Studio 5 Beauty & Style Contributor Holly Stone and Stylist Mindy Ellsworth share tips for selecting the right hairstyle for you.
There are two steps to picking the perfect hairstyle for you:
1. Determine Your Face Shape and How to Achieve Balance. To find your face shape, simply find the widest point on your face.
The following four are the most common face shapes:
ROUND: Rather short and wide through the cheek area
Balancing Tip: Add a swoop fringe above the cheekbone, volume to the crown with backcombing or highlights and length that extends past the jaw line. Avoid round silhouettes and curls and length at the jaw line.
RECTANGLE: Long, narrow and angular
Balancing Tip: Cover the forehead with a fringe; add volume to the side with chunky highlights, waves or curls, avoiding length that is longer than the face length.
PEAR: Narrow forehead and wide jaw line
Balancing Tip: Add width to the temple with chunky highlights or a diagonal fringe; avoid length and ponytails at the jaw line.
HEART: Narrow chin and wider at the hairline
Balancing Tip: Soften the forehead with a swoop fringe and darker shade of color; give width to the jaw line with flipped out ends or a low, side set messy bun.
2. Determining Your Lifestyle
Role Description: Whether you are a stay at home mom or a corporate executive, does your style fit your job description? Choose classic defined styles for an executive. For a stay at home mother with not a lot of time choose a simple style that fits your hair description that will not take a lot of time to blow dry or style. Choose a longer style with those who have medium, thick or coarse hair, that can easily be put up in a jazzed up pony tail adding a flower, headband or a French braid at the front hairline, or a shorter style for those who have fine thin hair.
Skills: Do I have the skills to achieve the desired style? Do you have curly hair and decided on a straight style that requires round brushing and flat ironing? Do you have straight hair and decided on wavy style that will require curling with a flat iron or curling iron? Choose styles according to your skill ability. If you are a fast learner, take the time to have the stylist teach you how to style it in the salon.
Money and Investment: How much money do you want to invest in your style? A short style compared to a long style will need special products and a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep the balanced silhouette making it a larger investment in the long run. The same goes for a color service which requires color treated products and touch ups every 4-6 weeks to keep its vibrancy and character.
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