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A few years ago, a client brought along a photo of Jessica Simpson when she sat in hairstylist Ashley Riddle’s chair.
“I want to look like that,” she told Riddle, referring to the singer’s hair.
“I want to look like that, too.”
Unfortunately, said Riddle, a Maryland-based hairstylist who started as a shampoo girl and now owns her own wedding-hair business, Up Do’s for I Do’s, achieving the same head of hair as a celebrity is often not realistic.
Most Hollywood “it girls” wear extensions and likely get their hair done more than every six to eight weeks, which is what Riddle recommends for non-celebrity tresses. Those red-carpet looks, she said, are often the result of hours in a stylist’s chair.
Still, the non-rich-and-famous have plenty of options for good hair. Riddle recommends getting a haircut that best suits your face shape and offered the following guidelines:
Seen on celeb: Jessica Alba
Riddle calls this the ideal face shape. Those with oval-shaped faces tend to have features that are evenly spaced from forehead to chin. Just about any hairstyle will complement this shape. Riddle said with the right cut, ladies who lack this shape can get their hair styled so it gives the illusion of an oval face.
Seen on celeb: Sarah Jessica Parker
Riddle thinks many people confuse this face shape with oval. She says they’re very similar, but the face tends to be longer from the forehead all the way down to the chin. A hairstyle with fullness on the sides will help even out this shape.
Seen on celeb: Angelina Jolie
This shape is similar to oblong, but the difference is that the forehead and jawline are wide. Just like an oblong face, a cut that adds fullness and layers at the sides will help “break up the boxiness,” Riddle said. In addition, adding soft waves or curls will distract from the shape of the face.
Seen on celeb: Cameron Diaz
Women with this category tend to have a fuller face shape. Keep the hair from making the face look more round by opting for a style that’s long — below chin length. A longer hairstyle will help slim the face. “We certainly don’t want to add width or bulky layers to this face shape,” Riddle said.
Seen on celeb: Sandra Bullock
This shape is marked by a broad jawline and forehead. A hairstyle with fullness works best. Riddle suggests avoiding a classic bob or anything with blunt ends. She said avoid creating a look that’s “boxy” and to go for a cut that’s soft and angled. Ladies who keep their hair short should go for an angled bob.
Seen on celeb: Kelly Osbourne
A wider jawline and a narrower forehead are trademarks of this shape. Riddle said adding volume to the top of the hair and less at the chin will help balance out this shape. Riddle cautions against wearing bangs and said to stay away from straight, long hair and to go for shorter layers.
Seen on celeb: Reese Witherspoon
A lot of women with heart-shaped faces have wider foreheads and slimmer chins. As a result, Riddle said to avoid anything blunt across the face, “as this will accentuate the forehead.” She said a soft side bang would work. Layers that start at the cheekbone are ideal for those with heart-shaped faces.
Seen on celeb: Kristin Cavallari
This shape comes with the majority of the width at the cheekbone area and less at the forehead and chin. Fullness or a heavy layer that hits just at the chin will help pull attention away from cheekbones.