What’s Your Best Cut?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

Finding the Right Hairstyle for Your Face

Choosing the right hairstyle is like looking for that perfect dress: you want one that flatters your shape and emphasizes your best features. Forget the latest styling products and straighteners, the shape of your face is your key to getting great hair. Whether your face is oval, round, square or heart-shaped will determine the ‘do that suits you best.

An oval face is typically slightly longer than it is wide, with a rounded hairline. Hairdressers love this shape, because you can pretty much wear any style with it. Both short and long cuts work well with an oval face. But if you’re a bit on the oblong side, just be sure to avoid a super-long style that drags your face down. A short bob that falls right below the chin is always a sure bet for an oval face, and sweeping bangs are an excellent way to draw attention to your eyes. 

A round face needs a style that adds a little length. If you have a full face and a round chin, consider a cut with angles or layers for a slimming, lengthening effect. Since you want to minimize your roundness, steer clear of short curls or anything that will add more width and volume to your face, such as blunt bangs.

The best haircut for a square chin and face is one that softens your strong, angular jawline. Loose waves, curls and wispy layers will all elongate the face and de-emphasize your square jaw. A side part is another great way to give your face a little height and add an element of asymmetry to offset your boxy features. Stay away from short bobs and straight bangs; the geometric lines will only make your face look more square.

A heart-shaped face is characterized by a wide hairline that tapers down into a small chin. To avoid making your delicate chin look pointy, don’t go too short or wear severe layers. Opt instead for soft, longer layers or side-swept bangs to frame your face and highlight your eyes and cheekbones. This will add width to your narrow chin, creating the illusion of a balanced oval shape.