For those who wear glasses everyday, your frames figure largely into your look and can influence your makeup and hairstyle choices. While glasses were considered “nerdy” in the past, most people recognize them as a stylish accessory these days. Some people even own several pairs so they can match them to their ever-evolving look. Just because you wear glasses doesn’t mean you have to style your hair a certain way, but it is possible to play up your frames and face with the right ‘do.
The Sexy Librarian
Yes, it’s a big cliche: the quiet, buttoned-up librarian with glasses who wears her hair in a tight bun. However, there is something to be said for glasses with a sleek up-do. Modernize this look by pulling your hair into a low bun or chignon at the nape of your neck. Give yourself a sweeping side part and use pins to keep bangs or layers in check. Try smoothing your hands with shine serum and running them from your forehead to the back of your head to smooth frizz or fly-aways. Keep in mind, though, that the goal is to look pulled together and not slicked back. This hairstyle will show off your face and your glasses, and looks especially chic with dark, thick frames. For a similar, but bit more punk effect, opt for a short pixie cut.
Bangs and Layers
Layers are a popular hairstyle because they offer many benefits: lift, volume, texture and shape. Bangs or fringe are also a good choice for many people who want to soften their face, show off their eyes or add a little edge to their look. Both styles work well with glasses, especially if you want to minimize the effect of your frames. Try side-swept bangs that slightly overlap the edge of your frames and layers that highlight your cheekbones or your best facial features. By shifting the focus to your natural beauty, your glasses won’t scream out or compete.
If you are one of those who wears glasses sometimes and contacts other times, be sure to wear or at least take your glasses to your next hair appointment. Your stylist should evaluate your face shape without your glasses, and then she should have you try them on before deciding which hairstyle will suit you best.
Another point to consider is hair color versus your eyeglasses frame color. You may choose to create contrast my wearing funky, dark frames with pale blonde hair, or you may try to match your frames to your hair color. Either effect can be striking. Many people choose “invisible” frames so they don’t appear to be wearing glasses. Either way, embrace the fact that you wear glasses and don’t ever let it limit your hairstyle choices.