How To: Make Your Hair Look Good In Every Photo


We all have those days when we would have to take a billion photos over and over again just because we don’t ever seem to look good in enough in them and we end up getting frustrated. Most of the time the problem isn’t how we look or how our hair look; infact we can take amazing photos with even day 7 hair! The problem is mostly with our lighting and surroundings and the solution simply requires us to apply quick easy fixes to get the best hair-flattering angle from your camera. Here are quick and easy ways to better looking hair!


Your Camera Device and Settings: This is an obvious long term solution. There’s no point complaining your hair doesn’t look great enough if your camera has only 5 mega pixels. . That doesn’t mean you should go all the way to get professional cameras that would tear your pocket. Your hair can look absolutely fabulous in photos using a good camera as low as 8 megapixels to take great shots of your hair.

Also editing your pictures just to add a touch of professionalism goes a long way. No I don’t mean all those secondary school days editing with so much color and contrast. adding so much color and contrast defeat the purpose of taking the picture because we can’t see the focus object clearly. The use of light subtle moderate filters that won’t take focus off your hair or face is really essential.

Most of the  time, I make use of a 14.1 megapixel digital camera to take great shots. If you are low on a budget, then hook yourself up with a 14mp digital camera for as low as N12000!


Lighting and Surrounding:

I think the is probably the most critical and essential factor to note down. It is highly important to always face the light rather than back the light. Facing the light reflects the light on your face while backing it would only create a shadow on your face and hair.

Even the most beautiful hairstyles taken in the a low- light indoor setting can looka hot mess on camera. I can testify to that. It is always best to take close up shots of the face and hair in an outdoor environment where there is sufficient natural lighting. If you are the type that finds herself indoor most of the time, places like your balcony, varenda or compound offer the best natural lighting.

Another point to note is that your surrounding does matter a lot in how your hair turns out on camera. A brightly colored/white background with good lighting is often preferred to just any background/surrounding. I think this explains the reason why a lot of us take bathroom selfies a lot! Because it is one of the smallest rooms in the house with a bright surface that admits the greatest amount of light.

This is something I notices too with me because the place I used to stay lacked sufficient lighting and ventilation so I always found myself going straight to the bathroom or balcony.

So next time you want to take a great selfie, Move out to your balcony or simply go to your bathroom!


Find Your  Best Angle: Everyone has a particular face orientation that suits them the most. Be it sideways chin up or chin down, directly facing the camera or over head shots. Most of the time, I like to take sideways shots, or slightly tilting my hair sideways because personally, that’s the orientation that suits my profile the most.

Shooting angle may also depend on the hair style your wear. Some hair styles require overhead shots that shows all the details of the hair style. styles like bun and puffs, require side ways or direct shots, textured hair like braids and twist require sideways shots, straight hair requires direct shots, etc.

Finding your best angle may take no more than five minutes. simply do a quick review of your selfies and highlight your favorites ones. How did you orient your face in those pictures? Was it an overhead shot, or direct or tilted or side ways shots?


Make Your Hair Look Good:

Well, sometimes, using the best of the best devices and filters may not give us a great shot. When this happens, maybe our hair is just the problem. A dull, stiff and dirty looking hair can ruin a great shot. So it’s always best to showcase pictures of newly or freshly washed/made hair. But ”reality” won’t permit us to wash our textured hair every single day. So It is essential to protect our hair at night, keep our hair moisturized and avoid using too much products. all these help in preserving our hairstyles for a longer time So yes, A well managed day 7 hair can still look just as great as day 1 hair.


Show Texture: Hair or styles that show texture like natural hair ( curly, wavy , coily, kinky) will tend to look more attractive and interesting than plain straight hair. For us natural girls, styles like twists, braids, cinabuns, rollersets, textured buns, twist outs that are well executed always make great shots and generally enhance the beauty of the hair.


Black and White Effect:

The black and white effect. When all else fails you; lighting, background, dull hair, naked face, etc. then try out the black and white effect. You can never go wrong with black and white. It simply makes your face and hairstyle look a lot more sophisticated and lush.


Pamper Your Face and Smile:

There’s nothing more attractive in a photo than a genuine smile. Though this would not automatically turn your hair from ”I just woke up” hair to dinner date-ready hair, but it would definitely save that picture and make you look better and more attractive. A little make up on your face or well done brows can also take the shot from zero to amazing!

Until Next time,



About nafisah

I'm an architecture student by day and natural hair blogger by night. Join me as I share with you the ups and downs of being an student natural living in Lagos.
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5 Responses to How To: Make Your Hair Look Good In Every Photo

  1. levybraide says:

    Your hair is life! Great tips I do all of them.


  2. Thanks for the tips Nafisah. Your photos are the bomb.


  3. gigi9808 says:

    You have a nice hair


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