Tips for your photo shoot….from head to toe

Welcome to a brand new series of posts!  I thought it would be beneficial to give you some tips and tricks before you have your senior session.  I’ll do it in a series too just to help!

Today, we will talk about your hair.  Now, if your hair is anything like mine, it does exactly what you want it to do except when you need it to.  Want to wear curls?  There isn’t enough gel, hairspray, mousse or anything else that will make your hair hold a curl.  Want to wear it straight?  You could buy every flat iron the county sells and it’d be wavy.  This sound familiar?!?  Well, it does to me!  So, why not make a hair appointment before you have your session?!?  I mean, seriously, you do it for homecoming & prom…and believe me, your parents would much rather hang your senior portrait on the wall than the one with the boyfriend at the prom!  Just whatever you do, don’t get a new hairstyle the month, week or day before your shoot!  It probably will not work out the way you anticipated!

Lindsey had her hair done for her session…and it looks terrific!

Can’t get an appointment?  That’s ok!  Here are some DIY tips that you can use via SalonWeb.com!

To create Volume…on clean towel dried hair: Apply a product designed to create volume . Apply it at the roots of your hair and comb through to the ends (you want more product toward the scalp than at the ends- this makes the hair “lift”.) When blow drying, use the high heat setting when the hair is damp. When the hair is almost dry, use your brush to hold your hair in place and use the cool setting to “set” the hair. After the hair is completely dry and your style is set, use a stronger holding hair spray to keep the hair in place.

If you use curling irons…on clean towel dried hair: Apply a product designed to create volume . Apply it at the roots of your hair and comb through to the ends(you want more product at toward the scalp than at the ends- this makes the hair “lift”) Let hair cool before brushing out. After the hair is completely dry and your style is set, use a stronger holding hair spray to keep the hair in place.

If you use rollers (cold or hot)… On clean towel dried hair: Apply a product designed to create volume . Apply it at the roots of your hair and comb through to the ends(you want more product at toward the scalp than at the ends- this makes the hair “lift”) Roll your hair. Mist lightly with a light to medium hair spray (do not use a strong one) When hair is dry, brush out, and finish with a stronger finishing spray.

I have a heart shaped face. What tips do you have for me?
Decrease volume in the crown and at the side, ear areas. Adding curl and fullness to the chin area can help round out the look. Wisps on the jaw area or bangs can help give a wider rounder appearance. Avoid styles that mirror the heart shape.

I have a diamond shaped face. What tips do you have for me?
Decrease volume in the crown and at the side, ear areas. Adding curl and fullness to the chin area and just above the temples can help round out the look. Avoid styles that mirror the diamond shape. 
I have a round face. What tips do you have for me?
Decrease the volume at the sides and ear area. Increase height and length should be beyond the chin or just above it. A side part works well. Keeping hair off the face at the cheek area is also recommended.

I have a square shaped face. What tips do you have for me?
Styles that round out your hair can decrease the appearance of a square face shape. Adding curl, angled or wispy bangs, and a few wisps on the cheek area will all help. A cut that allows for some height is also a good idea. Wear a side part as opposed to a center part. Avoid straight bangs and hanging hair.

How can I tell what shape my face is?
Pull your hair back off your face and tie it in a pony tail if possible or if it is short slick it back with water. Look straight in the mirror and trace the shape with a bar of soap or a crayon. Make sure to only trace your face following the hairline around your temples and forehead. This will give you a shape to compare to the following weeks tips. Oval, Round, Square, Diamond, or Heart.

Next up…makeup!

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