The Art of Hair Styling Part 2

by | Oct 11, 2019

This will be a two part blog by Christo Nell. Part 2 

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A color book has a striking resemblance to a chart of varying levels of contrast. Being able to differentiate between different shades, tints, and tones of color will all aid you in color formulation. Being well versed in the element of value will also lead to strong and creative coloring methods, which is the most lucrative services you will perform as a hair stylist. Without a lighter shade to compliment the base color, and ombre wouldn’t be an ombre. Great color application includes beautiful dimension and shine, which wouldn’t be possible without the element of value and contrast.

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Perhaps the most exciting and fun elements to both hair dressing and art, is texture. Texture defines a style unlike any other element.  As a hair stylist, you will learn a variety of cutting techniques which will aid you in achieving a wide range of hair textures. Whether you are looking for a straight, smooth cut, or a tousled, textured pixie, each cut has it’s own unique look and feel. Being able to tactically understand the difference between different textures of hair stands will also play a large part in how you approach a hair style and hair care. For example, fine hair is treated differently than coarse hair in both cutting and coloring applications. There is a wide variety of naturally occurring hair textures, and understanding each of them means you can service a wide range of clients’ and all of their unique hair needs.


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Space refers to the area in which art is organized, so in hairdressing, you can definitely expect this element to be applied regularly. Space/Perspective joins shape and form in deciding what hairstyle best suits a certain facial structure. For example, a short hairstyle may suit someone with a shorter rounder face, while a long, unframed hairstyle may suit someone with a longer narrower face. This has to do with the negative space left between different areas of the face such as the chin and forehead. Hair stylist use space and perspective to determine where and how a face is framed, and can even be applied in makeup application and nail design. In makeup application, carefully placed contouring and change how the facial structure is perceived and applying the rules off space and perspective can prevent a nail technician from over work, or under working a design. Master the use of space and perspective will allow a student to have a better understanding of what aesthetically looks good for each individual client.


The elements of art are taught from early adolescence, all the way to grad school programs. If you find yourself already well verses in how to apply each element to create a beautiful and functioning work of art, you may just hit the ground running when you chose to become a hair stylist. And if you find you aren’t so artistically inclined, never fear! All good things come with practice, patience, and a good education.  For those interested in learning more about art and its’ elements and principles, cosmetology school may double as a chance to take on new artistic skills! Either way, at all Hair Academies, they truly believe that hair dressing can be approached as an art form, and we are dedicated in providing you the training and education needed to turn you into masterful hair artists.


by Christo Nell


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