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Snip & Tuck with Gary Kavanagh - The Pear Face

Monday, 22 January 2007


Gary Kavanagh is back with his scissors to work some magic on one of our lucky viewers as he funks up her hair with a perfect cut to suit her pear shaped face.

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

Considered the most versatile face shape. Many other face shapes seek hairstyles to make them more oval.
Hair dos: Looks great with almost any cut - short or long, one length or layered. Jada Pinkett Smith's curly do is just one of many styles that suit her oval face.
Hair don'ts: Don't spike hair too much, as it makes the face look longer.

The heart shape is wide at the hairline and cheekbone and comes to a slender or pointed chin. People with this face shape often have a widow's peak.
Hair dos: Best styles for the heart-shaped face are ones that bring the hair forward onto the forehead. A side parting, such as the one Jennifer Aniston often wears, and wispy bangs are flattering.
Hair don'ts: Blunt-cut bangs, center parts.

Marked by a very strong, wide jawline and a square hairline.
Hair dos: Flattering styles include longer lengths and hair that comes forward onto the face at the sides, as Salma Hayek often wears. Curls soften angular edges. If you want to go shorter, stick to the classic bob.
Hair don'ts: No geometric styles or wedge cuts.

Sometimes called the slender face shape. People, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, with oblong faces may also have a slender neck.
Hair dos: Best hairstyles for this shape often have width through the jaw line. Add fringe or bangs.
Hair don'ts: Too-long hair or very short cuts can accentuate the oblong shape. So can wearing hair pulled back as Sarah Jessica Parker sometimes does.

Our volunteer:  Karen Greaney
28 years of age, From Dublin. She studied science and marine biology in Galway and Edinburgh. 

Full-looking face with a round chin and hairline. Widest point is at the cheeks and ears.
Hair dos: Create some height at the top and length in the back. Feather for a sleek look. Hair styles with fullness and height at the crown. Try off center parts. Short hair styles with a swept-back direction or hair styles that are longer than chin length. By layering the top to achieve fullness and keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, your face shape will appear longer and narrower.  For curly hair, keep it all one length and longer if possible. High ponytails with loose strands around the face suit this face shape.
Hair don'ts: Chin length hair with a rounded line that mirrors face's circular shape.
Center parts.
Short-short crops, straight "chopped" bangs.
Fullness at side of ears.
A rounded haircut ending at the chin will certainly add weight to your face shape. Because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face appear wider.

Celebrities with round faces
. Roseanne Barr
. Kate Winslet
. Drew Barrymore
. Christina Ricci
. Charlotte Church

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