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What Influences Your Hairstyle?

By January 27th, 202115 Comments
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Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

So many hairstyles, so little time! Hair is the ultimate outlet for expressing one’s personal style. It can be that one aesthetic that ties your entire look together. How do you decide how to rock your textured tresses? Here a few factors that may influence your decision:

• Event
What is the occasion? How long will the event last? Is it taking place indoors or outdoors? If you are attending a wedding, you may opt for something more intricate and feminine. If your destination is a casual gathering, perhaps you can afford to be a little more laid back. A club atmosphere where dancing will be a part of the plan, may warrant a more fun, free spirited style.

• What You Are Wearing
Fashion and hair are equally influenced by each other. The two of them in conjunction with attitude and personal savvy are what makes up your style and flair. A flirty sundress may serve as the inspiration for your fierce braid out or the pumps and peplum skirt may put you in the mood for a tightly secured, more refined look.

• Texture, Curl pattern, Length
The possibilities for styles for your mane are endless, however, when choosing one, be mindful of your texture, curl pattern and length. Let’s say you want to rock a huge, disrespectful afro but your texture will not accommodate the look, you may need to think about a dry twist out as a plan B. While it may not be the look you initially wanted, you can still achieve the volume and make the look work for you. Eliminate unnecessary frustration by being realistic about your hair and respecting its boundaries.

• Weather and climate
Not surprisingly, weather plays a huge part in style choice. What is the dew point? Curly hair tends to get more curly, frizzy and challenging in humid weather. Is rain in the forecast? This will also be the deciding factor in the products you use to maintain the style.

• Time involved in achieving a look
How much time do you have to manage the look? Can you prepare overnight or is it a Rachel Ray (30 minutes or less) type situation? Access the time constraints and chose a look that fits within that time frame.

• Mood
Your emotional barometer can have an affect on your look, including the hair style you chose. Whether you are feeling energetic or somber, it can sometimes affect the way your wear your hair. The opposite is also true. How you wear your hair may affect your mood. If you are looking to pull yourself out of a rut, a colorful flower is an instant mood booster.

• Energy level
There are styles that require minimal effort and those that are almost works of art. More often than not, moms, busy career women and students have a lot on their “to do” list, and must prioritize. Sometimes, hair is not at the top of the list and as such can affect your look for the day.

• Trends
While the traditional hairstyles are always a good look, (braid outs, twist outs, afro, etc.) it is fun to experiment with the latest trends. Mohawks, shaved heads and fishtail braids are all great style ideas to try.

What factors do you consider when deciding what style to rock?


Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.

15 Comments

  • DecemberPumpkin says:

    weather occasion and mood

  • Elaine D. says:

    Factors to consider for me would definitely be weather and time. Coz nomatter how dope the do, if my hair is in the mood to absorb and shrink a tonne…it's a fail. Also, time! I need 2 days of re-twisting after wash day to achieve full stretch out for an updo or other style.

  • ROGUETEACHER says:

    I have to be the laziest naturalista on the planet so obviously my go-to style is a wash n go. On the days that I absolutely need to step it up a notch, I will set my hair on rods the night before and create some type of updo with no more than 6 bobby pins (because that's all that I can usually find).

  • Anonymous says:

    Texture, curl pattern and length – it's big issue if you are tightly coiled, kinky haired no curls and don't wear shrunken fros. There's so much my hair can't do due to this factor alone. My method for my fine, dense 4b? Protective style, forget for two weeks, wash day, repeat.

  • Anonymous says:

    It definately depends on my time! If I'm not too busy I'll do twists and curls, rod set's etc., styles that take me a little more time. But If my time is limited, bunning here I come!

    Man I'm so happy that my hair is FINALLY long enough for pony's and buns! lIFE SAVERS!!!

  • Deliliah Nonar says:

    My mood, time required, care required, scheduled activities, and so many other things influence my style. i mostly wear twist-out styles. I tried a bantu knot out but it was an epic, curly, frizzy, fail.

  • Spokenheart says:

    my hair is always dependednt upon my mood and eneergy. i treat my hair like an accessory lol

  • Anonymous says:

    I can say weather and events are what I base my hair style on. I also have to say what I'm wearing plays a major part.I love rocking my braid and twist. I must admit it took me a while to achieve this look, but I am getting better at it.

  • Anonymous says:

    "Huge, disrespectful fro." Haha, I love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Event and weather are my top two. For instance, it's Saturday and raining so I would typically do a pin up style because of the rain and excess humidity. However, because we're taking the kids to the movies and other indoor activities, I plan to wear my hair out in a big curly fro – weekend relaxed and funky style.

  • KJ says:

    I work at a hospital, so my hair is dependent on how much low maintenance I want for the day. My hair isn't long enough yet but because of my need for fuss free, I would love to bun my hair. I think by the end of the hsirdcscapades grow out challenge, that it shouldn't be a problem by the end of the summer.

  • Anonymous says:

    It really depends on how much I have to do my hair first, then the mood that I am in. If I have time to do some extra, but dont 'feel' like it, A pony puff will do!

  • Katrina A says:

    I will openly admit that I am lazy and hate spending a lot of time styling my hair, so time to achieve the look is what's most important to me.

  • Roodlyne says:

    for me it's how long it take me to achieve the style vs how long it would last.
    I wont spend 2 hours doing my hair and have to do it again the next day, but if that baby can last all week or at least till wenesday Im game.
    then there's special occasion when you do special stuff so that another story 🙂

  • Sophie says:

    event, curl pattern, and weather are my big ones! I pay special attention to my hair when I generally care about dressing up, I try to do styles that showcase my natural texture as often as I can, and I try to make my style weather-resistant when possible too. No one wants gel running down her face, and I don't want to be afraid of the rain!

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