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Round Face With a ‘Generous’ Body

By Angela Olu-Ajetunmobi

Bearing in mind that the aim should be to achieve the illusion of an oval face [considered to being the most desirable shape of face to have!], one should avoid any style that will emphasize the roundness of the lower half of the face.

Generous cheeks do not go with the classic ‘bob’, period! Unfortunately, a lot of hairdressers will plunk a bouncing ‘bob’ on just about anyone, regardless of whether or not they look good in a ‘bob’. In fact, the classic ‘bob’ is often the first choice of style in the average salon on a good day.

Take note therefore, that short hair is considered the most suitable hair style for a round face, preferably with some height added on the top of the head, leaving the side hair flat [as in ‘short-back-and-sides’]. The main target is to cover the cheeks. This automatically rules out any styles with a full fringe across the forehead, as these will accentuate the roundness of the lower face.
For the round face, try an asymmetrical hairstyle, or perhaps add a parting on the side to minimize roundness by splitting the hair sideways. Do avoid centre-partings especially if you are not particularly tall; you do not want to look like an over-ripe tomato. A round face and a round body mean that one must achieve a streamlined effect; you do not want to also look overweight even if you really are and you have refused to lose weight.

THE 6-WAY TEST FOR HAIR LOSS
A QUICK CHECK…

roundYes, you have noticed that your hair is reducing in volume and/or falling out; but how do you narrow down the causes, so that you can avoid the mistakes you may have made and know the remedies to employ? Experience has shown that there is a 6-way test you can conduct to determine what could be responsible.

Let’s start with medical possibilities. Have you given birth or suffered from any illness in the last 3 months? Well, this could be a factor. As any new mother would have noticed, if you have had a baby, you will find that you are shedding more hair than normal, in the months just after giving birth [especially the first three months]. Your hair goes into a rest phase as your hormones struggle to settle down and your body gets back to normal.
Now whether or not you are breastfeeding, will also be a determining factor, since your body is using up a lot of its nutrients in producing the breast milk. If you were anemic during pregnancy, and you had been placed on iron medication for that purpose, then you would have noticed how fast your hair increased in its length and strength. Also, severe illness can cause hair to stop growing for a while; the good thing however, is that the hair will grow back once you get over the illness and make a full recovery.

Continuing with medical possibilities, if you have not had a baby or severe illness in the last 3 months, are you constantly tired? Have you gained weight for no justifiable reason [and you need to be objective enough to admit that you put on weight because you over-ate]? Have you noticed your skin get drier?

If you have answered yes to all these questions, you will need to see a medical orthodox doctor, to determine whether or not you have an under-active thyroid. The doctor can order blood tests to check. An under-active thyroid does result in hair loss ESPECIALLY around the hairline, so it is important to eliminate this possibility when you notice any thinning of the hair.

Now if you do not have issues with your thyroid gland, you may want to examine the way you actually wear your hair. Do you like to wear your hair pulled tightly into a ponytail or bun, or woven into tight corn rows and ‘Ghana’ weaving hairstyles?                                                                                                                       All hair that is pulled tightly into a style results in traction, and that means hair will be pulled out from the roots. Some times we see the hair with a little white bit attached to it at the point where it comes out of the scalp. That white bit you see is not a very good sign, especially if you are hoping for the hair to grow back. The white bit often signals irreversible damage, in which case you would be lucky if the hair was replaced.                                                                                              Tight hairstyles can also scar the scalp and cause permanent loss, if the hair is pulled forcefully out of the follicle in which it sits.

So, if traction is not your challenge, are you following a diet favored by fashion models? Are you avoiding red meat or foods that are low in iron content such as beans or whole-grains? Have you excluded green vegetables from your diet, and I mean the leafy type such as ‘ugwu’?                                                                           A lot of women start a diet devoid of iron, without realizing that it can and will make your hair thin. This also explains why models, which have to maintain a certain weight and stature for their work, often have thin, lank hair. So if you are not making a living from not eating foods rich in iron [that is, if you are not a model], you have no business starving your hair of much needed nutrients.       The interesting aspect of this hair loss is that you will notice that you are losing hair from all over your body, and not just on your head. Yes, that’s right! Your hair will disappear from all the areas of the body where hair would ordinarily be found. Don’t forget, iron is essential for strong, long and healthy hair.

If you have gone through all these options, and you have not found where your particular challenge fits in, then its time to go back to the medical angle. Do you experience irregular menstrual periods? Does your cycle have its agenda, rather than the 28-day cycle that it should be? Are you suffering from acne [not pimples please!]? Have you noticed that you have a more-than-normal quantity of body hair?                                                                                                                          If you have noticed any of or all these three conditions listed here, you will need to see a doctor URGENTLY. You may be suffering from a condition caused by the activities of your hormones. So, in addition to blood tests to determine if you have a possible ‘polycystic ovarian syndrome’, your doctor will in addition probably order for a scan of your ovaries before a definite diagnosis can be made.

However, if there is still no explanation for your hair loss, it must be time for you to seek further help medically. I cannot help you if you are going native or herbal or spiritual. I can only direct you to the nearest teaching or general hospital to where you reside, where you can see a consultant dermatologist.                           Please get a referral letter from your regular doctor if you wish to take advantage of this option. Without that letter, no one will attend to you at either the general or teaching hospital.


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