The Best Haircut for Your Face

Posted by HairLady on Tue, Mar 14th, 2006
Forget trends -- your face shape determines your best look.

The Answer's in the Mirror

When it comes to getting great hair, don't look any further than your own mirror. Whether you're a "heart," "round," or "oval," your best cut is determined by your face. Everyone's face is different and it's important to understand that every hairstyle is not for every face shape. To accentuate balance and beauty, strive for a hairstyle that works with your particular face shape. That strategy will not only give you your best look, but also emphasize your best features. Be sure to bring this up with your stylist and make it an important determination in your new look.

Sorting Shapes

Figure out your face shape by pulling hair back into a tight, structure-revealing ponytail. Look at the outline of your face -- the size and shape of your forehead as it compares to your cheeks and chin determines its shape.

If your face shape is: Oval -- jawline narrower than temples, rounded hairline
Dos: Add volume to the top of head to slim.
Don'ts: Stay away from a spiky and short topside. Avoid width or volume on sides.


Click to view celebrities with oval face shape

If your face shape is: Square -- with strong jawline and hairline
Dos: Take the edge off with a softening style featuring a side part and length at nape of neck.
Don'ts: Don't center-part hair or cut square, straight bangs. Avoid geometric lines.

 

Click to view celebrities with square face shape

If your face shape is: Round -- full with round chin and hairline
Dos: Add volume to the top of head to slim.
Don'ts: Stay away from a spiky and short topside. Avoid width or volume on sides.


Click to view celebrities with round face shape


If your face shape is: Heart -- wide temples and hairline, narrowing at chin
Dos: Try bangs and a length that frames the jawline.
Don'ts: Don't go too short at the nape of the neck.
Click to view celebrities with heart face shape

If your face shape is: Oblong -- narrow jawline and hairline
Dos: Layer it on for fullness on sides.
Don'ts: Skip short cuts, jaw-length bobs, or styles that add height on top.


Click to view celebrities with oblong face shape

Hair Cut for Face Shape

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 considering what styles suit your face shape.

Finding the Right Hair Cut Style for Your Face Shape

     
  • Oval faces are considered to be the ideal shape by hairdressers. People with an oval face shape can wear most hair cut styles and lengths with it still looking "right". The oval face is mathematically 1.5 times as long as its width, with the forehead slightly wider than the jaw.
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  • Square faces have a square jawline and hairline at the forehead. They are 'too short', so a suitable hair cut style seeks to create height elongating the face. Hair should be layered around the face to soften the jawline. Jaw and brow nearly same width. Hair should wisp around face to reduce squareness.
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  • 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.
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  • Heart shaped faces are widest at the temples and narrowest at the jawline. Usually the chin is small and delicate. The hair cut style's objective should be to create an oval by adding width at the jawline.
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  • Oblong shaped faces are longer than their width, with narrow jaws and rounded hairline. The hairstyle objective is to add width to the cheekbones, giving the visual of a fuller instead of a long, slender face. 
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  • Diamond shaped faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrow in the forehead and chin. By creating width at the forehead and minimizing it at the cheekbones, the illusion of an oval face can be achieved.
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  • Rectangular faces have a square chin and hairline, and are long and narrow. The ideal style of hair cut is one which creates width at the sides disguising the narrowness. A fringe can also shorten the face, and a style with a side part will help to reduce the square appearance.
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  • Pear shaped faces have a narrow forehead and are widest at the jawline, with a round chin. The objective of a suitable style of hair cut is to give the illusion of an oval face by creating width at the forehead and temples.

While it's not uncommon for someone to walk into a salon and say, "Give me a Jennifer Aniston", the key to finding a style that works for you is having a hair cut that works with your face shape, not against it.

 

This article was written by HairLady and initially posted at Prohaircut.com, please make the original source statement inside the article when you repost it, and link back to the original article with the URL: http://www.prohaircut.com/haircut_and_face.htm




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Purbabha Mondal
Sun, Jul 16th, 2017, by Purbabha Mondal
Which hairstyle suits me best?
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greenkitty308
Wed, Feb 4th, 2015, by greenkitty308
my hair is super fine and dry, any suggestions?
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Fine Stylist
Wed, Feb 25th, 2015, by Fine Stylist
Some good news and bad news for you, darling. Bad news is that if your hair is fine it's going to stay like this no matter what you do, but with the right haircut you can actually make it look like it's fuller. But first you need to take care of the dryness - deep conditioning is a must!! Also, avoid using any heat on your hair (natural drying!) and use combs and brushes made of natural products. Give it a few months and you should see some effects.
Here are a couple of ideas about what to do with fine hair.
http://prohaircut.com/haircut-idea/Best-mid-length-hairstyles-for-fine-hair
http://prohaircut.com/haircut-idea/Get-ready-to-Wob-
Give it a go and post a pic when you are ready!
chelsy
Mon, Jan 19th, 2015, by chelsy
Im the girl in pink. What is the shape of my face? And what bangs and hairstyle suits in me? Can i try full bangs or side swept?. I have a wavy and thick hair. Please answer me.
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Fairy Godmother
Wed, Jan 21st, 2015, by Fairy Godmother
You seem to have a round face and really thick hair! Don't get short bangs, because they will just be really difficult to control! I would go for side swept bangs, if you go for full length they will really shorten your face, so side bangs and... a lob maybe? you'd look great in a slightly wavy lob I think! Collar-bone length at least.
Nicole
Mon, Oct 20th, 2014, by Nicole
What is the best haircut for me, should I have a long hair or short???
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hairmonster
Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014, by hairmonster
Your hair looks thick and heavy so I wouldn't try very short haircuts if I were you or your face might look like a triangle. Maybe collarbone length at most, the lob hairstyle. There was a good article about lobs http://www.prohaircut.com/haircut-idea/The-Best-Bobs-and-Lobs-of-Winter-13/14. I think you would look good in the one that Reese Witherspoon had. It would make your hair look much lighter.
Tina Hodges
Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014, by Tina Hodges
I am 44. My hair is a little fine & this length seems to weigh it down. I also am in the process of losing weight.. became a grandmother.. I need a new update. Advice appreciated!!
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Maggie
Tue, Mar 25th, 2014, by Maggie
Hi Tina,

If your hair is fine you are right when you want to try a shorter haircut. It will bring more bounce to your 'do. Have you thought of a bob or long bob? Have a look a this one: http://www.prohaircut.com/celebrity-hairstyle/celebrity-short-hairstyle/Julianne-Houghs-Classic-Bob-Haircut.

You could modify it a bit with side bangs, too if you want to keep yours.

Nice picture btw :)
Rosario
Wed, Dec 25th, 2013, by Rosario
Que corte me queda??

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Annie
Mon, Mar 31st, 2014, by Annie
How about experimenting with some colour? Your hair is long enough for nice ombre and it would really freshen up    your hairstyle if you want to keep the length.

Go for some layers too, as your hair looks pretty thick. That will make it optically lighter.

Good luck!
charu
Fri, Dec 20th, 2013, by charu
what is the best hair cut for me ....
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Randi
Mon, Jun 24th, 2013, by Randi
I have medium length, course, thick, and naturally curly/ frizzy hair. I've been thinking about going short but I don't know what shape my face is because I recently gained a bit of weight. What do you suggest?
P.S. Because my hair is so thick and makes me hot, I keep it in a messy bun 98% of the time. That's why I've thought of going short.
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Marisella
Mon, Apr 8th, 2013, by Marisella
I have naturaly curly hair and I just straitened it with heat. I really want to have a new hair style to impess my friends and family. Oh and I wear these nincumpoop glasses.
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Marisella
Thu, Apr 11th, 2013, by Marisella
Never mind I will look ugly forever! :'(
Hairgal
Sun, Jun 9th, 2013, by Hairgal
Honey, add some long layers and grow your bangs a littlethen side sweep them, go to the salon they will fix this disaster.
kim
Sun, Dec 16th, 2012, by kim
my friends say to keep my hair like this shoud i
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Marisella
Thu, Apr 11th, 2013, by Marisella
DON'T CHANGE IT. IT LOOKS GREAT!
Hairgal
Sun, Jun 9th, 2013, by Hairgal
Get side bangs s well your so pretty
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