Perceptive Design

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In the intricate dance of perception and reality, our minds often play tricks on us, influencing how we see ourselves and others. This phenomenon is vividly illustrated in the world of design, where the slightest adjustments can redefine our understanding. In this exploration, we delve into an intriguing visual experiment, using two small circles to unravel the secrets behind our perceptions of face shape and the impact of hairstyling. Furthermore, we'll delve into the transformative power of colour, a vibrant palette that can contour, enhance, and perceptually alter the face, as depicted by the inner circle.

The Visual Illustration: At first glance, the two central circles presented in our illustration appear identical in  size. However, as we scrutinise further, we discover a clever play of elements. Circle one is surrounded by a series of smaller circles, while circle two is encircled by larger counterparts. The result? A visual illusion where inner circle one seems larger than inner circle two. This illusion sets the stage for a deeper revelation about the art of perception.

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Depicting Face Shape: These circles aren't just abstract shapes; they represent the canvas of the human face. Inner circle one becomes a metaphor for a face adorned with a hairstyle that adds depth and dimension. Meanwhile, inner circle two reflects a face where the hair's size and styling choices differ. This stark contrast allows us to vividly showcase how the strategic placement of length, height, and width in our hair can profoundly alter the perception of our face shape and why most people don’t suit layers of uniform length around their head.

The Impact of Hairstyling: Hair is more than just strands; it's a transformative tool. The diagrams elucidate how subtle variations in hair length and volume, symbolised by the surrounding circles, can create a symphony of illusions. By placing the "weight and height of your hair in the right place" as the inner circles depict, one can sculpt a face that exudes youthfulness, confidence, and character.

Colour Harmony: Enter the realm of colour, a powerful accomplice in the quest for self-expression. Imagine the inner circles now adorned with strategically applied hues. Colour has the ability to contour, enhance cheekbones, and perceptually alter facial proportions. A carefully chosen palette can illuminate the eyes, complement skin tones, and add an extra layer to the overall visual narrative. Whether it's a bold statement or subtle highlights, colour becomes a brushstroke in the hands of perceptive designers, further shaping the story our faces tell.

The Ideal Face Shape: In this visual narrative, we journey towards the universally coveted ideal face shape - the oval. The oval face, often perceived as the epitome of beauty, emerges as a result of carefully orchestrated hairstyling and colour harmony. It's a canvas where length, width, height, and colour harmonise to create a balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Perceptive Designers: The term "Perceptive Designers" encapsulates the essence of this exploration. Designers, whether of visuals or personal style, hold the power to manipulate perception consciously. By understanding the nuances of face shape, leveraging the art of hairstyling, and embracing the palette of colour, we become architects of our perceptions, crafting a narrative that aligns with our desired self-image.

As we unravel the layers of perception in the realm of design, it becomes clear that our minds are susceptible to illusions. The illustration of two circles, seemingly identical yet profoundly different, serves as a reminder of the transformative power of hairstyling and colour. In the hands of perceptive designers, be it in the salon or our daily routines, our faces become canvases awaiting the brushstrokes and colour palettes that redefine our perceptions and illuminate the path to confidence and self-expression.

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Accessories To Flatter You

At Combers Inside Out Hairdressers, we understand that the journey to personal style extends beyond just hairstyling. Accessories and dress play a crucial role in enhancing the unique beauty of each head shape. Let's delve into the world of fashion that complements your distinctive features, ensuring you shine in every aspect.

stylish hairstyles at combers salon in taunton Sunglasses: Elevate and Frame

Sunglasses aren't just a shield against the sun; they're a statement. For those with a square or round head shape, opt for cat-eye frames to add an elegant lift. If you have a heart-shaped face, aviators can balance the width of your forehead. The key is to choose frames that enhance and frame your features, adding a touch of allure.

Height as a Hairband: Beyond their conventional purpose, sunglasses worn atop the head create a subtle lift, adding a dimensional elegance. This technique is especially beneficial for those with round faces, as it provides an illusion of elongation. The eyes fall into a more balanced position, becoming a focal point that captures attention with grace.

Earrings: Dangling Beauties

Earrings are a powerful tool to play with proportions. For a reverse triangle head shape, dangling earrings that extend below the jawline create a visual width, balancing the narrower chin. Round-faced beauties can opt for longer earrings to elongate the face, while those with rectangular shapes can embrace studs or shorter drops to add subtle dimension.

Tucking Behind the Ears: The Illusion of Shape

Tucking hair behind the ears is an art form that goes beyond convenience. For round faces, it's a trick to reveal more of the face, creating the illusion of length. This simple technique complements shorter hairstyles beautifully. Experiment with different partings and tucks to find what best enhances your facial features.

Necklaces and Scarves: Length Matters

The length of necklaces and scarves can transform your look dramatically. For square faces, longer necklaces that draw the eye downward soften the angular features. Round faces can benefit from shorter necklaces that add a touch of verticality. Scarves, when draped strategically, can enhance or soften the edges, depending on your head shape.

Necklines and Collars: Framing the Face

The style of your clothing can either accentuate or balance your head shape. V-necks and scoop necks elongate the neck and flatter round faces. High collars add sophistication to square faces, while heart-shaped faces can shine in off-shoulder or scoop necklines. Embrace the variety that fashion offers to frame and highlight your unique features.

Conclusion: Just as a well-crafted hairstyle enhances your beauty, thoughtful accessories and dress choices can elevate your style to new heights. At Combers, we're not just about hair; we're about crafting a complete and harmonious look that celebrates the individual in you. Let fashion be your ally, and let your accessories tell a story that complements your head shape, ensuring you radiate confidence and style.

 Unlock Your Perfect Look: A Guide to Hairstyles for Every Face Shape

At Combers, we believe that the key to a truly remarkable haircut lies in understanding your unique head and face shape. So if you’re new to an Inside-Out stylist at Combers, don’t be alarmed if they feel around your head for shape, indents and asymmetry as very very few of us prescribe perfectly to the shapes below.  

Hair isn't just about style; it's about enhancing the beauty that nature gave you. Let's embark on a journey to discover the hairstyles that complement the most common head shapes.  Of course, everyone is different and to ensure every strand tells a story that's uniquely yours, Inside-Out designers will look to your personality and ask questions about your lifestyle in your consultation, so the following are just general perceptive design guidelines to help you self-diagnose.

We are however still amazed how many people get their head shape wrong. We offer free consultations to help you find the right hairstyle for you. We want you to know the true value of the right hair cut and to discover that not all hairdressers are designers and not all can even cut well!


1. Square Face Shape: Bold and Balanced

A square face shape is characterised by a strong jawline and forehead. To balance these features, opt for hairstyles that soften the edges. Layered cuts and textured waves work wonders, adding movement and framing your face with a touch of softness.

2. Round Face Shape: Embrace Elegance

For those with a round face shape, the goal is to elongate and add definition. Choose hairstyles that create the illusion of length, such as sleek bobs or layered pixie cuts. Side-swept fringes or Asymmetric hairstyles also work wonders, drawing attention upward and highlighting your eyes.

3. Rectangle Face Shape: Create Dimension

A rectangular face shape often means a longer face. To add dimension, go for styles that add width to the sides. Consider chin-length bobs, layered shags, or voluminous curls. These styles will balance the length of your face, creating a harmonious and chic appearance.

4. Triangle Face Shape: Soften the Edges

Characterised by a narrower forehead and wider jawline, a triangle face shape benefits from styles that soften the lower half. Opt for layered or textured cuts that add volume to the upper part of your head. Bobs and shoulder-length styles work exceptionally well, creating balance and elegance.

5. Reverse Triangle Face Shape: Emphasise the Crown

For those with a wider forehead and narrower jawline, the focus should be on enhancing the lower half. Consider hairstyles with volume and texture at the jawline, such as layered bobs or curls. These styles draw attention downward, creating a harmonious balance.

6. Heart-Shaped Face: Soft and Feminine

Heart-shaped faces, characterised by a wider forehead and a narrower chin, thrive on soft and feminine styles. Consider pixie cuts, layered bobs, or styles with soft curls. These choices enhance the upper half, creating a romantic and flattering look.

7. Diamond Face Shape: Embrace the Drama

Diamond face shapes are characterised by a narrow forehead and jawline with prominent cheekbones. The goal is to balance the narrower features and highlight those stunning cheekbones. Embrace layered cuts: Soft, layered hairstyles add volume at the top and bottom, balancing the narrower forehead and jawline. Side-swept fringes: Opt for side-swept bangs to soften the forehead and draw attention to your eyes. Chin-length bobs: Chic and timeless, chin-length bobs enhance the delicate features of a diamond face shape.

Choosing the right hairstyle isn't just about trends – it's about celebrating your individuality. At Combers, our skilled stylists are not just hairdressers; they're architects of beauty, shaping styles that embrace the unique contours of your face and head. Whether you're aiming for bold, elegant, or soft, let your head shape be your guide to unlocking the perfect look. Visit us, and let's embark on a journey to reveal your most radiant self.