Sunday, November 14, 2010

Heads Up! Show me that Profile!

Last week I introduced the various facial types: Oval, Round, Square, Pear, Oblong, Diamond and Heart-Shape. In addition, I gave a description of the facial contour, to help you identify which face shape you have. As well, as what to aim for in your hairstyle to create balance and proportion to your face. Besides face type, there are two other factors to consider when choosing a hairstyle to ensure it flatters you. I will discuss those two points today: Profiles and Head Shapes. Next week, I'll address specific concerns that you may have.

The shape of one's head has just as many variations as the rest of one's physical features. Again the oval is considered the perfect shape. Your objective is to choose a hairstyle that will produce this shape by skilfully shaping and arranging the hair. For example, where there is flatness, the volume of the hair should be adjusted to fill the area. The complete outside shape of your hairstyle may be fashioned into many patterns and designs as long as the head shape has been ovalized.

The attached illustration (lower half) depicts the six head shapes. The heavy lines on the diagram outline the actual shape of the head, and the shaded areas (above the head) indicate where volume is required. In case you can't read the writing on the picture: the top row, right to left, are perfect shape, narrow head, flat crown. Then the bottom row, right to left are pointed head, flat top, small head. Again, the head shapes are as follows:

Head Shapes:
1) The perfect head shape (oval)
2) Narrow head, flat back.
3) The flat crown.
4) The pointed head shape, hollow nape.
5) The flat top.
6) Small head

The four profiles are described below and are illustrated on the attached diagram (upper half):

1) Straight: Usually, all hairstyles are becoming to the straight or normal profile. A normal profile is neither concave nor convex. It contains neither a prominent protrusion nor a receding feature.

2) Concave-Prominent Chin: A close hair arrangement or bangs over the forehead minimizes the bulginess of the forehead. The hair at the sides and nape of the neck can be dressed in soft waves or (for ladies) soft curls to soften the features.

3) Convex-Receding Forehead, Prominent Nose, And Receding Chin: Bangs (or curl) should be placed forward on the forehead to conceal the receding forehead and irregular hairline. The hair at the sides and nape of the neck should be dressed close to the head to give it perfect balance.

4) Low Forehead, Protruding Chin: To create the illusion of height to a low forehead and length to the face, the hair should be dressed high on the top of the head with bangs (or curls) on the forehead. An upsweet movement in the temple area with soft hair arrangement over the jawline will soften the sharpness of the chin.

Hopefully with these descriptions of profiles, head shapes [and last week] facial shapes you are able to identify which haircut/hairstyle would be most flattering to you!

Next week I'll address specific considerations including: nose shapes, uneven features, short/long necks, ethnic features. Then I'll conclude this series with a discussion on eyes (wide or close set) and flattering glasses.

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