permanent. To protect the integrity of your hair, pick a good colour that fits your hair care program, from semi-permanent to permanent, based on a weekly or biweekly shampoo and conditioner. These colours fade gradually, do not bleach the hair, and are designed to deposit colour. Semi-permanent dyes last six to eight weeks.
Hairstylists can use the colours to improve the colour of your hair and provide you with exciting colour options ranging from dark to colourful tones without hurting your hair. The semi-permanent dyes are blended into a low-volume developer with a potential lifespan of up to 12 weeks. These colour mixtures can produce a subtle lift. The natural colour of your hair can get a little kick from semi-permanent dyes, so following up with a deep conditioner every two weeks is very important.
Choice of colour is also essential. You should consider the colour of most of your outfits, ensuring that they match the colour of your hair. If you find it difficult to decide, you can hardly go wrong with black, grey, ash, silver, and wine colours.
Whatever hairstyles you choose, make sure you’re comfortable with them in the first place. Other things you should consider are the shape of your head, the shape of your face, and the occasion or place you are going to, and never forget to ensure that the style complements your physical features.