You've been cutting your hair all wrong

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By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris

You've been cutting your hair all wrong
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You've been cutting your hair all wrong

1) Straight and Fine

If, like supermodel Karlie Kloss, you’ve got this type of hair, Roszak recommends soft, blunt layers with a length ranging from just below the shoulders to a long bob: “The goal is to have layers that just add movement, keeping as much thickness as possible.”

Style Tip: Set your style with a lightweight, strong-hold hairspray to add volume while maintaining softness and movement.

2) Straight and Thick

Take a cue from hair goddess Blake Lively and ask your stylist for long, blended layers. Roszak’s POV: “Face-framing layers a few inches below the chin gives the hair a nice shape and is extremely low-maintenance.”

Style Tip: Try using a volumizing foam before blow-drying and volumizing hairspray as a texturizer for great volume and hold. 

3) Wavy and Fine

Follow Naomi Watts' lead and consider going for a short hairstyle -- like an any-length bob. Shorter lengths will make it easier to enhance your natural wavy texture with products and layers. Roszak also recommends giving bangs a go, saying, “The natural wave gives the hair the movement bangs need to look natural and not heavy.”

Style Tip: A sea-salt spray will enhance the natural bends without making your hair feel dry or weighed down. 

4) Wavy and Thick

Layers are a must if your thick strands have a naturally wavy texture like Freida Pinto's -- the layers should be blended but can be shorter, about chin length all around. "Having shorter pieces around the face [highlights] the cheekbones and opens up the face, and the layers help lift and lighten [the weight of the hair] while enhancing the natural waves,” Roszak explains.

Style Tip: Because this texture can be a bit dry, Roszak recommends using a leave-in oil treatment on damp hair -- focusing on the mid-lengths and ends -- and adding a tiny bit more to dry hair to add shine, define waves and eliminate frizz.

5) Curly and Fine

Susan Sarandon is the perfect muse for women with this hair texture. Says Roszak, “Curly, fine hair is great [when it’s] cut above the shoulders with short layers to accentuate the curls and bring volume and life to the hair.” 

Style Tip: For hair care, curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner will help define curls and smooth out texture. For styling, lightweight mousse is key for curl definition and volume. 

6) Curly and Thick

The biggest no-no for girls with thick, curly strands like Zoe Saldana is going too short. Hair tends to bounce up by a couple of inches after every trim, so Roszak suggests erring on the side of [longer] caution.

Style Tip: As with thick, wavy strands, curly hair will need additional nutrients to maintain shine. A nourishing hair mask, specifically formulated for curly hair, will help you lock in some much-needed moisture. 


If, like most women, you thought the secret to a perfect haircut was identifying and playing to your face shape, then you've probably been getting the wrong trim! In fact, it's the texture of your tresses, says pro stylist Mara Roszak, that will help determine whether you go with billowy layers or a blunt chop. "I typically don't loooove the concept of general cuts for face shape," Roszak says. "I'm more about cutting for texture and the hair itself." Here, she sounds off on six of the most common types of textures and which cut best suits each. Check out the slideshow above to find your look -- plus the products to make the most of your ultra-flattering style.

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