Finding the Right Hair Cut and Style for Your Face Shape
Do you know what your face shape is? If not watch the videos above for an easy way to find out. Once you know then you can start choosing the best look for you! When choosing your new hair cut style you should consider which styles you like, which styles suit your lifestyle and hair type, but above all — which style of hair cut will look the most flattering on you.
While choosing the right hair cut style is ultimately about your personal taste there are some basic rules you should follow. At the top of this list is what styles suit your face shape.
Oval Face Shapes
The oval face is the most versatile shape and is considered the most ideal in the world of beauty and cosmetics. You can pull off almost any look: short, long, curly, straight or even one of the edgier, funky styles. Consider your best feature and highlight it to find the most flattering style for you.
If you have great eyes, blunt or side-swept bangs are a great option; great bone structure, you might consider an angular bob that shows off your chin.
Flattering Styles: Long, beachy waves, bangs, sophisticated bobs.
Avoid: Short layers that add too much height on top, it can make your face appear too long. If your hair is curly, avoid short hair. Try shoulder length or longer to weigh down curls. also, avoid a blunt cut if your hair is thick and curly… your hair will look like a pyramid.
Celebrities who share your face shape: Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson
Square Face Shapes
The square face shape is characterized by having strong angles at the jaw and forehead. Dealing with a square face shape requires implementing a style that features curves at the forehead and jaw line with some volume on top and the sides to soften the angles.
If you have a square face, you’ll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, does this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jaw line and continue downward. Hair should be layered and wisped around the face and to soften the jaw line.
If you have a square face, you’ll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, does this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward.
Avoid: One-length bob hairstyles (especially chin-length) and blunt-cut bangs. These will highlight your angular features rather than downplay them.
Rectangular or Oblong
The key to dealing with the oblong face is to introduce a style with added width and an emphasis on horizontal lines. For the angular version smooth curves should be included to create contours.
The perfect cut is one that adds width and doesn’t drag the face down.
Flattering Styles: Brow-skimming bangs, Chin-length bobs are also ideal because they create the illusion of width. A long bob is flattering like Gwyneth Paltrow’s. Just make sure your stylist cuts it a bit shorter in the back so as not to look boring. Curls and waves are also good because they add volume and width to the face. Be careful with long hair: Hair that is too long can drag down the face. Long layers work best with pieces hitting at the nose, the chin and the collarbone. Consider a v-shaped style where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair appear shorter. Also consider adding wave or curls to the hair.
Avoid: Stay away from the extremes. Don’t go longer than the collarbone and avoid a skull-capping pixie cut.
Celebs who share your face shape: Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashlee Simpson, and Liv Tyler.
Heart Face Shape
Heart shaped faces are widest at the temples and narrowest at the jaw line. Usually the chin is small and delicate. The hair cut style’s objective should be to create an oval by adding width at the jaw line. Your pointy chin tends to be the focal point of your face. Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead with side-swept bangs, brow-grazing fringe, a strong part and hair that falls at or below your jaw line.
Flattering Styles: Short hair tends to look great on you, especially the pixie hairstyle. Keep top layers soft and long. Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheekbones.Chin-length bobs are great for your face shape, just make sure the ends are a bit tapered. Side-swept bangs are also gorgeous on your face shape.
Avoid: Short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers.
Round Face Shape
Round faces are characterized by a round chin. Because they lack the length of the oval face, the hair should be cut to create the illusion of length in the face. This is achieved by creating height on top of the head, and minimizing hair width by keeping it flat at the sides and around the ears. The Round face shape is considered by many women to be the least desirable, and is often confused with excess weight. Typically, if you have a round face, you want to make your face appear longer and leaner and less round. To do this, create less volume around the face.
Flattering Styles: Try cuts that fall just below the chin like a long bob. Soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends. The wisps de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Bangs are flattering, but keep them long or side-swept.
Avoid: One-length, blunt cuts such as the classic bob. if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. Grow your curls out to shoulder-length or beyond or flat iron them.
Diamond Face Shape
The Diamond face shape is possible the most misidentified shape. The diamond face has a narrow forehead area, and narrow jaw line, with wide cheekbones.
Flattering Styles: A style designed for this face shape requires volume in the upper and lower corners of the face. Perhaps a style featuring wide, voluminous fringe styled with maximum lift that lie close on the sides and sweeps outward at the bottom.
Avoid: Try to avoid hairstyles with height on top, particularly ones without bangs, also styles that leave no hair in the chin or neck area. Middle parts are also a no-no. They add length.
Celebs who share your face shape: Kim Raver of “24”, and Felicity Huffman of “ Desperate Housewives both qualify as having diamond face shapes.
When it comes to dealing with face shapes, if you just can’t seem to be sure what category you belong in, just remember the following tips:
• Use soft curves and waves to minimize angles in the face shape.
• Use horizontal lines and curl to add width to a narrow area.
• Use vertical lines and lift to add height to a shortened or round face.
• Use styling elements (curved bangs, asymmetry, off-center parting) to camouflage or distract from prominent features.
Just remember that your goal is creating the appearance of an oval face. Using the right style elements will enable you to create the illusion, even when the actual face shape is far from oval.