How to Find and Use Free Virtual Hairstyles Software

by John Ruiz

Using virtual hairstyle software is a convenient way to decide what hairstyle you want to use before that big makeover. Unlike browsing from a list of hairstyles in a magazine or ordinary website, you can preview the hairstyle on a model of your choosing or a photo of yourself if you have one. You can also adjust the color of any of the hundreds of hairstyles made available by the different software. These virtual hairstyle software offerings are completely free to try out, and you don't have to install anything to your computer.

Using Hairfinder

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Go to the Hair Imaging page in the Hairfinder website (see Resources).

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Choose a color from the list of colors found in the "Color" panel to change the color of the hair. Click on a color shade below the color list. Select a hairstyle from the thumbnails on the right side of the page to see a larger preview of each style. Click on the left and right arrows above the thumbnails to see other available hairstyles.

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Click on any of the buttons on the "Photo Control" section to adjust the position of the hairstyle to your liking.

Using Taaz

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Go to the Virtual Makeover page in the Taaz website (see Resources). Click on any face from the "Select a Model" section to load the editor. Alternatively, select "Upload a Photo" to choose a photo of yourself from your computer.

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Click on the "Hair" tab and choose a hairstyle from the available thumbnails. Click the red arrow icons below the thumbnails to turn the page and see more hairstyles. Choose a color from the set of colors found on the right of the thumbnails.

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Click on the hair on the large preview image and drag with your left mouse button to reposition the image. Or click on the blue dots to reposition any specific part of the hairstyle.

Using Daily Makeover

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Go to the Virtual Makeover page in the Daily Makeover website (see Resources). Click on any face from the "Select a Model to Start" section to load the online software. If you prefer to use an existing photo of yourself, select "Use a New Photo."

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Click on a celebrity thumbnail from the set of thumbnails to preview the celebrity's hairstyle on the model, or on your uploaded photo. Click the "Prev" and "Next" buttons on the bottom to see more available hairstyles.

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Click the "Hair Color" tab and choose the color you like from the available tiles under "Color." If you wish to change the color of the highlights and low lights, choose a color from the tiles in those sections.

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Click the "Save" icon below the preview image if you want to save the hairstyle to your computer. Enter a name of the look in the "Name Your Look" text box and click the "Save" button. Click the "Download to Desktop" to open a dialog. Browse to the location you wish to save the image and click the "Save" button to save the hairstyle.

Tips

  • check Hairfinder and Taaz both require you to register if you wish to save the hairstyle. If you do not want to register, you can use the Snipping Tool to take a snapshot of the preview. This tool allows you to draw a box around the preview image and save it to your computer. You can launch the Snipping Tool by pressing the "Windows" key to bring up the Start screen and typing "Snipping Tool."
  • check The Daily Makeover and Taaz virtual makeover tools allow you to upload your own photo if you wish to overlay a particular hairstyle on your photo. You can get started by clicking the "Upload Your Photo" button from their main pages. Follow the instructions carefully so the hairstyle properly fits on your face.

About the Author

John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.