Hair for Headshots

by Taylor Hooper

In your headshots your hair should look like it does when you walk into the audition room, it’s as simple as that. So I always recommend that clients come to their headshot session with their hair done as they would wear it to an audition, or a nice occasion. This is easier said than done. In person, fly always aren’t as noticeable. The way you tuck your hair behind your ears, the way it moves and adjusts when you move doesn’t make much difference in the over all impression of the hair style. But a headshot is one moment in time and suddenly the way you tuck your hair behind your ear makes the viewer’s eye go to your ear. Or your long hair falling behind your shoulders looks like you have a shorter hair cut. Or if you are used to wearing your hair pin straight everyday, suddenly you’ll feel like it looks to flatter your headshot. First of all it’s important to have a hairstyle that you love, and that you feel good about. If you have no idea where to begin, look at magazines, TV, movies, people on the streets of New York. As an actor in New York’s competitive market it’s important to have a look, and a style that says something about you, and the types of roles that you can play. Look at working actors that are your general type, and while you shouldn’t copy their look, you could take ideas, and adjust them to what might work for you. Play around with different styles and see what works best with your overall look.