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Actively questioning and deconstructing what we do is a crucial part of personal and professional development. Often this can mean having to sort through contradictions and concepts that were picked up and adhered to long ago. Professionally, one that comes up with regularity is face shape and it's relation to hairstyle selection. It often begins with an individual feeling as though because of 'x', they can't or shouldn't have 'y'. This falls into an area of absolutes that I'm quite firmly against.
I was first introduced to the notion of face shapes via text book back at hairdressing school in Los Angeles. The idea was that individuals should select (or avoid) certain hairstyles based off their face shape so as to appear more aesthetically pleasing. In essence the theory gave preference to, and set the standard for, a heart-shaped face being ideal and aimed to fit everyone into that box. I find this concept to be complete nonsense. First, deeming any one specific face shape to be 'ideal' is small minded. Second, attempting to restrict one's choices due to a preconceived notion of beauty is wholly inaccurate and absolutely unnecessary when paired with an evolved skill set.
Hairdressing achieves a win if one feels beautiful. Period. There is no 'best' style or length for any one individual. There are likely multiple options which can all be perceived as both attractive and flattering as long as the work has been executed well. That said, some of this perception does lie with the individual. One's confidence level and sense of self often plays a part and effective communication to begin with is absolutely essential.
Most clients have a really strong idea of how long or short they want their hair to be and the general aesthetic sense they wish to convey to the world. The most important factors then to consider when choosing a hairstyle are texture/density of the hair, desired maintenance regime of the individual and how frequent they wish to have it tended to. With adherence to these principals paired with thorough consultancy, the odds of success and smiling faces is often high.