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New Year, New Hair, New You With Gary Kavanagh

Monday, 12 January 2009

Gary Kavanagh will be transforming our lovely viewer's locks from lanky and blonde to a glorious crown!

This is the second in a series of New Year, New Hair, New You makeovers. Last week saw young mum Anna Teahan from Co Kerry return to her roots with Shay Dempsey- this week it's Gary's turn to do the transformation.

Gary Kavanagh:- Transformer!
Having begun his training with Peter Mark many years ago, Gary Kavanagh has risen through the ranks to become Director of Training himself.

He has handled practically every major fashion show in Ireland and has worked with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Jerry Hall and Kate Moss. As well as this Gary also devotes much of his time to styling the stars such as Westlife, Boyzone and Denise Van Outen. No stranger to TV Gary has appeared many times before on The Afternoon Show.

Levina Dixon
Young Mum of one, Levina desperately needs a change. She's been colouring her hair for years, her hair is damaged and broken and she's simply had enough!
She did have hair extensions five years ago but has since had the same hairstyle without a change.

A general rule of thumb is to decide whether your skin tone is 'warm' or 'cool'. In order to decide this, you should take a piece of gold & silver jewellery, put them next to your skin and see which metal stands out more and complements your skin tone. The Gold indicates warmer tones, the silver indicates cooler tones.
If you have a warmer skin tone, opt for golden shades such as caramel and bronze in a darker shade than your skin. Avoid jet-black hair which will wash you out and if you do opt for a golden shade, don't go too light or your hair could turn orange. If you have cooler tones in your skin, avoid colors that will highlight the reddishness of your skin tone: Gold, auburn and copper. Ash blondes and cool browns work best.


Cut & Face Shape:
1. Oval:- Suits most haircuts
2. Rectangular:-add width & volume- avoid length
3. Round:- Avoid Width, add height
4. Diamond:-Add asymmetric fringe
5. Square:- Short & spiky or Long & Layered
6. Heart

There are six basic types of facial shapes. They are:
1. Oval
2. Rectangular
3. Round
4. Diamond
5. Square
6. Heart

Most haircuts and styles suit an oval face. However, the best styles to go for are the ones that have layers at the height of your best features such as cheekbones, lips or chin. Short layers at the top of the head should be avoided as they make the face look longer, while ladies with an oval face and thick and curly hair should avoid blunt cut as it looks like a pyramid.

Long and narrow facial shape with a square chin and hairline is known as Rectangular facial shape. Hair cut for rectangular face should add width to its sides, play down on its length by adding a fringe on the forehead and a style that has a side part to soften the squareness of the face. Extremely long or short haircuts make the face look longer while chin-length bobs and haircuts add width to the face. Another way to add the width is to add the curls & waves in your hair. However, short layers lend volume to the top further elongating the face.

This facial type has a round chin. Hairstyles should add height on top of the head. You have to cut the bulk from the sides of your face to give it an oval look. So, one length haircut or blunt cuts on short hair should be avoided. Hair width needs to be minimized on the sides and around the ears by keeping them flat at those points. Wispy tapered ends take away the attention from the roundness of the face. Hair styles that fall right below the chin and have layers from the top down, elongate the face and look good.

Facial shapes that have a square jaw line and hairline and seem too short, need a hairstyle that lends length and roundness to it. Layered hair around the jaw line soften it a bit while wispy hair take the attention away from the squareness of the face. Layered haircuts that frame the face are best for square faces. Best options are the short, spiky cuts or long, sleek styles with top down layers starting at the jaw line. Blunt cut bangs or chin-length bobs make the face look squarer.

This facial shape is widest at the temples and narrowest at the jaw line with a small and delicate and sometimes pointed chin. Hairstyle for this shape needs to add width at the jaw line. Eyes and cheekbones are generally strong points of the heart shaped face. Women with short hair can keep the top layers soft and long or side-swept bangs while the women with longer hair can try long, wavy layers that come across to your cheekbones that lend certain rounded look to the pointed chin. Harsh choppy layers or blunt cut bangs do not suit a heart-shaped face.

Widest at the forehead but narrow at the forehead and chin, hair styles for a diamond face needs to add width to the forehead and soften or disguise the cheekbones to give an illusion of the oval face. Add more fringe and volume to the forehead and the chin while smooth hair compliment the cheekbones better. A low side parting and a sweep of hair brushed across the forehead add width to the face and make it look shorter. Asymmetric haircuts look good too along with adding to the hair volume with curly or wavy styles.

Has your husband (or any man you know for that matter) had the same hairstyle forever? Perhaps your man is still stuck in the long haired days of the 70s and you'd both fancy a bit of a change for 2009? Our stylists would be more than delighted to hear from you.

Please send a current photo with contact details to:-

The Afternoon Show
Montrose House
Dublin 4


Go on, you know this is the opportunity you've just been waiting for!