The Art of Hair Styling
This will be a two part blog by Christo Nell. Part 1
There are many factors that make up a great hair stylist. A love for beauty an aesthetic is of course an important aspect, but it’s certainly not the only one. We often see incredibly creative individuals come through the doors to enroll in this industry, and one thing that always catches people’s ears is when a future stylist mentions a love for art.
While having an artistic background certainly isn’t a requirement to become a hair stylist, it gives a hair student an incredible advantage early on. That is because many elements in hair dressing follow the same elements of art. Line, shape/form, color, value, texture, and shape/perspective, are all taken into consideration when approaching a haircut or color.
HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW ARTISTIC ELEMENTS SHARE CLOSELY WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF HAIR DRESSING, AND HOW UNDERSTANDING THEM MAY MAKE A CLASSICALLY TRAINED ARTISt/GREAT HAIR STYLIST:
The first art element which can easily correlate with hair dressing is line. Especially predominate in Sassoon cutting, line is important in creating clean, precise haircuts and consistent coloring. When following the shape of the clients face, line can be the most important factor in determining the look of a cut and color. Line guides the viewers eye along the edge of a haircut, and with it a stylist can create or stop movement in order to achieve the desired look. Acknowledging the use of line can help shape and flatter a face, or give it a wild and drastic change.
Shape is the most important element in distinguishing different haircuts. Graduated bob, rounded bob, long layered cut, ect. These haircuts originate around specific shapes and forms. Knowing what shape you are trying to achieve dictates how the hair will fall and lay when cut. A customers face shape also has a large part in deciding how to shape and form a haircut. Paying close attention to this element will ensure your customer leaves with a flattering style which compliments their facial structure.
With only a few minor differences, formulating color follows many of the same rules and principles of the artistic element color. Looking to diffuse yellow tones in hair? Purple, yellows complimentary color on the color wheel will do the trick! Being familiar with the color wheel and all of it’s properties is crucial when formulating and applying color. If you are looking to become a hair stylist, be prepared to spend a large chunk of time studying the color wheel, and learning how to apply it to your hair dressing techniques!
by Christo Nell
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