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How to Balance your Facial-Shape with your Hairstyle

Does your hairstyle draw others to the window of your soul? It should! If you want people to see you for who you really are, your image–hair and all–should bring their attention to your eyes. This is why the goal of any hairstyle should be to balance out any disproportions so that others can focus on your inner beauty.

pear shaped face Consider the pear-shaped face. The wide cheeks and a narrow forehead are disproportionate to each other and either of these features could easily become a focal point and steal the attention from the eyes. This is can be corrected (illusionaly) with bangs or a fullness above the ears. A style that is full below the ears, however, will only point to the cheeks and distract attention from the eyes.

If you have a pear-shaped face you could be any Image Identity except the Classic (unless Classic is your secondary Img.ID). Most women with this facial-shape are Gamines or Naturals, both of whom would rather not put a lot of effort into blowdrying, etc. If this is you, consider getting bangs since this is the easiest way to balance your features. Ingénues and Romantics should consider wispy fringes that cover the cheeks. Dramatics do well with an asymmetrical look.

A round face isn’t really disproportionate, but a hairstyle that is too long may make it appear very small. The best option for a round face is a short style ith fullness at the crown–except ones that are chin-length since this gives the illusion of a wide-face.

round face

Ingénues and Romantics with a round face should consider unbalanced, wispy fringes. Gamines should choose a short-styles that are sharp and spunky. Naturals, tend to want long-hair, so I give these girls permission to break the short-hair-rule since usually wear it up in a pony tail anyway (this is another way to draw attention to the eyes on a round face). If this is you, just be sure you wear your pony high on your head.

Note: Dramatics and Classics do not have a round face unless this is their secondary Img.ID. 

For hairstyle tips on the other four facial shapes be sure to visit my website and search “Hairstyles.” If you are wondering which Img.ID you are, please contact me, I would love to give you an image consultation! My rates are reasonable, I do group parties and I travel.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

 

What 2 Wear Hair Tips

As Memorial Day quickly approaches lots of women are ready for new summer hairstyles. For the past few Wednesdays my “What 2 Wear” tips have been about making good choices depending on your facial shape (and Img.ID of course!). So far we have gone over styles for the oval and square faces, but there are 7 shapes in all, so what if your face is:

oval faceOblong

Your hairdresser knows that the goal of giving a new style to an oblong face is to give the illusion of more width. This can easily be done for most types of beauty (and this facial shape could be any Img.ID) by adding fullness in the crown and side areas, the only time creating this illusion is a real challenge is if you are determined to keep your hair long–especially if you want it one-length. It is especially hard to create volume if you don’t want to use product or blow-dry your hair, which is not unusual for Naturals or Gamines. If this is you, and you do not want to budge on the long, one-length thing, then just be sure to focus on makeup and accessory tricks that add width to you face (that’s a blog for another day).

diamond faceDiamond

Any hairstyle on a diamond-shaped face should be designed to give the illusion of more width at the forehead and chin or of less width at the cheeks. Your hairdresser may suggest that your hair be mid-neck length and full at the chin or asymmetrical with no bangs swept to one side. Most women with this shaped face are Natural, Dramatic or Gamine. Naturals, I would not suggest going with the asymmetrical option since it is not a casual look, nor does it do well as a wash-n-wear. This side-style does do well on the other two Img.IDs as long as it is kept up.

heart faceHeart

The heart-shaped face is characteristic of the Romantic and the Ingénue, which are the two very feminine beauties. Both of these girls do well with wispy or curly hairstyles. In fact, they usually have very fine hair, which is often very curly or very straight. Because the heart-shaped face is wide at the forehead, your hairstylist knows to be careful not to create too much fullness at the crown. I would not recommend bangs, but ask your stylist. The length is the key factor in creating the illusion of more width at your narrow chin so be sure to take her advice on that as well. Mid-neck or chin-length are usually best, depending on how long your neck is.

Next Wednesday lets talk about the round and pear shaped faces.

If you missed my explanation of the various facial shapes and my tips for the oval or square faces, you can find them on my website. Click the topic “hairstyles

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

2 Important Factors in Finding a Great Hairstyle

It’s What-2-Wear Wednesday! As promised, I am writing this blog to help you find a great new spring style that’s “YOU.” Before making this big decision, it’s important to consider these important factors:

What is the shape of your face?

  • Oval (balanced, even, proportionate)
  • Square (as wide as it is long, angular jaw and forehead)
  • Oblong (long, narrow, balanced)
  • Diamond (narrow chin, brow; widest at cheeks)
  • Heart (widest at forehead, narrow chin, often widow’s peak hairline)
  • Round (balanced, fullest at cheeks)
  • Pear (widest at jaw, narrow forehead)

square face, Asymmetrical cut

By understanding your facial shape, you narrow your choices for hairstyles. While this concept may seem limiting, it is actually liberating. There are so many different ways you can wear your hair, wouldn’t you rather know (before trying it!) that certain options may not compliment your beauty? It is also important to understand the density and texture of your hair as well as your personal Image Identity (or what I call your Img.ID). Typically, you can trust your hairdresser to know your hair type, as we talked about last Wednesday, but unless you have had an image consultation, you may not have any idea what your Img.ID is. Your facial shape is a great hint to that answer.

Knowing your facial shape can help you determine your personal Img.ID:

  • Oval could be any Img.ID
  • Square could be Natural, Dramatic, Gamine
  • Oblong could be any Img.ID
  • Diamond could be Natural, Dramatic, Gamine
  • Heart usually Ingénue or Romantic
  • Round could be Natural, Ingénue, Romantic, Gamine
  • Pear could be Natural, Dramatic, Ingénue, Romantic, Gamine

We’ve already gone over the guidelines for an oval face, but what if your face is square?

If you have a square face: The goal of your hairstyle (and makeup, accessories, and the neckline of your blouse) should be to make your face appear longer. Your hairdresser might suggest an asymmetrical cut, a side part, or angled bangs. Each of these is great option for the Dramatic or the Gamine because of their strong and spunky personalities. But if you are a Natural, you may find yourself asking for a paper bag to cover your head before you leave the salon if your new look is anything except a wash-n-wear cut. Naturals with a square face should choose a simple side part if they want to feel confident. If a new part is not “new” enough (although Naturals don’t love change), try layering it up a bit more–especially if your hair has wave, bounce, or curl. Whatever you do, chose a style that compliments who you are. Remember, less is more on some gals!

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

Finding a Hairstyle that Fits YOU

This is a great time of year for a new hairstyle, but asking your hairstylist for suggestions might not be wise.

beYOUtifulAfter many years behind the chair, creating styles to suits my clients’ desires, it became obvious to me that many women do not really know what they want–and if they do, their desires often contradict their personality. If they asked me, I would tell them what I learned in school.

Cosmetologists are educated on facial shape, we are taught to create hairstyles that balance the square, diamond, round, oblong, heart and triangular faces so that they give the illusion of the ideal facial shape: the oval. We understand the density and texture of a client’s hair and know if the style she wants is reasonable to keep up or not. Or goal is to sell the professional products and teach the tricks of the trade to each individual so that she can make her hair look just as good everyday as it did the day she came into the salon. The thing is, if we do not understand her personal preferences, lifestyle and personality, then we might suggest a style that does not allow her to feel confident because it isn’t “her.”

This is one of the reasons I choose to study the six different styles of beauty and become an image consultant. Women are never really comfortable with their hair (or makeup, clothing, accessories…) unless their style compliments who they are.

So what’s the secret to finding a new style this spring?

Over the next several Wednesdays I am going to break down the options for each facial shape and make suggestions for each clothing personality (Img.ID). In the mean time, start collecting different styles that you like–even if you are not sure you want to try it.

For now, here’s a teaser for the “ideal” (oval) facial shape.

Hair length: This facial shape has the most freedom to wear the length she wants well, but if she has a long neck, it is best to have length that falls at the middle of neck or to have angle/layers at the neck.

Hairstyle: almost any hairstyle will work for the oval face, but Bold, Exotic or Refined Beauties could try something sharp or asymmetrical to shake things up. Casual Beauties do best with simple styles (like wash and wear). Delicate and Glamorous Girls, do best with feminine, wispy or wavy styles.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker who is using her 30 years in the beauty industry to help women understand their personal Image Identity (Img.ID) and overcome Image Issues that affect their Confidence. Her message is empowering women to BE and LET BE. You can now find her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com