New Year, New Hair Cut

A new hair cut can give you a new lease of life and increase your confidence but even a bad or unflattering cut can do quite the reverse. If you are considering changing your hair style, it is worth putting some thought into it before visiting the hairdresser.

Sweep your hair away from your face so you can see it clearly and assess your face shape. This is a good starting point because certain styles suit different face shapes to varying degrees of success. For the sake of simplicity I have divided different face shapes into the following five categories: Oval, Square, Rectangle, Inverted Triangle and Round.

1. Oval. If you have a balance oval shaped face you have more choice as most hair styles will suit you.

2. Square. If you have a square face, hair styles that soften the outline of your face will be more flattering. Avoid straight bobs and straight fringes as these will accentuate the shape of your face.

3. Rectangle. If you have a long narrow face, softer layered styles will at width to your face. Avoid straight long hair as this will make your face look longer. A fringe can make your face look shorter.

4. Inverted Triangle. By adding volume and interest to your jaw line you can balance your face and make the upper part look less wide and the lower part less narrow. Fringes should be light and volume on the top avoided.

5. Round. Angular cuts are better for a round face and round bobs or a tightly perm should be avoided.

Other factors that need to be considered are your age, the texture of your hair (thick or fine) the color and whether or not it has natural wave or is dead straight. Some styles just will not work with some hair textures and while you do want to look up to date, your hairstyle needs to suit your age and lifestyle.

An Image consultant can help you with choosing the right color and style to suit you and most good hairdressers can advise you on what styles will suit your hair type. It is worth looking at magazines and finding pictures of hair styles you like. You can cut these out and take them with you so your hairdresser knows they type of thing you want.

Do not forget that once you leave the salon, it will be up to you to restyle your hair every time you wash it. The cut must suit the amount of time you are prepared to put into styling it at home. If you are busy and have no time or interest in spending hours drying your hair, this is an important consideration. Your hair may look lovely but will drive you insane with upkeep.