Haircuts That Take Off 10 Years
- Lives in Middletown, NJ
- Says her hair is thick with cowlicks
- Year she got the "before" cut: 2001
"Maryellen's hairstyle was too severe," Garrison says. A long bob with bangs can be flattering, but her particular cut lacked shape and movement. She opted to cover her gray, but the dark, one-dimensional brown that she chose framed her face too starkly, as did her too-thick bangs. In her words: "I looked like a mushroom!"
Why This Cut Works
"Softer bangs combined with length at the nape and fullness at the crown flatter her oval face and really bring out her cheekbones," Garrison says. "We also gave her warm, caramel-colored highlights around the face, being careful not to go too light, which can wash some women out." What You Can Do
Remember that flat-against-the-head rarely means pretty, unless you're 16. We all need a little lift around our faces -- from layers, styling or color -- to get that extra zing.
- Lives in Union City, NJ
- Thinks blondes have more fun
- Year she got the "before" cut: 1986
Malena isn't too mature for long hair, "but overprocessing had left her locks straw-dry and unmanageable," says Garrison. "And the color was way too light, making her look pale."
Garrison snipped off the frazzled ends and gave Malena a sexy bob that brings out her gorgeous bone structure. As for color, "the beauty is in the contrast," says Garrison, whose colorist combined a light brown base with golden highlights in front.
Take a good look in the mirror. Does your hair color mimic your skin tone? If so, you may look washed out, especially in the winter. Choose a base color that's at least two shades darker than your skin tone, even if your hair is blond. If you crave a lighter look, go for highlights.
- Lives in New York City
- Likes her hair, but wants a change
- Year she got the "before" cut: 1991
Morgan has naturally thick, wavy hair, "but she wasn't taking advantage of it," said Garrison. And by leaving it long and unshaped, she wasn't doing anything to show off her pretty, youthful features. Lastly, this natural blonde (who didn't previously color her hair) needed a little brightness.
Face-framing layers retain the look of longer hair without the limpness. The side-swept bangs minimize Morgan's high forehead while playing up her baby blues. Streaks of buttery blond add extra oomph.
If you don't have a specific cut in mind, tell the stylist what you don't want and let her make suggestions. Just don't be pressured into trying anything that doesn't sound right.
Try: At least nape-length layers that are shorter in back. Adding some swing this way helps minimize flaws in general, and longer pieces in front will give the illusion of angles where they're needed.
Try: Cutting layers that "point" toward the area by ending at the same level. If you have a great smile, for example, ask for chin-length pieces in front that will hit at lip level.
Try: Eyebrow-skimming bangs (think Goldie Hawn). They'll cover lines and play up your eyes. Your goal: To sculpt cheekbones
Try: Creating volume at the crown. Ask for layers on top. Then, when styling, take a few strokes with a teasing comb (easy -- we're not talking Marge Simpson) five inches from the hairline.
Try: A few wispy, longer strands in the back, even if the cut is short.
Try: Highlights concentrated around the face "to add dimension and give your skin glow," says Ronald Braso of New York's Frédéric Fekkai Salon.
Four Styling Standbys
Try: L'Oréal Studio Line FX Toss Lotion or Aveda Pure-Fume Brilliant Humectant Pomade.
Try: Redken Water Wax or White Rain Select Effects Defining Wax.
Try: Phyto Defrisant or Aussie Smoothy Gloss.
Try: Suave Herbal Care Flexible Hold Hairspray or Pantene Pro-V Stay Smooth Settique Spray.