How to Make Your Hair Look Great in Every Photo

While dramatically bad hair days might be few and far between, it can also be rare to have a good hair day. That shouldn't stop you from capturing candid moments in your life and snapping selfies with your friends.

It only takes a few minutes to fix your hair for pictures. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your hair looks great for every photo.

Find the Right Lighting

Lighting is everything when it comes to pictures. People tend to look their best in natural lighting rather than harsh overhead lights or shadows cast by the sun. The direction of the lighting can also impact how your hair looks.

Try to face the light— either head-on or at an angle— when taking a photo. If the lighting is angled from behind, it will illuminate any frizz or flyaways you may be experiencing. By shifting the direction slightly, you can transform the look of your hair in a photograph.

Manage the Frizz

If you know you're going to be taking photos, use some anti-frizz products to keep your hair under control. Depending on your hair type and style, you could use anything from pomade to spray to help on frizzy hair days. Bright Spot Shine Spray is a great product to mist on dry or damp hair before heading out the door - it helps to add shine and fight frizz.

Be sure to carry around a small teasing brush or comb to help you smooth any wayward bits of hair. It only takes a minute to deal with flyaways when you have the right tools on hand.

Reintroduce Some Volume

Stop and think before you send your sexy selfie: could your hair use more volume? Nothing looks as naturally beautiful as some voluminous, artistically messy hair.

Before you take a photo, flip your head upside down and shake out your hair to give it some oomph. You can also stay upright, reach your fingers into the roots, and use the scrunching technique. If your hair is feeling a little limp from a long day at work or outside, spray it with dry shampoo and try the methods above.

Most stylists will tell you to avoid using a volumizer spray before heading out for a photo session. Sometimes this product can be a little much and make you look like you're going for a 1980s glamour shoot.

Pull it Forward

One of the best tidbits of advice on how to take a great selfie is to pull your hair forward. If you have long hair, pull it all in front of your shoulders for your photo. This technique adds the illusion of thickness and frames the face nicely.

Another technique for making your hair look great in photos is to pull it all to one side and work your angles. This approach is perfect for making your hair look thick and luscious while showing off your face and neck.

Find the Right Cut for Your Face Shape

To ensure your hair looks great in every photo, find the right haircut for your face shape. The usual face shapes include:

  • square
  • round
  • oval
  • rectangle or oblong
  • heart
  • diamond
  • triangle

You can find your face shape by taking your photo face on in a mirror and tracing your face using an editing app on your phone or have someone take a photo of you face-on. Alternatively, you can lay on the floor and have a friend trace your face with paper and a pencil.

When you have the right hairstyle for your face shape, it brings all the pieces of the puzzle together for a beautiful picture every time.

Remember, the key to looking great in any photo is confidence. Smooth down those flyways, turn up the volume, and show the world your beautiful face.

Written by guest author Wendy Dessler

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