Have you considered your hair as a living breathing part of oneself? Yes, hair can certainly be considered a fashion statement, or an accessory to a stylish outfit. Yet hair really is so much more!
Think of your hair as a plant. It needs water and nutrients to stay healthy and alive. Just as a rosebush or a fruit tree needs to be properly pruned, your hair, too, needs this same proper attention.
When defining what a good hair cut is, there are many factors that come into play. Significant attributes to consider include face shape, hair texture, growth patterns, cowlicks and, even more important, lifestyle. While it’s fun to browse through pictures of hairstyles, especially if you are a visual person, it’s also important to be aware if a particular hairstyle would work for you. Do you have the same face shape and hair texture that is pictured? Be realistic and consider the fabric or canvas that is currently on your head when you’re considering a new cut and style.
A good haircut starts with a great consultation.
Many times in my experience we are often drawn to what we want and what we don’t have. I had a client with very thick beautiful hair. She kept being drawn to pictures of women with medium to fine textured hair, which was not at all the canvas we were working with. What I realized she really wanted was a more layered look with plenty of the bulk removed. I explained to her that the pictures she was showing me didn’t match her hair texture. I was able to show her realistic pictures of what her hair would look like when cut in a thinner version of what she originally wanted. As a stylist, I was able to support her in a way of embracing the hair on her head while giving her a clearer picture of what her hair would look like when the new cut and style was complete.
Think of your haircut as the foundation on which your style will stand. Often times I have new guests in my chair and they complain about not having the right styling products because their hair “just doesn’t do what they want it to”. This conversation can be a sign of the wrong cut for how they desire to style their hair. Usually I find their hair has been overly texturized or the proper shape just isn’t there.
When visualizing a good haircut, I see all the hairs cut in accordance with one another so that each individual strand is working for the common goal of the overall style. A good haircut should not have to rely on a bunch of styling products to do its job. A good hair cut matters because it is the cut itself that makes our hair an attractive feature for all of us.
–Joanne Starkman, Founder of Innersense Organic Beauty and Stylist