Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I Heart Your Face!


Heart shaped face measures narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones and/or forehead.

Any styles you wear should be fuller at the top than at the jaw line. Upswept at the sides and off the forehead is a flirty look for you that plays up your best features. Fullness at the bottom, with hair directed forward onto the cheeks gives you the appearance of a wider chin. Wisps on the jaw area or wavy bangs can help give a wider, rounder appearance that evens out face. lf you are a dramatic heart shape, you need to leave weight in the back nape area. This will achieve more balance between your dramatic cheekbones and more narrowing chin. The soft layered bob styles are ideal.
Or if you prefer, curls or loose waves, shaped from the ears down, add width and fullness to your chin Curls or loose waves, shaped from the ears down, will add width and fullness to your chin. Upswept at the sides and off the forehead further emphasize your feminine appeal

The perfect bob for a heart face doesn't hit above the chin. A long bob with fringe on a heart-shaped face looks great, just make sure the bob falls at your chin or just below it.

Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead of your chin with long, sideswept bangs; they look great with any length of cut. You can do a shoulder-length cut with long layers, or long hair with these bangs.
Brow-grazing fringe is a great look. The bangs draw the eye up away from the chin and hide a large forehead. Make sure the bangs are long and skim the brow.

Want long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheekbones, this will downplay a pointed chin.

Avoid styles that cling closely to your face, mirroring the heart shape, as well as blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers. Styles that are shorter than your jaw line. Height at the crown. Severe looks that are swept back do not enhance a heart face shape.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Squaring Up To The Mirror


Square is NOT a bad thing! Strong, angular jawline is the difference between a square and round face. If you were to measure your head from top to bottom and side to side, they measure about the same.

You just need to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative. How do you do that? Here are some guidelines:

Bangs ~ blunt cut bangs make a square face appear even more square. Longer, side swept bangs help to soften lines and the harsh lines.

If you have sharp, angular features, a severe ponytail or bun highlights them. If you like that, great. But this look is a typical "don't" for square faces.

Long layers complement a square face, especially when they begin at the jawline and continue downward. Layers around your face will soften the harsher angles.

If you have curly hair, try to keep the length below the jawline. Curly hair tends to frizz up when too short and a longer cut weighs down the curls so they're less "poufy." Texture in the form or curls or choppy ends is a great look for square faces. Waves also soften angular features.

The pixie cut is gorgeous on petite women with small features. But this look would only highlight angular features, making them appear too harsh.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Can I Get a Diamond?


Diamond shaped is a cross between heart and a dramatic oval. It is widest at the cheekbones, and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line.

Your face shape is balanced and dramatic. You can definitely experiment with a variety of styles because almost everything works with your face (as long as you are a true diamond).

To balance a narrow chin, you should go for a atyle with a rounded shape and fullness at the bottom. Wide wispy bangs help to create softness and an oval look.

However, if you are a dramatic diamond shape, you need to leave weight in the back nape area like someone with a heart shaped face. This will achieve more balance between your dramatic cheekbones and more delicate chin line.

Also, you must take into consideration your facial features. Do you want to play up your eyes or your nose. Bangs for instants can accent your eyes, while hair off the forehead can balance your nose in profile view.

diamond shaped face

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Another 'Round' Face & Doubling Up


To determine if you have a Round Face - you can actually use a measuring tape. It will be as wide as it is long (varying within 1/4" to 1/2"). People with round faces usually have fullness at or below their cheekbones. They also tend to have wide hairlines, while their necks appear to be shorter.
There is no 'perfect' haircut for a round face shape, because everyone has different hair, texture, shape, length, wave, and porosity. These are just some guidelines to help you achieve your best look.
-Layered or textured bangs tend to look better than straight or super heavy bangs.
-Styles that provide height at your crown make your face seem slimmer.
-Styles that accentuate the length under your chin towards the top of your shoulders (example: shag).
-Keeping the sides of the hairstyles closer to your face to not accentuate the width.
And another topic....
Double chin - how do we take the focus away from our 'nonpositive' qualities?
~If you keep the hair around your face above chin level, it draws eyes upwards. The back can still be a little longer, and a bob could be ideal.
~A short cropped style makes a short neck appear longer. Wearing long hair up gives the same effect.
~Well placed highlights help to slenderize a round face to help it to appear more oval.
round faces

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Face" Forward - Oblong Shape

Oval is what the world views as 'perfect'; symmetry as well. But for some reason, everyone is made in their own wonderful way, but for some reason....we still want to be 'perfect'.
Oblong transformed into oval - the object is to minimize height and add width. Styles such as the wedge and graduated bob haircuts add width in all the right places. When the hair hits at the chin or shoulder, it also helps to take away from the longer length. Straight across bangs with a side part also helps to minimize the length of the face. When you have wavy or curly hair, layers help to soften the face as well.
Avoid hairstyles that add height on top or at the crown. Middle parts will do the same, just like straight across, blunt bangs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dandelion Network

The grass is always greener on the other side, right? Not always, especially when it comes to your hair and it's health. Sometimes when you are constantly putting heat and pressure on your hair to get it to 'perform' the strands get a little 'burnt out'. Working with what you naturally have is always easier.


Read the rest on the Dandelion Network Blog!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Another Photographer

Some more photos from the hair show in case you wanted to order them! (Hint: Click on Ihloff Fall Collection 2009 for this past year!)