TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - "I just want a haircut that is low maintenance, easy to style and looks good on me." One of the most frequently heard statements in the salon. And why not, is it really that much to ask for? A good haircut can be trendy or classic (ironically all the trendy cuts right now are classic like the bob, lob (long bob) and pixie) but will only look fantastic if it flatters the shape of the wearer's face.
So what is your face shape? Fortunately, there are only six basic shapes from which to choose: oval, rectangle, round, square, heart and triangle. A few things to keep in mind for a women's haircut is that the shape of the cut needs to be any other shape than that of the face. For example, a round shaped haircut on a round shaped face can end up making the woman look more like a sunflower than a diva. Interestingly enough, for men it is the opposite. Men, if you have a square face and are tired of your haircut growing out like a light bulb, let your stylist leave a little length by the ears to help make it easier to cut a flattering square shape.
Although a good cut is low maintenance - it will still require some maintenance and styling. There are at least three products everyone should have in their arsenal; a foundation spray, a styling product and a finishing product. A foundation spray is also considered a moisturizer for the hair. It helps to seal the cuticle and allows the styling product to do its job. A styling product can be anything from a mousse or gel to a cream. The styling product helps to build the particular kind of texture desired, whether it's straight, curly, volume, etc. into the hair. Lastly, a finishing product can be anything from hairspray to wax. This will set the look and help to support the finished product. For any questions regarding this process consult your stylist.
Tips and tricks
Hairstyles will come and go, but there is no denying one particular style (that has been around since at least 4,000 B.C.) is here to stay ... braids! That's right - from the ancient Egyptians to princess Leia this ancient art has made its way back into fashion. Braids are timeless and there are so many different types and looks that can be created, the options are endless.
The current style for braids are full of texture and are by no means perfect (which makes them great for quick easy styling.) Styling products like Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Spray or Texture, Oribes' Dry Texturizing Spray, and most anything from L'Oreals' Artec Texture line can really help add that extra bit of grit to give softer hair more staying power. Regardless of the type of braid keep them loose and free. Pin them up or leave them down. When fastening the ends, try backcombing them instead of using a ponytail holder for a sexy, messy look. A peek-a-boo braid hanging over one shoulder from under textured waves is sure to be a head turner and Swiss Miss braids hanging out from under a ski or snowboard helmet is always a classic.
- Melissa Cox is a stylist at Urban Angels, 10120 Jibboom St., Truckee, 530-587-9900.