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Old 04-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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I've decided that to celebrate hitting onederland (only 7.2 lbs away!), which is my first mini-goal, I'm going to get a hair cut. A real hair cut. Like, not one I have a friend who "kind of" knows how to cut hair does for me, and not a walk-in at SuperCuts, but a real, honest-to-goodness haircut. It's a way of saying "I'm worth it!"

Two questions - how do I pick out a good hairstylist? Any recommendations? Just do some google searching and see if I can find someone who gets good reviews locally?

Secondly, I want a haircut that flatters my face shape, which is basically square. I have a pretty large forehead and then the angle of my jaw is square as well. Whenever I see photos of myself with my hair pulled back in a ponytail (I don't have bangs or anything like that) I think, "Whoa! Square face!" I know haircuts can really make a difference, but am not sure where to start in choosing one that would soften the angles. Any ideas?

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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Try googling. haircuts for square faces or something like that. If you see something you like print it out and take it to the hairdresser. Best way of finding a good hair dresser ? Word of mouth. I have asked total strangers where they got there haircut.
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You can search for hairstyles on YouTube
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Congrats, Cecilia!

Definitely google hairstyles for face shapes. And not only to read over, but to look at through google images or something of the like.

As for choosing a hair stylist, it might help to ask around if you know of anyone who gets their hair done more professionally. Otherwise, I would even stop by a few places and chat with one of the customer service reps for a few minutes (small chat, ask them about booking an appointment, fees, etc.) to get a feel for the place. Then pick one that feels best to you!
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there's a few websites where you can upload your image and then play around with different hairstyles. I've used TAAZ before, you can kind of see what you'll look like with a bob or long layers, etc.
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I usually ask people who have hair like mine or a face like mine where they get their hair cut. So you could try that. Other than that, find someone who listens. Look on yelp. Go in with pictures. Be aggressive. Advocate for yourself.
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And most of all, congratulations!
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #8
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Congratulations on almost being there! I love your idea for a mini-goal reward!

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Try googling. haircuts for square faces or something like that. If you see something you like print it out and take it to the hairdresser. Best way of finding a good hair dresser ? Word of mouth. I have asked total strangers where they got there haircut.
I agree with this 100%. If you like someone's hair ask them where they go.

I stumbled onto my stylist. I had really long hair and had chosen a challenging shorter haircut. The first stylist refused to do it telling me that the other girl was better at it...and she was right!
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Try googling 'square face hairstyles'. Jessica Alba, Kiera Knightly and Megan Fox are among the actresses that have square faces
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SuperCecilia,

Yeah, definitely word of mouth for finding someone!

Are you going for a big change - long to short or something like that?

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Thanks for the great advice everybody! I've done some google image searching and also youtube, spent some time on TAAZ, and am going to a check out a local salon the next time I am in town to talk to the stylists and look through some of their books.

Mountain Mamma - my hair is pretty long now (mid-back) and I don't want to lose all the length. It's naturally blond and wavy and probably one of my best features. DBF likes it long and I also want to be able to put it back into a ponytail for working out. But somewhat shorter (still past shoulders) and maybe some long layers which is supposed to soften the angles of the face.

Now I just have to make it to onederland!
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Google celebrities who's styles you admire and print them out to take with you. Ask for the stylist's advice. But be careful, sometimes stylists are super afraid to cut off long hair and would rather go safe than sorry. I always make sure when I'm doing a drastic cut to tell the stylist. "Don't worry if it gets too short, I'm trying to be daring! Even if it is too short it will grown in, let's make it work!"

And don't forget it, it's just hair, it will grow back.
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Congrats on nearly getting to onederland!!

I think... Long-ish (grown out length) sweeping side fringes work, as do layers around the face. Highlights round the face also work to break things up a bit so the whole look's softer.

For hairstylists, go for a free consultation! If they try to charge you, walk out. If you don't think they're on your wavelength or are listening to what you say, say thanks but no thanks. I've disobeyed my own rule on this before and regretted it! If all seems good, book in for a wash & blow dry first before you let them at you with the scissors It'll give you a chance to work with the stylist and see if you "fit"

And no, I am not suspicious of hairstylists!! Lol
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