Whether your hair is gorgeously textured or pin-straight, the right cut makes everything—your skin, your makeup, even your clothes—look better. These seven styles are classics for a reason: They’re ultraflattering. Here, expert advice on how to adapt each look depending on your hair type, lifestyle, and how high- or low-maintenance you happen to be.
As you’re contemplating a new look, there’s a lot to consider. Top New York hairstylist Sally Hershberger, who’s famous for her Manhattan salon and Sally Hershberger 24K hair-care line, says choosing a style that incorporates your natural hair texture is always the best idea. “That way you’re not fighting your hair every day,” she says. And think about how much time you’re willing to devote to maintenance—New York hair guru Harry Josh says, “That’s a key.” Face shape makes a difference, too, says New York hairstylist and founder of Act + Acre hair-care company Helen Reavey. “I tell clients to consider the climate they’re in and how often they work out or wash their hair, too,” she says.
All agree that nourishing basics—shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, and scalp treatments—make a huge difference in the way any cut looks and feels.