4 Steps to Designing Your Hair Style

Most women look to celebrities when they want a new hair style. Sometimes this can spell disaster for some people. Hair styles are not a one size fits all. There are many different factors that can make of break a certain hair style. For example, consider your hair texture. If you have very thick hair, you don’t want to pick a celebrity hair style that is for thin hair. Sometimes it will work, but most often you are asking for trouble.

Another example, if you have very frizzy hair, you don’t want to go with lots of short layers. The shorter your hair, the more the frizziness will be visible and the hair will be much harder to control. So, there has to be some judgement calls when you bring in your favorite celebrity hair style photo to your stylist and say copy that.

If you have a good hair stylist, he or she may tell you right off that that style will not work for you because of your hair texture, hair type, etc. This is a good thing. I once took a picture of a medium length dark blonde layered hair style photo of Jodie Foster to my stylist and said that I really wanted that look. My stylist told me that first the color choice was not appropriate for my skin tones and that the hair style featured lots of layering (and I had been complaining about existing layering all over the place) So instead of creating the exact hair style, she went with a modified style and added a few highlights that were more suitable for my skin tone. I was very happy with the outcome.

In the end, Designing your own hair style can be the best way to get a flattering hair style that works for your hair and skin tones. Here are 4 easy steps that you can take to design your own look.

1. Start with your face shape. Pull all the hair off your face and stand in front of a mirror. Trace the outline of your face in the mirror with something that is removable-i.e. soap, dry erase marker. Stand back and look at the shape you have drawn. What shape does it most resemble? Oval, Circle, Rectangle, Heart, Inverted Triangle or Diamond.

2. Find out which celebrities have your face shape and start looking at all the different hair style options those celebrities are wearing.

3. Write down which features of those hair styles you like. Maybe you like the side swept bangs from one celebrity hair style and the long layering from another hair style. Make copies of all the hair style features that you like.

4. Go to your stylist with your photos and notes. Show the stylist what features you like ask him/her to design a hair style for you that features those main features that you like.

It is always important to ask the stylist about each facet of the hair style. He or she may be able to give you some advice on what will work best for you. You can get a flattering hair style, it will just require a little bit of work. If the first hair cut doesn’t suit you, remember that you need to keep tweeking it. Sometimes it can take years to get the best style.

Top 10 Hair Style Tips to Avoid a Bad Hair Day

No More Bad Hair Days!

If you ask most professional hair stylists they will tell you that less than 25% of the female population actually knows what face shape and skin tone they have. Knowing your face shape will allow you to pick the perfect hair cut. Knowing your skin tone will allow you to pick the perfect hair color. Most women know even less about how to style their hair.

Women are also confused when it comes to knowing what type of hair they have. They may have a lot of hair, which makes them think they have thick hair when in reality each individual strand of hair may be thin, coarse or wavy. This is the reason many women purchase and use the wrong hair styling products. If you’ve ever experienced a bad hair day check out this list of the top 10 reasons why they happen and vow to avoid all of them when creating your next hair styling moment.

Here are the ten top hair style mistakes hair professionals will tell you most women make:

1. Poor blow drying habits.

Just about every woman’s hair can use some volume. Even hair that is poker straight will look better with some volume. The trick is in the blow drying. Don’t blow dry your hair front to back- dry it back to front, lifting at the roots, bringing your hair up using a round brush. For even more volume use a vent brush. The blow dryer should be held at least 12 inches from your scalp, and keep it moving.

2. No protection.

If you use a blow dryer, curling iron, and/or electric curlers you should be using a thermal protector spray. With out it your hair is susceptible to damage from the high heat temperatures. Just spray your hair lightly and comb it throughout to distribute it evenly.

3. The wrong choice.

You would think that most women would know their hair type. But when it comes to picking the perfect products for their hair type most women don’t have a clue. You may know that your hair is curly but is it a fine, coarse or medium texture? Is it color-treated, straight, wavy, or thinning? Do you need a thick gel or just some light mousse? If you are unsure of your exact hair type, ask your stylist. Perhaps you will need to combine two or more products to get the best results. It’s not rocket science but it’s close!

4. Too much of a good thing.

Even when they find the perfect product, most women use too much of it. When your hair stylist gives you the perfect hair cut for your hair, few styling products should be necessary. Your hair should fall into place naturally. No more than a dime size of product is usually necessary. You will need even less of serums or pomades as they are more concentrated. Weighting your hair down with too much product can make it look unwashed and it will become a dust magnet.

5. Flat iron flattening

Incorrect use of the flat iron is evident to most hairstylists. Many women forget the thermal spray that protects the hair shaft from the heat of a flat iron. After using the protection you should start by sectioning your hair into small sections almost as wide as the flat iron. Starting at the roots, slowly pull the iron down to silken and smooth the hair. When you come to the end of your hair you can choose to pull straight out, flip up or flip under.

6. Trying to style wet or damp hair.

Only hair that is completely dry will hold a hair style. If your hair takes a long time to blow dry you may want to wash it at night to avoid feeling rushed in the morning. Actually hair that has had time to recoup some of the oils that have been washed out will behave better. Once your hair is completely dry, apply any styling products you are using and continue to dry your hair on a low to medium setting. Then style.

7. Waiting too long in between hair cuts.

Ask any professional: A great hairstyle begins with a great hair cut. Some hair cuts will look great as they grow out, but if you like the hairstyle your wearing, get back to the hairstylist as soon as your hair begins to grown out. This could be anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks. This will help the stylist know just what look you want. Another good tip is when you get that perfect hairstyle or haircut, be sure to take a picture, one of the front, one of the back, and both sides, and bring them with you. This way the hairstylist will know exact what you want. Even if you want to grow your hair out, a trim of the spilt ends is very important. Frequent trims will cut the split end off before it can split the entire shaft of hair. This is important if you want a smooth and silky look to your hair.

8. Over styling.

Unless you’re a runway model or someone who is embarking on one of life’s most momentous occasions, like your wedding or prom, there is no need to go over board. Today’s styles call for natural hair that moves and falls freely. This is achieved with the proper hairstyle that fits your hair type and the use of just the right hair styling products.

9. Under styling

Just the opposite of over styling are the millions of women who do nothing. Unless your hair is only a few inches long, it’s not “wash and go”. The right hair cut, a little blow drying and styling product can make all the difference in the world. Give it a try!

10. Pick the wrong hair style all together.

Most women choose a hair style that they see on someone else. What looks good on your favorite celebrity or co-worker may not be the hair style that fits your face shape or will work with your type of hair texture, be it wavy, curly, poker straight or thick and springy. Your hair stylist will know what your hair will and will not do, so it is best to bring several hair style pictures with you when visiting your hair stylist for a new hair cut.

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