If you’ve ever felt frustrated that a particular hairstyle that looks glamorous on your favorite celebrity yet highlights all your bad angles, there’s no need to fret. When this happens, it’s usually because you’re trying out a hairstyle that works best for a different face shape! The length or width of your face dictates the hairstyle that emphasizes your best features, so it’s essential to consider that. Even the most expensive dye jobs or hair cuts won’t immediately make you look like a superstar if it doesn’t suit your face shape.
For this reason, it’s essential to acquaint yourself with your face’s dimensions so you can determine if you can rock the latest look going viral on Instagram or if something else will flatter your features better.
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Here is our guide to the different face shapes and the best hairstyles that suit them:
A round face means your face is as broad as it is long, so you’ll want to create the illusion of a longer face shape with more definition. Medium-length cuts with side-swept bangs can make your face look longer and slimmer. However, if you want longer hair, choose face-framing layers that are long and staggered and start at your jawline.
On the other hand, you’ll want to avoid single-length cuts, full curls, short hair, and bobs. Hair that’s too long will cause you to lose volume at the top and sides, making your face look larger and rounder.
Those with an oval-shaped face are blessed with the most symmetrical face shape that goes perfectly with just about any haircut and hair length. If you have an oval face, all you have to concern yourself with is finding a hairstyle that highlights your favorite facial feature, whether it’s your cheekbones, eyes, or lips.
If you have a square-shaped face, you’ll want to try deep side parts, soft bangs, more volume at the top, and chin-length styles. These will lengthen your face and make it look slimmer while hiding your wide and angular jaw. A layered hairstyle at medium length that stops below your jaw also beautifully frames your face. Soft waves and a long, layered cut also soften your strong jawline.
However, you’ll want to avoid hairstyles that create straight lines like center parts or the China doll fringe. Do not flat-iron your hair since it will look too flat and straight, accentuating the hard angles of your face.
Diamond face shapes have small foreheads and wide cheekbones, so you’ll want a hairstyle that widens your forehead and adds more fullness to your chin. Pixie cuts, the China doll bob, or straight or wavy hair with a center part do excellently here. However, if you have fine hair, avoid too long, straight hair.
Heart-shaped faces are similar to round faces, though they have wider foreheads and a more slender jawline. Side-swept bangs are incredibly flattering on heart-shaped faces since they hide your forehead width while adding volume to your jaw. You’ll want to avoid hairstyles with a center part since it draws more attention to your forehead. Additionally, short, straight bangs broaden this feature even more. Hairstyles that have too much volume on top will also accentuate this.
Pear-shaped faces, also known as triangular, have jawlines that are wider than their foreheads. Longer hairstyles can help hide this, but shorter ones can work too, as long as you add more volume to the top. Side-parted curtain bangs also work well with this face shape as long as they stop below the jawline. Side parts can also lengthen the face. It’s best to stick to straight hair since curls add more width. Avoid center parts as much as possible since they highlight the top of your face all the more.
Lastly, oblong face shapes are long and narrow, like ovals. However, the difference lies in the forehead, cheeks, and chin, roughly the same width or narrowness. Shorter hairstyles like bobs or asymmetric ones shorten the face, making it more proportionate. If you prefer longer hair, waves and curls can widen your face, which is the goal. Side-swept hairstyles also work wonderfully. Avoid hairstyles that are too long or short, along with stick-straight hair, since they make your face look even skinnier.
Face shapes determine the best hairstyle for you.
By accounting for your proportions, using this guide and consulting with your local hairstylist, you’ll find the most flattering hairstyle that highlights all your favorite features and hides any extra width.
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