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Move Over, Fishtail – Meet the Lobster Tail Braid!

How the Lobster Tail Will Change the Way We Think About Braids

Whether your hair is thick and sleek or a tendrily pouf a soft braid can be fun as well as fetching. There is a reason why on most every runway these days, you can see the major designers opting for braids .  . . they flatter the face better than any hairstyle you can name. Braids are way under utilized as a beauty option, especially those of you who are gifted with heart, oval or diamond face shapes. But, if you’re tired of the same old, same old, I’ve got a treat for you.

Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, has shared his tips on how to create the Lobster Tail Braid, a messy and textured twist that is easy to create and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills . .  just twisting! Depending on the occasion, the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.

 

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The Lobster Tail Braid DIY, How To

Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten your hair.

  • Step #1 ~~ Gather your hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add more shape around your face.
  • Step #2 ~~ Separate your hair in half, a front and back section, and make three small sections out of the back section. Twist each one individually before joining all three to make one twist. Secure with a clip so you can work freely on the front section. Don’t worry if it untwists a little bit, you can re-twist later.
  • Step #4 ~~ Take the front section, split into two small twisted sections and then combine to make one twist.
  • Step #5 ~~ Join the front and back twists, make one complete twist and then secure with 5-6 bobby pins near your ear. This will hold together the beginning of the twist.
  • Step #6 ~~ Spray texturizing spray again on the hairs below the bobby pins to create fullness and then make two twists with this remaining hair and combine the two twists into one, twisting all the way down. Don’t twist too hard; let it be a little loose to give it more thickness and some texture.
  • Step #7 ~~ Before securing with a hair tie, put bobby pins UP throughout the twist almost like a skeleton for the twist and then secure with a hair tie. The pins will hold the twist in place.
  • Step #8 ~~ Finish off with a light hair spray, such as Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.

 

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Don’t get discouraged if your Lobster Tail Braid comes out a bit messy! Mario says it is easy to make it neater by adding additional bobby pins up and through the twist, securing more pieces.

If you want to add a little “something” to the end of the Lobster Tail, Mario recommends wrapping a small piece of hair around the hair elastic and pinning it with a bobby pin behind the twist.

Like the fishtail, this is a versatile, sophisticated look that you can wear to an event or for a lunch outing. It is also a great look for fall’s chilly temperatures because it is a style that works well with a hat.

  



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Hair Stylists on Face Shapes and Hairstyles

Hair Stylist Expert Barb Quinn Doing Hair Style Analysis
Face Shapes and hairstyles . . . hairdressers need to spend more time with clients on the issue

As this article points out, cosmetology and beauty schools spend time now teaching students about the relationship of face shapes and hairstyles. The result is that the typical hair stylist should be competent at designing a hairstyle that is compatible with the clients face shape. So why is it then that I see so many women who have a face shape and hair style mismatch?

Here is how I think it goes. The client walks into the appointment with a photo of a celebrity or model and says to the stylist “that’s what I want to look like”. (Clients don’t typically have training on the balance of face shape and hairstyle but rather just know what they like.) The hairdresser, not wanting to shatter the clients dream, cuts the hair like the picture, disregarding what they know, or else they never did understand the concept of balancing face shape and hairdo to begin with.

So, if the hair stylist relents and gives the client just what she wants, it’s a pretty big failing on the their part, wouldn’t you say? Don’t you pay your hair salon to keep you from making face shape and haircut faux pas?

Can you imagine walking into your doctors office, asking for a procedure you read about and having her do it, only to see later it was terribly wrong for you? Your doctor would refuse to perform the procedure, or at least you would expect her to, if he knew it wasn’t right for you. Shouldn’t your hairdresser be doing the same?

Anyway, thanks to the Minneapolis Star comes this nicely done piece that explains some hair design principles, so you can arm yourself with some of the do’s and don’ts about matching face shape and hair styles.

Look to the stars’ face shapes and haircut do’s and don’ts
By Allie Shah

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Thinking of getting a sleek new Sienna Miller haircut this summer? If your face shape is oblong like Sarah Jessica Parker’s, you might want to reconsider.

What’s becoming on a heart face shape may not flatter a woman with an oblong or square face shape. A perfect oval face may be able to pull off many different hair lengths and styles, but a soft-featured, round face shape looks most pleasing in longer hair.

Knowing the contours of your face shape and what compliments it is the key to choosing a haircut that’s not only in style but also looks right on you. “It’s one of the first things we look at,” said Shane, owner of Mask Hair Designs and Day Spa in Minnetonka, Minn., and Plymouth, Minn. “It’s such an instinctive thing for us that I guess we don’t speak about it out in the world.”

So important is face shape in determining how to cut hair, she says, that many cosmetology schools devote two days to the study of face shapes and hairstyles.

Lyndon Barsten, an educator at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, wrote a chapter on face shapes for a textbook that’s used to train students. In the book, called “Introduction to Styling Hair,” he identifies seven face shapes and advises which hair styles best suit each one.

The heart face shape, diamond face shape, round face shape, pear face shape, oval face shape, square face shape and oblong face shape— are meant to serve as guidelines, he says, as some people have a combination of face shapes. For example, a person may have an oval forehead and central area where the cheekbones are located, but a square jaw line.

A good way to determine your face shape is to pull all your hair back away from your face, look in the mirror and trace your face with a soap bar or lipstick.

Many consider the oval face shape ideal because almost any hairstyle and length is flattering. Heart face shapes are marked by wider foreheads and a pointed chin. Their most flattering hairstyles include medium to short lengths and wispy bangs.

People with square face shapes have a square hairline and strong jaw line. Curls soften the edges of the face. Parker is a perfect example of an oblong face shape. Bangs swept over the forehead help make the face look more oval, and people with this face shape should avoid too-short or too-long haircuts.

Round face shape are wide across the cheekbone area and round at the chin. Hair that falls to the shoulders is ideal as it helps to create a longer, less round look. “Feathered” and longer layers are also flattering.

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Read the entire article, Look to the stars’ face shapes for haircut do’s and don’ts. For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

 

  



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Choose the Hairstyles by Face Shape

Face in Hole Hairstyles

Hairstyles by face shape, getting it right

Your hairdresser sees it everyday. A heart face shaped client comes in with a picture of out of a magazine of a great hairstyle on some celebrity with an oval face shape and says “I want the same hairstyle as this picture”. Then the client gets upset when the hairdresser tries to talk her out of it. It’s like putting a square peg in a round hole.

“Hairstyles by
Face Shape”

This weekend I spotted a woman who had a round face shape, she was wearing a chin length triangular hairstyle, wider at the base. That hairstyle made her look like a blimp. I couldn’t help asking myself where is her best girlfriend when you need her?

Any way, listen to your hairdresser when it comes to choosing the most flattering hairstyles by face shape. Thanks to the StarTribune who interviewed hairstyling experts about the subject and gave us this wonderful article.

How to find a haircut that suits your face shape
By ALLIE SHAH
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Thinking of getting a sleek new Sienna Miller haircut this summer? If your face is oblong like Sarah Jessica Parker’s, you might want to reconsider.What’s becoming on a heart shaped face may not flatter a woman with an oblong or square shaped face shape. A perfect oval face shape may be able to pull off many different hair lengths and hairstyles, but a soft-featured, round face shape looks most pleasing in longer hair.

Knowing the contours of your face shape and what complements it is the key to choosing a haircut that’s not only in style but also looks right on you. “It’s one of the first things we look at,” said Shane, a hairdresser and owner of Mask Hair Designs and Day Spa in Minnetonka and Plymouth, Minn.

So important is face shape in determining how to cut hair, she says, that many cosmetology schools devote two days to the study of face shapes.

Lyndon Barsten, an educator at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, wrote a chapter on face shapes for a textbook that’s used to train students. In the book, called “Introduction to Styling Hair,” he identifies seven face shapes and advises which hairstyles best suit each one.

The different shapes, the heart shaped face, diamond, round, pear, oval, square and oblong are meant to serve as guidelines, he says, as some people have a combination of face shapes. For example, a person may have an oval forehead and central area where the cheekbones are located, but a square jaw line.

A good way to determine your face shape is to pull all your hair back away from your face, look in the mirror and trace your face with a soap bar or lipstick.

Many consider the oval face shape ideal because almost any hairstyle and length is flattering. Heart shapes are marked by wider foreheads and a pointed chin. Their most flattering hairstyles include medium to short lengths and wispy bangs.

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And don’t miss or more ideas about face shapes and hairstyles check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Face Shape Board.

  



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