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How to Choose the Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Updated on November 30, 2018
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Evie Sparkes is a published novelist. Evie has a passion for fashion, hair, make-up and skin-care.

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Face Shapes

If like me, you have an oval face, then we are the lucky ones as most styles will suit us. However, a short A-line bob haircut is probably the most flattering look for me. I've played around with my hair over the years but I always go back to the bob. There are so many ways to funk up shorter hair.

How To Determine Your Face Shape

I don't think we really stop to think about our face shape when considering a new hair cut. It's imperative that we do if we want to get the best out of our styles. When determining your face shape, take a look at your hair line, your jawline and the width of your face. I'd suggest looking in the mirror, pulling your hair back and drawing around the shape of your face with an eye or lip liner.

It's easier to see your own shape when you step away from your actual face.

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Oval Faces

If the length of your face is longer than the width then you have what's known as an oval face shape. Your face will probably have a gentle curve at the chin and narrow very slightly. Good hairstyles for you are chin length bobs, with or without a fringe.

Smooth some serum through the ends to sharpen your style and make it shine. A glossy bob is so on trend right now. I love this serum from Paul Mitchell. It's super light and gives my hair a lovely shine.

My Short Bob

Round Faces

A round face will be the same (ish) in width and in length. You're looking at hairstyles that elongate the face slightly. Styles that suit your face shape are longer in length. Avoid very short bobs.

You might want to take on the side swept fringe. This will add some interest to your face and make it look slightly angular. If you hair is shoulder length then why not try some clip in extensions or pull your hair up onto the top of your head and add a pony clip?

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Square Faces

Square faces are defined by width. Your face from side to side will be wide as will your forehead. People with square faces generally have a prominent jawline.

The best styles to soften this face shape are long straight styles, wispy fringes. Of course you might choose to accentuate your strong face shape and go for a sort sharp straight bob with a thick face framing fringe. This sort of hairstyle is not for the faint hearted though!

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Long Faces

Not to be confused with the oval face. A long face shape is generally a little longer. Think Sarah Jessica Parker or Celine Dion. A long face suits shorter styles or styles that make you appear to have a wide face. Perhaps why SJP goes for the super curly style that gives volume at the sides.

Try some loose curls. Use a straightener. Hold the plates half way down the hair length and twist the hair backwards. Leave the very ends out to create a messy beachy wave.

Heart Shape Faces

Heart shaped faces will be wider at the forehead and sides of the face and narrow considerably at the jawline. It's quite usual for people with heart shaped faces to have pretty high cheekbones.

I love cute little high buns as the side with longer styles on this shaped face. Think Princess leah. Why not add a super-cute plait starting from deep on one side. French plaits look incredibly 'boho chic'.

Visit The Hairdresser

I have cut my own hair on many occasion and this is okay for me as I was once a hairdresser. That said, I have had my mishaps. Cutting your own fringe is not the best idea for anyone!

It's always better to visit a stylist at least for the first fringe cut.

If you have read this blog post and realise you have not been doing yourself any justice when it comes to your face shape and hair style then do some research. Look at celeb cuts and their face shapes. You can guarantee they'll be getting the very best style advice!

Have Fun

Above all, have fun with your hair. Check out lots of tutorials that are best for you face shape. Invest in some accessories and play around with your look.


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