Archive for April, 2011
Last week I wrote about the best hairstyles for transgender women. A lot of girls have been asking me to recommend cute, feminine styles for short hair and I promised to chat about that this week.
(Note: Keep reading even if you don’t have short hair because tips #2 and #3 apply to hair of all lengths.)
I generally prefer longer hair on transgender women, but it’s important to chose a style that works for YOU. Some TG women actually look prettier and more feminine with short hair vs. long hair. So have an open mind as you experiment with different styles!
That said, here are my top 3 tips for feminizing short hair:
1. Get a cute haircut
The first thing you need is a great haircut that can be styled in different ways. Choppy layered styles are very “in” right now and look great in both male and female mode.
Ask your hairstylist to show you different options for styling your hair. Layers that are swept towards the face are very feminine and flattering. Curls are another great, girly option.
Here are some short styles that would look great on a TG woman:
2. Try hair accessories
TG women with short hair look fantastic with barrettes and headbands, so this is an easy way to feminize a short haircut.
You can wear hair accessories at any age, but choose something appropriate. Stay away from girly bows or headbands after age 30. Instead, go for something sophisticated like a beautiful barrette or a pretty flower for your hair.
3. Wear a hat
Hats aren’t very popular with women these days, but thanks to Kate Middleton they’re on their way back. The soon-to-be Princess has been photographed in some incredible hats and is sparking a hat trend around the world.
Hats are the easiest way to feminize your hairstyle. In fact, you don’t even have to do your hair! Just throw on a pretty hat and you’re good to go.
Be sure to consider the season when selecting a hat. I know this sounds obvious, but I’ve seen girls wear knit hats in the summer and straw hats in the winter and it just looks ridiculous. Felt hats can be worn year round except for the hottest months.
Since so many girls have asked me about short hairstyles, I thought it would be fun to do a poll on hair length:
Take the poll above and leave me your thoughts below! And be sure to share any other suggestions you have for our short haired girls!
Want to look younger, prettier, and more feminine? Try changing your HAIRSTYLE! I can’t think of a faster way to improve your appearance.
The trick is to chose a hairstyle that not only looks great, but flatters your facial features and overall body shape.
Classically beautiful female faces tend to have small features, large eyes, and full lips. That means you need a hairstyle that plays down your nose, brow bone, chin, and jawline – while playing up your eyes and lips. Your hair should also be in proportion with your body.
Here are my top 6 hairstyles for transgender women: (Note: these rules apply whether you wear a wig or style your own natural hair.)
1. Side swept bangs
Bangs are a great option for transgender women since they draw attention to your eyes while hiding a prominent brow ridge. Bangs also have a youthening effect. Straight bangs highlight a large nose and strong facial features, so go for soft, side swept bangs instead.
Layered hairstyles are much more flattering than hair that is all one length. Face framing layers soften your features and add texture and volume to your hair.
3. Soft waves
Soft waves are super sexy and feminine. Waves also add volume to your hair, making thin hair appear fuller. Most transgender women look great with full, wavy hair that balances out strong facial features and a larger body frame.
|Side swept bangs||Layers||Soft waves|
4. Shoulder length hair
Shoulder length hair is the best option for most women, including transgender women. Hair that’s too long drags down your face and looks “old Barbie” after a certain age, while hair that’s too short can look masculine. Shoulder length hair is very feminine and conceals a strong jaw and thick neck.
P.S.: I realize that you may need to keep your hair short. A lot of girls have asked me to recommend short feminine hairstyles, so I promise to talk about this in next week’s blog post!
5. Side parts
Middle parts are an absolute DON’T for most TG women since they make your face look longer and highlight a big nose and chin. Side parts are much softer and can be worn by anybody with any face shape.
Finally, don’t forget about color! Highlights brighten your face and look softer than a single block of color. There are lots of options besides blonde highlights – women with dark hair look fantastic with light brunette or auburn highlights.
|Shoulder length hair
You’re probably sensing a theme here, right? The idea is to think SOFT – soft cuts, soft texture, soft color – to balance masculine features. Remember, just because a hairstyle is cute doesn’t mean it is appropriate for you.
Now let’s look at some DON’Ts:
||Too long, too blonde!||Center part
OK, my dear. What about YOUR hairstyle? Are you happy with it or is it time for a change? I’d love to see your hair, so post your photos and comments below!