Archive for Transgender Hair Styles
Did you realize that your HAIR is one of the first things people notice about you?
Unfortunately, there are some common hairstyle mistakes that could be preventing you from passing or blending in as a woman …
Here are the top 5 CD/TG hairstyle mistakes – and how to fix them!
1. Choosing the wrong hair color
If you wear a wig or dye your hair, choosing the right hair color is key. The wrong shade will wash you out and highlight the harsh angles of your face.
Rule #1 is to stay within 2 shades of your natural hair color. Most girls can’t pull off extreme shades like “Barbie” blonde or jet black.
|Only Barbie can pull off this shade of blonde!||Jet black is too harsh for most people’s skin tones||Stay within 2 shades of your natural hair color|
Rule #2 is to choose a hair color that compliments your skin tone.
First, identify whether you have a WARM or a COOL skin tone. (Hint: If the veins on your inner wrist appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If they look green, you have a warm skin tone.)
If you have a cool skin tone, choose hair colors with a cool tone – like coffee brown, burgundy, or ash blonde. If you have a warm skin tone, opt for golden shades such as chestnut, auburn, or honey blonde.
|COOL hair colors compliment cool skin tones||WARM hair colors compliment warm skin tones|
2. Wearing the wrong hairstyle
The wrong hair hairstyle can throw off your entire appearance. Hairstyles that are too short, too long, or too angular have a masculinizing effect on your face.
Shoulder length cuts with soft waves or layers are most feminine and flattering. Soft bangs are also a must if you have a high forehead.
|Long, straight, center-parted hair is too severe||Angular bobs emphasize the angles of your face||Soft waves and bangs are feminine and flattering|
3. Showing off thinning hair or a receding hairline
While it’s great to grow out your own hair, make sure you have enough of it to show off!
I often see crossdressers and transgender women with thinning hair or receding hairlines. Slight hair loss might not be noticeable in guy mode, but it instantly reads as masculine in girl mode.
Hair loss treatments and hormones can help with hair regrowth, but in the meantime, wear a wig or hair piece. You could also rock a cute hat!
4. Wearing cheap or worn out wigs
If you’re going to wear a wig, invest in the best one you can afford. High quality human hair wigs cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, but you can find synthetic wigs for much less.
No matter how much you spend, you want to look for SHINE and SOFTNESS. Wigs with dull, rough hair fibers scream “fake” from a mile away.
Also keep in mind that wigs have a limited life span. As soon as your wig starts to look dull or frizzy, it’s time to shop for a new one.
5. Wearing a wig too high or too low on your forehead
If you are new to wigs, it’s normal to be scared your wig is going to fall off. Your instinct might be to push the wig down, but the low-forehead look is NOT flattering. (Hello, Neanderthal!)
On the other hand, if the wig isn’t properly secured, it can creep up your forehead. That’s not pretty either.
|Wig worn too low||Wig worn too high||Wig worn at natural hairline|
To avoid slippage (and paranoia about your wig falling off), I suggest sewing wig clips to the inside of the wig. Wearing a wig cap or a wig grip can also help keep your wig in place.
|Wig clips||Wig cap||Wig grip|
Now let’s hear YOUR thoughts on this topic! I’d love to hear your best hairstyle tips and tricks, so upload a photo of your femme hairstyle and leave me your comments below!
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!