FLATTERING HAIRSTYLES: TO EACH HIS OWN
By Leslie Welton-Griffin // February 14, 2013
Face Shape Key To Brilliant Cuts
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Have you ever been in awe of a haircut that you saw on your favorite celebrity or friend and then found yourself regretting trying to recreate the same look on yourself?
The truth is there are rules to follow when it comes to the most flattering hairstyle.
Not everything in the hair world is one size fits all.
According to Mimi Abney at ehow.com, “the wrong haircut can make a person look too old, outdated and out of style. While in comparison, a brilliantly coiffed hairdo can shave years off of your age.”
There are important factors to consider when taking drastic measures with your hair.
Most importantly, it is imperative to identify your face shape in the following categories; round, square, oval, oblong, or heart shaped.
Typically, if you have a round face as seen with Kelly Clarkson, the goal is to make your face look longer, leaner, and less round.
According to hairstylist Chris McMillan in Allure Magazine, “A round face looks really good with an uneven cut, meaning a mix of lengths.”
While long, short, curly, or straight hair, go well with a round face, a long bob may be just what the doctor ordered.
Long bobs are usually at least two inches longer than the jawline and flatter a round face because of the length.
To stay up with the latest trend it is recommended that you have the back cut shorter and angled to be longer in the front.
Always remember, with a round face to be careful with the average bobs because your head can appear rounder with a cut that is all one length or falls at the jawline or above it.
If you have a long and broad forehead matched with an angular jaw, you most likely would be categorized with a square shaped face.
The look that best suits a square shaped faced beauty is one that hides the sharp edges of the jaw line while playing up amazing cheekbones and other features.
While a bob can be great on a square face provided it is soft and layered, as with most face shapes, avoid a sharp, blunt bob, which will only accentuate your jaw line, making you look boxy.
If you are interested in bangs, the best kind of bangs are side swept that just graze the brow and are longer towards the sides.
Avoid the straight blunt bangs as you are trying to soften your angels not make them the focal point.
As for long locks, Gwyneth Paltrow is a great example of a square shaped face with hair that perfectly accents her gorgeous round cheek bones and down plays her sharp jaw line.
Oval faces, as seen on Jennifer Aniston below, typically have a curvilinear shape.
The length of the face is equal to one and halftimes the width.
The forehead and jaw are the same width.
Any shape and style can be worn, whether it’s short, long, layered or bobbed.
The only thing to consider with an oval face shape is not to cover it up.
An oblong face, as seen on Suzanne Somers below, is categorized by your face being longer than it is wide. Most oblong faced beauties can sport the super chic and clean look of straight across bangs as it breaks up the length of the face.
For long hair, waves and curls are recommended. Avoid short layers that add volume. The key is to add width and not height.
The so-called heart shaped face as seen on actress Ginnifer Goodwin below is very much characterized by the shape of a heart.
The face typically appears wider on the upper portion and narrow towards the bottom.
If not careful, some heart shaped beauties can be made to look top heavy with the wrong style.
Most hairdressers will tell to you that the side swept bang (Keri Hilson) and the pixie cut (Ginnifer Goodwin) were created for this face type.
As world-renowned hairstylist Frederic Fekkai of New York’s posh Frederic Fekkai Salon on Fifth Avenue says on his website, “complement your bone structure.”
A good hairdresser always has a method to his/her madness.
While we may want to achieve the hottest mainstream trend that looks great on your favorite celebs, it may not be a look that is best for you.
An honest hairstylist will tell you that they are a beautician and not a magician. Work with what you have and within the hairstyling guidelines for a full proof way to create a look that is tailor made and suits you.