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23.2.11

Choosing the Right Hair Styles to Fit your Face Shape

Knowing your facial structure can be key to finding out what potential hair styles will work for you. In fact, it should be your starting point when looking for a hair style.

If you don’t know your face shape there two main ways of finding out:
- You can tie your hair back and draw the outline of your face in a mirror then guess the shape from your outline or use a photo and draw an outline around your face and guess. For example:

- You can also measure certain point across your face and then compare measurement to each other. Start by taking 3 measurement across your forehead, jawline and cheekbones then a last measurement from your hairline down to your chin.

  • Oval Face - Length equal to one and a half times width
  • Round Face - Your face is as wide as it is long. This may vary a little but generally the measurement is close.
  • Oblong - Longer than it is wide.
  • Heart - Narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones/and or forehead.
  • Square - your face is about as wide as it is long.
  • Diamond - Widest at cheekbones, narrow forehead and jaw line of approximately equal widths.

 What will suit my face shape?

Oval face

Considered to be the “perfect” face shape and most versatile. People with oval faces usually have “wider cheekbones and then narrow down to the jaw line and chin. Oval face shape will also be narrow up towards the forehead.”

Hairstyles to try
Nearly any style
Any length hair especially shoulder length or TWA
Off face styles
Slicked styles such as buns and puffs will frame your face beautifully

Avoid
Blunt cut on thick and curly hair – it will look like a pyramid
Heavy bangs or fringes

Round face
“Round face shapes are fuller and will usually look younger than they are. It will have a round forehead and a round chin, with wide, full cheeks.”

Hairstyles to try
Pompadour/Quiff style  or any styles with height at the crown
Off-centre partings
Short swept back curls/waves
Less length on the sides

Avoid
Centre partings
Chin length hair

Oblong/Rectangular

“Long and slender, about the same width at forehead and just below cheekbones. May have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead.”


Hairstyles to try
Short or medium length hair
Side parts with swept or slicked back hair styles like buns or puffs
Twist-out / braid-out styles
Centre partings

Avoid
Too much length
Height at the crown

Heart-shaped face/Inverted Triangle

A heart-shaped face is “broader at the forehead and then taper into a small, narrow chin.”

Hairstyles to try
Chin length or longer hair
Off-centre/Side parting
Side swept bangs/fringe
A bob cut

Avoid
Blunt bang
Layers
Too much height at the crown
Severe slicked back look

Square

“…Equally wide at the forehead, cheeks, and jaw line.”

Hairstyles to try
Short or Medium length
Twist/Braid outs
Textured Fro
Pompadour/Quiff styles or any style with height on the crown

Avoid
Bangs
Centre partings

women_face_shapeDiamond

“A cross between heart and a dramatic oval. Widest at the cheekbones, and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line.”

Hairstyles to try
Almost any hairstyle
Any length especially a shorter cut like a TWA
Asymmetric cut
Bangs

Avoid
Wearing to much hair on the face


women_face_shapeTriangular

“Reverse of the heart-shape . . . a dominant jaw line with narrowing at the cheek bone and temples”

Hairstyle to try
Shorter hair
Off centre partings
Hairstyles which are fuller at the temple

Avoid
Long, full hair
Centre parts


I hope these tips help you when looking for and choosing a new hairstyle. Remember these are just guidelines and not absolute rules so experiment regardless and tell if you have success with these tips.

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