How do I ensure that my haircut flatters my face?
South Korean celebrity hairstylist Chahong - who styles the locks of K-stars such as actresses Ko So-Young, Park Min-Young and Lee Hana - dishes out tips.
Ms Chahong was in town last month to present her interpretation of the latest V-Look trend of slim, defined faces at the L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show at Singapore Fashion Week.
"Eighty per cent of your entire look is based on your hair, so it is important to have the right angles and lines with your haircut," she says.
South Koreans favour cuts that make the face look smaller, younger and friendlier, she adds.
Tips for women
1. If it suits you, get bangs that are light and airy (so your forehead is still visible). Keep hair around the jawline light and airy - but not wispy thin - as well. The scattering of the hair on the forehead and jaw area will make your face look more defined and V-shaped. This works on both long hair and short bobs that end at the chin area.
2. Go for big, soft curls that look more like natural waves. Just make sure that the ends of the hair nearest to the face curl outwards, so your visage looks sharper (conversely, inward curls make the face rounder). This style looks best with shoulder-length hair and a crop that ends at the jawline.
3. Have an event but no time to style your hair? Just change your hair parting to switch up your look.
A symmetrical, middle-part gives you a sophisticated and modern air. For a softer look, go for the 7:3 side-part. A rounded side-part (instead of a straight line, part hair in a curved line) can make a long face look shorter. A diagonal parting makes you look assertive and edgy.
Tips for men
1. Pay attention to your sideburns. Well-groomed sideburns that reach around the middle of the ears will give your face and features more definition.
2. While the sides of the hair should be kept neat and short, try having longer curls at your crown. This style is easy to maintain, and makes you look stylish and approachable.
This article was first published on June 26, 2015.
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