Your crowning glory can make a huge difference to the way you feel. Whether you prefer your natural, a hint of colour or to follow the latest trends, a good cut can really make a difference to your whole appearance. Where ever you go to have your hair done, your stylist will be able to give you honest advice which styles will suit your face shape. Looking through magazines and portfolios is a good way to learn your likes and dislikes, however, remember not all styles will suit everyone and may not be possible on all hair types. Look for styles where the hair appears to be similar to your own, whether it be fine or thick, curly or straight. You also have to take into consideration how easy it will be for you to do yourself at home, unless you are popping into the salon three times a week when your hair needs washing!

For that glossy shine, the health of your hair is also important. Damaged cuticle scales on dry and damaged hair can be improved, but prevention is always better than a cure! Take care when brushing and combing, protect hair in the sun with UV filters and avoid over drying and using tongs and straightners too frequently. Treat your hair to a mask every now and then to replenish and nourish as you would (or should) with your skin.

Face shapes

It is important when choosing a style that you consider the shape of your face, you are aiming to give your face the appearance of being oval to balance proportions, also see corrective make-up.

Oval – this shape will suit just about any style you choose as long as you take care not to change the shape making it look more like one of the other shapes.

Round – create height to lengthen the face, feathering onto the face will also reduce the width.

Oblong – add width to the sides with layering and keep to short to medium length styles as long hair will just lengthen your face. A fringe will help to shorten also.

Square – as with the round face you need to create length but also you need to soften the sharper edges, wavy style will achieve this effect.

Heart – jaw length or longer hair suit this face shape that narrow a wider forehead, wispy or feathered fringes.

Pear – this is the opposite of the heart shape, you need to create width at the temples and taper in towards the heavier jaw line.

Diamond – even proportions make it another shape that will suit many styles, however you can create width at as you would for both the heart and pear shape.

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Colour & Techniques

All hairdressers will advise you not to colour your hair at home, but of course if that is what you want to do, you will! A skin test is always advisable at least once a year prior to colouring your hair, your body can change and also your skin can become more sensitised. Many factors can cause this from stress to eating certain types of food or medication. In some cases it may be necessary to strand test the hair with the chosen colour to make sure that the results you want are achieved, especially if you already have colour on your hair, some hair dye can react with others giving a disastrous outcome. Colour correction is something that all Hairdressers have to learn so there is no need to worry!

There are many ways to colour your hair to give different effects, some of the terms used here will not necessarily be the same terms used by all Hairdressers but it will give you an idea of just how technical the colouring process can be. Colour doesn’t just have to be about a change of colour, when a Hairdresser is adding colour they are taking into account how it will look with the cut and where to place each colour for maximum effect.

Full head – speaks for itself, an all over colour covering every hair.

Highlights – by weaving out small sections and using a lighter colour to give hair more interest and texture.

Lowlights – as above using a darker colour.

Slicing – rather than weaving out parts of the hair for colouring, fine sections are coloured to give a bolder effect.

Tipping – great on really short hair, the hair is fluffed up with hair spray, bleach or tint is brushed onto a foil strip and then sweapt over the stuck up hair. Longer hair can also be coloured on the tips only in a similar way to slicing.

See the The Gallery for examples.

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