Michelle Bui’s passion for working with people and styling hair led her to earn her license in cosmetology. She currently works at The Barbr in Troy, MI. With years of experience, Michelle has advice for all those seeking a new look.
Cindi Pozzi: What are some examples of how a hairstyle can minimize facial flaws?
Michelle Bui: There are actually a lot of different ways. A side part or even height (teasing) at the crown will draw attention away from a prominent nose. Side parts are also good for disguising really round faces. For women who are concerned about double chins or jowls, layers that stop at the cheek bones help draw the eyes up and away from problem areas. While heart-shaped faces need width at the chin, so bobs cuts are great for this face shape.
CP: Can color and highlights also be helpful?
MB: Yes, they can help show off the shape of a cut. Highlight/Lowlights can create movement in a layered cut. But finding the right color for your hair is one of the most important things you can do. To find the right color you need to go by the tone of your skin.
One of the worst results is having a hair color that washes you out. If you have cool tones in your skin you want to stick with cool colors for your hair. Dark browns, blue blacks, purple, ash brown’s etc. If you have a warmer skin tone warm chestnut browns, golden blondes are ideal.
CP: What do you think is in store for hairstyling trends?
MB: Shoulder length to longer hairstyles. The inverted bob (Victoria Beckham cut) is now growing out. Lots of layers and bangs are still in right now. Low side ponytails and low side braids are going to be in. Also, the sleek flat ironed hair is moving to a more natural wave look as well.
CP: How do you handle clients that want a style that doesn’t enhance their look?
MB: The best way to handle a client like that is to find out what they like best about the style, and then suggest something close but that’s still flattering. I find the best way is to say something along the lines of, “That is a great style, but I think doing it ‘this way’ would be even more flattering.” Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You have to work with the client, but it’s important to always remain positive even if you’re deterring them from what they think they want.