A New Style for You

Christopher Stephens Salon West Palm BeachMany clients that I meet have a recurring problem… What is the best hair style for me? However, this is sometimes a baited question. You need to take a few things into consideration, such as your comfort level (meaning how much change you can deal with), your skill in styling a new hairdo and also your hair type.

In other words, if you have frizzy-curly hair and you want a sleek straight look, but you don’t want to have your hair chemically straightened, you don’t want to blow-dry your hair and you don’t want to flat iron your hair, then Jessica Simpson’s latest hairstyle would not work for you.   

Taking a picture with you is good if you have an idea of a style, or you could ask the stylist to suggest something. Give as much information about yourself as possible, such as how much time you are willing to spend on your hair and what you think the limits of your styling abilities are. Generally, if you have a long narrow face then a style with width does the trick. If it's round then a soft textured style should suite.

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If it's a fresh look you’re after, you don’t have to take 'the chop' try changing your bangs! Wispy bangs are flattering to most face shapes. If you usually wear bangs try gelling it back or wearing your parting on a different side. You'll be amazed how much this can change your look.

If your hair is too thick, have your stylist texturize or razor cut your hair, it will add texture and shape without drastically changing the length or the style.

Long, straight hair will benefit from using a paddle brush during blow-drying. Use the concentrator nozzle fairly close to the brush and finish with a glossing spray to boost shine.

Remember - you don't need to lose length when having layers, because layers are added to the interior hair, not the exterior, or length of the hair. Layers give movement and interest to any style. Long hair looks stunning with a few subtle layers, adding height, and can help limp hair look more voluminous.

It is essential you have a good haircut, but blow-drying and styling techniques are always very important. Start from the root and work your way down the hair shaft. Use a wide-toothed vent brush or large round brush parallel to the hair line and lift the hair up so you put the lift in at the roots before styling the rest. You can also use a few large Velcro rollers around the crown when the hair is still warm from blow-drying; this can give added lift and style. Put them in, spray with hairspray and then blow-dry with warm air for five minutes, then switch your blow dry to cold air and thoroughly cool the hair before removing the rollers.

You may also want to consider color enhancing to help create the illusion of body. Highlights are probably the best way to liven up mousy hair. Go for lots of very fine highlights for the subtlest look and for the choice of color please take your stylists advice. The overall color will depend on several factors including your original colors and condition. Your stylist will have a good idea of what's best for you.

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