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Hairstyles: Which Style Suits Your Face?


We all know how important hair is. It's our most noticeable feminine feature. If a woman's hair looks great, she feels great. Beautiful hairstyles will surely make you feel great and they may help you find more joy in your life. But with thousands of hairstyles to choose from it can be a chore to find the one that will suit you…

Some women follow hair fashions slavishly; some agonize for days on “should I cut” or “should I grow” and some walk into the hair salon on the spur of the moment. Nine times out of ten, all of these women are unhappy with the result because they’ve spent a fortune and don’t look like “the woman in the advertisement”.

“What’s even worse is that some women keep the same hairstyle year after year after year,” says Elsa Liebenberg in her book Looking Good. “No wonder they feel plain, uninteresting and boring! Remember that your face changes as time goes on, and so does your lifestyle, your choice of colors and your figure. Your hairstyle should also change to keep in step.”

Do not chop and change with fashion fads. Instead, choose a hairstyle that suits your face — regardless of what fashion decrees, recommends Elsa Liebenberg. “A round face needs a style to scale down fullness at the sides, while a long face is flattered by a style which gives it fullness. If you have a prominent chin, soften the line by curling your hair in under ears and cheeks. A heart-shaped face needs a style with fullness at the cheeks to soften the point.

“Shop around until you find a hairstylist who suits your needs. He should be interested in you as a person, as well as in your hair. Your stylist should consider your lifestyle and tastes when creating a style for you, and be a good cutter (because the secret of a good hairstyle is in the cut). If you find such a paragon — stick to him! If he knows his oats he will change your hairstyle in subtle, artful ways to keep up with fashion trends but flatter you nevertheless.

“Discuss your hair problems with your hairstylist: perming, coloring, tinting, styling, type of shampoo — and your gray hair. He’s a trained specialist and in a better position to solve your problems than a well-meaning neighbor or friend.

“A final tip is to wear your hair shorter as you get older. Of course, this doesn’t mean sporting a boy’s cut at eighty, but you shouldn’t wear your hair in long, flowing waves rippling onto your shoulders if you’re middle-aged.”

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