1) Get a style to suit your face shape
When deciding on a new haircut, it’s very important to take your face shape into consideration. A wicked haircut can highlight your unique facial features straight away and help you to stand out from the crowd.
There are must have rules for face shape and, as a stylist, you can't be giving the same cut to every client because everybody has a differently shaped face so all styles should be dependent on individual’s needs. What might suit Kelly Brook or Emma Watson might not suit you. Always think carefully about the styles you have. Hair is the ultimate accessory and should be treated with respect.
2) Have a consultation with your stylist
If you’re not used to changing your hairstyle, or are looking to give your hair a makeover and just want some advice to put you in the right direction, a good idea is to book a consultation with your hairstylist. A good stylist should give you a few options of styles that will highlight your best facial features and suit your face shape the best.
3) Do your research
Go into your salon with a rough idea of what you actually want to have. Give them an idea of what you like - what you’re looking for in terms of colours, personality, length etc. Then your stylist can perfect your vision into a style that is designed to suit you.
Most people just sit in the chair and let their stylist get on with it – this won’t work! If you’re going to rock your haircut with confidence, rule number 1 is that you have to be happy with it.
4) Short VS Long Hair: How to tell which one is for you
I find that both of these hairstyles are seasonal, in summer everyone wants to have a new look and be bold, stand out an make big statements, like going gym they want that perfect body same as your hair.
Short haircuts are a big look this year. Lots of A-list female celebs have been experimenting with a short, sharp crop – Beyonce, Emma Watson and Michelle Williams are just a few. Part of this is down to wanting to experiment with new styles but another advantage of having a shorter hairstyle in winter is that they’re a lot easier to keep in good condition and maintain style-wise. Going for a shorter style gets read of any dead ends and gives your hair a chance to revitalize after all of the damage that the summer sun has caused. Be warned though, if you are thinking of getting a shorter hairstyle, they require a lot more attention in terms of cutting if you want to keep them looking well-groomed and stylish.
5) Do fringes make a difference on short or long hair?
A fridge is a big statement and you must have the right fringe to suit your facial shape or this could look very wrong! Square, long, oval and round faces, for example, would all need different styled fridges and cuts.
One rule that I find key is that short hair with a fridge is a huge no! no! It looks completely wrong and can also make your whole overall look seem wrong. I'd say keep fringes for people with long hair as, with long hair, they work really well, and look stylish and very sleek.
6) Suggestions on different face shapes
These hairstyles will vary massively as hair trends change all the time.
Some people will have to take their face shape into account more than others.
When selecting a haircut, I would consider these factors:
1) If you have a long face, select a hairstyle that will shorten it. To do this, you want to create the illusion of width. If you’re thinking of trying short hairstyles, a chin length bob would work great. Or, if that’s too short, try a cut that ends somewhere between the chin and shoulders.
Alternatively, if you want to keep your hair longer, a tip is to add width through curls and waves. Long hair with a long face can drag it down; however this style looks great and will balance the proportions out.
2) If you have a wide face (round or square shaped), select a hairstyle that will add length to your face. This will balance the proportions by creating the illusion that it is longer and slimmer. If you have a round face, I would try to avoid having short hair and opt for a longer straighter style as this will elongate your face, making it appear slimmer and more in proportion.
However, if you do want a shorter style, avoid the ‘classic bob’ as this could look like you have a helmet on your head. Instead, I would try a long bob. Perhaps a cut that ends 1-2 inches below the chin. This will elongate your face and draw the eye downwards giving the illusion of a longer face.
3) If you have an angular face (e.g. square or oblong shaped), try opting for a softer haircut. This will soften the edges of your face. It will depend on your overall body type, as you need to balance out the proportions. However, often, angular faces tend to work really well with short hairstyles (such as Pixie Crops), especially if you have an elegant swan-like neck like Audrey Hepburn, Charlize Theron or Emma Watson. So, if you fancy going for a change, why not be brave and experiment with a shorter style?!
4) People with perfectly oval shaped faces are lucky. They are lucky as they will suit most styles, short or long.
Top tip: Always ask your stylist if the cut you want will suit you. There’s no harm in asking and they will be able to help you find a cut that you like that is also perfect for your face shape. This is a big a MUST.
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