Haircuts you should never consider getting


Nothing can turn your day
around like a new haircut. I don’t care how low-maintenance you are; a good
haircut changes you. At the same time, a bad haircut can suddenly make you
question everything about yourself. There is not, however, one single haircut that
looks amazing on absolutely everyone. A good stylist takes into account your
hair type, face shape, and lifestyle when coming up with the right look for
“For the best haircuts,
always seek a consultation and service from a professional salon hair
designer,” Owner of Your Haircare System Alan Benfield
Bush told me. “Always share your likes, desires, and lifestyle needs
with your hair designer to get a haircut designed expressly for
Still, there are some haircuts
that work on a lot of people and others that are pretty much never flattering.
I had the chance to interview some top stylists about the most and least
flattering haircuts out there, so here are the cuts you should consider, and
the ones you shouldn’t. 

Do: Soft layers

Easy, soft layers look good on
just about everyone. The amount of layers will depend on how thick or curly
your hair is, but gently framing your face is flattering.
“The best haircuts are
softly layered, low maintenance, work with your natural texture, and will look
just as good in three months,” Hairstylist Jenna Mast told me. “The
layers are adjusted to your density, but have no distinct lines. It looks like
effortless, natural hair. That’s what I aim to deliver my clients.” 
The best part about natural-looking
layers? You don’t have to hit the salon every ten weeks to keep them looking

Do: Asymmetrical bob

No one rocks the asymmetrical
bob like Victoria Beckham. It’s easy to style and always looks chic. And hey,
her nickname was Posh Spice for a reason. 
“Ask your stylist for a
classic A-line bob that is slightly piecey,” Canale Salon Head Stylist
James Williams told Total Beauty. “The sophisticated cut is simple to
style. Just flat iron and go.” This look is especially good for those of
us who like to just get up and go without a lot of fuss in the morning.

Do: If your hair is curly, go
for long layers

As a curly-haired gal, I have
a love-hate relationship with summer. Sure, I love the vacations and lazy pool
days, but the humidity is a high price to pay. My curls go from loose and wavy
to giant and frizzy. Fortunately, I’ve discovered long layers. Keeping my hair
long weighs down the frizz, but the layers keep my curls light and
“And because the layers
are long in front, you won’t have difficulty with curls bouncing up around the
face and not blending,” Hairstylist Morgan Willhite told Allure. If your
curls have been out of control this summer, talk with your stylist about
incorporating some easy layers.
Do: If you have a round face,
try a bob

When deciding on a new
haircut, most of us look at pictures of celebrities for inspiration, but the
place where we should really be looking is in the mirror. Our face shape can
look very different with the right haircut. If your face tends to be rounder,
try a fresh new bob.
“In my opinion, the best
possible haircut you can get is the one that fits your face shape, personal
fashion style, and hair structure,” Dylan Smith, the Creative Director of
Tiff’s Hair, told me. “For girls with big eyes and a round face, the
best option is to go short.” Talk with your stylist about the best look
for your face.
Do: If you have a square face,
go long

Not sure what your face shape
is? Stand in front of the mirror with a fresh lipstick. Trace your face on the
mirror, then stand back to see what shape appears. If you find yourself drawing
a square shape, you’ll want to focus on softening the edges with long hair.
“If you have a square
face and… curly hair, the worst haircut for you is the short one,”
explained Smith. “Opt for a longer hairstyle to create the illusion of a
smoother face shape.”
Do: If you’re petite, try a

Sometimes it’s hard to be
short. You can’t quite rock a maxi dress, you can never reach the top of the
grocery store shelves, and now you can’t have long hair. Of course you could
wear your hair any way you like, but long locks may overpower you.
“If you are a short
person, avoid long hair past your shoulders as that will make you look shorter,
and it will make your neck visually disappear,” said Bush. Be brave and go
for that pixie!
Do: To offset a round face,
try a blunt cut

Another great look for the
round-faced ladies is going for sharp lines. It’s best to try a hairstyle that
softens your face shape. If you have a full face, sharp lines will help make it
look less round.
“Executing a more square
haircut softens the round fullness of the face,” Hairstylist Marco Pelusi
told Total Beauty. “You do not want to add more roundness.”

Don’t: A “wannabe”
lob that falls too long

Now that we’re clear on the
best haircuts, let’s dive into the ones to avoid. Again, it’s important to
always consider your hair type and face shape. However, there are some styles
that are pretty much never going to be flattering. The first is the in-between
haircut. It’s not quite a bob and not quite long hair. It just hangs there
without much of a style.
“Another super bad
haircut I see is in shoulder length wannabe-lobs or super long hair. What
happens is, girls get bored of their shoulder length hair and want face-framing
layers or angles around the front,” Mast told me. “The issue with
shorter hair is always density. If you don’t have a lot of hair from the back of
your ear to the hairline, you’re asking for something that isn’t going to look
like you have gorgeous, full, sexy hair. It will look dated or over layered.
Instead, think of why you like that look and what you’d really like to
accomplish and your stylist will deliver.”
In essence, it’s important to
pick a lane. You can’t have fun, short layers in the back if you want to keep
some length. Talk with your stylist about the looks you love and how to
personalize them for you.

Don’t: “V” shape
that creates a tail

If you want to keep your hair
long, be careful about too many layers. When you have too many short layers in
front, you end up creating a “V” shape that is not flattering on
“The ‘V’ is my least
favorite request,” admitted Mast. “You’re left with a tail that
offers very little style, and it’s not sexy or even adding much length. Chop it
off!” If you’re wondering if your hair in back looks like a tail, then
it’s time to cut.
Don’t: Super long

Long hair needs some long
layers to keep it looking fresh. When you wear your hair very long and all one
length, it only ages you. This is especially true if you tend to have a long
face to begin with.
“Long, straight hair with
straight-across bangs are a terrible choice for this [long] face shape,”
Pelusi told Total Beauty. “Why? Because it further elongates the face.
There is no movement to distract from the face’s length.” Go for a soft,
shorter cut to offset a long face.
Don’t: If you have a wide
face, avoid bangs

I love the look of bangs. It
doesn’t matter if they’re full and thick or soft and swept to the side. I think
they always look fresh and chic. However, if you tend to have a wider face,
they won’t be the best look for you. “If you have a wide face, avoid bangs,”
Bush told me. “Bangs will accentuate the width of your face.”
Instead, go for soft layers that don’t widen you.
Don’t: Trying to cut your own

This is always a no-no. Even
if you have low-maintenance straight hair. It is never possible to get a good
cut by yourself. If you haven’t found a hairstylist you love yet, keep looking.
It’s worth it!
“To find a good hair
designer, compliment and ask other women with great haircuts you like where
they got their hair done and who did it,” Bush told me. “For the
worst haircuts, do it yourself.”
Don’t: Too-tight perm

I thought perms were left
behind with shoulder pads and leg warmers, but they are still very much around.
They have improved over the years, but if you decide to try one, make sure the
waves are soft and modern. That too-tight perm from the ’80s will not look
flattering on anyone.
It’s also important to make
sure you’re taking care of your hair. Get a quality perm that doesn’t damage
your gorgeous locks. “Coloring, perming, or straightening the hair is fine
as long as the treatment isn’t painful,” Dr. George Cotsarelis, a
dermatologist whose research includes hair follicles, told Allure.
“When there is pain, that indicates follicle damage.” An experienced
stylist can help you find the right perm for your hair.

Don’t: The reverse mullet

Poor Kate Gosselin. Her famous
haircut will always be on the list of worst looks. Going chunky in the front
and super short in the back may be low-maintenance, but it will never be
“Shorter cuts are easier
to manage if you find the perfect style for your face shape,” Stylist Guy
Riggio told Total Beauty. “And that can take a lot of trial and
error.” The problem with the reverse mullet is that is unbalanced. “The
bangs are far too long, and the spiky top would need a can of hairspray for
hold,” said Riggio.

Talk with your stylist

The best haircut is always the
one personalized just for you. “Haircuts are a super personal thing and
never really a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. There’s a lot that gets taken
into account, and it’s not as simple as replicating a photo,” Mast told
me. “As a hairstylist, I consider my client’s natural texture, hairline,
density, cowlicks, routine, and maintenance. I can tell you with certainty that
the worst haircut is the one that doesn’t consider the client.”
When making a change with your
hair, go for an easy style that allows you to make changes over time. “The
best haircuts will allow you to make changes by being able to style your hair
with versatility by occasionally sweeping it from side to side, pulled back, or
even up into an elegant upstyle,” explained Bush. “Always ask for
subtle changes during each salon visit, while discussing potential short and
long-term options with plans for your future haircuts. If you want a totally
different haircut and makeover, be sure to take a photograph as a visual
reference for your hair designer.” 
You and your stylist are a
team, so work together to achieve your perfect look!

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.