Ask Chuck: Asymmetrical hairstyling? Are you bluffing me?

By Charles Colson
June 28, 2012 at 1:28 a.m.

I thought I had heard it all when a friend told me she had an asymmetrical haircut. Is this for real? And can you explain its benefits?

Totally for real. Many hairdressers choose not to mention certain methods of haircuts since the public may not comprehend the full purposes. Sometime a word like "asymmetrical" could throw clients way off base. However, some hairdressers are able to put it in plain English so as to not confuse issues.

If a client has a square forehead and wide jawlines, an asymmetrical hairstyle blends well to create a more perfect look. Whether the client has square, round, wide or slim facial features, we hairdressers always try and accomplish that perfect oval appearance that each style demands.

For example, concentrating on different layers and even suggesting hair should be cut longer in the front than the back is when the expertise of the professional hairdresser comes into play.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, try locating a picture and share it with your hairdresser and trust that they do know the perfect solution for you as an individual. Keep in mind that any hairstyle should always complement your personality.

So what if I have a round face? No hairdresser has ever suggested any changes for me. Should I feel comfortable to ask them such questions?

Most definitely. Some hairdressers are equally afraid to mention changes because they don't know if you are open to several different looks.

As far as a round facial appearance, again your own personality comes into play to pull it off and keep that natural look. To diminish some of the roundness, try layering your hair in the front, sides and crown, and leave enough length to see it from a front view.

Some clients feel the longer, the more attractive the styling. This can be true and not so true. Many aspects depend on the entire physique of our bodies. Everyone should concentrate on individuality so it doesn't appear we have copied another one's hairstyle.

Whether it be for men or women, there is always a solution to a perfect you. And when remaining open to many options, watch how the compliments fly toward you.

One hairdresser suggested that I wear my style with one side shorter than the other. Is this an asymmetrical cut, too?

Oh yes, and it can be quite attractive. The old saying, "Don't knock it till you've tried it," can be quite powerful in getting the nerve to go for it.

This type cut can also be attractive with a round face. By simply texturizing various layers and purposely cutting one of the sides shorter will automatically give a slimmer appearance to the face and the eyes will become more of a focal point, which always compliments everyone.

This can also be achieved with longer layers and taking the hair back and away on one side. Even with the most pixie of cuts, there is still good options available to give you that certain special look and a possibility for various and perfect styles for the future.

The main reason an asymmetrical cut is so useful is because it offers a more natural appearance, and isn't that the goal we all want to achieve? Go for it. I bet you'll love it.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to crcolsonrmt1@sbcglobal .net or call 361-575-5331.



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