The 5 Go-To Haircuts When You're Stuck for a Style

Going to the salon can be a daunting task, especially if you are going in with no direction of how you want your hair to turn out. If you like to have a game hair plan like us, take a look at the five most popular haircuts out there when deciding your next style, so you don't leave the salon with tears in your eyes.

Long Layers

An easy, timeless style for longer locks. Long layers are especially great for thick hair, giving it shape and form. When styling, curl a few strands like Eva Longoria Parker for bounce or flat iron for a chic, pin straight look. The more layers you have, the more you can play around with different styles.

When choosing longer layers, opt for longer bangs to go with them. This gives you the option to blow-dry them out, or pin back to get them out of your face.

Pair this hairstyle with one of these makeup looks.

The Shag

Some people think a shag cut has to be super short, but that's not the case. Shags can fall anywhere between the shoulders up to the chin, for a more fringed look. If you're not ready to take the plunge to short hair yet, the shag is a good in between style to fall back on.

For an edgy look, ask for lots and lots of choppy layers (think Taylor Momsen). If you want something sleeker, ask for a few longer layers like Jessica Biel. Flip the ends out for a fun nighttime look or curl with a barrel curling iron to amp up your look even more.

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Long with Bangs

This style is perfect for no muss, no fuss. When picking bangs, there are a few ways to go with this style.

Straight across: Blunt bangs straight across the forehead give definition to your face with a dramatic finish.

Longer on the ends:
This boho chic style worn by Kate Moss and Nicole Richie is a fun twist on bangs, and a less severe cut.

Shaggy bangs: Bangs that have a shaggier cut will thin your face out and if long enough, can be pulled back.

See what sexy date-night hairstyles you can get with this look.

The Pixie

Celebs like Halle Berry, Michelle Williams, and Mary J. Blige are proof that this short and sexy style is here to stay. This cut is great for a defined face, with sculpted cheekbones and a defined chin. Use a texture gel like Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel for a tousled, messy look or a dab of anti-frizz serum (we love John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme) for a sleek, side swept look like Michelle's.

If also deciding on bangs, go for a side bang as opposed to something more blunt and straight for more styling options.

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The Bob

Bobs are an elegant look for women in their 40s and beyond, but also work for your 20s and 30s as a chunky, edgier cut.

For an easy style, ask for angled bangs and longer layers that frame your face. To add a modern twist to your bob, choose an asymmetrical cut, a la Rihanna
or the widely known Victoria Beckham cut, with the back stacked and slightly shorter than the front.

Try on all of these hairstyles now before you chop it all off!

What's your go-to haircut? Tell us your favorite style in the comments below!

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