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Choosing the Best Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Updated on March 25, 2016

Choosing Your Style

Finding the right hairstyle can be tricky and frustrating. Some of us feel like we will never find the right one.

Picking a style out of a magazine isn't always the best way to go either unless you know the person has the same face structure as you do. Just because it looks good on one person doesn't mean it can work for everyone.

We have all been guilty of going to a salon with a celebrity picture who looks nothing like us and expecting to look like them when we are finished. Of course we end up disappointed because everything we anticipated turns out to not even be close.

The most flattering hairstyles are flattering because they fit the shape of your face and will enhance your beauty even more.

First, Determine Your Face Structure

The types of I go over here are:

  • Oval
  • Rectangle
  • Round
  • Square
  • Heart (similar styles will work for inverted triangle face)
  • Triangle

You can determine your shape by measuring or by comparing your face with others.

Oval Face

If You Have an Oval Shape:

  • Your face is curvilinear.
  • Your face's length is equal to one and a half times its width.
  • Your forehead and jaw are the same width.

The oval face is gifted because you have almost unlimited options since your face shape is considered more balanced on the forehead and jawline.

The only thing you should really avoid is long hair that is all one length, because it will drag your face down more.

What to Try:

  • Long hair with really short layers
  • Bobs
  • Long hair with layers that frame the face
  • Medium cuts with choppy layers
  • Asymmetrical haircuts
  • Pixie cuts

Example Cuts

A short style with layers really enhances the cheekbones and shows your true beauty.
A short style with layers really enhances the cheekbones and shows your true beauty.
Long flowing hair with long layers is a classic look on any oval face.
Long flowing hair with long layers is a classic look on any oval face.
A short, flirty bob is fun and can be styled many different ways.
A short, flirty bob is fun and can be styled many different ways.

Rectangle Face

If You Have a Rectangle Face:

  • The cheek line from your temples to your jaw is straight.
  • The jawline has strong definition.
  • Your face is about one a half times longer than it is wide.

What to Try:

The best hairstyles for rectangular faces are styles that soften the jawline. Avoid parting your hair down the center, cuts that are higher than the jawline, and cuts that add too much volume to the crown of your head.

Those looks can be too harsh for your face shape. Stick with longer hair or hair below the jawline, side parts, long layers, fringed bangs, and cuts and styles that will add width around the temples and cheekbones.

Curls and waves are also a very beautiful style that softens bold features. Those styles will balance out your face and will not add additional width to your jawline.

Example Cuts

This haircut is cute and fun and doesn't make her jawline look harsh.
This haircut is cute and fun and doesn't make her jawline look harsh.
This is a great length for a rectangular face with just a few long layers in it.  It really compliments her overall look.
This is a great length for a rectangular face with just a few long layers in it. It really compliments her overall look.

Round Face

If You Have a Round Face:

  • Your face is about as wide as it is long.
  • You have fullness at and below your cheekbones.
  • Round faces typically have a wide hairline.

What to Try:

Stick with styles that will deflect the roundness. Long hair falling a few inches or more below the jawline is beautiful on round faces because it lengthens it.

Long layers with the first layer beginning at the earlobe or lower will also make the face appear less round. If you go short, avoid too much volume and stick with choppy layers for a somewhat "messy" look.

Avoid hair that has too much volume around the face and too much volume around the crown as that will make your face appear much rounder than what it really is.

Example Cuts

A beautiful, layered short cut with not too much volume is perfect with her face.
A beautiful, layered short cut with not too much volume is perfect with her face.
This sleek style makes her face appear longer and is very classy.
This sleek style makes her face appear longer and is very classy.

Square Face

If You Have a Square Face:

  • You have 4 corners at the jawline and forehead.
  • You have a strong, angular jawline.
  • Your face is as wide as it is long.

When you have a square face, you have very bold features. A strong jawline usually comes with the territory. Square faces have the best faces for photography as your strong features come out beautifully in pictures.

What to Try:

The cuts you should stick with are ones that slightly play down your angular jaw. You can do this by choosing cuts that have choppy layers in long or short haircuts.

Curls and waves really soften your features. Pixie cuts are beautiful on square faces because they balance out the whole facial structure since they normally add volume at the crown of the head.

It is not suggested to get angular hair cuts, long hair with one length, one-length bobs, or cuts that end at the chin, as they will widen a square face.

Example Cuts

The cut appears to be at the jawline as stated not to do, however the soft curls in her hair balance it out making it a beautiful style for her face.
The cut appears to be at the jawline as stated not to do, however the soft curls in her hair balance it out making it a beautiful style for her face.
Medium length hair with layers and soft curls really softens her face.
Medium length hair with layers and soft curls really softens her face.
Below the jawline with choppy layers makes this a very cute, complimentary, cut on her face.
Below the jawline with choppy layers makes this a very cute, complimentary, cut on her face.

Heart-Shaped Face

If You Have a Heart-Shaped Face:

  • Your forehead is the widest part of your face.
  • Your have high, noticeable cheekbones.
  • Your face tapers off from a wider forehead to a narrow jawline.

Heart-shaped faces are known for beautiful high cheekbones. There are many different styles that you are able to get away with.

What to Try:

Because your chin typically comes to a point, you'll want to find a hairstyle to widen that area a bit. You can do this with long hair and long layers that will give the illusion of a wider chin. Adding volume and body to the jawline really balances out your face.

Asymmetrical haircuts and pixie styles are perfect on heart-shaped faces. They really make the cheek bones stand out and enhance the curves of your face.

Avoid styles that are straight with no body. That will drag your face out and not benefit your features at all. One-length bobs, blunt bangs and cuts or styles that curve inward towards the jawline are also not going to benefit you at all.

They will only make your chin appear "pointier" and not enhance any of your best features.

Example Cuts

This pixie is perfect on her face and emphasizes her beautiful cheekbones.
This pixie is perfect on her face and emphasizes her beautiful cheekbones.
This bob, or slightly asymmetrical cut is cute and fits her facial structure perfectly.
This bob, or slightly asymmetrical cut is cute and fits her facial structure perfectly.

Triangle Shape

If you have a triangle face:

  • Your jawline is wider than your forehead.
  • Your face narrows greatly from the chin to the forehead, which creates a "point."
  • You have a distinct chin.

There is both a triangle and an inverted triangle face shape. If you have an inverted triangle, your forehead will be wider than your jaw.

The haircuts for an inverted triangle will be just like your cuts for the heart face because you want to emphasize the same areas.

What to Try:

For triangle face shapes, it is all about softening the jawline and giving the forehead a wider appearance. You'll want to add volume around the temples because that area is a very narrow part of your face.

Layered bobs, fringed bangs, choppy layers, and long hair with layers beginning at the temples are the most flattering. The whole point is to make your cheeks and forehead appear wider to make your facial structure more balanced.

It is not a good idea to get a cut with no layers, no bangs, pixie cuts, hair that has volume at the crown, or cuts above the jawline. Those styles will lengthen the face more and make it look more pointy.

Example Cut

An asymmetrical haircut really balances out her features and gives her a very soft look.
An asymmetrical haircut really balances out her features and gives her a very soft look.

Every face shape has a hair style that works best with it.

So remember, if you have the right haircut for your face, it can make a world of difference. The negatives you may have noticed in your face before can become positives!

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      Bailey 9 months ago

      I having a hard time figuring out the shape of my face in relation to those pictures

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      Alyssa 2 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Char, you would be stunning with a long or short A-line hair cut! It would accentuate your cheekbones beautifully. Also, a side swept bang would look perfect with your face shape and hair cut. If you do this style, make sure the length in the front of your hair does not go shorter than the underneath of your chin :-)

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      Alyssa 4 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Thank you I appreciate it!

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      perlwatson 4 years ago from England

      very good tips i like the pictures

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