Short Haired Divas: Choose What Works for You

This summer the pixies and the bobs have gained popularity with our favorite celebs. From Ms. Kansas’(Emily Deaver) forward combed pixie doo, to Mena Suvari’s super chic bob, every body seems to be getting in on the summer short cuts. The trend, it seems, is to keep the hair off your nape (cut the back shorter) and then accent the front, ie. bangs in an angle, super straight bangs, whispy layers that frame the face. But even for those of us who aren’t in the spotlight, the perfect hair style for summer is achievable, if you know how to choose.

The key is to start by figuring out the shape of your face, and choosing a style that enhances it with minimal effort, so that even in a hurry you can look your best. It seems like an odd thing to do, but it’s rather easy to figure out your face-shape. Measure accross your forehead (at the widest point), your cheekbones, and your jawline, and then from the edge of your hairline to the point of your chin. A diamond-shaped face will be wider at the cheekbones, while the forehead and jawline are approximately the same width and significantly thinner than your cheekbones. An oblong or oval face will be longer than it is wide, and a perfect oval will have a length one and a half times longer than its width. For heart-shaped faces, you expect to have a more narrow jawline, with progressively wider cheekbones, and the widest measurement at the forehead. With square and round faces it is easy to find yourself unsure of which is your own shape as the measurements will generally be the same, but you should be able to tell by looking at your face. Just go with your own judgement. Usually your width will be equal to your length, in some cases a round face may have slightly thinner measurements at the forehead and jawline, and tend to have a more curved hairline. Now that you know your face shape, you can choose a style that fits.

What would be the right style? First and foremost, you have to like it; like the texture that it would give your hair; like the shape of the hair style itsel. If you don’t like big hair, don’t get a super fluffy cut because your face is perfect for it. You have to go with your personal taste first. When you’ve narrowed it down to a general category (or categories) that you think you might like, you can go through and figure out which is best for you. Don’t forget to think about how much work will go into getting your doo to look the way you want it, and what products, if any, you’ll have to use to get the texture that attracted you to the style in the first place.

Oval faces can look good under just about any hair cut. If you’ve found your shape is oblong, generally something fuller at the sides with whispy layers ending between the cheekbones and jawline will best accent and soften the lines of your face. If you feel you have a high forehead you might want to try longer bangs, parted to the side. With round or square faces, a bit more height at the crown (top of your head) with closer cuts or whispy layers will elongate the face. You might consider soft waves to soften the straight lines if your face is more square. If the cut go past your chin, it would be best to sweep hair back toward your ears. A heart or diamond shape will have a delicate chin, and need to balance that with some weight at the nape. Hair cuts will help the face look well proportioned between the cheekbones and chin if hair is fuller in the back and come down to the chin line.

That should be a good start on choosing your summer cut. You definately want to talk to your stylist, and don’t let someone cut your hair if you don’t trust them.

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