Experts share the five most universally flattering haircuts.

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Tortoiseshell hair. The shag. Coloured roots. Haircut and colour trends will always come and go, but what if you’re just after something simple that can suit, well, anyone?

You know, something universally flattering that you’ll be able to look back at in photos in years to come without shaking your head fervently or cringing.

Here to guide us in what styles will always be “in” (just like the Little Black Dress or a crisp white shirt) are hair experts with decades of industry experience between them.

1. The long bob.

“The classic long bob (lob) is the universal haircut that pretty much suits everyone. It’s a look that can be styled a lot of different ways and suits pretty much every texture of hair,” explains Joey Scandizzo,ELEVEN Australia co-Creative Director and three-time Hairdresser of the Year. (Post continues after gallery.)

“You can wear it smooth and sleek or alternatively my favourite way to style this look is to spray the hair with I Want Body Volume Spray ($24.95) from ELEVEN Australia. It adds a perfect dry texture that brings a modern edge to the cut.”

2. Hair cuts that “hug”.

“I’ve always been a big fan of ‘hair hugging’ haircuts that tend to sit closely to the skin and with soft edges. I’m also not the Hair Police in saying what’s in and what’s not, as at the end of the day a haircut has to work within your day to day routine,” explains celebrity stylist and owner of Raw Salon, Anthony Nader.

“This hair length can be any length which is what I like the freedom of. You can be sporting a short pixie, a bob, or extreme long layered hair – as long as the base line is soft and worn-in that’s the key. No blunt hard lines that tend to stay stagnant and rigid in appearance.”

3. Texture and subtle layers are key.

“Hairstyles are dependent on individuals’ face shape and lifestyles but a textured look can be really flattering and easy to maintain. Introducing a few layers around the face will also add definition,” explains Renya Xydis, celebrity hairstylist and Creative Director for Wella Professionals.

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4. Longer hair is always ‘in’.

“Longer hair can work for many face shapes, especially those that have less defined jaw lines. To draw the eye down, it is best to incorporate longer layers,” says Xydis.

A straight cut with some subtle layers is easy to achieve and maintain.


5. The root fade.

“I’ve always been a fan of the root fade technique. This is where the roots are left (colour free) and you just have the mid-lengths and ends painted in the desired colour tones,” explains Nader.

“This way the maintenance is so low and it also works well for the time poor consumer that doesn’t have time to make six weekly appointments.”

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