Thinking of a change of hairstyle? You’re far from alone; everyone starts a transformation of themselves with a transformation of hair! From a simple haircut to a complete transformation of the locks, hair is one of the best ways to start changing your appearance. You can do all kinds of things with hair, from a simple style to a haircut to something major, but you need to choose a style that is flattering to you in some way or else you’ll want to wear a wig while your hair grows out and that’s never much fun! So how do you choose a flattering haircut?
Know What You Want or Trust Your Hairdresser
My roommate goes to the hairdresser regularly and usually tells her: Do what you like! He can do that because he doesn’t always know what he wants and he trusts his hairdressers. This communicates the first point to choosing a good haircut: either know exactly what you want and communicate it properly and openly or trust your hairdresser to know what will look good on you and let him or her do the work. Remember, your hairdresser is trained to handle a wide variety of styles, heads, faces, people and personalities so they will know what will work for you.
If you have a certain look in mind, make sure to communicate it! Bring a photo or two of the look you want and explain what you like about that look. The more open and clear you are, the better your chances are of getting the cut you want. Furthermore, you hairdresser will appreciate clear instructions indeed of waffling which will lead to a poor cut and an annoyed customer.
Another good point: develop a relationship with your hairdresser. Find one you like and can trust and one whom you can have a good discussion with regarding your hair. It will probably take some shopping around, but that’s kind of fun, isn’t it?
Know Your Face Shape
It’s important to figure out the shape of your face so that you can choose hairstyles and cuts which will be flattering. There are six facial shapes: oval, round, oblong, heart, square and diamond. You can figure it out by pulling your hair off your face and trying to figure it out, outlining the shape of your face in lipstick or whiteboard pen on a mirror or measuring your face. In order to measure it, get a tae measure and measure across the tops of your cheekbones, across your jaw from the widest point to the widest point, across the widest part of your forehead and from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin. Write down the measurements and compare them:
Oval: length equal to 1.5x the width
Round: Face as wide as it is long
Oblong: face is longer than it is wide
Heart: narrow at the jaw and wide at the cheekbones or forehead
Square: face will be about as wide as long, but square features
Diamond: widest at the cheekbones with a narrow forehead and jaw.
Once you’ve figured out your facial shape, it becomes much easier to choose a haircut which will suit you.
Where do you Live and How?
It’s also important to consider your lifestyle. Do you want to be able to do a lot of hair maintenance to get the styles you love or do you prefer to just get u and go? Are you highly active or more sedentary? Do you love swimming? Do you live somewhere humid or windy? Do you work somewhere conservative or relaxed? Do you wear head accessories like hats and head scarves or go bare? Think about how your life will affect your hairstyle and choose one that will match.
There is only so much that even the best hairstylist can do based around your hair’s texture. For example, if you have kinky, ringlet hair, you’re never going to have a sleek bob. If you have very straight hair, you’ll never have tight rings. Working with the hair you already have will cut down on the frustration element and let you find cuts that will actually work.
You Are Not a Celebrity!
Those celebrities you see on magazines have spent hours in the hands of their stylists before stepping out for a photo shoot and then that photographer spent hours in Photoshop fixing it up. You won’t look like that! Furthermore, an amazing haircut on one person may not look good on you because of your facial features, skin color, hair type and other factors. Plan a look that is based around you and your appearance, not how someone else looks!
Getting your hair cut can be an amazing thing to brighten up your appearance with a new season coming and new fashions starting up. Dramatic cuts will take some getting used to, but ultimately, it’s a great way to change up you look and create a whole new you. Enjoy!