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An Oval Face: Known as an oval or a diamond shaped face, this is normally a rounded jawline, and a wider forehead with accentuated cheek bones. Think Kate Moss shape.
If you have this face shape then you are super lucky as you can pull off any fringe cut going. This is considered one of the most versatile face shapes So my recommendations would be to have whatever you feel suits you, your style and dress sense.
Oval Face Celebrities: Julianne Moore, Kate Middleton, Jessica Alba, Oprah Winfrey, Carey Mulligan.
8TH MAY 2019
FRINGES (or BANGS FOR ANY US READERS), ARE A GREAT WAY TO CHANGE YOUR HAIRSTYLE.
What’s fashionable and what isn’t is difficult to say these days as fashion and beauty moves so fast and trends tend not to last that long anymore.
So, rather than me telling you what’s hot and what’s not, I decided it’s better to let you know what suits what face and then you can decide.
I’ve always loved a rock and roll fringe personally, sitting below the eyebrows, almost hiding behind it with a bit of texture to it, but I know that’s not for everybody so I won’t be selfish here!
Let’s take a look at what you might have and we’ll go from there………
There are 5 main face shapes to look at: Round face, Oval face, Square face, Long Face and Heart shaped.
See which one is you from the images below:
A Square Face: Square faces are of equal width and height, and a have a defined square jawline. The most obvious choice of fringe cut here is the side fringe. Basically, one that is cut to wear over to the side. Cutting them from mid-eyebrow to just below the eyebrow or even a little lower is ideal and you should push them to either side, ( whichever you prefer) or even part them down the middle. Either way, don’t cut them too short. otherwise they will accentuate the squareness. You want to try and soften out the squareness so anything that cuts into the face shape a little will automatically soften it down and reduce sharpness.
Celebrities with Square faces: Rihanna, Lucy Liu, Kristin Wiig, Keira Knightley, Kate Hudson’s
A Heart-Shaped Face: This face shape has a wider forehead, a pointed jaw and a small chin. A long layered fringe that is sweeping across to the side from a centre parting is ideal for drawing attention to your eyes and the middle of your face. Heart shaped faces tend to have strong cheekbones so accentuating those is imperative as it takes away the focus from your more pointed chin. I suggest to cut the fringe from the eyebrow to the top of the cheekbone
Hally Berry, Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson Reese Witherspoon,
A Round Face: A rounder face identifies as fuller with wider cheeks. A shorter, layered fringe is a great way to give the illusion of more length in the face. This is also sometimes known as a micro fringe. My recommendation would be not to go too wide with the width of the fringe as it can accentuate the roundness, but this type of fringe is a great way to show off your eyes. The rest of the length of your hair will keep the face looking a little narrower and not so round.
Another option is the heavier side-swept fringe, cut at a strong angle and a little softer around the edges. This cuts into the round face a little again giving the illusions of it being less round, and adding some depth to the face.
Round face celebrities: Cameron Diaz, Michelle Williams, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Gemma Chan, Miranda Kerr, Penelope Cruz.
A Long Face and/or High Forehead: With this face shape the forehead, cheeks and jawline are all about the same width. Ideally a a chunkier, fuller, longer fringe helps to give the illusion of a smaller face. Try a longer fringe that gets longer at the sides. If committing to a heavy block fringe seems too much for you then break the fringe up slightly by not having so much hair cut into the fringe, but still keeping the length of it longer to achieve a similar look. .
NB: Also keep the length of the rest of your hair a little shorter. The longer your hair generally is the more your face will elongate.
Celebrities with long faces: Liv Tyler, Nicole Kidman, Iman, Meryl Streep
So I hope that helps you all in choosing the right fringe/bangs for you. Of course, always ask your stylist for their recommendations too, and if you want to see what you look like with a fringe there are temporary options available like clip-in fringes or even try on a wig. I suggest to try on something close to your own colour as it will be more realistic. It’s fun if nothing else.
7TH MAY 2019
This weeks “Alphabet of Hair” is a very popular one.
How to combat Frizz!!
So many people have to deal with Frizz. Men, Women, Children and Me.
What is frizz? Well that depends on your hair type.
The three main causes of frizz are genetics, hair damage, and humidity. In this video I deal with the causes, the remedies, plus give you some great product recommendations to help counteract the frizz and hopefully help you to have a frizz-less day.
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS AND LINKS FROM MY VIDEO BELOW
BIOLAGE SmoothProof Deep Treatment Pack Hair Mask for Frizzy Hair : http://bit.ly/2ZJulah
BIOLAGE Smoothproof Shampoo : https://amzn.to/2GKYX2o
Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame Smoothing Cream : http://bit.ly/2WiCBfg
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream : https://amzn.to/2URV8NJ
DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel : https://amzn.to/2IQZyD5
Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets : http://bit.ly/2ISBnnX
Living Proof No-Frizz Instant De-Frizzer : http://bit.ly/2vtduKQ
Kérastase Discipline Anti Frizz Smoothing Spray : https://amzn.to/2GN6r56
Biolage RAW Frizz Control Styling Spray: http://bit.ly/2ISuzXu
PH BALANCED PRODUCTS.
Wella SP Balance Scalp Shampoo: https://amzn.to/2PE3B6k
Le Labo Shampoo : http://bit.ly/2ZKbjQV
Evolve Superfood Shine Shampoo : http://bit.ly/2Y0sqw3
Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo : http://bit.ly/2Wbx4XL
Kérastase Bain Oléo-Relax : http://bit.ly/2DF5P0q
FOR SUPER COARSE or CURLY HAIR
Dizziak Hydrating Wash & conditioner : http://bit.ly/2VxAoiZ
HIGH STREET RECOMMENDATIONS
Garnier Fructis Smoothing 1 Minute Avocado Hair Mask : https://amzn.to/2GLvNA3
John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Effects Serum: http://bit.ly/2PGM39w
Schwarzkopf Gliss Oil Nutritive Weightless Oil : http://bit.ly/2PEmuGlD
How Often? So I believe everyday isn’t a bad thing but it really depends on what product you’re using and your hair type.
Shampoo helps water remove dirt, debris, and odours. Most shampoos are designed to strip excess oil, which helps the hair look cleaner for longer. Shampoo cleans the hair with chemicals called surfactants ( short for surface-active-agents) that are soaps used to clean the surface debris off hair.
The most popular surfactants used are know as Anionic Surfactants, which carry a negative charge in water. They provide a lot of the lather and detergent in the shampoo. These are broken down into what are known as sulphates ie: sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate and other sulphates. NB “sulphates” can often be spelt “sulfates”
Should your hair be very oily/greasy, which is generally, people with very fine or straight hair I suggest to wash daily with a sulphate based shampoo, which can help make your hair easier to manage in between shampoos. If you have a very oily scalp this can progress into acne along the hairline, meaning you might need to wash your hair more often to keep it looking clean.
I would suggest that anybody with super dry hair doesn’t necessarily need to wash it daily. Washing less often preserves the natural oils produced by the scalp, keeping hair more nourished.
I’d advise to use a low sulphate or no sulphate shampoo.
As i mentioned earlier sulphates ( surfactants) are what give you the lovely lather and can help get rid of product build up in hair. The problem being with these is that they can be pretty harsh on your actual hair as they’re known for drying hair out. They can cause irritation to your scalp. There are links to cancer with sulphates too but with no real proof as of yet.
Sulphates have been used for years in shampoos and a lot of product companies have now gone down the “no sulphate” route as an option for customers, which are definitely milder and are thought to cause less irritation, for people but this means less lather.
Sulphate-free shampoo is a good idea for anyone who has severely damaged hair
Generally if you buy a cheaper generic brand from the chemist, then it’s quite likely to contain a lot of sulphates. Sulphates are what are known as cleansing agents. You can find these in varying quantities in shampoo, washing up liquid, floor cleaners etc., anything that cleans basically.
Whichever way you shampoo your hair, I always remind people to give their scalp a good massage too. Many people forget to do this as they’re concentrating only on their hair.
Remember, your scalp is skin also but just with hair all over it, unless you’re bald or suffering from alopecia. It sweats, sheds dead skin cells and gives off sebum oil, so it reacts the same way as skin does.
If you use a harsh skin products then your face and/or body can feel dry and irritated, well it’s the same with the scalp. Dry scalps also tend not to produce as much sebum. Washing your hair frequently can prevent itching and flaking, and help keep the scalp healthier, in turn helping to keep the hair soft and shiny too.
If you’re suffering from dandruff or seborrhoeic eczema. Look for products with witch hazel or camphor in them to help the scalp.
I also suggest massaging olive oil onto a dry scalp at night and leaving it overnight, then shampooing it out in the morning.
Which ever way you shampoo, always try to rinse your hair and scalp with cold water too at the end. This helps to closes the pores on the scalp and flattens the cuticles on hair. A smoother flatter cuticle reflects light, making your hair appear shinier. (now that’s always a good thing) 1st
NB: In between washes you can always rinse your hair just with water too as a mild way of cleansing.
I’m not going to recommend any particular shampoos etc. on this occasion, as there’s too many to list for this kind of article. Just try and find the right one for you, and remember the cheaper it is, the more likely it will contain chemicals that aren’t so great for your hair.
And what about the No Poo method? For anybody who hasn’t heard of this it involves switching your shampoo out just regular water and/or various natural products such as apple cider vinegar or baking soda.
The official No Poo website states traditional shampoo contains chemicals that strip your hair of it’s natural oils.
Some dermatologists say No Poo is pretty low risk, but others have said that there are some risks linked with replacing shampoo with other ingredients and they suggest to dilute the most popular ones, baking soda and apple cider vinegar with water, especially with baking soda’s PH level being around 9 which isn’t good for the cuticle, in turn making the hair quite brittle, especially on chemically treated hair.
Apple cider vinegar has a much lower pH (between 3.1 to five) and is regarded as more ideal by NO Poo supporters as it's closer to your scalp's natural pH level. If the vinegar isn't mixed with the right amount water, it can also cause irritation.
So what do you do Neil I hear you cry? I naturally have very curly, dry hair and I find if I don’t shampoo it everyday then my hair and scalp behave better. When I’ve shampooed it everyday I’ve found my hair doesn’t behave as well.
I can get a dry scalp and occasionally suffer from psoriasis and I take a shower everyday and whilst I don’t shampoo my hair everyday, I do rinse it with water thoroughly and I also rinse with cold water afterwards. The cold water is very soothing for the irritated scalp.
When my scalp is severely irritated I will shampoo with a mild, low-sulphate shampoo.
I hope all that helps.
NB: If any scalp conditions worsen or hair becomes very brittle and unmanageable then I suggest to go and see a reputable trichologist.
Phillip Kingsley is a great trichology company and they have offices in London and New York.
There’s a great article written last year about for Dermatology News No sulphates, no parabens, No poo etc. if you fancy a read, CLICK HERE
2nd May 2019
SHAMPOOING THE DEBATE!
SHOULD I, SHOULDN’T I, AND HOW OFTEN??
I’m always being asked about shampooing and there are so many different theories out there.
I always get asked the following: Should I shampoo my hair at all? is No poo better?, is no sulphates better?, are lo –sulphates better?, is washing my hair everyday bad for it?
Ok, so here’s the advice I try to give out when it comes to shampooing.
The hardest things to do as a hairdresser is tell somebody how to shampoo their hair.
The majority of people love to pile on the product to get a soapy lather like the old hair ads, and then they pile on a load of conditioner especially if their hair is really dry, don’t leave it on long enough or too long, then rinse it off and hey presto, they’re done! But is this the best way??
Here’s my advice based on what I know. None of the following info is incorrect, but it’s important to remember that what is good for you is different for every person and their hair.
1st May 2019
The wonderful Marian Newman is one of only a few manicurists that are now celebrated in the world of fashion.
I first started meeting manicurists on shoots when I was in NYC in the late 90’s, the likes of the wonderful Sheryl Bailey, Bernadette Thompson and Jin Soon
They were not so well known back then to the general public, but slowly over time they’ve become known as the industry greats and when I came back to London in the early 2000’s I met Marian on a shoot, which was the first time I’d ever met a manicurist on shoot in the UK.
Marian is now the leading manicurist in the UK and quite possibly the world, and with 6 text books in total to her name already in circulation this new one just adds to her long list.
This one however is different as it’s based on her seeing career in the fashion world. The book is a great size too ( big enough to be a coffee table book but small enough to go in your handbag.
It’s not only got great images in it from Marian’s career taken by some of the worlds top fashion photographers, but there’s also some great anecdotes from her about the different shoots.
April 29th 2019
Mental Health Awareness
As some of you may know, last year I did a podcast interview for Man Talk Podcast, with the host Jamie Day.
The premise of Jamie’s series was/is to raise awareness of mens mental health, and to normalise the conversation as much as possible, in a world where there’s still so much stigma attached to it.
Jamie interviewed 12 men, including myself, from all different walks of life to discuss the mental health issues they’ve been through, how they managed it and what are their coping mechanisms.
The series was very popular and I do believe there’s a second series about to start soon.
Cut to this year, and I’ve done another interview for the podcast series Healthy Matters, with its host Scott Laidler. Scott is a a PT and also a journalist for the Telegraph and The Huffington post.
Anyway, watch this little video I made, and you’ll learn more about what I was discussing with Scott and there’ll be links to both podcasts too.
Remember, sharing can save lives.
For Healthy Matters Podcast with Scott Laidler click HERE
For Man Talk Podcast with Jamie Day click HERE
24th April 2019
BACK IN 2013, SUPERMODEL/ACTRESS CARA DELEVINGNE AND HER BEST FRIEND, TOP MODEL GEORGIA MAY JAGGER were in my former salon getting their hair done, and whilst I’d gone in to cut Cara’s hair, I also took the opportunity to record a double Q&A with them both for my then blog called “It’s a Moodie Blog” .
They were super happy to do the Q&A so I after recording all their answers I had them transcripted.
It was fun moment in time and they gave some fun answers to boot, plus we recorded a funny kind of make shift publicity video for the Q&A in the back of my car whilst I dropped them home.
Use the link below to go the full Q&A and see the funny promotional video too.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FULL Q&A
April 24th 2019
Welcome to the 5th episode of 'The Alphabet of Hair.
Watch video below.
In this latest episode of “The Alphabet of Hair” I’m taking a look at E for hair extensions with my special guest, hairstylist and dear friend Earl Simms. Earl and I use extension within our work, and here we discuss what different types are available, which ones we recommend and discuss if they’re even that popular anymore.
Earl has worked with many Hollywood and British actresses for red carpet events, award ceremonies and campaigns. He came along to share his knowledge with me and combined with mine we can hopefully help you choose the right extensions in the future.
22nd April 2019
This Monday just gone, a new interview that I recorded with the lovely Scott Laidler went live on his podcast.
Click for HERE for podcast interview
Scott is a Health Podcaster / Health & Fitness Columnist for @TelegraphMen , and personal trainer To The UK Film industry transforming the physiques of Oscar winning actors, Paralympic athletes, and military service personnel. He provides Online personal training and health centred life coaching services worldwide.
Check out his website for more details
His podcast series is titled “Healthy Ambition” where Scott interviews high performing individuals about their journey to success, daily rituals and performance hacks.
Scott had heard about my interview with Jamie Day for Man Talk where I had talked about my struggles with anxiety and mental health since my teenage years. He said he wanted to discuss with me further about how I overcame those struggles have been able to also have a successful career.
So here it is!! I feel honoured to have been asked by Scott and it was privilege to do the interview with him. I hope what I’ve discussed will help others in the future.
Click for HERE for full podcast interview.
Here’s Scott’s social media channels should you wish to follow him. Here he deals with all kinds of health issues and concerns including fitness, diet, online personal training etc. You can also read his column at telegraph.co.uk
Instagram : @scottlaidlerfitness
Below is a small excerpt from the interview.
Hey guys, on this show I am joined by world-renowned hairstylist Neil Moodie. Neil has worked with many of Hollywood's leading ladies and the most famous models and brands in the world. We discuss Neil's long battle with anxiety and how establishing congruence in ones personality helps to manage it, we also explore triggers and origins of anxiety and how they can be linked to sexuality, parental issues and unexplored inner work. We also speak about how, as a creative, you can follow your instincts, take the right risks and establish yourself in the creative fields.
My guest on Episode 5 of “In Bed with Neil Moodie” is former Vogue Fashion Director turned Designer, Fashion Stylist and all round entrepreneur.
Born and bred in Notting Hill Gate, West London, Lucinda was introduced to fashion very early on by her mother who was very crafty and one of her skills was dressmaking.
She began studying art at Hornsey college in London, but started her fashion journey when she decided to make and sell her own earring designs at Camden Market, eventually working her way up the ranks of the top editorial fashion magazines.
Lucinda became the fashion Director of British Vogue for 25 years, plus she consulted on the brands Prada and Marni in their early days, introducing both brands onto the worlds fashion map, eventually leaving Vogue in 2017 when the editorship changed.
She has now set up her own fashion design company called Colville and is also about to launch another online venture later this year.
I met Lucinda in her West London home where she’s resided for over 30 years We talk about her amazing career to date and some of the fun stories along the way, how she’s navigated her way through the fashion industry to now running a business after being employed for so many years and also what’s around the corner for this amazing fashion entrepreneur.
April 17th 2019
My latest video from my “Alphabet of Hair” series is now live.
Click HERE for video
I take an in-depth look at what causes dry and damaged hair, how to counteract it and my best product recommendations.
The 4 main reasons I look at are:
a) Over processed – chemical damage from colour, straightening, perming, relaxing etc .
b) Dry heat: straightening irons, curling irons, hair dryers and the damage they can do if not used correctly.
c) Medication – some side effects include causing hair to become brittle
d) Genetics – how do we get fine, brittle, sensitive , coarse, wirey & unruly hair.
Click HERE for video
13th April 2019
Get the Gemma Chan Look I created on her for Kurt Geiger S/S19.
This season I worked for the second time on the great Kurt Geiger Campaign. The company reveal one of the many stars of the campaign every week and they’ve just announced their latest campaign star……..…….. it’s the wonderful Gemma Chan whose hair I work on quite regularly when she’s in the UK.
Gemma has starred in the TV show Humans, and more recently the biggest rom com film of the last 20 years, Crazy Rich Asians, plus Mary Queen of Scots, and her latest film Captain Marvel.
For this campaign I styled Gemma’s hair into a contemporary 60’s inspired half up do.
To re-create this look you can follow my Youtube tutorial video where I create a similar look and give product suggestions too. TUTORIAL VIDEO BELOW
Kurt Geiger is an upmarket British footwear and accessories retail company. They have over 70 stores, and over 170 concessions within department stores, including Harrods & Selfridges. Kurt Geiger owns three brands Kurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger and Carvela Kurt Geiger, created by its own in-house team.
The company is named after its Austrian founder, who opened its first shop in London's fashion capital on Bond Street in 1963, and it has been based in London ever since.
Have fun creating!!
13th April 2019
Thanks for visiting my new look website. It’s been a while since I was active on neilmoodie.com and we’re back with a new look, new content and a new picture of me too…….. Hope you like it all.
Since leaving Windle & Moodie in January 2018, I have been busy working on some new projects including a brand new podcast series called In Bed With Neil Moodie, which launched on 25th March 2019 a new IGTV/YouTube series: The Alphabet of Hair, plus this my brand new website neilmoodie.com
With “ In Bed With Neil Moodie” I’m interviewing close friends and colleagues who I’ve worked with and met over the last 25 years of being in the fashion/beauty industry, focusing around the professional and personal life stories of certain individuals who are trailblazing and think outside the box.
The Alphabet of Hair is a series of Youtube and IGTV videos, tackling every letter with a hair subject, hair issue or problem, hopefully giving you informative details, and passing on the best of knowledge to you about each subject .
Throughout the series I’ll be bringing in special hair guests to talk about certain subjects, which are more their expertise, where I’ll probably be learning stuff too.
Once we get to Z, I’ll be going back to the beginning of the alphabet and starting all over again with new subjects, although I can tell you now, certain letters, ie: X Y & Z have proven to be a little trickier in finding subjects, so I’m not gonna lie and let you know now, that I’ve cheated a little with the harder ones, but don’t worry, they’re all still worthy subjects to discuss and tackle
And as for the website, I’ll be bringing you weekly news and exciting content. Oh and by the way, I’ve posted some of my old Q&A’s with top models, stylists, make-up artists and hairdressers in the fashion industry as these were some of the most popular content from my old site so I thought it would be good to keep them here incase anyone else fancies a read.
So enjoy, go listen to one of my podcast episodes, watch one of my new A-Z videos or just follow me on Instagram and I’ll be back soon.
Weekly news will be posted every Monday with the occasional intermittent post if something important pops up! ,
See ya next week.
1Oth April 2019
THE NEXT EPISODE OF MY “ALPHABET OF HAIR” LAUNCHES TODAY
This episode is covering C for Curly hair /Curls .
Genetics play the biggest part in why we have curly hair although a single specific gene has yet to be found to be solely responsible for either curly or straight hair.
In this video I share my findings about curly hair, having had it all my life myself, explain the texture of it and give my best recommendations of how to handle, style and care for it, getting the best from your curls plus all my favourite product recommendations from shampoos and conditioners to styling products.
Get the best curly hair you can have by clicking HERE for the video
8th April 2019
My guest on Episode 4 of In Bed with Neil Moodie is 90’s supermodel turned nutritionist and naturopath Rosemary Ferguson.
The super lovely Rosemary Ferguson, who I spent a lot of time with when I was starting my freelance career, was discovered in McDonalds aged 15 by Iconic photographer Corinne Day @corinnedayofficial and went on to become one of the biggest Supermodels of the 90’s and 00’s.
Rose talks about her rise to modelling fame, “Heroin Chic”, living in New York during September 11th 2001 and how that changed her life course, being married to artist Jake Chapman, their children, her transition into becoming one of the UK’s leading nutritionists and naturopaths, nutrition, mental health & CBD oil, plus all her current business ventures which includes the launch of FIlth burger. She discuses what makes her entrepreneurial and think outside the box and where exactly we can get our hands on one for those FIlth burgers.
3rd April 2019
Welcome to the 2nd episode of My “Alphabet of Hair”.
This episode is covering B for Balayage, and I'm joined by a special guest, hair colourist extraordinaire ( and lifelong friend) Shari Reynolds.
Balayage is a word bantered around a lot with colour these days but do you know what Balayage really is, do you know what to ask for at the salon and is it still on trend to even ask for it anymore?
Shari and I break down all the why's and wherefores of Balayage.
Remember to DM me if you have any hair related questions
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO