Is your face shape an oval, rectangle, round, square, heart, or triangle? Oval is said to be the “perfect” shape, or so they taught me in beauty school. Either way, do you know what the best hairstyle is for your specific face shape?
To find out what face shape you have, check out What Shape is Your Face? How to Tell.
The objective is to make each face shape look oval with the use of highlighting, shading and perspective. In this article, I would like to share with you some hairstyles that flatter each of the different face shapes.
If You Have an Oval Face Shape:
Congratulations! You can pretty much wear any type of hairstyle! Every other face shape will try to make their face look like yours.
As a general rule of thumb, you want to stick to layers around your cheekbones, chin or lips, depending on what you want to accentuate. Why do you think that Jennifer Aniston has had this hairstyle for a million years? Because it works! …and it’s amazing!
Ms. Aniston has long layers around her cheekbones and chin, and her hair is longer in the back than in the front which lightens up her face.
If You Have a Round Face Shape:
The objective here is to deflect away from the roundness. Long hair is a great hairstyle on round faces because they make the face appear to be longer. The best haircuts for round faces will fall below the chin.
Long layers will help narrow the face, as shorter layers will add body and height, making the face appear rounder.
Waves are also a good touch since they draw attention away from the roundness of the face.
If You Have a Rectangular Face Shape:
The objective here is to soften the strong jaw line.
You don’t want a hairstyle with a lot of weight on your jaw line, so blunt cuts around your jaw are never recommended. Middle parts and blunt bangs will also make your face look more rectangular.
A thinly layered bob is probably your best bet. Side bangs are also a must for this face shape!
If You Have a Square Face Shape:
Like rectangular faces, the objective is to soften the jaw line.
They say that people with square faces take the best photographs. They can get away with long hair better than any other type of face shape. A long hairstyle is good with square faces, and soft hairstyles are even better. If you want short hair, be sure to keep it really soft and layered.
If you Have a Heart Face Shape:
The objective here is to add length to the face and create width around narrow chins.
Heart shaped faces go well with almost any type of hairstyle. Reese Witherspoon is very well-known for her heart-shaped face, and she has pulled off everything from short bobs to long wavy hair.
The side-swept bangs look very flattering on heart-shaped faces. Bangs, in general, look good on heart-shaped faces.
Long bobs (lobs), side-parts, and face framing all work well for this type of face.
The one thing you don’t want to do is make your face appear wider than it is. Once again, bangs can help with this.
If You Have a Triangle Face Shape:
The objective here is to narrow the chin and widen the forehead.
Shorter is better. Short hairstyles look the best on people with triangular-shaped faces. Layers, especially at the jaw line will help flatter your face.
You want to avoid anything that will draw attention to your jawline, like blunt bobs and face framing.
Your Turn: Can you think of any particular hairstyles that look good for certain face shapes? I’d love to keep this discussion going in the comments section below…
With an extensive knowledge of hair color science and over 12 years as a licensed cosmetologist working in the hair industry, Hollee feels the need to share her passion for beauty with the world. She specializes in hair color science, hairstyles, hair hacks, hair knowledge, and how things work in the hair industry. She enjoys sharing her expertise and helping people achieve their personal hair goals.
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