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Choose The Best Hairstyles to Suit The Shape of Your Face

Updated on March 31, 2012

A man and woman's hair is their crowning glory and the finishing touch to the look they want to present of themselves to the world.That's why it is vital that you get the best hairstyle to suit the shape of your face if you want to look fashionable, trendy.and stylish.

The right hairstyle can transform your look. With the right cut, color or highlights you could look younger. brighten up your face and feel fantastic.

So what will you choose, a long hairstyle, medium cut, a short bob, curly, straight, or style it out with a bang? Whatever you choose make sure lt is a style that compliments your face.

First of all, check the face map below to see what shape face you have and then move on to choose a hairstyle.


So What Shape Face Do You Have?

The first step to figure out the shape of your face is to stand in front of a mirror with your hair pulled back from your face and use the closest match to the guide above.

Round: A round face is full with a rounded chin and the widest point at the cheeks and ears.

Square: A square shaped face has a strong jaw line with a square edged hairline.

Heart: A heart shaped face is wider across the temple and hairline, narrowing down into a small, delicate chin.

Oval: An oval face is slightly narrower at the jaw than at the temple with a gently rounded hairline.

Long: This shape Face is longer than it is wide with a long straight cheek lineis the reverse of the heart and features a dominant jaw line narrowing at the cheekbones and temple.

Round Shaped Face:

What to try:

Any mid-length styles will look great on you but keep them just past the chin in length.

For curly hair ask your stylist to put in some choppy layers through the back and the bottom of your hair to give it some shape and sex appeal.

Straight hair on round faces need a style that has longer pieces that fall onto your face to lengthen your cheeks, making them look slimmer and your cheekbones more structured. Something like a graduated bob cut onto the face or a choppy shag will suit your face shape.

Avoid: If you have a round face you should avoid hairstyles with blunt or heavy bangs, rounded or short haircuts.A rounded haircut ending at the chin will only add weight to your face shape. Because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face appear rounder and wider.

Hairstyles for Round Faces


Square Shaped Face:

What to try: “A mid-length bob or layers looks amazing. A style, which is feathered at the top and soft around your ears, is an instant disguise for a square jaw. Short styles also look great on squares, especially ones that have a seductive side sweep fringe or a full, blunt one.

Avoid: Pin-straight locks, straight bangs or center parts. Very long, straight hair accentuates squareness and should be avoided. A straight bob ending at the jaw line is also a no no, You can wear a layered bob, however it should end above or below the jaw line.

Hairstyles for Squared Faces


Heart Shaped Face:

What to try: Choose a style that will create volume around the bottom of your face. But whatever your hair type, try not to wear it too long. A wispy fringe will look great if you want to go shorter at the front but keep length through the body of your hair. A chic chin-length bob is the perfect style for a heart shaped face.

Updo styles also look really great on heart shaped faces, and are easy to do when the hair is cut to medium length.

Avoid: Hairstyles that are too short and full styles with too much height that emphasise the upper half of the face.

Hairstyles for Heart Shaped Faces



Oval Shaped Face:

What to try: Oval shaped faces are very lucky as any style looks good on them. Long, loose and tumbling waves look beautiful, or a sleek bun pulled away from the face will enhance your features. You could even be daring and wear a pixie crop or a sexy textured bob.

Avoid: A heavy, blunt fringe. It only covers up your perfect features.

Hairstyles for Oval Faces


Long Shaped Face:

What to try: Go shorter so that your hair looks thicker and your face looks wider. A cut that's unstructured, which you can wear messy, is a time saver. If you like a more groomed look, a one length cut will suit you and give you that edge of sleek glam.

Go for hairstyles that create more width with bangs. Bangs make your face appear shorter because they cover up a particularly large forehead.

Chin-length bobs and cuts, curls and waves are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width.

Avoid: To much hair length - your face will look even longer! Too much height lengthens your face. When your hair gets past your shoulders there is a good chance it is doing you more harm than good.

Hairstyles for Long Faces


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