Hair Tips: Complementing Face Shape with Fringe

Haircutting is comprised of both technical and creative elements. The technical are easier to explain and learn, but it’s the artistic/creative elements that are much more difficult to govern, as art is by it’s very definition a subjective process. There are, however, some things to take into consideration when bringing a creative vision to life, and according to Andrew Carruthers, Director of Education for Sam Villa, one of the most significant creative aspects of a cut is the fringe.

“The most influential element that affects face shape and highlighting and/or detracting from certain facial features is the fringe area. A killer fringe can transform an otherwise ho-hum haircut into a show stopping design,” says Carruthers.

Below, see three ways that fringe can complement face shape for your client's best look.

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“I refined the perimeter with my new favorite tool, the Sam Villa Inviblend Shear," adds Carruthers. "It leaves absolutely no lines and has extremely gentle removal of weight that allows you to create a soft disrupted edge to the perimeter line."

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  • Blow-dry the fringe with hands to maintain natural movement and then refine the perimeter with point cutting.
  • A touch of Redken Move Ability 05 will define and de-frizz the ends. [pagebreak]
  • >Repeat on the opposite side.

  • Use the Sam Villa Invisiblend Shear and take horizontal sections starting at the hairline, come in at a diagonal angle to the grain of the hair with the solid blade of the shear and be fairly aggressive with the weight removal on the first section since it will have hair lying over top of it. With each section, be a bit more cautious to prevent too much short hair on the upper surface.
  • Once the weight balance is perfect, refine the perimeter line to compliment the face shape.
  • Use Redken Wax Blast 10 for separation and hold and to reduce the “fluff” factor.

    Hair: Andrew Carruthers and David Boyd for Sam Villa
    Photography: Andrew Carruthers
    Makeup: Amber Pearson

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