Show Off Your Red Hair!
Need a new hairdo? Stuck in a rut!
Display your gorgeous red hair with a simple change of hairdos and hairstyles. And, you can change your look without harsh chemical treatments or dyes.....
FIRST: Find out the SHAPE OF YOUR FACE. This helps you match the best hairstyle with your face contours.
(This changes with your age and weight.)
HOW? Pull back all of your hair away from your face.
Now look in a mirror at arm’s length and draw your face lightly in lipstick. A "dry erase marker" also works well...(Do NOT use a permanent marker!!)
Kids: Check with a grownup before you do this!
-- COMMON FACE SHAPES --
- Oval face - (The classic perfect shape, gently tapered at top and bottom)
STYLES: Can wear any look. All hairdos look good on them. (Models often have this face shape.)
- Heart-shaped face - (wide at cheekbones, narrow jawline)
STYLES: Want to appear wider at jaw line and narrower at forehead, plus emphasize eyes and cheekbones. Short hair styles with soft long wispy layers best. Long hair in layers that are brushed toward the cheekbones is good. A cute layered bob is a good choice. Use styles with curls/waves below ear level, from the ear level down, help widen the chin area for balance.
- Square face - (face is wide as is long)
STYLES: Need to add height. Can lengthen the face with thin sides and height at the crown.
- Round face - (also wide as is long, rounded)
STYLES: Need to make face longer not wider so having your hair behind your ears and close to your head helps. Use side part. If have short hair, add height on top and not hair that poofs out to the side. If have bangs, wear them softly to one side, not straight across because makes face look wider. Long hair should be layered, no bangs, with height on top, but not too curly.
- Long face - (face longer than is wide, long and slender)
STYLES: Need to widen face and appear shorter so looks more oval. Can wear longer eyebrow-length bangs to add width. Hair cut at the neckline is a good choice. No center part.
- Diamond face - (widest at cheekbones, angular)
STYLES: Often a balanced shape that wears most styles and hairdos well.
- Pear / Triangular face - (dominant jawline, narrow at temples)
STYLES: Want some fullness at top but not too much at crown of head. Short sides in a short layered cuts can work. Short layered styles with short sides help balance the full jaw line. Shags, wedges might be nice.
I've have noticed there is not always total agreement on specific styling choices for the different face shapes (i.e., center part, side part, how much height, etc...). You'll likely get several different opinions. Depends on the stylist and your personal choices. BUT there are some general guidelines.
BOTTOM LINE: Ask your own stylist, based on your face shape, comfort level, and experiences.... everyone is different!
-- NOW WHAT? --
Look through some good hairstyle magazines for ideas.
If you can, bring pictures of hairdos you like to your visit with a good stylist. They can give you some ideas and advice on the best haircut for your face shape.
Your new look can be shorter or you could grow it longer. Maybe layer it or grow out your bangs. You can try a new cute shorter haircut that’s easy to blow-dry. You can curl it differently, twist it up away from your face.
If you want to keep the cut you already have, a stylist or beauty magazines can give you creative ideas using styling products like a hair gel or spritz and how to blow-dry your hair for a new look. Some hairdos just take practice using hair gels in creative ways!
There are all types of braids to experiment with and look fantastic with red hair -- Simple braided ponytails, 2 pigtails like this young lady here, fancy French braids, braided buns.....No matter your age, braiding is a great alternative for active lifestyles or for a special event. KLUTZ has a great book on braiding you might like...features redheads too plus includes scrunchies. Plus, check out my "Hairstyles" page that shows a lovely wraparound braid.
Want to LEARN HOW TO BRAID? Click here to see some BRAIDING VIDEOS and read about a few types of braids.
Don't forget that even simple 'pigtails' without braiding can be fun too. Use colorful elastic bands at equal intervals down each one for long hair or maybe add barrettes or hairpins for color.
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Some people prefer to dye their hair for a new look, to cover gray hair, or to try a new hair shade. Lot of factors to consider here. Dyeing hair isn't for everyone.
If you are considering that option, please visit my page on the RISKS OF HAIR DYE first!
You might consider using henna dye for your hair instead.
Next, some people like trying hair extensions to lengthen their natural hair. How? Some hair pieces that match your natural hair clipped onto the hair, woven in, or sewn onto the hair and then covered by your own hair. When done well by a professional, it looks like your own hair! Good-quality clip-on extensions can be an easy way to get a new hairdo, especially for special occasions.
FYI - "JUST FOR REDHEADS" Beauty Products has
hair swatches (called 'Hair-So-Fair') specifically for redheads with abouat 5-6 different red hair shades... (Plus, read my INTERVIEW with Paula Pennypacker, the founder and president.)
Want some curls? Of course hot curlers, curling irons, having a permanent, old-fashioned rollers all work.
To get nice full vertical curls (shoulder-length hair or longer), here's STYLING TIP: Take a strand of hair, spray it with hairspray, twist the strand into a loose rope, then wrap the strand around a hot roller and clip it. Leave it for maybe 15 minutes or so (like while doing makeup). Take out the curler and don't brush out the hair but just fluff it out...nice full vertical curls. Leaving curler in longer will help curls last longer.
On the other hand, if you don't want curls there are things you can do. Some redheads struggle with very wavy, curly, frizzy hair. A great book with some useful tools to help manage all types of curly or wavy hair is "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey. It has great reviews by those struggling with this hair issue. (See at Barnes&Noble.com)
Hair accessories are also an easy way to change your look and show off your gorgeous locks. Clips, wraps, headbands, colorful elastic bands, scrunchies, fancy combs, barrettes, and cute hair pins can all create a different hairdo.
For special occasions, a little glitter spray or gel can be used for a bit of sparkle. (Be sure to read labels carefully though!)
KIDS? ...I think kids
really look their best simply with a head of healthy clean hair and a good cut by a professional stylist. Simple and easy!Check out the drastic 'before' and 'after' photos of this young lady's beauty salon visit:
Have fun trying new hairdos!
|Celebrate how God made you because|
no one else in the world is exactly like you!Psalm 139 says:
"You are fearfully and wonderfully made!"
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