Here’s my tips on how to look after natural & afro textured hair, without any sulphates silicones and parabens.Read More
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.
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.