hair·​style ˈher-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce hairstyle (audio)
variants or less commonly hair style
plural hairstyles also hair styles
: the way in which someone's hair is cut and arranged : hairdo
Because there's a relaxed elegance to this hairstyle, it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.Jennifer Tzeses
To update her hairstyle and to highlight her radiant face, Tawanda's bangs, sides and back were cropped short …, then shaped to eliminate bulk.Beryl Meyer
Hamilton said he likes to help clients find modern and trendy hair stylesAndrew Maciejewski

Examples of hairstyle in a Sentence

the senator's long parade of hairstyles seem to reflect a relentless need to constantly reinvent herself
Recent Examples on the Web Fashion pros also love trendy hairstyles with scarves, which is a simple way to add a playful and romantic touch to any outfit. Jana Ackermann, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2024 Your hairstyle can be neat, long-lasting, and comfortable– so try to limit or reduce tension when possible. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 Her signature bohemian flair found its way into her jewelry — large hoop earrings and stacks of bracelets — and her soft wavy hairstyle. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Our crew pushing bounds and creating set pieces, outfits, hairstyles, and music that were often unexpected and always first-rate. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 The hairstyle has its roots in the Japanese colonization of Korea, when perms, which were only available in department store salons, denoted wealth. Soo Youn, NBC News, 16 Mar. 2024 Young isn’t interested in creating exact replicas of outfits in Lempicka’s work or of copying photographs of Tamara's clothing and hairstyles. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 Mar. 2024 At the Vanity Fair after-party, the actor served a sculptural hairstyle created by her longtime stylist, Vernon François. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 While not as dramatic as her Felicity-era cut, Russell sported a noticeably shorter hairstyle in 2008 sans the curlicues. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hairstyle was in 1871

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“Hairstyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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hair·​style -ˌstī(ə)l How to pronounce hairstyle (audio)
: hairdo

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