A New Do: 6 Hairstyle Inspiration Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

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Trying to communicate your idea of the perfect hairstyle relying solely on verbal description can be a frustrating affair for both you and your hairdresser. And then there's also the risk a new hairstyle may not complement your particular features once done. It's no wonder there is a whole category of apps dedicated to hairstyle fashion and virtual previewing...

iOS

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Left: Hair Color Booth - Right: Hairstyle Wizard

Thinking of changing to a new hair color? "Try before you buy" with an app which allows users to take creative liberties with hair tones without an ounce of dye touching the hair. Take a picture of yourself, select a color, and paint over your portrait to try on nearly any color. Go funky with rainbow streaks or see whether blonde or brunette works best, it's a safer way to experiment before dipping into the dye. Free - $3 In-App Purchase Unlocks Full Version

The Daily Makeover focuses on makeup, skin care, hairstyle tips and trends; their Hairstyle Wizard app is the mobile (hair) extension of their focus on all things beauty. The app gives users the chance to try out celebrity grade styles by taking a picture and applying a new look on top, with a selection of celeb hairdos updated monthly. Narrow down the wide offering by choosing styles based on occasion and length, and save favorite hairstyles to refer to for a future salon visit. Free

Android

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Left: Mary Kay Virtual Makeover - Right: How to Make Your Hair Look Fab

The famous makeup supplier's app brings a virtual one-click makeover feature using user's headshots to match style to specific seasons, trends, and occasions, including hairstyles...hundreds of hairstyle options with various colors to mix and try on. Once the makeover is complete, the final result can be uploaded up to Facebook, Twitter, or sent via text to see what friends and family think about the possible new you. Free - Also available for iOS

What type of hairstyle best frames your face? What type of products should you be using with your hair type? The How to Make Your Hair Look Fab app not only answers these questions, but also offers inspirational hairstyle videos daily, and also educates about hair maintenance techniques. Learn how to pull off a new hairstyle every day referring to one of the 300 videos available, or read up on hair care tips, tricks, and techniques to hold off between salon visits. Free

Windows Phone

Magic Mirror is available across all mobile platforms, a versatile hairstyle app in terms of style choices and easy-to-navigate interface. Choose a virtual profile photo or upload your own, browse through the catalog of hairstyles by swiping left or right to preview styles. The men aren't left out either with a good number of looks, ranging from funky and wild, to suave and sophisticated. $2.49 - Also available for iOS / Android

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Hairstyle Tutorials
The name says it all: Hair Tutorials is a step-by-step instructional guide for creating various hairstyles. Each tutorial is detailed through videos and large picture thumbnails, provided by three online beauty gurus, CinthiaTruong, Bebexo, and Lilith Moon. Free


(Images: Gregory Han; as linked above)