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Tips for Great Selfies Without a Flake in Sight

As a blogger, taking selfies is part of my job. I’ve been working on making my selfies more interesting. I recently took a photography workshop where I learned some great tips and tricks. I’ve started building a library of selfies to use in social media posts. A key part of a great selfie is making sure that my hair looks its best. For me, that is a bit more challenging because I suffer from dandruff. With my dark hair, any flakes basically scream, “Hello! Look at me! Jenn has dandruff!” Not my idea of a good selfie.

tips for taking great selfies

This content was sponsored by Head & Shoulders but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve been a long time user of Head & Shoulders so I was excited to try their Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo. My scalp is sensitive so scalp itch really drives me nuts.  Did you know that Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo is a pH balanced, gentle shampoo for daily use on all hair types? It even removes up to 94 percent of dandruff irritants!

With my hair newly revitalized, I practiced some of my selfie skills. Here are some tips for taking great selfies:

Tips for Great Selfies

Use Natural Light

If at all possible, use natural light. Everyone looks more naturally radiant in daylight. Sometimes it’s as simple as opening the curtains and sitting next to a window. I took this shot on my back porch to feature the “dream” necklace that I am wearing. It is still one of my favorite selfies. Even indoors, try to find a well lit area and play around with the exposure settings on your camera to let in a bit more light.


Crop in Close

The background of many selfies can be a bit distracting. In addition, you can usually tell that you’re reaching out to hold the phone. But, what you might notice is if you move the phone too close, your face looks a bit out of proportion. Your nose looks most prominent and your eyes look smaller. Likely NOT the look you were going for. Instead, either use your camera’s zoom function (not too much) or crop the photo in edit mode so that you can hold the camera away from your face and keep your features in proportion.

tips for taking great selfies

Play with Angles

Don’t always take your face head-on. Play around with different angles to accentuate your features. I always hold the camera a bit higher than my head. It makes your eyes pop and minimizes any chance for a “double chin” moment. Play around and figure out your good side. Your “better side” tends to have more balance and symmetry.

Be Natural

Take pictures of the “real you” from time to time. Minimal makeup, bedhead, etc. Give your followers a chance to see into your real world. It will make you more interesting and can be a bit sexy too. I love this one I took with a selfie stick just before bed.


Ditch the Smile

I actually think that my smile is one of my best assets, but sometimes a selfie without a smile hold a bit more mystery and interest. Play around with different expressions to find a few that are non-smiling, but still look great.

Filter a Bit

As a woman of a certain age, I sometimes use a filter here and there. I’ll minimize a few lines, but overall I still want to look like me. Filters can add a mood or dreamy affect too. They can help blur a busy background so that you pop out as the main feature. Don’t overdue it with filters though. You’ll look too artificial.

tips for taking great selfies

Play with Your Hair

I feel so much more confident when my hair looks great. Thanks to Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo, I love to play with my hair in my selfies. I’ll flip it to one side, tousle it a bit, use it to frame my face, etc. After all, your hair is one of your best accessories. The other thing I love about the Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo is the fragrance. My daughter loves the scent so much that she keeps trying to steal it from me! It’s formulated with fresh scent technology in a crisp, clean green apple scent. It’s really refreshing and helps awaken my senses to start my day.


I also have color treated hair and Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo never causes my color to fade. It continues to look shiny, smooth, and flake-free until my next color treatment.

What are your tips for taking great selfies? How do you show off your beautiful hair?

Pins appreciated. Thanks!

tips for taking great selfies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Head & Shoulders. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    These are great tips! Head & Shoulders has always been such a great brand. In the winter, I get a little flakey/

  2. You look so pretty in those shots! I really love them all, and your hair is just gorgeous.

  3. Brianne says:

    These are excellent selfie tips, I am so going to try. I always get too intimidated and never take any.

  4. Alli Smith says:

    I don’t take many selfies. When I do, I really need this tips because I’m better behind the camera than in front of it.

  5. as a fellow blogger I can TOTALLY use all the tips I can get when it comes to perfecting my selfie game! Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

  6. dawn says:

    my mom uses head and shoulders and she loves it. she has used it for years.

  7. Kathy says:

    Natural light is so important for a good picture. These are great tips, thanks for sharing them.

  8. Tara says:

    These are all great selfie tips. Finding the right angle is a tricky one.

  9. This is awesome! I love your shots! Thanks for your tips!

  10. Tammi Roy says:

    I hate it when my scalp gets dry and flakes happen. I am excited to try Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo. I bet it smells amazing.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are great photos. I will have to pick up some Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo to try.

  12. I will have to pick up some Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo to try. I have a very itchy and dry scalp in the Winter.

  13. Kait says:

    Love these tips! Natural light is key with all photography for sure! And I love the au natural look too. :)

  14. These are great tips! I am the selfie queen! A thousand pictures for one share, though!

  15. Kathy says:

    These are some great tips. I’ve never very good with selfies. They usually turn out horrible.

  16. Great selfie tips! I’m not big on selfies but in all seriousness it’s probably because I’m not that good at it. Not at all. Your selfie tips may be what I need to master the art! And, you have beautiful hair!

  17. Lisa Favre says:

    I definitely have a flake problem. These are really good to know because I have had a problem taming them down within the last few years.

  18. Marcie W. says:

    These are some helpful tips! There is no shame in a great selfie, but finding one I want to share can be a struggle.

  19. A: That selfie of you with your hair falling to the side is SO CUTE.
    B: Head and Shoulders rocks.
    I think that just about covers it.

  20. Jeanette says:

    Our family has used Head and Shoulders for years! We love it! It works well and our hair looks healthy all the time.

  21. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    Head and Shoulders has been a trusted brand for many years. I remember seeing the commercials for it way back when I was a kid.

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