You see, while “big hair” styles come in and out of fashion, a good stylist is always aware of the
proportions of the individual and creates hairstyles that are in balance with the body for who they are intended. A hairstyle that is
“too small” for an individual can make an overweight person appear more heavy, a thin person appear too angular, and a tall person
too gangly. Conversely, when the hairstyle is disproportionately large, it makes an overweight person seem that much heavier, the thin
person appears overbalanced, and a petite person will appear that much smaller under the balance of the hairstyle.
Because our client is going to need a perm further discussion is held about potential conditions that
could affect the results. The client explains that she is being treated for a thyroid condition and that the medication she takes daily
is reported to effect the growth of the hair. This lets the stylist know that she must pay close attention to the processing and
progress of the perm service. It also confirms the need for a pre-perm shampoo with a clarifying product.
Many different illnesses, medications, dietary changes and even environmental factors (such as using well water) can affect the hair and how it responds to a chemical service and even to physical styling techniques as well. Be sure to share
any information about your health or dietary changes with your stylist.
The Face of Beauty ...
When it comes to styling, the client’s face shape, balance of the facial features, and the line of the
profile play a major role in determining which elements of style are most suitable. If the client has a prominent profile, the hair is
usually best styled back from the face in a soft curve. Other style elements are commonly used as well: bangs to cover a broad forehead,
off-centered and angled partings to draw attention away from a largish nose, blunt horizontally-cut bangs and/or high-volume
curl to widen a narrow face, lift and volume on top with length below the chin to elongate a round face, among other style elements.
The goal of styling the hair is to create the appearance of an oval face. The oval shape is considered to
be the ideal. Some women and men have a naturally oval face shape, while others are classified as square, round, triangular, diamond
shaped, etc. The purpose of many style elements is to soften angles or add dimensions to the appearance of the face, creating the
illusion of an oval shape where none exists naturally.
Sometimes, when styling the hair, a client’s hair doesn’t necessarily behave “normally”. The hair may
grow in different directions and may as a result be difficult to style in the way you intend. Whenever a style can incorporate the
growth patterns of the hair, the client will generally be pleased and the style will be easier to maintain. The hair should always be
treated with respect to prevent overstressing the hair, which can lead to pulled hairs and breakage.
Some growth patterns can be dealt with using traditional styling methods. For example, many cowlicks
can be redirected using strong-hold styling product and heated styling appliances, while a “whorl” or “hair-stream” may need a chemical
process (such as a straightener or perm) to overcome and redirect it.