Choosing a Hairstyle to Complement the Shape of Your Face

The shape of your head can dictate the type of haircut that looks best on you. While you should not become a slave to what others have determined looks “best” you should at least consider the knowledge gained by others. Besides, we all know someone who transformed their looks completely by changing their hairstyle in a way that better suited their face.

Oblong Face

The oblong face is long, slender and feature a narrow chin. Long hair is not recommended for the oblong face as it tends to showcase the length of the face even more. Go with short hair that avoids parting in the middle. That part makes the oblong face appear even more narrow. Avoid straight hair and go for a curls or a nice thick wave. Bangs are definitely something to consider for those with a high forehead.

Oval Face

The oval face is narrower along the jawline than it is around the temples. The oval face has great leeway when it comes to hairstyles; almost anything goes. You do want to avoid a cut that puts too much hair down over your face. You should also stay away from very long hair if your oval face is considered small.

Round Face

The round face benefits from a short haircut that is swept back at the sides. Bangs are good as long as they are straight across the forehead. A center part should be avoided in favor of a part that is slightly off-kilter.

Square Face

The square face is characterized by a strong jawline. That jawline can be accented by especially long hair, so you might want to avoid that style. Go for anything that helps to soften the features of the square face such as a kicky little short style that sweeps upward or bangs with a part that is off-center.

Heart-Shaped Face

The heart-shaped face narrows from a fullness at the temple to a delicate chin. Shorter styles should be avoided as it makes the face look a little too heavy along the top. Longer hair parted on the side is much more

Triangular Face

The triangular face has a strong jawline that narrows upward toward the cheekbones. Short hair makes the triangular face look best because it acts to balance out the jawline and the cheekbones. A center part should be nixed because it draws attention to the jawline. Hair should be full along the temples, but don’t go too high along the top.