Thursday, November 25, 2010

Who nose best?

Last week we talked about different head shapes and profiles in relation to choosing a flattering hairstyle. While on the subject of profiles, I wanted to include a bit about nose shapes as an additional consideration. Then I will discuss other special considerations to keep in mind when deciding what haircut to get and how to style your hair.

Closely allied to any profile analysis, in fact a very important part of such, is the shape of the nose which must be considered both in profile and in full face.

Turned Up Nose
This type of nose is usually small and accompanied by a straight profile. To overcome this, the hair should be swept back off the face at the sides, lengthening the line from the nose to the ear. Top hair is given a forward movement to minimize the appearance of the turned-up nose.

Prominent Nose
A hooked nose, a large nose, or a pointed nose, all come under this classification. Plan to draw as much attention as possible away from these features. To minimize the prominence of the nose, bring the hair forward at the forehead with softness around the face.

Crooked Nose
To minimize the conscious crooked nose, style the hair in an off center manner which will attract away from the nose.

Flat Nose
A wide, flat nose tends to broaden the face. In order to minimize this effect, the hair should be drawn away from the face. A hairstyle with a middle part (and double curled bangs) will draw attention away from the nose.

Besides your nose, you may have some of these other special features:

Plump with Short Neck
Aim: To create illusion of length.
Correct Hairstyle: For the forehead, use forward bangs. Style the crown high to lend the illusion of length. Waved-in sides create a slender effect. A smooth head-hugging napeline emphasizes slenderness from the back and side view. Avoid hairstyles that give fullness to the nape area.

Long, Thin Neck
Aim: To minimize the appearance of a long neck.
Correct Hairstyle: Cover the neck (with soft waves or curls). Avoid styling the hair up from the back of the neck. Keep the nape hair long.

Thin Features
Aim: To minimize thinness of facial features and neck length.
Correct hairstyle: A high, soft crownline, with the sides lifted up and out from the hairline and brushed loosely forward onto the cheeks, will create a softening effect for the face, and develop a soft, fluffy effect at the forehead. keep the nape hair long and full to offset the long, thin neck.

Uneven Features
Aim: To minimize the imperfect features.
Correct Hairstyle: Uneven features can be minimized by selection of the proper hairstyle. For example, a soft effect over protruding features, there by creating evenness on both sides of the face.

African American Features
Follow styling rules that relate to each particular shape.

Styling the hair for women. It may be accompanied by one of two different methods of hair straightening or relaxing.
Chemically relaxed. The hair should be wet set with rollers and pin curls. It is then dried and combed out in the usual manner.
Thermal straighted (pressed). Use large barrel curls or curl with thermal (marcel) irons. T hen comb the hair into a suitable style.

Oriental Features
Follow hairstyling rules that relate to the particular face shape.

For women, the oriental hairstyle is very versatile in that it may be combed into a side-upward movement, or into a loose fluffy page-boy style. This is achieved by following the hair outward or inward.

Next week, I'll finish this series with a discussion on eyes and styling for those who wear glasses.

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