Elements of Styling to Create Hair Artistry
With the right skills and a sense of creativity, a stylist can transform a hair cut into hair artistry.
It is necessary, however, to hone skills in a few specific elements of styling. With a mastery in these areas, though, a stylist can create stunning, artistic styles.
A Distinct Silhouette
The silhouette of a hairstyle determines its symmetry, asymmetry and its proportions. The silhouette of a cut can also emphasize and de-emphasize certain facial features, or it can create something of an illusion about features. For example, short hair can create the illusion of a longer neck, while hair that is pulled back tightly can create a more prominent nose. The power of a silhouette makes it important to keep in mind when designing any style, particularly an artistic one.
Creating Hair Artistry with Volume
It is also important to remember the ways in which volume can affect a style. Stylists must keep in mind the shape of the head and what levels of volume are necessary to create just the right balance. Too much volume on a larger head, for instance, is as problematic as too little volume on a smaller head. The right hair style creates a harmonic balance between the face and the head.
Understanding Hair Texture
Stylists with a keen grasp of how to work with various textures of hair can be highly successful at turning a hair style into an art form. The texture of a person’s hair will affect the volume and silhouette of the style created. Skills working with all textures result in the ability to get the most of each type of hair and the styles suitable for them. It goes without saying that you must first enroll in a beauty school in order to learn the basics of hair styling.
Textures to Master:
- Curly and Straight Hair
- Finely and Thickly Textured Hair
- Chemically Treated Hair
Drawing the Eye with Hair Artistry
The way hair is cut and styled can draw the eye in specific directions. The way a style moves or does not move can also draw the eye. A stylist with creativity and skill will know how to take advantage of styling and cutting techniques so that the eye is drawn in the most flattering ways. Elongating a round face or softening lines in a more angular face are examples of drawing the eye with artistic styling.
Impact of Hair Color
A skilled application of color can also cause the eye to be drawn in particular directions. The right color can also create a more voluminous appearance in the hair. A skilled stylist will understand the best placement of color to create the most flattering look.