Nervous about getting a new haircut? You can have the most amazing stylist, the best celebrity references, and a vocabulary full of hair buzzwords—invisible layers, long bob, wispy bangs—and still not get the right cut. Which is exactly why we suggest you communicate with your stylist the old-fashioned way: by bringing in a photo!
Don’t worry, we’ve done all the work for you. From short and textured to long and blunt, we’ve rounded up examples our favourite haircuts to help you decide which look is right for you.
Click through our slideshow for the perfect image you’ll want to show your stylist before they break out the scissors.
Russian fashion editor/stylist Miroslava Duma was one of the first in the fashion set to chop her locks into a sharp bob. Tip: ask for invisible layers if your hair is thick.
To get a chin-length cut like this, ask for light, choppy layers, which will allow you to wear you the cut sleek or messy.
Bangs completely change the feeling of a layered bob. Score Kirsten Dunst’s girly style with eye-grazing, wispy fringe.
Elizabeth Olsen’s mid-length cut feels fresh, thanks to long layers.
Want to try something edgy, but not ready to lose your length? Follow Leigh Lezark’s lead and go for an asymmetric cut. A one or two inch difference on one side will make a basic cut incredibly hip.
For a mid-length cut like this, ask for choppy, face-framing layers.
If you have thick locks, and want a low-maintenance cut, try long layers like Doutzen Kroes.
Long hair get instant polish with a sharp, blunt cut.
The easiest way to get a fresh look without giving up your length? Bangs!