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    A Must Read if You Wear Glasses

    Jennifer Anniston in a bob haircut wearing glasses

    Hairstyles for Women With Glasses

    Women who wear glasses surely needs more attention from those of us in the business. Hairstyles for glasses are an issue that is on the minds of millions of women all over the globe.

    Very often I’ll have a woman who attends my hairstyle class who will ask for advice about what hairstyle would look good on her. I’ll spend a few minutes looking at her face shape, skin tone coloring, hair texture etc. and begin to give my thoughts. Only for her to put on her eyeglasses . . . that changes everything, means its start over time. If you wear eyeglasses, your  eye wear is a major contributor to the whole package. Your eyeglasses need to be taken into account in choosing a hairstyle. Getting the eyeglasses right for your face shape and coloring is critical to looking your very best.

    So before you go in to your hairdresser for that expensive makeover, make sure that you have given lots of thought to the eyeglass issue. Erinn Morgan, Fashion Contributor at Erinn has nine years of experience in writing about eyeglasses, fashion with special emphasis choosing the right hairstyle. She has a wonderful article on choosing hairstyles for glasses. Here are some of her thoughts:

    Which Eyeglass Frames Would Look Best on You?

    By Erinn Morgan

    For many of us, the most important aspect of choosing eyeglass frames is how they look on our face shape. You could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and aggravation. To do so, you simply need to determine your face shape and skin tone coloring, and read about which eyeglass frame styles and colors would look best on you.

    Matching Eyeglass Frames to Face Shapes

    According to the Vision Council of America (VCA) Envision Yourself program, there are three keys to choosing the correct eyeglass frame for your face shape:

    The frame shape should contrast with the face shape.

    The frame size should be in scale with the face size.

    Eye wear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).

    Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square. Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work for each (information comes from VCA). A good optician can help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses.


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    Hairstyles with bangs! Are they right for you?

    Long hairstyle with angled bangs

    A hairstyle with bangs is a great choice for many of you

    Bangs or no Bangs . . . how many times have you labored over this question? It’s a big decision after all the time and effort it takes to grow bangs out. And, what if you hate them after cutting them in?

    The most important thing a hair stylist looks at when considering if bangs or fringe are an option for you will be your face shape. Bangs have the ability to make you look younger, heavier, more severe or softer. Now that’s a lot of power in such a small space!

    Here are a few thoughts about face shapes;

    We aren’t all perfect, a oval face shape, heart face shape or an oblong face shape however, we will fall within close range of one or two of these geometric shapes. The underlying bone structure of your face plays a role in the three-dimensional profile of your look.

    So, one thing to remember in discerning your face shape is to keep it simple. What is the overall shape you see? If you vary between a couple of face shapes, which many people do, which face shape is the more dominant? For specific instructions on how to determine yours check on my article devoted solely to face shapes


    Britney Spears in Long Layered Hairstyle With Bangs

    Oval Face Shape

    Britney Spears has your face shape. Go with what suits your fancy when it comes to choosing thou stick with angled, wispy, fringe, blunt cut or no bangs, whatever suits your overall style!

    Gwyenth Paltrow with wispy bangs

    Oblong Face Shape

    Gwyneth Paltrow has your face shape. This face shape is considered angular. Bangs will work well with your face shape, especially if you are a long oblong. They will balance well by giving the face a shorter appearance. Wispy, fringe, angled, piecey, will all work well for you. However, stay away from a blunt cut haircut with bangs, which will mirror the jaw line giving a more severe look to your angular face shape.

    Round Face Shape

    Isabella Rossellini has hair for your face shape. Generally, this face shape should stay away from bangs or fringe, if not worn, selectively, they can cut off your face and create an illusion of added weight. The exceptions may be, light wispy partial bang only over part of the forehead (as shown) and short, short wispy fringe hair type bangs. Also if they should be styled asymmetrically and mostly off the face.

    Michelle Pfeiffer with a medium lenght layerd haircut with bangs

    Square Face Shape

    Michelle Pfeiffer has your face shape. Many times it is hard to differentiate between round and square face shapes. They have very similar characteristics, in that they are both symmetrical by nature. The same rules apply to you as to round face shapes.

    Jennifer Love-Hewitt medium length hairstyle with bangs

    Heart Face Shape

    Jennifer Love-Hewitt has your face shape. Bangs are best worn off-center. You can wear wispy or fringe type bangs. Stay away from blunt cut bangs which will tend to exaggeration the width of your face.

    Elizabeth Hurley with medium length layered hairstyle with bangs

    Diamond Face Shape

    Elizabeth Hurley has your face shape. A diamond face shape is really a cross between an oval and a heart. Like the oval you can look equally beautiful with or without bangs. But, the only type of bang you should be cautioned about wearing, would be the blunt cut. . . . which like the heart-shaped face, can over exaggeration the width of your face at the cheekbone, eye area, making the chin line look longer and more narrow.


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    These Formal Hairdos are Edgy Elegant

    Formal Hairdos

    Formal hairdos, graceful, well-designed, pleasing to the eye!

    I’ve been getting requests recently to see some new, updated, ‘formal hairdos.’ So what constitutes a ‘formal hairdo’?  Does it really differ from a prom updo, or a wedding hairdo?
    “What is the Difference between a Updo and a Formal Hairdo?” The line of definition may be blurred between a formal hairdo, a prom hairdo and a wedding hairdo. I believe if you are searching for a ‘formal hairdo’ you are looking for that utmost, refined, chic hairdo for an occasion that calls for the most elegant attire.

    Tyra’s formal hairdo above reeks sophistication and class! The combination of her dress, formal hairdo and stunning diamond-drop earrings distinguishes her as a deserving top model.

    Details: Unless you have great hairdressing skills, leave this one to the hair styling professionals. The formality of this hairdo is in the details. The hair should be blow-dried smooth and set in large Velcro rollers. Leaving bang area out, brush hair back from a deep side part and roll into a smooth, large curl around fingers. Pin into place, keeping the curl elongated. Create a dip in bangs and pin at crown. Finish with styling spray.

    Formal Hairdos
    Charlize Theron short formal hairdo

    This short formal hairdo looks ‘formal’ even with the soft loose structure of the style. Charlize has a layered cut for this hairdo.

    Details: Get this formal hairdo by using a volumizing shampoo and/or mousse. Rough blow-dry with fingers, against the growth for more volume. Set hair using 1” curling iron or try two finger size pin curls. Finger comb when dry and create an off-center part. Create lift on top, backcomb if needed and finish with spray.

    Formal Hairdos

    Formal hairdos with braids can look refined and elegant and Jessica is striking in this formal attire.  The formal hairdo makes even more of a stunning appearance when paired with a strapless gown and a bare neck.  The simplicity of a strapless dress sans a necklace draws the eyes to the face and hair.

    Details: Backcomb hair lightly at crown and brush hair back. From center part create two French braids, secure and pin just below occipital bone. Brush hair into low bun pinning and blending over ends of French braid. Finish with spray.

    For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.

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