A blunt cut:
A layer-free cut works with all face shapes and types, but can look a bit dull.
Liven it up by asking your stylist to thin out the ends so they look a little jagged, or cut in a few face-framing, cheek-length layers.
Alternatively, you can take it to collarbone length at the front and a touch shorter at the back – check out Jennifer Aniston’s latest look for inspiration.
This is a great style for those with fine hair. Wear it straight or tong in some loose waves.
A volume-boosting mousse, Davines $42 do a good one, or if you’re on a budget, try PanteneSheer Volume Body BuilderMousse $8.71.
If you want to transform your style without losing length, a fringe is the answer – and there are different options.
You can go for a thick, blunt cut like Zooey’s, or something feathery and swept to the side.
The upside is that it covers wrinkles on the forehead. The downside is that it’s not low maintenance. You’ll need regular trims (maybe as much as every three weeks and, no, don’t do it yourself), to blow-dries daily.
Fringes are flattering on long, oval and heart-shaped faces.
They look better when they’re long enough to skim the bottom of the brows.
However, don’t get a fringe if you have a short forehead, or if your hair is very thick, or fine and blonde.
KMS California Hairplay Makeover Spray $32.50 is a next-day refresher that soaks up oil and perks up limp styles. It’s like a dry shampoo only better.
Regardless of the length of your hair, getting a few choppy layers cut in is a quick and easy update. It’s a look that’s easy to style and versatile too.
You can blow dry in some movement with a round brush, iron it straight, tong in curls, or wash and wear if you have natural waves.
This is a sexy, feminine style that suits just about anyone. However if you have fine hair, don’t take it too long, and if it’s curly, don’t go too short.
KÉrastase Forme FataleVoluptuous Blow Dry Gel $42 helps shape the hair, so is ideal for choppy cuts. If your locks suffer from dryness, you can also layer on a little oil for shine, but just from the mid-lengths to the ends.
About Nicky Pellegrino
Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.commore of this author