You’d be surprised about how much information we stylists ingest, just by the shape of your face, the colour of your eyes, the colours you wear, the texture of your hair, your best features, skin tone and your personality, for the styles and colours we would recommend best suit you.
Your eyes determine what kind of colours will suit, and then there’s also your best features that we like to accentuate for you, making them ‘pop’ even more.
The texture of your hair, whether its fine, thick, curly or straight, and how that will determine the styling. How you can achieve your style out of the salon, along with the appropriate products recommended to be used for the ease of you doing it at home.
Your skin tone, to determine what hue of colour you can carry and your personality, to tell if you’re a ‘stand out in the crowd’ sort of woman, or a ‘subtle and sit back’ kind of woman. All these things determine what suits you best and your professionally trained stylist can help you to understand them.
Face shapes are well known to help determine what styles suit you best, the shape can also determine how and where to colour, highlight and low-light your hair.
Celebrities are a wonderful way to see visually what suits face shapes, eye colour, skin tone etc. So, you can liken yourself to those and have a better idea of what may suit you too.
A Diamond shaped face calls for a lot of care when selecting hair styles. A diamond face shape tends to have a very narrow hair line and also the chin tends to get pointed. These are two factors to keep in mind constantly when picking a hairstyle for this face type. Styles that suit would be medium lengths straight or waves with full and swept fringes and short pixies. RiRi is a perfect example of a diamond face shape.
A Square shaped face is a case of eliminating corners. Broad in the forehead and also jaw line, styles that suit are soft medium lengths with layers, longer swept fringes, side or middle parts, longer with curls or waves. Soft highlighting around jawline and through the top of the head will soften and lengthen. Think Keira Knightley.
The Heart shaped face requires medium to long length to give more width through jaw line. Eliminating the broadness of the forehead with soft longer fringes, middle partings or a swept long fringe. Straight with choppy long layers or soft waves like Mary-Kate Olsen.
A Rectangular shaped face, which consists of a high forehead is best suited with fringes, whether it’s a blunt full fringe, or a full sweeping side fringe. Keeping the hair mid-length just passed jawline insures softness, beachy waves or longer choppy layering for body and lift around cheek area. Also, if wanting a bit of colour, highlighting around this area will accentuate and give a sense of amplitude and softness. Check out Zoey Deschanel’s style.
The Round face shape needs length, if going shorter, a soft swept or longer fringe. Lots of texture through top to give height. If keeping longer, soft waves or straight. Avoiding too much texture or width at the sides. Soft highlighting through the jawline will give a sense of length and soften, like Emma Stone.
An Oval shaped face can carry any style. Ideal length is bob to a longer medium length, either wearing it straight or with waves. No fringe is necessary, but can also be implemented into styles no problem. Soft highlights around the jawline will soften the oval shape while accentuating the shape of the jaw, just like Jessica Alba. The Oval face shape is said to be the Perfect face shape.
Blue is usually always taken as a cool colour, leading you to think that your hair should automatically be the same. But it’s not. And it’s not always the case of being a cool tone with blue eyes. Take another look, are the flecks white or gold around the iris? This will also determine what your ideal reflect should be.
Depending on whether you’re a very dark brown or more on the lighter side determines hues of caramels, dark ash blondes or strong iridescent colours that will suit. Think Beyonce.
Hazel eyes can have hints of green or gold determining whether you’re great with Pale auburn, light golden brown and golden blonde look good with your hazel eyes.
Green eyes can have hints of gold or white. Ideal options are golden blonde, flaxen, honey blonde, golden brown, copper, warm light reddish tones like golden red or strawberry blonde. Warm light to medium brown tones also work well.
Hopefully some great tips to help you choose the right style that suits you!
Kelly has been a hair stylist within the industry for more years than she’d like to acknowledge. Passionate about all aspects of fashion and hair trends. Coming back to Headstart from 9yrs in the London fashion scene, where she is the Master Stylist/Colourist, Product Expert, Education Manager and Online Creative Director.