You’re sitting in the beauty salon’s waiting room leafing through style books hoping to find the right look. You select a style that looks amazing on the model and then ask your hairdresser to replicate it for you. Unfortunately, it turns out that it doesn’t look so stunning on you. So what went wrong? As a hairdresser’s daughter, I can answer that for you. It could be that neither you nor the stylist took into account the top factors that make a person’s hair style a success or a failure. Don’t know what those factors are? Here’s a breakdown on some of them:
Before selecting a style, you’ll want to conduct an honest analysis of your hair’s growth pattern. In my experience, there are three main patterns to contend with. The first is often referred to as hair stream. That means your hair grows in a predictable direction (i.e. straight down). The other two are referred to as cowlicks and whorls.
One of my son’s has a cowlick. It’s a little section of hair that is located along his hairline. It grows straight up into the air. As such, he chooses hair styles that involve spikes and lots of gel. My late grandfather had a whorl. It was located on his crown and looked like a crop circle. Thus, he chose comb over hair styles that involved circular patterns. If either one of them had chosen styles contrary to their hair’s natural pattern, they would have experienced difficulties achieving the desired look.
Knowing what wave pattern you have is important too. It is one of the things that determine how well your hair takes curl. The three main types are curly, wavy and straight. I have straight hair, which resists curl. Therefore, if I want to adopt a hair style that includes lots of long lasting curls, I have to schedule a perm or body wave first. Otherwise, I’ll end up with a mess.
Texture and Density
Your hair’s texture and density should also be factored into your selection. Texture refers to the thickness of each shaft whereas density refers to how thick or thin your hair is. There are three texture categories that your hair may fall into. My hair is considered to be fine textured. It is not thick at all. Thus, I tend to choose styles that give my hair the appearance of thickness and volume. The other two categories are medium and course.
Hair Porosity and Elasticity
Two other factors to consider are your hair’s porosity and elasticity. They help to determine how well your hair absorbs substances and resists breakage. Unfortunately for me, I have porous hair that breaks easily. That means that my hair responds to perms and dyes quickly. Therefore, I have to watch adopting styles that require extensive, chemical processing. Otherwise, I’ll end up with a head full of split ends and funky looking hair.
Facial Structure and Skin Tone
Lastly, you should think about your facial structure and skin tone as well. As far as facial structure goes, the majority of the population falls into seven different categories. There are also multiple skin tones. Each one is particularly suited for different hair colors and styles. If you don’t know which categories you fall in, your local hair stylist and esthetician should be able to offer some guidance.
Source: Personal Experience
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