According to TikTok, These Hairstyles Suit These 9 Necklines Best

If there's one thing I love about TikTok, it's that it gives some brilliant beauty inspiration—especially for hair. Even as a beauty editor, I often find myself in need of some hairstyle ideas, and TikTok always delivers, be it claw-clip hacks or easy hairstyle ideas to try. After scrolling through my For You page recently, I came across creator Thanya and a video of hers that showcases the hairstyles that look best with different necklines. It might be something you only really consider if you're thinking about wedding hair or another special occasion, but it's actually a pretty genius way to decidice which hairstyle works best for your look on any given day.

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Of course, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the hairstyles that best suit different necklines, and depending on your hair texture, length and personal style, you might prefer to mix it up. However, it's great for a bit of inspo if you're stuck on how to style your hair for a night out, or if you're rushing out the door in the morning and need some go-to hairstyles that will also bring out the best of your outfit. Ready to find out which hairstyles suit different necklines? Scroll ahead for all the pointers and ideas you could need.

The Best Hairstyles for Different Necklines

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1. High Neck: Ponytail

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With high necklines like a roll neck, you want to showcase the elegant silhouette by wearing your hair up, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley here. A sleek bun or ponytail also works to draw attention to your neckline and elongate the neck. Equally, a top knot or low chignon looks great with a high neckline.

2. Strapless: Hair Down

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Wondering how to wear your hair for a strapless dress or top? TikTok says that wearing your hair down is your best bet, helping to bring balance to a strapless neckline. You can keep it more casual by opting for effortless, loose waves like Hailey Bieber has on her bob haircut here, or make it more dressy for evening with glamorous curls on longer hair.

3. Boat Neck: Ponytail

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A ponytail perfectly complements a boat neck, highlighting the wide, clean lines of the neckline without it look too stark. I love Charithra Chandran's voluminous ponytail and face-framing tendrils.

4. Sweetheart: Updo

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Updos were made for sweetheart necklines. Wearing the hair up and back allows it to showcase and flatter the soft, romantic shape of the neckline. Make like Cass Dimicco and pull a couple of tendrils loose for an effortless vibe.

5. Square Neck: Half Up, Half Down

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Much like the boat neckline, you want to create harmony with this bold shape. A half-up-half-down hairstyle is the perfect happy medium in this case, drawing attention to the shape whilst adding softness to the square lines. Bieber shows us how it's done yet again with her style here, finished with a bow.

6. Halterneck: Up-Do

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A halterneck has an elongating effect, so it makes sense for the hair to follow suit. Hairdressers are always telling me that an up-do like the one Huntington-Whiteley is wearing here is a little-known trick to make you appear taller, too. As halternecks tend to have a backless element, up-dos are also a winner for flattering this neckline.

7. One Shoulder: Half Up, Half Down

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You don't want to have your hair completely down with this style because it would partially hide a one-shoulder neckline. A half-up-half-down style is the ideal middle ground to add balance to this asymmetrical shape. If you do want to wear your hair down, then sweeping it to the opposite side of your one-shoulder neckline is a great workaround.

8. Off-Shoulder: Hair Down

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For shoulder-skimming necklines, TikTok reckons you should opt for your hair down. Depending on the length, this could cover the neckline totally if you push your hair forward, which might overpower the shape. If you have longer lengths, sweep them to the back to showcase an off the shoulder top or dress. 

9. Crew Neck: Half Up, Half Down

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Truthfully? A crew neckline is a clean canvas for any hairstyle. But again, a half-up-half-down hairstyle lends itself well to this casual style for an easy, everyday look. 

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.

Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.

Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.

When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.