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Ladies – How To Choose Your Ideal Cut

The secret to a perfect haircut is in two ways. The first is to think about your face’s shape, and secondly, you must choose a style that complements the texture of your hair.

Although it’s certainly enjoyable to mix it up and experiment with the unusual There’s something to in a classic, attractive cut. Consider it your base, the style that you’ll be able to revisit time and again.

You need to know more? What are the best ways to determine the shape of your face? What is your skin texture? We asked our top hairstylists George Papanikolas of Andy LeCompte Salon and Lorna Pollack of Kinloch Salon all our burning questions. Continue reading for more information on how to select the cut you want to have.

The Six Major Face Shapes

The main factors to consider will be your cheekbones, your forehead and jaw.

Oval: Usually, the size of your face usually is greater than its width of your forehead, which is the biggest part of the face. Papanikolas states that this face shape is often regarded as the most attractive face shape.

Square: The ratio of length to width is almost one to one, with equal lengths vertically and horizontally, with a strong jaw angle and a slight curve at the chin.

round: the length to width ratio is roughly equal. Round and soft features with cheekbones that are flatter and the cheeks standing out as the largest portion of your face. A similar shape to an oval face shape, with soft angles.

Heart Pointed Chin that has a larger forehead and a slimmer chin, typically with the form as an inverted triangle

Oblong/Rectangle is when the size of the cheeks, forehead and jawline are almost identical, or the distance between the forehead and chin is slightly more than the distance from ear to the ear.

Diamond- typically is defined by a high cheekbone and a chin that is pointed, and a more narrow forehead

The Best Cut for You based on the Shape of Your Face

In terms of the cut the two experts agree that there’s never a absolute way to do it and instead there are some basic and flattering ways to emphasize features and according to Pollack suggests, “move the eye away from the rest of your face.”

But, it’s okay to violate the rules. There’s no oath to take here. It’s about finding equilibrium She declares.

Oval faces can be worn with nearly any look however, according to Papanikolas the most flattering styles tend to be longer layers and shoulder length waves complete fringes, layers of bob , or an angled Pixie. Pollack prefers the strong square bob that emphasizes your sharp jawline.

The square face shape is a good option for smoothing out the edges of the jawline and forehead. Strong jawlines and wavy shags that have delicate fringe, side-swept bangs that are soft or long layers with fringe are the best. If you’re looking for something less that an unsymmetrical fringe make softer angles, says Papanikolas.

Face shapes that are round work well using a long, pixie Pollack states, drawing eyes downwards in order to make the facial appearance more pronounced. Papanikolas echoes this that round face shapes work well with cuts that lengthen the face. For example, lengthy straight locks,, voluminous hair, shaggy and voluminous bobs and swoopy bangs that have side-burns that are cropped.

Heart-shaped shapes look great with straight bangs and long wavy layers, or a chin-length bob that has bangs. The soft angles at the front that start lower than the skin help to balance the wider foreheads, Pollack says. The trick here according to Papanikolas is to keep your bangs short so that you make it appear as if you have smaller width on the top.

Oblong and Rectangle faces take the same form as square faces. Soften jawlines and soft edges by adding layers, volume and fringes with feathers or side-swept edges. The long layers as well as the angles give an extra dimension and movement to the hair.

Diamond shapes are a great way to showcase their high cheekbones with short-cropped or wavy hair. You can also make it longer with layers of face-framing. The added bangs that accentuate the cheekbones can enhance the shape.

Include images of what you would like your hairstyle to be. This ensures that the picture on your face is similar to the one that your stylist has and you will be able to alter the appearance to create a look that is compatible with your face.

Working with Texture

The texture of your hair and the hair type play an important part in determining your ideal hairstyle, Pollack says. It’s crucial to know the things your hair can be capable of naturally doing and what you’re willing to do in order to maintain your desired style according to her.

Both volume and texture are crucial to consider and are a great way to add length and width to your hair. However, Papanikolas cautions that you could be your “worst adversary” in the event that you’re looking to make your face appear longer.

If, for instance, you have a face that is round with a medium texture You should stay clear of round designs that emphasize your face, Pollack says. Look for styles that stay the jawline from being accentuated and instead shift your focus towards the collar bone and neck. If you’re opting for a more streamlined female hairstyle, keep the sides shorter so that they don’t increase the roundness of the forehead and cheeks she says. “Adding the height and fullness on top to raise your eyes upwards.”

Incorporating Hair Type

Fine: Hair that is thin will have the least amount of layers, so keep it short and blunt. “My preferred style is blunt hair with minimal layers and texture to keep the strength of your length,” Pollack says.
Medium: A variety of lengths is possible, Pollack says. Layering or adding texture can be beneficial to aid in moving and removing weight.
Thick: Hairstyles may vary in accordance with the texture and the type of hair. It is possible to get away with lots of layers, since long layers can aid in the removal of weight, reduce density, and assist with daily hairstyles.

Think about the upkeep

The right haircut that fits to your style is crucial. Pollack suggests having your hair cut each 3 or 4 months. If you’re someone who has a stylist visit at least every six to eight months she won’t recommend a frequent maintenance haircut.

Similar to a pixie or a blunt fringe. Both experts say shorter haircuts are higher maintenance and require more care than a longer cut that is layered. Longer hair and a more feathered fringe are generally more flexible and are able to be stretched out as Papanikolas suggests.

Consider the things you’re willing do at home to keep the style and look you want. “What are the products you’ll need to achieve your desired look, and how often you’re going to go to the salon to keep the style,” Pollack says.

Other considerations:

Maintenance and styling are essential and essential, particularly when you’re performing something that goes against the natural texture of your skin Papanikolas explains.

Experts say the questions you should be asking yourself include:

How often do you plan to go to the salon in order to keep this look?

What do you want to do at home , in terms of equipment? Heating style? Do you wash and leave?

Are you ready to blow dry or flat-iron your hair after you’ve cut it into a Bob if you are naturally curly hair?

Are you able to wear the cut with your natural texture for the days when you don’t wear it?

Papanikolas states that unless are planning to continuously manage the hair you have, this is vital factors to take into consideration.

Bangs The Cut, Texture and Forehead Length

The debate could go for years, however bangs are a huge issue, right? The supporters support the fringe, while those who oppose recall childhood photos and unwise home chops. We don’t advocate for impulsive blows (Yes it’s true that the fleeting urge can be overwhelming once at a time. For instance, say the fall season!) It’s essential to realize that certain looks perform better based on your facial shape.

Oval: Blunt

The Round Side Swept

Square A wispy fringe

Diamond: Side Swept fringe

Rectangle: Side-swept and trimmed with fringed feathers

Heart The heart is thin and blurry.

Should you be sporting a long forehead and you want to keep it from the area, then bangs might be the best option because they conceal an overly large forehead. Pollack suggests that a stylish blunt bang will be enough to achieve the desired effect. (Though large foreheads are completely in. As the proud owner of one I’ve come to accept the extra space.)

Short foreheads are best by having a soft, side-swept hairstyle, which Papanikolas claims can create a longer effect or illusion of. Pollack confirms this statement, “If your forehead is smaller, I suggest using a light and gentle style so that the hair doesn’t completely cover your face, making your face appear more tinier.”

Think about hair texture and patterns like cowlicks before you decide to go with the right bang. Pollack states: If you think your hair is messy and with hair growth patterns that are strong in the front, take note that bangs may require more care every day with regards to products or styling that heat. (Which I’m able to confirm. As a fervent cowlick owner the bangs turned out to be more troublesome as opposed to the breezy chic upgrade I had hoped for.)

Papanikolas prefers to suggest blunt bangs to those who have straight hair, stating otherwise, they’ll take a lot of time to do, however side-swept bangs are more accommodating and flexible.

Another thing to think about is how often you’re willing take an elongation. Pollack recommends leaving it up to experts. Make a plan to visit the salon once every couple of weeks to maintain the desired length of the fringe she suggests.

Hair growth can take a while dependent on the speed at which your hair develops. If you’ve opted for fringes and are unhappy with it, try being patient. Instead, consider looking for hair growth supplements, hair products for growth or a stylish hair accessory (like bartlets in the 90s) to keep you from getting distracted.

Dos and Don’ts of Going Short

Do: Choose the haircut and style that goes with your face texture and facial shape.

Don’t: Cut the cut thinking that it doesn’t need any hairstyles.

Do: Try playing with texture. The fact that it’s short does not mean that it must be just one straight hairstyle all the time, says Papanikolas. Short hair can be a great opportunity to play around with waves and different textures with products. “I like dry spray waxes like Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Spray ($5) that provides the appearance of a soft texture, with an easy feeling,” he says.

Don’t: Wash and leave. This method works well for hair with long lengths However, Papanikolas cautions against this method as it could look like an hairy animal’ on hairstyles who have shorter hairstyles.

Do Take your time and have fun! Papanikolas suggests that short hair is the perfect opportunity to experiment with bolder colors and try different colors.
An Universally Flattering Style

If there’s an universally flattering haircut available it’s one that includes soft layers regardless of.

Pollock refers to a bob which can be easily adjusted to suit everyone’s face including adding bangs, an added texture and length. Papanikolas recommends a shoulder length cut that is softly layered can be worn by most women and faces of all forms. “It’s an example of a cut you won’t be able to do wrong,” he says.

You can also try the long-layered style that Pollack suggests is a great method to spice up your hair even if you’re not “ready to go for a massive chop.” Additionally, you can add angles in the front, which be varying in length, easily can be adapted to any facial form.