Long hair can be flat-out gorgeous
It's all in the shape of your face and in the cut you choose. As a rule, long hair that's all one length is chic and sophisticated. That said, long layers can also look fabulous, provided they're really long and blend in naturally to frame your face. Short layers look awful in long hair, as the contrast is too great. If you get a trim every eight weeks or so, your long hair will stay healthy and bouncy.
It requires less care day-to-day, but requires more frequents cuts—about every four weeks. If you have a lifestyle that requires you to wash your hair frequently—athletes, for instance—short hair is for you.
But you have to be careful: in cutting layers, your stylist is cutting away hair, so it can end up too thin at the bottom. Blunter cuts have more volume at the ends.
It makes a statement; always looks pulled together, and can be so flattering. The straighter the hair, the better-looking the bob. Think of bobs at different lengths, depending on your face shape: chin-length or shoulder-length, for example.
And also sexier because you get a glimpse of the hairline, the ears, and the underside of the jawline.
They work on almost anyone, emphasizing bone structure, making eyes look larger and lips look fuller.
Really severe bangs are hard to pull off, and they cut the line of your face too harshly. But for most people, slightly wispy, angled bangs can be very sexy, and work to flatter the face.
Strong bone structure
You will look fabulous with short hair. Because short hair stands up straighter, it looks fuller, softening your handsome features are as result. Short layers play up this effect even further.
Choose a mid length style, halfway between long and short. The longer your hair, the more layered it should be, to add volume at the sides.
Favor longer hair to help downplay the fullness of your face. A short cut can work if you keep the back longer than the front.
Try wispy, side-swept bangs. They add balance.
Have your hair fall past your neck. The shorter your hair gets, the more pronounced your jawline. Never have bangs cut straight across; the squareness of full bangs will box in your face.
You can carry off full bangs cut straight across the face. Long or short, it looks great, very Louise Brooks (the silent-film star).
When clients ask me what they should do to update their look I usually say, "Less!" To me, the fundamentals of modern, fresh, uncontrived style are quite basic:
- Clean, shiny hair
- Clear skin
- Not too much makeup
- Very little jewelry
And these are the things I recommend you avoid—they age even the most beautiful woman who wears them:
- Too much foundation
- Harsh lipstick
- Obvious lip contour
- Heavy eye makeup
- Too much hairspray
- Overdone highlights or over processed hair
- Artificial-looking nails
When getting dressed for an event, pamper your senses and you will uplift your spirit. The clothes you choose should be quietly luxurious. Consider combining different textures: a velvet skirt with suede boots, a pastel silk skirt with a cashmere shawl. Create outfits that make you feel confident, attractive, and charming, without ever distracting from your personality. Consider these guidelines:
- Be elegant, but do not show off.
- Select fabrics with a wonderful texture, you’ll feel contented wearing them.
- Always add a touch of color, even if everything else is black—it always looks right.
- Show a little skin, at the shoulders or legs, but not both.
I treat my salons in the States as my homes. I want every guest to experience the simple elegance, the pampering. Do the same in your own home—each little thing you prepare for your guests in advance will increase their sense of well-being. Try these ideas:
- Fill the house with a simple abundance of flowers—nothing fussy or too precious. Nothing is "arranged", nothing is pretentious. When the decor is casual, everyone feels relaxed.
- If you cannot put flowers in every room, make sure you put them in the guest bedroom. Or place blossoms or rose petals in a bowl of water in the bathroom.
- Spray the guest room with essence de lavande, spritzing sheets and inside drawers. The scent is clean and restful, yet never overwhelming.
- Leave a selection of bath gels, soaps, and lotions in the bathroom. And of course, a large stack of neatly folded, fluffy white towels.