When your haircut is named after a fruit, you know you’ve got it bad. Think apple hair cut, where you have a full fringe and a roundish bob hugging your head up to your jaw line; or the dreadful pineapple do, where your cut is top-heavy and is mostly acceptable with waxed up spikes defying gravity.
It’s not always a beautiful sight to end up with a hairstyle made of forbidden fruits; but whether you like it or not, getting a haircut or at least a regular trim will help you maintain healthy locks! So instead of dreading the shears, face your fears with smart haircut tips that will make each salon trip a confidence boost.
Know your face shape
Your hair should complement your face shape for it to sit well on your head. It’s dubbed as a woman’s crowning glory for no reason. As your crown, you have to make sure it “fits” your face shape. Angular cuts work great with round-shaped faces as this creates a slimming illusion; while those with square-shaped faces would benefit from soft long layers or curls to add a feminine hint to their strong features. If you have an oval-shaped face, you can pretty much get away with anything! But if you have a heart-shaped face, you should be careful of haircuts that are too short or too long as this will further elongate your facial features.
To know your face shape, pull your hair back in a pony tail or a tight hairband. Then face a mirror and evaluate your face shape. If you’re finding it hard to figure out your face shape, get a trusted lipstick and trace your face while in front of a mirror. Draw an outline from your forehead, down to your cheeks, then from your jaw line, chin, then back up to your cheeks and forehead. By doing so, you will get a more concrete idea on how your facial feature creates a silhouette.
Do you have a high forehead and a long chin? Your face shape is oval. Do your cheeks stretch wide to the side while your forehead and your chin are mildly close to your eyebrows and your lips respectively? Then your face is more round than oval. If you have a strong jaw line, it is more likely your face shape is square-ish. If you have a soft jaw line but a pointed chin, you have a heart-shaped face.
Cue in your personality
Your haircut should also always reflect your personality. Are you the easy-going type of girl, or do you like going through lengths just to amp up your style? Your haircut is the extension of who you are so to make sure you don’t leave the salon looking and worse, feeling like a stranger to yourself, take personality cues from inside of you, then jumpstart your hair cut from there.
Those who want a wash and wear do, you’d find bliss in a low-maintenance (probably even, zero maintenance) pixie cut! Pixies are definitely hot and back on trend with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence sporting the do in every red carpet and photo bombing opportunity available. Although a huge commitment and risk for those who haven’t tried it yet, a pixie cut is a liberating do for those who have always worn layers for years. Embrace your inner-pixie by following your face shape when getting your hair chopped.
If a pixie is too much for you, go for a bob. Fashion forecasts for the year of the wooden horse marks the year of the bob too—the best part? There are multiple translations to the bob. You can have it with a fringe, short, mid-length, angular, or even layered! The bob is truly on-trend and perfect for those who want to overhaul their hairstyle but are not ready to fully-commit to a pixie. Just imagine Bianca Gonzales who recently sported a short layered bob, leaving behind her long straight black hair. If she got sassooned so easily, and loved it, you can too!
Still not convinced to try short hair cuts? Then spice things up with soft curls. If you’re the ultra-feminine type, you would enjoy feeling like the queen of the ocean by wearing mermaid curled hairs. This type of hairstyle boasts of soft wavy curls that go from root to tip! Just imagine saltwater beach waves, and you’re set. This is perfect for girls who love their vintage records and their hipster clothes. It is even uber cute with skater skirts and pumped-up kicks!
Color your hair
Whether you’re a hair color virgin or not, coloring your hair is one of the easiest way to change up your look. Especially if you feel that you already got the perfect haircut for your face shape and personality, the other way of switching things up is by adding shades, shadows or pops of color on your locks.
A gentle start would be a cellophane or a tinted hair treatment. This is pretty much a hair spa that leaves a washable hint of color on your hair. This type of treatment is great for those who aren’t sure of what color to try yet, and is perfect for beginners who want to dip their toes first before taking the plunge. Afterwards, or for braver bellas, you can upgrade to a fully permanent hair color treatment. You can choose from different executions such as hair highlights, a full color, an ombre or dip-dyed effect, and more! It’s all up to the look you wish to achieve.
Ombre or dip-dyed hair colors make the hair style look longer and stylishly grown out; while highlights create shadows that make a hairstyle richer with volume and depth. If you have thin hair, working with highlights would be divine for a change!
When choosing your hair color, ask your hair color specialist for tips on which hair color family would best suit your skin tone. Frankly, hair color is like lipstick! You can’t go wrong with reds if you want a fierce vibe; while browns will exude a more earthy spirit from your hairstyle. But it all depends on how much you want to have fun with your hair.
But do take note, if you’re coloring your hair for the first time, it’s always best to have it done professionally in a salon. However, if you have a friend or a relative whom you think can handle an at-home coloring kit, then go ahead and choose from the hundreds of easy-to-use Do-it-Yourself hair coloring treatments that you can buy off the counter. Just make sure to do the necessary skin patch test to avoid any allergic reaction to hair dye.
Take sunshine blonde for a stroll and stand out from the usual sea of black hair in a crowd! This way, you can find out for yourself if blondes do have more fun – hint: they do!
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