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CUTTING - choosing the right style for you

There are 7 main factors to consider when choosing the perfect haircut.

1. Lifestyle:

You need to consider the maintenance of the haircut. This includes the time it takes to style daily, if you need it to be able to be tied back and how often you will need to get it cut.

2. Your ability to style hair:

Certain hairstyles are harder to style than others, choose a style you are able to keep up with at home.

3. Thickness of hair:

Fine hair suit shorter styles or long layers to add volume. Thick hair suit layered cuts, and all hair lengths.

4. Texture of hair:

Curly hair sits a lot shorter when it’s dry than wet, and if not layered correctly can sit wider than it is long, curly hair should be kept longer to add weight reduce frizz. Straight hair needs layers to add texture and sits best shoulder length and above. You should avoid wispy style with coarse hair as it can make it look frizzy.

5. Wave pattern of hair:

If you wear your hair natural, then you need to consider how the waves sit.

6. Hair growth patterns:

- Cowlicks need to be parted where the hair lies as flat as possible and shouldn’t be cut too short to avoid hair standing on end.

- Double crowns should be left longer to allow the hair to lie flat - this is particularly important in short hairstyles.

- Nape whorls should be tapered or left longer to allow the hair to lie flat and make them unnoticeable.

- Widows peaks can be hidden by keeping hair longer with a side part. For fine hair a bob hairstyle is perfect, and for shorter hairstyles the widow’s peak can actually be used to add volume and texture.

7. Face shape:

The easiest way to find out which face shape you are is to draw an outline of your face in the mirror.

Your face will be one of the following:



Length of the face is longer than its width

Jawline is slightly narrower than the hairline

Most flattering styles:

Blunt bob above shoulders

Shoulder length cut with layers

Side swept bangs

One length cuts


Heavy bangs



Strong angled jawline

Jawbone, cheekbone and forehead all same width

Most flattering styles:

Soft and wispy side bangs

Straight hair with long layers

Subtle cheek bone length bangs


Thick blunt bangs

Slick back do’s

Wide curls



Width and length of face is the same

Most flattering styles:

Deep side parting

Textured lob

Slick back pony

Pixie cut with volume at top


Soft, wispy bangs

Wide curls



The hairline at the temples are the widest part of the face

Most flattering styles: Deep side parting with loose waves

Shoulder length bob

Layered hair from collar bone


Middle parting

Short bangs



Similar to an oval shaped face but the chin is longer

Most flattering styles:

Long layers

Volume hairstyles


Sleek styles

Longer hair



Forehead and jawline are the same width

Cheekbone is widest part of the face

Most flattering styles:

Long bangs

Short textured lob

Sleek hair with middle parting

High pony


Heavy rounded bangs

Straight across bangs

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