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How To Find A Hairstyle That Suits Your Hair Type And Face Shape

Updated on September 5, 2015
Hair-dryer and  hair straighteners
Hair-dryer and hair straighteners

Hairstyles to suit you

You would think choosing a hairstyle would be easy with so many different styles around. It's not. First you have to take into account your hair type and its condition. Is it poker straight or do you have wavy and curly hair. Is it thick or thin? Is it fine or coarse? Is it prone to greasiness or is it dry.

Then you have to consider how much time do you want to spend on it. Do you have a spare hour in the morning or are you in a rush as most of us are. Do you want blow-dry your hair and use hair straighteners or let it dry naturally, the list is endless.

To keep your hair in tip-top condition is probably best to keep blow drying and straightening to a minimum. Try to work with your type of hair, if it's naturally curly have a good cut that works with this that way you can let it dry without the blow drying.

Don't forget to moisturise your hair and use an anti-frizz product. If you do have to blow dry and use straighteners make sure you use a heat protection product before you start.

Of course, you have to take the shape of your face into consideration too as not all styles suit everyone. Below are some handy tips that may help you decide what is right for you.

Face Shapes
Face Shapes
Square face
Square face

Square faces

  • Square faces generally have a forehead, cheekbones and jaw that are roughly the same width. They tend to have quite angular features.
  • For you a short to medium haircut with a side parting and wispy fringe swept to the side. Having some light layers in your hair will soften your features. If your hair is curly keep it below your shoulders.
  • Don't have a centre parting or blunt cut fringe this is too severe for you. Avoid any style that stops at your jaw it will make it look wider. Look for a style that softens your features.

Heart shaped face
Heart shaped face

Heart shaped faces

  • If you have a narrow jawline and wide cheek bones and forehead you have a heart shaped face. You would suit a chin length or longer bob. If you have fine straight hair then a wispy layer style will work well for you.
  • If you have curly hair a medium length bob works just as well. You are trying to add width to your jawline so any haircut that stops at jaw length or just below is ideal for you. A full fringe or side swept fringe works well as it hides the forehead.
  • Avoid hairstyles that add height to your head as these will just draw attention to your wide forehead. Also, avoid any style that involves pulling hair off your face. Don't have your hair too long it will just lengthen your jawline. If you really want long hair try having it cut in layers so it frames your face.

Oval face
Oval face

Oval faces

  • You are the lucky one as almost any hairstyle will suit you. You want to have a hairstyle that shows off your best features.
  • You can have long straight hair or a short wispy cut. A short blunt fringe or side swept. If you have curly hair try and keep it under control with a good cut as you don't want to hide your lovely face under lots of hair.

Round face
Round face

Round faces

  • Short hair styles really suit you. Parted in the middle with plenty of height on top will make your face look slimmer.
  • A side swept fringe will suit you better than a blunt cut one.
  • Long hair can work but don't have a fringe and keep it straight or just gentle waves.
  • Avoid full fringes and curly hair it will give you too much width at the sides.

Oblong face
Oblong face

Oblong faces

  • Short or medium cut styles will suit you best. You are trying to shorten your face so a good graduated cut such as a tapered bob with layers to give width to your face is ideal for you.
  • If you want a one length bob try curling it in or flicking it out at chin length.
  • Curly and wavy styles work well too as these soften the straight lines of your face and are good if you want longer hair.
  • A blunt cut fringe with an off centre parting also looks good.
  • Avoid long straight hair or volume on top as these will lengthen your features.

Triangular face
Triangular face

Triangular faces

  • If you have a narrow forehead and cheekbones with a wide jawline then this is you. Layered hairstyles will suit you especially the ones that taper into your jaw.
  • You are trying to soften your jaw line and make your forehead wider. So styles with lots of body above the ears work well.
  • Short hair will suit you better, but longer hair can work too. Make sure you have lots of layers and waves in your long hair with a centre parting.
  • Avoid blunt cut bobs that finish at chin length and long straight hair.

Finally

Most of us don't fit any one face shape but tend to fall within two. Before you go to the hairdressers experiment with different styles, there are many programs you can download or try online that let you upload a photo and try on different styles.

Also ask the advice of your hairdresser, she will know your hair type and what she or he can realistically do with it.

Don't expect too much. We have all taken a photo to the hairdressers and said that's what we want and are then disappointed when it doesn't turn out the same. Keep it simple and it's more likely to work.

© 2012 Ann-Christin

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      Helena Mikala 5 years ago

      I have no idea what my face shape is, I always thought I had a square face but after reading this I'm not so sure now. I'm fed up of my fringe so growing it yet again!

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Most people don't fit into just one category they tend to fall between two.

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      Eileen Kersey 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Very useful. It is so hard finding what is right for YOU

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Glad you found it useful.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Very nice hub. Voted useful.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Thank you Kitty :)

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