Get­ting the right style

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL - WELLNESS - By eLLeN WhYTe

WANT a bit of a change but don’t want to come out look­ing like a fash­ion disas­ter? Chang­ing hair sa­lons and wor­ried that you won’t get what you want? Check out th­ese tips for get­ting good hair­cuts.

Be­fore you let any­one pick up a pair of scis­sors, have a sim­ple hair wash. Tell the sa­lon be­fore they start that you will be com­ing for a cut in a few days, but that you want them to see your hair wet and dry.

Use the time to dis­cuss with the per­son who will even­tu­ally cut your locks what prob­lem ar­eas you have so that there are no sur­prises on the day.

List what you need from your style. For ex­am­ple, do you just want a sim­ple wash and go, or do you want longish hair that you can put up and wear down too? Do you need a style that you can work out in at the gym and then very quickly blow dry af­ter? Ask­ing your­self this will help you pick some­thing that suits your life­style.

Al­though it can be use­ful to cut out celebrity pic­tures and say, “I want that”, the truth is that those de­cep­tively sim­ple looks of­ten re­quire a pro­fes­sional as well as a tonne of prod­ucts. A sim­pler way is to look at what suits your face shape.

For this, first dis­cover your face shape. There are lots of web sites for this ( just Google de­ter­mine my face shape) and once you have that, you can find sites ded­i­cated to match­ing hair cuts ( Google hair cuts for di­a­mond/ oval faces). Have a good look, print out what ap­peals and talk to your stylist to see what is prac­ti­cal and what is not.

Fi­nally, talk to the stylist. A pro­fes­sional can tell you what works, what doesn’t, what typ­i­cal prob­lems are and more, so have a good chat about what you want to see if it’s achiev­able.

If it’s a rad­i­cal change, see if you can have a pre­view of some kind. For ex­am­ple, if you want your hair chem­i­cally straight­ened or waved, the stylist can fake this with clever blow- dry­ing so you can see what you would look like be­fore you de­cide on the style.

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