The Perfect Haircut
By Sheila Venancia
The secret to great haircuts is two-fold; first you must consider your face shape and secondly, you need to choose a cut that works with your hair’s texture.
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.
Your face shape is the starting point to choosing. Is your hair naturally straight, wavy, curly, or kinky? Is your hair texture fine, medium or thick? Take hair volume into consideration.
The Oval Face Shape
The oval face shape is only slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, with a gently rounded hairline. The oval face shapes can wear the widest variety of hair styles of any of the face shapes. Just about any hair shape looks good on you. Oval face shapes can wear short, medium and long hair styles. Your face shape is well-balanced, or in even proportion. You will look best when styling your hair off your face.
Celebrities with oval face shapes: Cameron Dias, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts, Tyra Banks
The Rectangular Face Shape
The rectangular face shape is long and slender, about the same width at forehead and just below cheekbones. Rectangular face shapes may have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead. If you have a rectangular face shape you might want to try hair styles with short to medium lengths. Fullness at the sides of your face and wispy bangs soften the look of longer face shapes. You’ll want to balance the look of a long and slender face. Soft wispy bangs will shorten the appearance of the length. Center parts tend to accentuate roundness, so stay away from them if possible.
Celebrities with round face shapes: Ingrid Bergman, Kate Winslet
The Square Face Shape
A square face shape is strong, square jaw line and usually an equally square hairline. If you have a square face shape you’ll want to try short-to-medium length hair, especially with wave or roundness around the face. Wispy bangs will soften your angular square face shape. Off-center parts with height at the crown look great on square face shapes. You want to soften the square look of your face with layers and wispy looks around the face. Height at the crown will elongate your symmetrical shape.
Celebrities with square face shapes: Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock
The Heart Face Shape
The heart face shape is wide at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small delicate chin. Other hair styles to try: side-parted hair styles or swept-forward layers around the upper face. Heart face shapes should avoid short, full styles that emphasize the upper face. Stay away from hair styles with too much height at the crown. Severe, slicked back looks are too harsh for your heart face shape too. Just remember if you have a dramatic heart face shape, you have great cheekbones to emphasize! Don’t miss the boat by getting a hair cut which is too top-heavy.
Celebrities with heart faces: Naomi Campbell, Juliette Binoche, Michelle Pfeiffer
The Triangular Face Shape
If you have a triangular face shape you’ll want to try shorter hair that balances your prominent jaw line. Triangular face shapes should avoid long, full hair styles that draw attention to jaw line. Center parts—off-center is more flattering to triangular shaped faces. Stay away from hair styles with too much height at the crown. You also want to avoid putting most of the weight of a hair cut at the jaw line and below.
A celebrity with triangular shaped face: Kathy Ireland
The Diamond Face Shape
The diamond face shape is a cross between heart face shape and a dramatic oval face shape. A diamond face shape is widest at the cheekbones, and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line. A diamond face shape is balanced and dramatic. If you have a diamond face shape almost everything works with your face. Diamond face shapes should try not to wear too much hair on your face, thereby hiding your great features.
Celebrities with diamond shaped faces: Katherine Hepburn, Linda Evangelista, Sophia Loren
Don’t forget hair is very important.
Until next month.
“If you can’t say ‘I love my hair,’ you need a new hairstylist!”
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