More Than Skin Deep: There's no such thing as perfect face shape

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In beauty school and every class I have ever attended, when the aspect of shaping the hair to fit a face is addressed by the instructor, the immediate focus is on how to distract from flaws in the features of the model’s face. “She has a big nose” or “She has a round face” or “She has a double chin” is the first guide that they go by.

Another fundamental rule is to distract from the natural shape of the face to make it look more oval, which is supposedly the perfect facial shape. The stylist is then instructed on how to build a design around the things that are bad about the model.

When I teach a class and when I am doing a consultation, I focus on the good features of the face. Everyone has them.

It might be the eyes or the cheekbones or it might be the way that the features are arranged about the face in general. Then I create a form that will accentuate the positive aspects of the face instead of the negative.

Although the oval face is the symmetrically prefect pallet, I have found extreme beauty in what other stylists have considered to be a hindrance in creativity. The square, triangular, heart shapes, rectangular and round are all wonderful free forms with which to work. Each one has a positive outcome when the correct cut is used.

Many times a client or stylist is so focused on distracting from – say, a square face – that he or she loses sight of that fact that the jaw line is very beautiful on a square facial shape. In an effort to distract from the square to make the face more oval, that special feature is lost.

Remember this the next time you look in the mirror: There are always good things in the imperfectly shaped face.

When taken into consideration with many other details and using your good features as a focal point, the hairstyles are endless and the outcome is good for everyone.

Dear Scott: How can I tell if my hair is breaking or falling out?

Answer: Gather up the hair. Clean out your brush or pick the hair up from the floor and put it on a black piece of fabric. Look closely at the ends. If you see a root ball on one end, then it is falling out. As you get older, the root ball can sometimes get very small, so you need to look closely. If the root ball isn’t there, then the hair is breaking off. Fifty hairs a day is normal hair loss. I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s not. Your stylist can also help you with this diagnosis when you get a cut.

Dear Scott: I’ve heard that if you have facial hair or body hair and shave it will come back thicker. Why?

Answer: The hair is not actually growing back thicker. Only one hair can grow from a single follicle, and shaving it is not going to promote the growth of more hair out of that root ball. Here is what really happens: Imagine a single hair growing out of the body. It is pointy at the tip and wider at the base. When you shave it, the pointy part is cut off and the wide part grows out, making it blunt and stubby. If the hair is waxed or pulled out, the hair grows back with the same little point as before instead of a stub.

If you are female and shave the hair on your face, it will grow back darker and with a bigger diameter. Men should not shave their backs for this reason. Waxing hurts, but it beats having a beard on your back or having a mustache if you are a woman.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Change your hairstyle before you get bored with the one you have. That way you can recycle the look again later and still feel like you have something new.

SCOTT TERWILLIGER, AN AIKEN SALON OWNER, CAN BE REACHED AT SCOTT.TERWILLIGER@HOTMAIL.COM.


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