Other considerations are the hair's texture and elasticity, and whether the person has cowlicks.
Customers often see hairstyles they like in magazines and bring them to their appointment, says Suzzette Cole of Pure Pizzazz and Co. in Hagerstown.
"We try to help direct them into a hairstyle that looks good for their face shape and suits their lifestyle," Cole says.
The stylist also needs to know how much time you can spend on your hair, Cole says.
Here are some of the looks you'll be seeing this year:
- Whether the hair is short or long, softer styles with more layering are popular, Cole says.
- Crystal Hosby, a hairstylist at Tangles Hair Salon in Martinsburg, says straight hair is a popular African-American style this season.
She says many of her clients have been asking for up-'dos and three-dimensional basket weaves.
- Hair coloring is very popular, while perms are losing ground, says Kandi Stuckey of Tangles.
The fringe look that has been hot for the past few years is on the way out, Stuckey says.
"We'll be seeing a lot more individualistic haircuts," she says.