We all have that one friend who seems to look completely perfect in every photo.
Even when she is caught in her pyjamas, or out on the town after quite a few drinks, her hair is always adorable and flattering.
It can seem like a deep mystery, but there are actually some very simple things you can do to show you hair at its very best, even in a casual photo or a selfie.
We spoke to Jamiya Wilson, a New York City photographer specializing in portraits and hair, to find out the professional secrets photographers use to keep hair looking awesome in photos.
First and foremost, if your hair is in bad condition, it’s going to be harder to get a good photo. You are much more likely to have flyaway hairs, flatness, and unamanageability problems if your hair is dry or damaged.
Over the long term, you need to take of that baby. Use a ph-balanced shampoo, and a good conditioner matched to your hair type. Don’t use permanent coloring – OK, if you must, get regular moisturising treatments, and don’t change your mind too often – and use your blow dryer or straightener sparingly.
Nine tenths of the problems with hair in photos is because the hair is dry and damaged.
But I have a sudden photo opp today! How can I make my hair look its best, in its current condition?
Ok, here are some of the big secrets.
Lighting makes a big difference. Don’t be backlit – having light coming from behind you. This will pick up any stray hairs and light them up like a beacon. Always have soft, natural light, whenever you can. Stand by a window, or if you are outside, find a patch of even shade. If you are using a flash, tone down the brightness of the flash.
Pull some of your hair back, even if it just tucking it behind your ear. Tight up-dos can be counterproductive, because a bit of hair around the face has a softening effect. If you have a bun or a ponytail, pull some strands out around the face to soften the lines.
To tame flyaway hairs, spritz a lightweight hair spray on your palms, then smooth your hair from roots to ends. If your hair is curly or coarse, use something a bit heavier, like a wax or a pomade.
Take the photo from a three-quarter angle, and slightly above. Ideally, have a natural light source above the camera. Looking at this source will make your eyes sparkle, removing the focus of the picture from your hair.