I was talking to my good friend Jan last night. Like me she is in a lull waiting for the excitement to begin – and it has nothing to do with storm Abigail making its way down country – although it will mean us having to hold on to our hats and to sporting blown away hair styles!
Jan is in a lull because as a mobile hairdresser of many years she knows how the Christmas rush goes … women hang onto to their old cut and colour as long as they can so that at Christmas they can sparkle with newness. Right now work is slow from next week onwards it will be full on each and every day until Christmas Eve.
I am in a lull because, as you’ll know if you have read the December newsletter (some very good reader style bargains to be had), I am awaiting the birth of our first grandson. He is overdue mainly I think because his Dad keeps giving him tummy kisses and his Mum coos softly to him in Spanish. I don’t think I would want to move either. As soon as he arrives a driving dash will be made to Plymouth to see this new, very wondrous being.
What he will look like no one knows although guesses can be made from his scan photos … long legs, high forehead and snub nose. I don’t mention hair here because that we can’t see – although it is likely with both grandparents and parents all having very curly hair that it is unlikely to be straight.
Interestingly we all deal with the curliness in different ways. In his youth future Grandad had a huge Jimi Hendrix lion-like afro (as did I – instant attraction!) now he has lost most of his so that is sorted.). Future Dad keeps his very short. Future Granny goes to the hairdressers every week and has hers blow dried and tonged to be straight with bounce and doesn’t touch it herself. Future Mum washes her hair daily and uses de-frizz products before tying it up in an interesting and sophisticated way.
Hair is so important to most of us that we even talk of “bad hair days”. When we do we all know what that means – even if it has nothing to do with hair.
Last week I went off to buy more Purple Haze dye for my hair – and found it is no longer on the shelves. Devastation! I love the colour my hair is at the moment – and am not best pleased to be having to change because the manufacturer’s have decided to stop making what I want. Frustrating. I wanted to be a granny with Purple Haze highlights not Ultra Violet, Pinky Purple or Deep Purple. I have had what works taken away from me. Can you hear the stamping of feet????!
So, let’s end on a positive note (I’ll just simmer away quietly in the background) and look at the right cut for you Here are a few tips from Joel Goncalves. I have more information at hand about all face shapes if you want more information for different face shapes and features contact me: [email protected] I have a sheet that you may find useful.
First take a good look at your face shape & the scale of your features within it.
The most dominant shapes and features are what need working with if you want your hair to be as effective as it can be. Please, forget about age as a factor.
Most importantly play up features that you want to play up and play down features that you want to play down.:
Square jawline: Avoid fringes and go for a softer shape around the face. A style just past the chin or neckline works well as it softens the look, Keep it short and you will accentuate the jawline.
Round face: Very easy to slim down. A fringe will slim the face. Volume around it will accentuate the roundness.
High Cheekbones: A shorter gamine cut will suit work particularly well if you have large, prominent eyes too. If this feels too much is to compromise by having a style that is longer at the nape.
Heart shape: Shorter layers will add volume.
- And don’t forget:
Going from long to short can often be too much in one go. Think about doing it in stages. Find images of these stages so that your hairdresser has a visual idea of where you want to go. This works well going from short to long too.
- Even if you only want a blow dry and no, or little cut, give your hairdresser a couple of images so that they can see the sort of look/vibe that you are hankering after rather than asking them to just copy a style or repeat what you have.
- Have a consultation before doing anything drastic whether it be cut or colour.
- Do your homework find a good hairdresser – and don’t stay with someone just because you would feel awful going somewhere else. A good hairstyle goes hand-in-hand with a good hairdresser.
- A good hairstyle is one that is easy to manage and maintain. My hairdresser does just that. Thank you, Denise. I have names of good hairdressers which I am happy to share should you need one.
So, whilst I await the pending grandson I am off to have my weekly hair wash and style. Need to look gorgeous for the photos and I want my new grandson to be as impressed with his granny as I will be with him.
Wishing you many a good hair day both now and in the future ……..