Headwear for Spring/Summer

After the warm temperatures this Easter Weekend, today Anne from Roches joins us with a post all about headwear – tips on how to choose the right style for you and some of the different options available.

By Anne Roche

Wigs and hairpieces can be a great way to keep your natural look and confidence if you lose your hair through chemotherapy treatment, but they can become a little uncomfortable in the summer months as the temperature rises.

Here are a few tips to make the summer a little easier on your head…

— Opt for colourful and cool headwear – take the bare look away with a little fringe or halo of hair that can be popped under your hat or scarf. This gives a natural suggestion of hair, meaning you can wear regular baseball caps and bandanas, depending on your own style.

— If your head looks a little flat without hair under your scarf, use a shoulder pad on your crown to create a little height. Alternatively, use a scarf to create volume and interest around a hat. You can try layering hats or putting a sun hat over a very fine bamboo turban. The main thing is that you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with your style to give yourself a range of fresh and attractive looks.

— If you want to distract from the head and headwear entirely, accessorise – wear a beautiful necklace so the eye is drawn down. Earrings or a colourful scarf have the same effect.

— If you are wearing a light fabric hat or turban, don’t forget to wear sunscreen on your head. Some hats have SPF built into the fabric, so make sure to ask when you get yours.

— If you’re wearing headwear without any add-on hair, it means your face has no hair to hide behind, so eyebrows and eyelashes are important. Use a brow kit (such as the Brow Kit from Jane Iredale) and eyebrow stencils to create the illusion of natural-looking eyebrows.

— A little eyebrow powder around the edge of your eye also creates the illusion of eyelashes, even if you have none, and gives the face definition. We recommend the Jane Iredale range to our clients. It is a clean beauty brand and many of the products have a SPF, as well as being water-resistant and light on the skin – another plus for hot summer days.

Choosing headwear that suits your face

The shape of your face can help you when choosing a hat to look great in.

There are 5 basic face shapes all with different characteristics.

You might find that you’re somewhere in between two so try on hat types recommended for both to see what might suit you.

An Oval face tends to have broader cheeks with a slightly narrowed forehead and jawline. Hats with large brims look great but you can wear most hats, just make sure that they are proportionate to your height. Add earrings, necklaces or bracelets to complete your outfit.

The distance from the forehead to chin and that from cheek to cheek are the same in a Square face. Tall or round crowns add length to this shape while asymmetrical or circular brims look best to soften the edges. Hats with short brims, no brims or are square in shape will emphasize the angles.

The round chin, full cheek and round hairline of a Round face make you look younger than other face shapes! Choose an asymmetrical style with a high crown or trilby to draw the eye vertically and give proportion to your face. Avoid a round crown on a hat and make sure that the crown isn’t narrower than your face unless it is balanced by a trim.

The chin is the narrowest part of a Heart shape face. Medium brimmed hats balance out the width of the broad forehead, wide cheekbones and pointy chin of this face shape. Slanting the hat to one side will slim your face and draw attention to your eyes. Wide brims will accentuate your forehead and narrow your chin.

A high forehead, narrow jaw line and long length are characteristics of the Oblong face shape. Avoid hats with tall crowns as they will elongate your face even further. Try clean, sharp lines. Full brim hats that bring balance to your shoulder line look great while high crowns and narrow shapes will lengthen your face further.

Masumi Headwear

At Roches we stock affordable luxury headwear brand Masumi. Designed in the UK, the collection is made from the softest and most natural organic materials such as organic bamboo and cotton with no interior stitching that might irritate your skin. They really have a headwear solution for every occasion, from day-to-day wear to activewear for sport and exercise and a collection for special occasions.

Yanna Collection

Yanna Camel Daisy Florenza

Yanna Navy Polka Dot

Yanna Navy Mosaica Linea

The most popular signature style from Masumi is Yanna – hats and scarves in gorgeous prints from Italy and made with bamboo material. Available in a wide range of colours with interchangeable scarves of different prints and patterns, this collection offers outfit flexibility, style and comfort.

Bamboo Collection

Ellie Green

Dahlia Red Rose

Brooklyn Black & White

The Bamboo collection is perfect for those who have sensitive skin and designed for extra comfort. The bamboo range have antiperspirant properties that make them super absorbent, allowing sensitive skin to breathe more easily. The other feature of bamboo is that it adjusts to the temperature of your body, keeping you cool when you are hot and warming you up when you are cold. The natural bamboo fibres make this collection extremely comfortable to wear and silky smooth to the touch. They are the perfect choice for anyone with allergies or skin conditions.

Silkyline Collection

Diamond Col Black Golden Shell

Poppy Coral

Daisy Red Summer Mosaica

The Silkyline collection is easy to wear, elegant headwear made from the softest cotton, with a double layer to give you a silky soft feel. Available in a wide range of colours, this range is great for mixing and matching to suit any outfit. New in this collection is a style called Poppy, which is cute and elegant and so soft to wear. Asha is another design with a long tail, making it versatile for styling in a variety of ways. Also in this collection are luxury headwear styles perfect for more dressy occasions.

These are just a few of the styles we have in store, we’d love to help you choose the right headwear for you from our complete range – feel free to call us for an appointment on (01) 492 6829 or stop in at our salon in Kimmage.

This post first appeared on the Roches blog here.

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