3 Visual Tricks Hairstylists Use to Make Your Face Look Smaller

Published on Jan 04, 2021

Ladies with larger or rounder faces will know the struggle of constantly looking like you have the biggest head when you're taking a group photo. Worse still, some people might even ask if you've gained weight when you haven't.

Whether your body remains the same, gets more toned, or gains weight, your face may not change along with it. Trust us, we know the struggle too.

As long as you're happy and healthy, we don't think you need to go on extreme diets or workout plans just to look slimmer. However, if you would like to do so to feel more confident in your daily life or when you're being photographed, we have just the trick: Use your hair instead.

Yup, you heard us right. Of course, it's easier said than done, which is why we followed top hairstylist Nardo from Jeric Salon to see how he manages to make his customer's face shape look smaller.

3 Visual Tricks Hairstylists Use to Make Your Face Look Smaller


1. Placing colour highlights at the right places 

Makeup artists use a darker shade of powder to shade your cheekbones, temples, and jawline to make your face look sharper. Did you know the same can be done with your hair? 

The placement of colour can make a huge difference in creating the illusion of a slimmer face. 

As Nardo from Jeric Salon shares, using lighter tones of colour around the hairline from ear to ear elongates the face and add brightness. Darker or richer tones are applied to the hair underneath the ears and to the lower ends of the hair around the face to give the face shape more sharpness.

If your face shape is oblong, applying deeper tones to the root along the parting before merging into micro highlights from above the ears to the ends of the hair helps to make the face look slimmer and shorter as well. 

Multi-tonal layers of light and dark fit those with square face shapes the best. It softens any hard lines and creates depth and texture, no matter how sharp your haircut.

2. Stay away from Blunt Lines

Straight Hair with Hard Lines Makes Face Looks Rounder

The contrast between hard lines and round face tends to make round faces appear rounder than it is. 

Hence, stylists tend to break the hard lines with long layers; long layers create softer edges that makes round faces look not so round, elongating and making the face look slimmer.

Layered Haircut For a Slimmer Face

3. Go for a Lob Haircut

It is a common misconception that long hair conceals more of the face.

The truth, however, is that that long hair tends to make rounder faces look rounder. This is because the heavy weight of the hair drags down the entire silhouette, making the contrast between the round face shape and straight hair more obvious.

That's why stylists love to give ladies a lob haircut that is at least 3 inches below the chin. Such a lob haircut takes the weight off the face and frames it in such a way that is more flattering. 

Lob Haircut for a Slimmer Face

In theory, it seems feasible but how does it actually work in real life? 

We follow Agent M on her recent hair visit to see how celebrated stylist Nardo from Jeric Salon works his magic to make her face look smaller!

Agent M's Hair Colour Experience


Hi! I'm Agent M, a 32-year-old yoga instructor. 

Agent M Yoga Instructor Going for a Haircut at Jeric Salon

Photo: Instagram @mayliscao

Agent M Yoga Instructor Going for a Haircut at Jeric Salon

Photo: Instagram @mayliscao

In my younger days, I experimented with dyeing my hair different colours such as red, brown, and copper. I usually stuck with the darker shades when I DIY-ed my hair, and I did get it dyed a peacock green in a salon once. While I loved the outcome, I was disappointed that it only lasted for a couple of weeks.

Agent M Yoga Instructor Going for a Haircut at Jeric Salon

Photo: Instagram @mayliscao

So I ended up giving up on hair colour. I realised that all those years of dyeing and bleaching really damaged my brittle hair, so I decided to chop it off and try to grow it out without chemically treating it. 

Lob Haircut for a Slimmer Face

Photo: Instagram @mayliscao

Just like that, 10 years flew by and I now have relatively healthy and straight black hair.

Round Face Before Haircut and Colouring at Jeric Salon

As much as I love how healthy my hair looks at the moment, my face seems to look a bit bigger than before even though my weight has barely changed. 

"I think its your hair. it's too long and dark." a friend of mine commented. She shared with me about how her hairstylist from Jeric Salon, Nardo, managed to make her face look slimmer with a cut and colour. Hearing her rave about him got me curious. 

Could hair really make that big of a difference? 

Guess I must try to find out!

My First Visit to Jeric Salon


To be honest, I was a little intimidated when I first heard about  Jeric Salon... isn't Jeric the celebrity stylist that many artistes go to? Does it mean that the services there will be very pricey?

As my friend enlightened me, the answer is yes... and no. While Jeric does have lots of experience managing hair for celebrities, the services there are surprisingly within reach.

jeric

Despite being located in the highly accessible and atas ION Orchard, Jeric Salon charges $65 for haircuts by senior stylists. Of course, prices for Jeric himself cost higher but really, a haircut by their senior stylists is more than enough for mere mortals like me. 

This time though, I'm booked with Nardo, the Director stylist at  Jeric Salon. Having gone to Nardo for the last couple of years, my friend assured me that his higher price is definitely worth it. I've already seen how his haircut and colour have transformed her looks over the years but knowing that he is one of the few stylists who have actually won the AVEDA Hair colour competition only helped to cement my confidence in him. 

Medium Length Haircut at Jeric Salon

Clad in a long sleeved black shirt with a ponytail, Nardo didn't disappoint. He took the time to understand my hopes, dreams and goals for my hair - low maintenance hairdo due to my job and personality without damaging my hair too much that can hopefully also make my face look smaller (and younger too) 

Oops, did that sound like a lot? 

Nardo was not in the least fazed, explaining how he would change my hairstyle to give me the hairstyle I asked for. He explained how a shorter hair length would frame my hair better while placing highlights nearer to the roots and at the side of the fringe will help to frame my face without damaging my hair too much. 

I'm not that good at visualizing but Nardo knew what he was talking about... so I decided to put my faith in him!

Step 1: Haircut


Medium Length Haircut at Jeric Salon

Can you see how unbelievably thick my mane has grown? 

Unsurprisingly, the first step is for me to cut some length off. 

Medium Length Haircut at Jeric Salon

After cutting to the length I'm comfortable with, he started to trim the ends to make sure that only healthy hair remains. 

Medium Length Haircut at Jeric Salon

My hair felt a lot lighter right after this!

Step 2: Lightening


The service was not yet over of course... the next step is the lightening process. 

Nardo mixed the bleaching powder with the developer solution until it became a paste.

Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon

Then, he took small sections of my hair and used a pointed comb to make a zig-zag pattern in order to separate an even smaller section of hair that would be bleached.

Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon

Why put so much hard work, you may ask? 

Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon

This allows only small sections of hair to be bleached, minimizing any hair damage while making sure that the colouring looks natural even when natural hair grows out. 

Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon

He repeated this process all over my head.

Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon
Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon

Nardo shared that this is a technique he developed specially to highlight Asian hair; it flatters our skin tone and makes it look as if we #wokeuplikethis. 

Once my hair was wrapped up in foil, mild heat was applied for 10 minutes to accelerate the processing. 

Application of Highlights at Jeric Salon

When the time was up, the foils were removed. 

Hair Wash at Jeric Salon

And I'm treated to a relaxing shampoo and head massage!

Hair Wash at Jeric Salon

After rinsing off the shampoo, the hair assistant used a unique tissue-like towel to dry my hair. Very special, don't you think? The towel is actually disposable so I feel that much safer here when compared to other places!

Hair Wash at Jeric Salon

I was then led back to my seat where the hair assistant proceeded to blow dry my hair.

Hair Dry at Jeric Salon

Step 4: Colour


Next, it was time for the colour. To make sure that my hair doesn't turn brassy, Nardo suggested colouring my hair with the understated ash hair colour. 

Getting Hair Colour at Jeric Salon

Nardo started at the roots before combing the dye to the ends of my hair.

Getting Hair Colour at Jeric Salon

After the top portions were covered, the team then proceeded to colour the rest of my hair.

Getting Hair Colour at Jeric Salon

With another assistant working together on my hair, the colouring process was done in no time.

Getting Hair Colour at Jeric Salon

Step 4: Wash & dry


After letting the dye sit in my hair for about 20 minutes, it was time for the final wash. 

Final Hair Wash with Shoulder Massage at Jeric Salon

They shampooed my hair twice to ensure all the chemicals were washed off and followed up with a conditioner to restore the moisture to my hair.

Step 5: Final touches


I was brought back to my seat, where I was treated to a nice shoulder and neck massage.

Wah.. not many salons do this so I must say that I like it a lot!

Final Hair Wash with Shoulder Massage at Jeric Salon

Nardo then proceeded to dry my hair with none other than the trendy Dyson hair dryer.

Blow Dry and Styling at Jeric Salon

He also trimmed some sections of my hair to keep it looking smooth.

Medium Length Haircut at Jeric Salon

Just a few more snips and we are almost done!

Blow Dry and Styling at Jeric Salon

Time for the reveal...

How I Look Before Hair Makeover at Jeric Salon
Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon

Ta da!

Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon
Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon

I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's the perfect mix of subtlety and trendiness.

Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon
Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon

Overall thoughts


Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon

My experience with Jeric Salon @ ION Orchard was very good as the whole session was really enjoyable.

I love my new hair length and colour a lot. I really look forward to seeing the colour change during the next few days as Nardo told me that the colour will be even nicer after 1-2 washes. Rather than being worried or trying to avoid washing my hair as I did in the past to preserve my hair colour, I'm able to wash my hair with confidence as Nardo recommended a blue shampoo that will add blue pigments to my hair while reducing the yellow tones. Double win!

Update


Here's how my hair looked 6 weeks after my appointment with natural lighting:

Slimmer Face After Getting a Layered Medium-Length Haircut and Highlights at Jeric Salon

Photo: Instagram @mayliscao

The brightness of the ash tone has faded slightly to give me a natural colour which I love.

Slightly blonder as ash colours are known to fade fairly quickly, I love that the highlights still look good and have no brassy tones!

What are you waiting for? Check out more reviews and hairstyles from Jeric Salon here!

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