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HAIR TALK: INVERTED TRIANGLE FACE SHAPE

post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

Last but clearly not least in our hair talk on face shapes we have the inverted triangle.(Hooray!!) Inverted is just a fancy way of saying “upside down” or “flipped”. Knowing that you can clearly see (thanks to Polish beauty Anja Rubik) that an inverted triangle face shape is wider at the forehead than it is at the jaw. Most of my clients with an inverted triangle face shape ask me to make their forehead appear less wide. That’s pretty easy to do, but you also want to avoid making the face look longer and more narrow when doing so. Here are some helpful hints from me to you:

  • Half ups: I love half updos for girls with inverted triangle face shapes. A half updo can narrow the forehead + widen the look of your cheekbones + jawline. Gotta love a good illusion! I think the key with Anja’s look on the bottom left is that the hair is wavy and that she has a center part. I like that the “baby hairs” just above her temples are not pulled back into the braids– they’re down and it’s just enough to help diffuse the width of her forehead.
  • Bangs: Almost every single girl I know with an inverted triangle face shape loooooves having bangs and will never give them up. Obviously if you want to embrace the forehead you’ve got and not have bangs– do it, girl! On the other hand, if you want the option to show a wider forehead sometimes and narrow the appearance of your forehead other times, you’ll need some sort of bang. Avoid a heavy straight-across bang only because it could potentially make your face even more triangular. I would recommend something similar to Alexa’s long bangs, Brigitte’s “curtain bangs” which are essentially short and long bangs combined, or this heavy side swoop bang. I would even say you could get away with a half-moon bang  in this post as long as it’s got some soft roundness to it and it’s not just a blunt, straight across, heavy bang.
  • Center parting: The key to center parting on an inverted triangle face shape is not letting it lengthen you. You don’t want your bangs or layers to be styled “down”, you want them to be styled “out” once they pass your eyes/eyebrows. You want that hair from the center part to then lead into some sort of layers near your cheekbones. I always tell my clients “style your bangs in the direction of your ears.”
  • Wavy bob + bangs: This is one of my favorite haircuts for the inverted triangle face shape. Also one of the most flattering, softening, balancing cuts for this face shape. The reason is, you can typically get great texture and layers in a bob or long bob. The side bang leads into layers which do exactly what is mentioned above– widens the cheekbone/jawline and diffuses the width of the forehead. Everything just looks in perfect proportion. LOVE.
  • Diagonal side part: This is a great trick. See how Anja’s hair is parted diagonally in the bottom right photo? If all that hair was pulled to one side it would likely make the forehead appear wider. Use a tailcomb or a pencil if you don’t have a tailcomb, and start slightly off center, working your way over to a deep side part. That way there’s hair on both sides but it still appears that you’re wearing a heavy side part.
  • Super straight hair with minimal layers: That would be the one style I would suggest girls with inverted triangle face shapes should avoid. All that’s going to do is make your face appear longer and more narrow. You want layers, especially around the face.
  • Updos + Chignons: You can do almost any updo, chignon or pony when you have an inverted triangle face shape. Also, leaving out a few soft pieces around the face will help balance out your triangle. I find that a center or off-center part is most flattering but not mandatory. I mean, clearly the updo in the top photo from the Louis Vuitton show is GORGE– a messy french twist with lots of texture and a thin headband! Obsessed.

Do you have an inverted triangle face shape? If so we would love you to share your thoughts, tips and your own tricks below! Thank you for being so patient in waiting for each of your face shapes! Hope this series has helped you guys understand more about how to wear your hair and what to talk to your hair stylist about. xo

 

HAIR TALK: PEAR SHAPED FACES

post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

No one owns the pear face shape better than lil Miss Kelly Osbourne. A pear-shaped face means that the widest points of your jaw are slightly wider than the widest points of your hairline. Although it’s a beautiful shape, the pear-shaped face can be a difficult one if  you don’t know which styles are most flattering. Most emails I get about pear-shaped faces ask how to minimize the width of the jawline. While that’s not always the goal, I give you plenty of ideas on how to either balance a pear face shape or just show ‘em what your momma gave you. Here we go!

  • DEEP SIDE PART: A deep side part on a pear-shaped face will diffuse the width of the jawline if that’s what you’re trying to accomplish. Always pull a little hair near the ear out on the less heavy side like Kelly does in the bottom left photo to balance the deep side part and soften the look.
  • FULL TOP KNOT: Often times it’s just best to let that beautiful face shine! Pull all of your hair up into a voluminous top knot. The tighter the top knot is the wider the jaw will appear. Adding some fullness to your top knot will even out the overall silhouette of your head shape and that puts less focus on the width of the jaw– more focus on the face and hair together.
  • GO SHORT: Obviously Kelly has a great neck for short hair. If you and your hair stylist agree it’s suiting for you to go short, you should consider it. A bob, whether it’s styled straight, wavy or curly, tends to cut off the width of a wider jaw and it’s one of the most flattering cuts for pear gals. A bob (or even a lob) puts the focus in all the right places. I know not everyone can pull off a lob or bob, but if you have a pear-shaped face and you can, it’s a great way to find easy balance.
  • MEDIUM-LONG HAIRCUTS: Pear-shaped face girls should always keep a chin length layer or “long bang” that falls somewhere around the chin just in case you’re having “one of those days”. We all do! One of those days where you’re rushing and you just want to throw our hair up in a high pony or bun. Pulling those long bang pieces out can soften the look a great deal. Girls with pear-shaped faces should follow the same “KEEP THE PIECE” rule as round-faced girls when getting haircuts because you want the option to be able to diffuse the width or just pull it back and embrace what you’ve got. While I would say short-medium lengths are the most flattering for a pear-shaped face, longer lengths look amazing too. Make sure to keep some long face framing layers so you don’t get buried in hair.
  • VOLUME: Pear-shaped face beauties should always try to keep a little volume (unless you’re going pin-straight). Again, remember that the goal is to even out the “overall silhouette”. In other words, you want to keep the top portion of your head looking a little fuller in order to balance out the width of the lower portion.
  • STYLING: Curls are a great way to diffuse the width of a wide jaw. Classic curls, deep parted Veronica Lake waves, or even just simple beachy waves with texture.
  • FLAT IRONING: A super sleek head of hair with a center part can make a pear-shaped face appear more oval– but the key is not to hide behind your hair. Try flat ironing and make sure you don’t tuck the pieces near your ear. Leave those sections untucked and instead push back the bang area a little more. That will make the jaw appear more narrow and the forehead will appear a little wider balancing things out.

Never hide behind your hair! Be proud of your face shape and learn to love it. Lots of my clients have a pear-shaped face and have learned how to balance instead of over-crowding the face with hair. If you have any personal tips and trick for your fellow pear-shaped face girls, please feel free to leave them in the comments below! We stil have diamond, inverted triangle and heart shaped to go so stay tuned! xo

HAIR TALK: SQUARE FACE SHAPE

post + graphic design: Kristin Ess

Last week we put up a chart that shows you HOW TO FIND YOUR FACE SHAPE. Hopefully you’ve all narrowed it down to one shape (or two if you’re a hybrid!) and are ready to talk about what cuts + styles work best for you. Don’t fret- we’re going to do a post on each of the 9 face shapes from our chart, so hang tight if you don’t see yours yet! It’s coming. Also, feel free to mix advice from two face shape posts if you think you’re a hybrid! Talk it over with your hairstylist if you’re not quite sure.

THE SQUARE: The goal with most face shapes we’ll talk about will be to either love it/embrace it/wear it proud like Olivia Wilde does in the bigger picture above with all of her hair pulled off of her face OR to do what you can to down-play your shape if it’s something that you don’t love. If you’re looking to down-play your square face shape, the goal will be to diffuse the 4 corners a little bit. Here are some great ways to do that. (more…)

GIFT OF THE WEEK

graphic design: Eunice Chun post: Kristin Ess

Clearly we take a whole lot of photos around this place and we often test looks out by shooting them on an iPhone, just to see how they look before we go pro. Our next TBD “Gift of the Week” is this amazing cover! It’s both cute AND functional, which we love. I got one last week while we were in Toronto and I couldn’t wait to share it! Some of you may or may not realize that the “volume up” button on an iPhone can be used to snap a photo when you’re using the camera app. The the shutter button on this camera cover sits right on top of the “volume up” button and that’s how it works. There’s also a button over the “volume down” button, so you can do business as usual while sporting this cover. If you drop your gadget a lot, worry not– it comes with a place for a camera strap. Let’s be real– it’s not like this phone cover actually makes the photo better, it just makes you feel a little more chic while shooting!