If you didn’t take a selfie immediately afterwards, did you even visit a hair salon?
We know there’s a fleet of selfie lovers out there who can take a mere 5-10 selfies to get that perfect post-salon hair shot. There’s also a rising number of selfie pros who can take the perfect hair shot first time round – we hate and salute you. But, we also know there’s a whole bunch of us who work relentlessly hard to get that perfect hair shot and still aren’t satisfied with any one of our 362 selfies. If you’re fed up of seeing your camera roll full of unwanted, undesirable and downright fugly selfies, read on.
Half the fun in getting your hair done is trying to get the perfect pic of your new ‘do to post to the ‘gram. So, for those that struggle to nail the perfect hair selfie, we’ve provided our best selfie tips to show off your new look on social media.
Lighting Is Life
While we’ve all probably learnt by now to avoid fluorescent lighting, you should also know that natural lighting is the best as it is, well, natural. It brightens your face, eliminates shadows and shows off your hair in as true a form as possible. If you’re taking a selfie outdoors, make sure your head is blocking the sun, so the lighting isn’t too harsh. If you have too much sunlight on your hair and face, aside from making you look uncomfortable as you squint, it will also detract from your actual skin tone and hair colour as it will simply be too bright. Think back to when you used the flash on your phone for every pic thinking it would show up better, but just ended up with a harsh lightening effect and eerie shadows where the flash couldn’t reach.
For those selfie spots that are without natural light, opt for a phone case with a selfie light like LuMee’s Duo light or a clip-on selfie ring light. They work wonders.
If your selfie can’t wait and you’re not outdoors, not by a window and don’t have a selfie light, then, well, you’re screwed. Only kidding! If you only have access to artificial lighting make sure you have enough all-round illumination, and that you’re facing the light source. If the light source is behind you or directly on you, it can cause unpleasant shadows, wash you out or reveal unpleasant undereye shadows. So, the key is to make sure the light is on you, not at you.
Know your angles
One of the most important selfie tips is knowing your best angle. Your best angle can vary from one haircut or hairstyle to another. If you’re not looking to snap a quirky, I’m-not-even-looking-at-the-camera sort of shot, then try adopting our simple go-to selfie position. Contrary to popular belief, holding the phone at an angle from above will not result in the cutesy, flattering pic you were hoping for. Instead, try holding the phone vertically and slightly off-centre at less than an arm’s length away from your face. And as for the shoulders: holding your phone slightly to the left or right of the centre of the frame just enough so that one shoulder and half of the other is visible. Once you start angling yourself, trust us, these instructions won’t seem so complicated. Kylie Jenner and Kim K are hailed as selfie queens thanks to their perfected angles – all it takes is practice!
Frame your hair
Your face should be in the centre of the frame, closer to the top. To showcase your hair at its finest, your hair should be brought and styled to the front so that your followers can get the full view of your new ’do. Also, keep in mind what (or in some cases who) is lurking behind you. We’ve seen lots of weird stuff in the background of selfies! So, keep it clean and simple with a white wall if possible. Some of our salons even have a selfie backdrop – perfect for all you Instagram lovers.
Don’t fall victim to over-editing
We love a good filter as much as the next person but there IS such a thing as over-editing, especially when it comes to taking the best shot of your hair. Filters and editing should be used in moderation. You want people to be able to see your hair’s actual colour and texture. Afterall, you didn’t pay for that perfect shade of platinum just to use a filter that makes your hair resemble a staw-like yellowish blonde! As selfies are so close and in-your-face, even the slightest over-edit can make your online followers wonder what’s real and what’s fake. Be as authentic as you can – your followers will thank you for it.
Have your options ready
Until you reach selfie level 100 and manage to perfect your hair shot on the first try, you’ll be missing out if you don’t take multiple shots. The more the merrier when it comes to taking selfies as you’ll have a good selection to choose from (your camera roll may not be so forgiving however). Sure, your arm may get a little tired but the more options you take, the better chance you have of posting that perfect shot.
Choose the right prop
Don’t underestimate the power of a good pair of sunglasses or even a fresh mani. Adding a little movement or prop to your hair selfie can instantly inject curiosity and make it more fashionable and fun. Add a bag on your shoulder or drink in your hand to show you’re on-the-go, place your fingers through your hair to really show off its colour and texture or simply stare dreamily into your phone for that new-look-who-dis factor.