Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hair With Self Esteem

As a stylist with a lifetime of experience in the hair business, "good hair" and "the perfect cut" are a reflection of someone's level of contentment with what nature has given them. To be truly satisfied (which is very rare) with one's innately curly, straight, fine or thick, frizzy hair is the mark of a fully confident and content person. To have good hair, one needs the attitude, "I wear my hair, it doesn't wear me!" You can sweep it up, wear it long, or keep it short ‐ whatever good you do for your hair will become the "good" you have in your hair.

In order to give a woman a haircut that is customized and flattering, the entire silhouette must be taken into consideration ‐ the haircut is not just determined by the face shape, but by all of you ‐ from head to toe. Hair styles should compliment your shape ‐ a customized look that accents your positives and offsets your negatives. The mark of a true stylist is someone who looks at all of you before doing any cut or color. The goal is to put the best "you" out there, and to give you a style that looks at the same time both effortless and styled.

Regardless of face shape, haircuts must be feminine and flattering! Age‐appropriate cuts and color will do as much if not more for you than Botox! Here's a quick guide to haircuts by face shape:

For the narrow face ‐ build volume with blunt cuts in key areas; try imperceptible bangs to open up the face.

For the round/square face ‐ let your hair slim your face with a single‐length cut, and a center part.

For heart shaped faces ‐ keep the narrow, angled and swept bang ‐ a throwback to Twiggy.
Keep the hair close to the head at the top, and add some volume to the bottom with waves or curls to fill out a tapered chin.

For oval faces ‐ The "layered‐bob" works well because with some wispy bangs, varied‐length pieces around the face, and more volume at the chin, it's a very flattering look, and it brings balance to your face.

Haircuts that give enough length to "graze the shoulders" are very versatile ‐the hair has length enough to move, the versatility to go up or down, and isn't too long to be a hassle.

Pixie cuts aren't for everyone. Ideally, the cut works for women who are very petite and have boyish frames. Above all, she has to have very fine, delicate and feminine facial features. Think: Jean Seberg, Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, or a young Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

Going to the salon can be very intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. I've always recommended that my clients bring me photos ‐ I'm not looking to imitate those cuts, particularly, but I can use them as inspiration, and customize a look that suits my client's age, body shape, face shape, hair type and texture.

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