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Monday, March 28, 2011

Hairstyles For Your Face Shape





Determining your face shape can be beneficial to choosing a flattering hairstyle. Your face shape is a natural guide for finding your perfect hairstyle! No matter your face shape, there will be certain cuts and styles that will look best on you.Keep in mind that most faces are a combination of two or more of these basic shapes.


Determining Your Face Shape

When it comes to getting great hair, don't look any further than your own mirror. Whether you're a "heart," "round," or "oval," your best cut is determined by your face. Everyone's face is different and it's important to understand that every hairstyle is not for every face shape. To accentuate balance and beauty, strive for a hairstyle that works with your particular face shape. That strategy will not only give you your best look, but also emphasize your best features. Be sure to bring this up with your stylist and make it an important determination in your new look.


The Answer's in the Mirror

Figure out your face shape within a well-lit mirror while by pulling hair back into a tight, structure-revealing ponytail. Look at the outline of your face, the size and shape of your forehead as it compares to your cheeks and chin. Then using a dry bar of soap and trace the outline of your face directly onto the mirror. Now, stand back and analyze the outline you created to exactly determine your true face shape from the options listed below.


Complimenting Your Face Shape

There are basically five main face shape categories to consider:
  • Round Face Shape
  • Oval Face Shape
  • Long Face Shape
  • Square Face Shape
  • Heart Face Shape

Whichever face shape you fall into, there is a hairstyle that will work for you. Whether your hair is curly, straight or somewhere in between, the right cut and volumizing techniques will complement your face and features.


*** Round Face Shape

If your face shape is: Round -- full with round chin and hairline.

DOs
Add volume to the top of head to slim.

DON'TS
Stay away from a spiky and short topside. Avoid width or volume on sides.

NOTES
Although many women describe their faces as round, this is in fact the rarest face shape. It is often just your hairstyle that makes your face appear round. The key to de-emphasizing roundness is to keep your hair off your face. This will open your cheekbones, jaw and eyes. You can wear your hair either long or short, just be sure to have a few layers that you can use to create some volume on top of your head. This will make your face appear longer and slimmer. Try using a round brush and blow-drying your hair on a low speed so you can build body slowly as you dry. Blow-drying with your head upside down is also a great way to create volume. Make sure your hair isn't too full on the sides though. This will only accentuate the round shape you're trying to downplay.




*** Square Face Shape

If your face shape is: Square -- with strong jawline and hairline.

DOs
Take the edge off with a softening style featuring a side part and length at nape of neck.

DON'TS
Don't center-part hair or cut square, straight bangs. Avoid geometric lines.

NOTES
If you have a square face, don't cut your hair too short. You want to keep length in the back. You can also do a few bangs, but they should be soft and wispy, not straight across. To foster the illusion of a rounder face, create volume on the top and the sides. I recommend blow-drying your hair upside down, always on a low speed. Velcro rollers are also an easy and effective way to create soft, bouncy waves that help soften a square, angular face.





*** Oval Face Shape

If your face shape is: Oval -- jawline narrower than temples, rounded hairline.

DOs
Add volume to the top of head to slim.

DON'TS
Stay away from a spiky and short topside. Avoid width or volume on sides.

NOTES
If you have an oval face, many styles can work for you. You can go either short or long, but keep your hair mostly all one length. Too many layers can create a lot of volume. Many women with oval faces also have small faces and high-volume hair can be overwhelming. Long, wispy bangs are generally very flattering if you have an oval face shape.





*** Long Face Shape

If your face shape is: Long -- narrow jawline and hairline.

DOs
Layer it on for fullness on sides.

DON'TS
Skip short cuts, jaw-length bobs, or styles that add height on top.

NOTES
The one haircut you should avoid if you have a long face is a bob. A short, blunt cut, especially where the hair comes to the corner of your mouth, will accentuate the length of your face, particularly in the chin area. You should also avoid short bangs and volume on top. Instead, create volume on the sides. The best way to achieve this look is either to blow-dry on a low speed with a round brush or use large Velcro rollers around your face. Velcro rollers can be used after your hair is dry. Just heat them up with your hair dryer and let them cool for about 15 minutes. Also, try to keep your hair off your face as much as possible. This will open up your features and make your face appear fuller.





*** Diamond or Heart Face Shape

DOs
Try bangs and a length that frames the jawline, adding width.

DON'TS
Don't go too short at the nape of the neck.





Thanks to Mickhael Cannon for these excellent tips. Mickhael has worked as a platform artist and educator for several haircare companies, and was awarded the prestigious Paul Mitchell Medal of Honor. :)



P.S : Forget about fashion magazine hair trends - your face shape is truly what determines your most flattering hairstyles. I lari dulu pergi salon okayy!! :P







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