What are some ways to virtually try new hairstyles for free?


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As of October 2015, several free websites and apps, including Marie Claire, InStyle and YouCam Makeup, offer the ability to try new hairstyles virtually. Viewing edited photographs of themselves with various hairstyles allows individuals to judge whether the styles complement their hair types and facial structures. This lets them make an educated decision when changing their looks.

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Marie Claire's virtual makeover tool invites the user to upload a photo of herself. If the user does not wish to do this, she can instead choose a model whose facial structure and skin tone resemble hers. The user can then sort through 120 celebrity hairstyles, viewing how each one looks on her photo. The tool also allows the user to try different makeup looks.

InStyle's Hollywood Makeover tool functions in a similar fashion, allowing the user to upload a photo or choose from a selection of models. The tool features over 1000 celebrity hairstyles to try, including iconic looks from actors such as Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson. In addition, the user can view her new virtual style in a number of colors and add options such as highlights and lowlights.

The free YouCam Makeup App, which is available for iOS and Android, allows the user to choose from a selection of hairstyle and color options and view them on selfies. The app, which also includes makeup and accessory options, uses innovative facial-mapping technology for an accurate virtual result.

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