Friday, 8 February 2013

The Perfect Cut


So many of us go to the hairdresser’s with the mental picture of a celebrity’s gorgeous hairdo. Now I know most of you have probably done this too, so don’t try to deny it.  But hey, who can blame us right? Anyone would want locks that look like they belong on the red carpet. My friend once walked into a salon and said, “I’d like a haircut like Priyanka Chopra’s.” Wise decision, I’d say, if her face shape were anything like Priyanka Chopra’s – which it’s not.

And so we come to one of the most important rules of hairstyling: know your face shape. As told to us by the very talented hairstylist Akshata Honawar at the recently held bloggers’ meet, there are six face types: round, square, oval, diamond, long and heart shaped. And different styles suit different types - so think twice before you decide to experiment and go in for that pixie cut.

The different types of face shapes


What I’m going to do here is suggest a few hairstyles and tips for each face type, in the hope that I save at least a few of you from embarrassing haircut decisions I’ve made myself.

Round: Go for layers and lengths that fall below your chin, basically pulling attention away from your cheeks and ear. Bangs are a great idea, but keep them long and side swept rather than straight and chopped.

Bollywood's latest debutant Alia Bhatt,  has a round face.

Square: Okay this is my face type and let me tell you, it’s no picnic. If you have wavy or curly hair, incorporate layers into your cut and soften your curls. Remember, always avoid short hair – it’ll only pull attention towards your jaw. Take a hint from Kareena Kapoor and get layers that start just below your jaw line.

Kareena Kapoor has a square face and complements it with layers 


Oval: First thing to do is celebrate. You can pull off almost any style you want, you lucky things. Go in for a bob if you’re feeling adventurous, or maybe just bangs. If you have curly hair ask your hairdresser to cut it softer so that it doesn’t look too big and your curls look looser, a little more beach wave-y.

Jessica Alba sports loose waves and bangs to suit her oval face.


Heart Shaped: Ah, the most charming shape of them all. Go for short cuts if you like, maybe a bob that extends up to your jaw line. If you have curly hair, avoid a straight-cut bob and give it a layer or two. Bangs are a great idea, too.

Reese Witherspoon, with a heart shaped face, steps out with medium-length hair. 


Diamond: Diamond shaped faces usually have fantastic cheekbones. Another plus? If your face is of this type, you’re one of the few who can pull off bottom-heavy styles. Where others need layers with their bobs, you can go for fuller ones. If you have wavy or curly hair, keep it long on top with dramatic full waves at the bottom.

Scarlett Johansson shows off her cheeckbones with a heavy side parting


Long: If you have straight hair, avoid keeping it too long – it’ll only emphasize the length of your face. Go for haircuts that have volume and texture. If you have a large forehead, try straight and chopped bangs to disguise it.

Neha Dhupia - with a long shaped face - pulls her hair into a textured ponytail.


So now that you know which hairstyle to go in for, your next visit to the hairdresser’s should be a cakewalk, right? If you ask me, there’s no feeling as good as when you walk out of there with the perfect cut, so you should definitely go try this out sooner rather than later. Chop chop!


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