It seems an inevitable part of life that, after years of experimentation, we settle on a particular hairstyle. Whether it’s a pixie crop or long, loose waves, your day-to-day hairstyle speaks volumes about your personality.

So if you have one of these signature styles, what does it say about you?

Ponytail According to boffins, a ponytail reveals someone who is efficient, understated and appreciates classic style. Not that a ponytail is humdrum. Of course it can be worn sleek and straight but it can also be given a glamorous twist with accessories.

Short and Styled Popular with older women, but seen as something of a statement if worn by their younger counterparts, short hair signals that you’re a self-assured, confident person. The pixie cut is no-frills and yet elegant, avant-garde and classic. This is the rare haircut that can complement both a fashion-forward twenty-something and a refined, elegant woman.

Classic Chignon Another practical classic, the chignon or plain ‘bun’, suggests elegance. Why else would it be synonymous with ballerinas and beautiful brides? The chignon announces indicates that you’re a poised woman who mixes confidence with old-school femininity. This style works just as well at a swanky corporate event as it does on the weekend in jeans and a t-shirt.

Natural Curls If you have naturally curly hair and don’t straighten it, you’re sending a loud and clear message that you are confident and true to yourself. Whether you wear this style short, mid-length or long, you’re an original with a sense of style.

Long and Loose Arguably this is the easiest style and has endured for centuries because it’s just so sexy. From demure damsel to full-on rock chick, long hair goes from work-appropriate and dressy, to carefree and ready for the weekend in the blink of an eye.

Braided Made increasingly popular by TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Vikings, braids balance a sense of ages-old grace with skilful attention to detail. Braided hair enjoys the versatility of either being worn simply or elaborately, depending on the occasion. Simple braids reference the carefree style of the late 60’s and 1970’s, while more intricate braids are very much en vogue right now.

Big Waves Loose curls and big waves are said to show that you’re a romantic and a dreamer who sees infinite possibilities in day-to-day experiences. Big, loose waves certainly suggest a carefree nature but add a metallic headband and you instantly have on-trend glamour and sophistication.