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New York Fashion Week for Spring 2016 revealed the sexy and long fringe on models to compliment the ‘70’s inspired fashions that hit the runways. It’s no secret that by incorporating a fringe into a cut will result in a younger and more playful feel.
We have received a lot of questions about fringe and how to best carry it off.
Facial shape, bone structure and silhouette/profile are the key elements for designers to determine a complimentary shape for a guest that will enhance as well suppress features. A lot of guests approach us with pictures of desired cuts that we know will not result in a complimentary look for them. It is our professional assignment to discuss their desires and come to a conclusion that results in the best interpretation of a look as well as an expression of their personality within the guest consultation.
Another must during the consultation is to bring up the maintenance, time, and patience it takes to flaunt a fringe:
Analyze and Determine Face Shapes
Perform this exercise with your guest so they can visualize their own face shape. As you point out the elements of a cut that will enhance and/or suppress their features, they will gain complete understanding of what will and what will not suit them best. This adds value as the guest overcomes any doubt that you are an educated designer who has their best interest in mind! Keep in mind these are guidelines to start with and other dimensions such as eye spacing, nose shape and hairline will add to the final decision.
What is the best fringe for your guests’ facial shape and how can they wear the look this season?
Think about replacing consumer magazines in reception area with look books – tear sheets from those mags. Divide the tears into facial shape categories – Oval, Square, Oblong, Heart, Round, and Long. Tab the sections of the book accordingly with a diagram of each shape on the tab page. Now you have your guests flipping through images that will spark interest for their time with you and they will not be looking at consumer ads for hair care either! To keep it fresh, swap out the images with new ones every other month or so.
Guiding your guest to determining their facial shape will also help them immensely in choosing necklines on blouses and dresses, sun glasses, eyeglasses, earrings and necklaces. Guests will become very familiar in identifying their facial shape and comparing to those around them and images seen in magazines, movies and TV. You may find them much more educated on their next salon visit and be surprised when they hand you a picture and say, ‘I love this haircut and just know I can pull it off”!