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Finding the Best Cut for your Hair Type

June 18, 2014

The beginning of this year we talked about finding the best haircut for you face shape. Now that summer is here and it’s the perfect time to update your style, let’s talk about finding the best haircut based on your hair type.

Finding your hair type by understanding the texture, density and growth pattern is very important to not only you, but your stylist when considering a new haircut. Before you take the leap, your stylist should determine if a specific cut can be accomplished and what steps are needed to maintain the look. Reason being, some styles with certain textures and hair densities take a lot of work and time, and simply should not be considered.

Density is broken into three sub-categories of thin, medium and thick hair. Density must be considered in order to determine movement, layers, texture as well as the product usage required. For hair that is thin, the best way to give perceived fullness is by a thick cut with no layering. On the other end of the spectrum, medium-thick hair does better with layered cuts and blunt or choppy bangs. Adding depth to thick density hair is key.

Growth Pattern is important especially when considering shorter cuts, and even more when adding a fringe is involved. Some hairlines in the front and back of the head can be limiting when creating a style and should definitely be a factor when deciding on a new cut. If the hairline ends lower on the neck and a very high and short A-line bob is desired, this can require a lot of extra trips to the salon. Sometimes an awkward growth pattern can be valuable when creating cuts that require the hair to fall in a certain direction. For example, a hairline in the back that has a one direction growth pattern would be perfect for an asymmetrical designed cut. Another example is using a cowlick in the front to add volume to a design. Also, hair on the side profile that grows naturally down or forward can be used for a soft forward pixie-ish feel. Your designer should evaluate your growth pattern and plan your new cut accordingly and creatively.

Texture is defined by individual hair strand and is categorized into fine, medium or coarse. A cut that is too close or flat to the head, would not work well when trying to style coarse hair. It is possible to have a short cut like this with coarse hair, but the up-keep and styling would be very challenging. If your hair is fine, you may not want a cut that is layered because volume will be lost, unless you have a considerable amount of time for styling and product use.

With these basic guidelines on the benefits of certain haircuts with specific hair types, I encourage you to have some fun and experiment with a new cut. Summer is the perfect time to freshen up your look, and use some of the positive aspects of your hair type to create a unique style that fits you!
Happy summer, have fun!

Rafe Hardy
Artistic Creative Director Sexy Hair

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