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What’s more important when it comes to getting the right cut: hair texture or face shape?

By Kao Hui

The most important element to consider when getting a haircut is your face shape. If you have a great cut that doesn’t suit your face, it can throw off your entire look. You want a hairstyle that complements your face and makes it look more proportional. If you have a long face, then you should look for a layered cut with volume that will round your face out. A round face appears thinner with styles that have blunt bangs and volume at the crown. Square-shaped faces are softened by tapered layers and fringe, while heart-shaped faces are flattered by feathery bangs and midlength layers.

Texture would be the second thing to consider. With the right cut, you shouldn’t have to do much with your texture when it comes to styling. For example, a bob looks great on straight hair. It’s modern, very stylish and (best of all) fuss-free.

For wavy hair, layers allow your mane to move more freely. You can see this in one of the latest hair trends -- the tousled bob -- which is a great look for wavy hair.

For curly hair, work closely with your stylist to choose a cut that’s not too high-maintenance. Remember: Curly hair is more difficult to style, but you can sport gorgeous curls with the right cut and styling products.

One thing many people don’t think about is their lifestyle, which plays a big part in finding the best individual cut. If you are a corporate person, an edgy style might not work for you. You should also consider how much time you can commit to your hair routine in the morning. Make sure you communicate all this to your stylist to find the best style for your face shape, texture and lifestyle.

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Kao Hui is the co-owner of Salon AKS in New York City. His celebrity clients include Sigourney Weaver, Vanessa Redgrave, Tommy Hilfiger and Christie Brinkley
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