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Snip & Tuck with Gary Kavanagh - The Long Face

Monday, 15 January 2007


Top hair stylist Gary Kavanagh is back and he's telling us how to get the right hair cut for the shape of your face.

The different shapes
. the heart
. diamond
. round
. pear
. oval
. square
. oblong

Gary's top tip
A good way to determine your face shape is to pull all your hair back away from your face, look in the mirror and trace your face with a soap bar or lipstick.

Face shapes and what suits
. Many consider the oval face shape ideal because almost any hair style and length is flattering.
. Heart shapes are marked by wider foreheads and a pointed chin. Their most flattering styles include medium to short lengths and wispy bangs.
. Round faces are wide across the cheekbone area and round at the chin. Hair that falls to the shoulders is ideal as it helps to create a longer, less round look. "Feathered" and longer layers are also flattering.
. Occasionally, a famous person's signature hairstyle reaches the iconic level and the masses rush out to copy it. So what happens when everyone wants the cut of the moment regardless of their particular face shape?

Rectangular or oblong
Long or 'oblong'

For straight hair, you can create more width with bangs. Long, side-swept bangs are very modern. Chin-length bobs and cuts are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width. Curls and waves also add width, but avoid short layers that add volume on top.
Avoid: Stay away from extremely long or short cuts. These elongate your face. If you must have long hair past your shoulders, make sure to cut in a few long layers, especially around the face. You might also consider a v-shaped style, where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair seem shorter.
Styling tools you can't live without
A great volumizer is Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray
Hairspray Big Sexy Hair Flip it Over Full and Wild

Long and slender
About the same width at forehead and just below cheekbones. May have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead.
Try: Short to medium lengths. Fullness at the sides of your face. Soft wispy bangs. You'll want to balance the look of a long and slender face. Soft wispy bangs will shorten the appearance of the length. Fullness at the sides of your face will add width to the look of your face shape.
By cutting the hair into a short or medium length, the outline of the cut will also shorten the look of the length of the face. Layers work great with your face shape, as they will add softness to the straight lines in your face. Try side parts, and you may be able to wear straight back styles.
Avoid: Too much hair length, your face will look even longer! Too much height lengthens your face. Center parts. When your hair gets past your shoulders there is a good chance it is doing you more harm than good. The models with rectangular face shapes and long hair get by with it only because they have a "on call" hairdresser who is busy primping and teasing, setting and styling to add fullness to the hair. Since most of us don't have this luxury, my suggestion is keep it above shoulder length.
Click on the name to see a picture of celebrities with rectangular faces.

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