What are asymmetric styles? Who are they suited for? Are they harder to create than symmetrical/balanced styles? Let’s take the topic one question at a time:
What are Asymmetrical Styles?
An asymmetrical style is simply a style that isn’t the same on both sides. (Or specifically
one that follows an “unbalanced” pattern.) Back in the eighties, when short hair was very popular with some women, artists like Cyndi
Lauper made some very bold hair style choices. Her hair was clippered almost to the bare scalp on one side of her head with the other
side allowed to grow very long and layered in choppy locks. The top was styled to be spiky and gradually increased in length to blend the two separate sides.
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Another kind of asymmetry can be achieved with less drastic differences. There have been
classic bob haircuts that are brought to one length on one side of the head and gradually increase (or decrease) in length to another point on the opposite side of the head.
And the asymmetry doesn’t even have to completely encompass the head. You can create an
asymmetrical element to your hairstyle by using a diagonal cutting line in the bangs area, or growing the bangs/fringe of your hair
exceptionally long while the rest of the hair is short.
Who are Asymmetrical Styles suited for?
A lot of people are drawn to wearing more asymmetrical styles because they want to make a
statement with their hair. They are very outgoing and like to draw a lot of attention to themselves, particularly when it comes to
their hair. You usually find asymmetrical style among younger people, especially those into less mainstream interests.
But that isn’t to say that other people shouldn’t wear asymmetrical styles. In fact,
incorporating asymmetrical elements into a hairstyle can help to flatter the face, and balance otherwise overbalanced features. For
example, someone who has a large or overly protrusive nose may find their face flattered by using an angled parting and a diagonally cut bangs area.
Similarly, asymmetrical styles can be good for creating counter-balance and harmony in bland
features. For example with a round face and a weak chin, a style that is cut short in back to the occipital bone and gradually
lengthens to below chin level at the face will help to give the appearance of a longer face and give the idea that the chin is more prominent than it actually is.
Are Asymmetrical Styles Harder to Create?
Asymmetrical styles are sometimes harder to create, but only in the sense that usually an
asymmetrical style is actually the amalgamation of two separate styles. One side may be a classic A-line bob, while the opposite side
may be a gamine-short pixie cut. The difficulty can be in blending the two styles together to create a new cohesive-looking whole. There
is also the matter of selecting two separate styles that will work well together, and look appropriate when combined.
I don’t know that I would advocate the merging of a buzz cut with a long-layering technique,
although, depending on the lengths involved, there may be styles that would work well.