Hairstyles & Face Shape

You can enhance your looks with a hairstyle that suits your face shape. Paying attention to your face shape will enable you to draw attention to your best features, while minimizing less desirable features.

 

Face Shapes

  • Oval – In this shape the forehead is wider than the chin with prominent cheekbones and the face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin
  • Round – This face has a fuller appearance where the length is almost the same as width. This face shape is widest at the cheeks
  • Long – This face has an elongated/long appearance. The forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same width
  • Square – Forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same width and a square jawline is the most obvious feature
  • Heart – This face shape is similar to an oval face, but the chin tapers to a point
  • Diamond – Not as common as the other face shapes, typically the face is angular with a short forehead.
    The face is widest at the temples

Here are some suggestions about what to choose if your face is round:

  • A layered fringe rather than a straight or heavy fringe.
  • Try short styles which give height.
  • Try styles that add length.
  • Try styles that keep the sides of your hair short or close to the face.
  • You can have curls around the crown of your head to create height – but never have curls near your cheeks. Keep the sides of your hair short with a curly style.
  • Try longer to very long styles, with a fringe and layers so that the face and the neck are given a slenderizing shape.

Here are some suggestions about what to choose if your face is square:

  • Try an angled bob with long pieces in front that gradually get shorter toward the back, this will elongate rather than widen your face.
  • Try graduated layers to soften a strong jawline,with the shortest layer even with your chin.
  • Try asymmetrical layers that are not perfectly even on both sides as matching up your layers exactly can accentuate a square face rather than disguising it.
  • Try soft, loose waves around the face as this will have a diffusing effect and disguise a square face.
  • Try soft long layers to accentuate your face without creating any breaks or distracting sections – layers that are too short can make a square face shape seem flat or wide.
  • Try a side swept fringe to take the edge off angular lines.