This one’s for all the G.W.G.s! (girls with glasses)
Pulling off fabulous style doesn’t just start and end with hair. There are lots of other factors to consider, such as the shape of the face, lifestyle, clothing, accessories, make-up and believe it or not, wether or not your client wears glasses!
Eyeglasses can completely alter the look and balance of someone’s facial features. They can create a whole set of hair issues that weren’t there before.
Eyeglasses can be used to divert attention to a hairstyle or draw attention to it. Because it can get quite complicated, it’s a good idea for the client to bring or wear her ‘everyday’ glasses so that you can make sure that the hairstyle will harmonize with them.
Here’s some general guidelines:
When glasses have ‘soft’ frames choose a bold hairstyle, when glasses have ‘bold’ frames choose a softer hairstyle. Balance is the key word: The hairdo should stand out in balance with the eyeglass frame.
Hairstyles that do not overpower the face (short, cropped cuts, gamine styles or a chin-length bob) are the best way to show off cute frames. Any hairstyle that pulls the hair away from the face work well with almost all frames.
A side hair parting is great way to balance square shaped glasses.
Watch the width. Is the client wearing a cute chunky rectangular shaped frame in a dark color that adds the illusion of extra width? if so, avoid a really big hairstyle. Opt instead for a straight look or some side layers to avoid looking too wide!
– Bangs or no bangs? This one can be tricky. Long bangs are better because they won’t interfere with the top of glasses and can get caught in the screws where the glasses meet the arm pieces. Also, bangs are great with light frames so stay away from frames that are too large or too heavy or dark. If your client wants bangs, keep them short and wispy. Maintenance is key here.
– Pull it Back! You are going to be hard pressed to find a pair of glasses that doesn’t look good with hair that is pulled back. The half-up and half-down hairstyle looks fantastic with most designer eyeglass frames– as does another one of this season’s hottest do’s– the bun. (Picture Audrey Hepburn in her cat eye frames with her iconic bun.) Messy or sleek, pony-tails, braids, and low buns also look fabulous with a great pair of fashion eyeglasses.
Color Coordinate Haircolor! Though most women will naturally gravitate towards colors and tones that look good with their skin and hair, it’s good to remember that cool color tones – like blacks and silvers may not look as good with warmer hair and skin tones. For example, unless you are a hipster, warm hair colors (like auburn) will look best with tortoise shell or other warm toned frames, not a thick black frame. The same applies to women with very dark black or brown hair, usually gold or light tan frames will not look as good with their hair as would a silver or another cool color. Redheads look great with almost any color of glasses except white or yellow.
FrameSavers were developed especially for clients who wear glasses. Not only do they protect your clients’ expensive eyewear during the coloring process, but they also give clients the freedom to check emails, read a magazine or work while they’re processing. They work with any glasses and are an inexpensive and super easy way to WOW your clients!