Best Hairstyle For Your Face Shape April 13, 2015 22:04

Before you decide on a new hairstyle, think about what type of hairstyle may look best with the shape of your face.

Picking the right hairstyle that flatters you can be a bit overwhelming. But here’s a take away - The most flattering hairstyle is the one which enhances the prominent features of your face's special shape.

There are six facial shapes:

  • round
  • oval
  • oblong
  • diamond
  • heart-shaped 
  • square

Follow the steps below to find the best hairstyle that complements your face the best:

Measure your face to determine your facial shape:

With a tape measure in hand, stand in front of a mirror in a well-lit room then pull your hair back off your face. Measure from the hairline to your chin, across the widest points of your forehead, jaw line and the tops of your cheekbones.

Here are some examples of hairstyles for different facial shapes: 

Round – Your face is nearly as wide as it is long, and is widest at the cheekbones. Your jawline is round and full. Best hairstyles include long, layered hair with graduated shag or with layered bangs to provide a slenderizing shape.

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Oval - The face is widest at the cheekbones with a tapered narrow jaw line. Best hairstyles include long flowing waves and adorable pixie cuts. Although, nearly every hairstyle looks great on an oval shape face, your specific features will decide which hairstyle to wear.

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Oblong - Face is like a rectangle, longer than it is wide. Jawline is rounded. Best hairstyles include haircuts that make your face look less boxy and wider at the cheekbones. Ideal hair length is above or below the chin to soften strong jaw line. Avoid bobs.

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Diamond – Your face is slightly longer than it is wide with pointy chin. The high-set cheekbones are the prominent part of your face. Best hairstyles include a flipped-out layered cut or a full, classic bob that shows off your fabulous bone structure.

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Square – The angular jawline is the most noticeable feature of your face. Best hairstyles include wearing hair extra-long to soften the strong features. Wear side-swept bangs and avoid blunt cuts that tend to accentuate the jaw.

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Heart-shaped – Your face is slightly wide at the forehead, full cheekbones, and a little narrow at the chin. Best hairstyles include chin-length bob with tapered ends. Wear your bangs side-swept and avoid extra height at the crown. 

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Check out images of others with your face shape then look for flattering hairstyles that you would love to try. Celebrities are a confidence booster. Find celebs with your face shape and try wearing their hairstyle. You might be surprised.  Afterall, they pay big bucks for their styling advice. You might as well use take advantage of it.

You should also consider your lifestyle when choosing a hairstyle. If you have a fairly busy schedule, wear a low maintenance hairstyle so you are not caught short for time and have to show up somewhere with hair that is not neat.

This is a good video that gives an overall review of face shape, how to determine your face shape. It will help you find the best hairstyles for your face shape: