Which haircut suits me? This frequently asked question has a simple answer – the key to a flattering hairstyle is one that gives an illusion of an oval face. Other factors to be taken into consideration are the texture of your hair and your personality and lifestyle!
Combining all of these with highlighting your best features is the job of your professional hairstylist – want to know how to pick the best hairstyle that suits you? Read on…
Hairstyles are designed to enhance and complement your face shape – so you need to determine what that shape is. Face shapes fall into different categories and these include long, oval, square, round, heart, and diamond. Look at definitions below to help you decide in which category you belong:
Round or baby-shaped faces have the same width and length without any angles or corners which often give a youthful appearance and a choice of younger haircuts.
Haircuts that suit round faces include textured lobs, pixie cuts with extra volume on top, deep side partings, and high ponytails. For wavy or curly hair keep to styles that come below the chin to elongate your face.
The length of an oval face is longer than the width with the jawline being slightly narrower than the hairline – and again without prominent points or angles.
Haircuts that suit oval faces are extremely varied from sleek and side-swept bangs to blunt bobs cut above the shoulder and subtle layering. Avoid one length styles as these can make your face look longer.
Square faces have a strong, angled jawline the same width as the forehead and cheekbones.
Different styles to choose include straight hair with long layers, soft, wispy side-swept bangs, or short subtle bangs or bobs to show off the strength of the jawline. Add texture in the form of choppy ends or curls. Steer away from severe, slicked back looks if you want to soften this face shape.
This face shape is a similar version of the oval face shape, just with a longer chin.
A hairstyle that flatters this shape is one with long layers that finish at the collarbone or loose curls that start close to the roots. Flat-iron waves achieve loose curls and waves to give a widening effect, and you can achieve more width and volume with a salon-style blow-dry.
A heart-shaped face is wider at the temples and tapers down to a small, slightly pointed, narrow chin. Prominent cheekbones are often a feature.
Opt for shoulder length bobs, bangs to conceal a wider forehead, and long layers styled down and out to curl away from the face.
With cheekbones being the widest part of the face, the forehead and jawline are the same widths in this face shape.
Sleek, high ponytails, straight hair with a middle parting, short textured bobs, and long side-swept bangs are just a few suggestions for this symmetrical and balanced elegant face shape. There are a few styles to avoid – heavy bangs that make the face look smaller, and straight across bangs that make the chin look even narrower.