Could You Use a Hair Makeover?
Need a new hairstyle? Celebrity hairstylist Nick Arrojo offers tips on flattering your face with the perfect frame.
As the pounds come off and your face gets slimmer, take inventory of your beauty routine and everyday look. While makeup can play a big part in helping you look your best, your hairstyle could also probably use an update.
Hairstylist and salon owner Nick Arrojo, (you may remember him from TLC's hit show What Not to Wear
) author of Great Hair — Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day
, says that regardless of face shape, most fuller-figured women bring their hair forward over the face. But this actually draws attention to the fullest part of the face: chubby cheeks.
Insider Secrets for Gorgeous Hair
“Healthy hair looks softer and has more natural movement,” says Arrojo. He doesn't have to convince us. Here are his tips for keeping your hair in bouncy, shiny shape.
Send split ends packing
- 1. Regularly cleanse and condition.
- 2. Apply a good frizz-fighting serum from middle to ends.
- 3. When styling, smooth out hair by blow drying on high heat using a mid-sized round bristle brush.
- 4. Get a trim every six weeks.
- 1. Reduce dryness and replenish lost proteins by using a protein-packed deep conditioner once a week.
- 2. Avoid harsh chemical treatments as much as possible.
- 1. If dandruff is dry and flaky, use a medicated dandruff shampoo and massage gently into scalp to rid scalp of excess flakes.
- 2. Try alternating shampoos and conditioners every few weeks.
(Oily, scaly dandruff might be an indication of serious skin issues; consult your physician.)
“Rather than going all-out to mask shape and size, it’s far better to be brave by styling hair away from the face,” he suggests. “No matter what your shape or size, the eyes are where you want people to look.”
Arrojo says your stylist should work with you to shape a look that will help elongate all the features of the face. Below are his hairstyle suggestions for faces of all shapes and sizes:
If your face is… Round (Think Oprah Winfrey, Fergie, Kate Bosworth, Catherine Zeta-Jones)
Flattering cut: Just above the shoulder and layered all over for maximum lift and softness. A side part and bold highlights will help flatter the face.
Not-so-flattering: A rounded bob or rounded layers.
If your face is… Square (Think Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Bilson)
Flattering cut: Angles will help soften the strong shape of the face. Try short and mid-length pixie and spiky cuts with lots of choppy texture, or a long layered cut with layers starting close the jaw line.
Not-so-flattering: One-length bobs or blunt-cut bangs.
If your face is… Oval (Think Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Jada Pinkett Smith)
Flattering cut: This face shape is the most versatile and can pull off all styles. Highlight your bone structure by wearing an angular bob to draw more attention to the face and chin.
If your face is… Heart-shaped (Think Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Naomi Campbell)
Flattering cut: Side-swept or long wispy bangs will draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. For short hair, keep the top layers long so they fall below your jaw line. For long hair, layers that fall by your cheeks are best.
Not-so-flattering: Avoid calling attention to your prominent chin by staying away from blunt-cut bangs and excessively choppy layers.
To make your hair look like you’ve spent hours on it — when all you have is five minutes — try a quick up-do, ponytail or twist. “They add more drama and elegance to your look,” says Arrojo. Top it off with a shine finishing spray to lend that polished, glistening look.