A Perfect Haircut for Your Face Shape

Picture1There is nothing more depressing than copying the most perfect hairstyle on the most perfect girl, then realizing that it looks awful on you. And before getting mad on your hairstylist, face the fact that maybe, just maybe, you look nothing like that girl. And I’m not saying that she looks better than you in any way, not at all – it is just that you have completely different face features. Also, consider the fact that your face beauty greatly depends on your haircut, so basically, that girl has probably found her own perfect hairstyle.

A perfect hairstyle is a lot more than just a few snips. And I am here to help you find your own perfect hairstyle according to your face shape.Picture2First things first: Hair care

We all know that you can’t actually do much to a hair that is dry and damaged. So, be patient about booking an appointment and think:

  • Are you keeping your hair moisturized and conditioned?
  • Do you know the importance of hair vitamins and their benefits? Are you using them?
  • Are you using hair masks at least once in a week?
  • How careful are you with your styling products?

Besides these factors, remember that your diet also plays a major role in your hair health. Make sure you eat foods that are rich in protein and iron (cheese, milk, peas, soy, salmon, eggs, red meat, whole grains, etc.)

When you are definitely sure your hair is healthy, determine your face shape and book your hair appointment.Picture3Determining your face shape

Knowing that there are only 6 face shapes to choose from will make it easier to figure out which one is yours. Many people tend to make a mistake claiming that their face is oval, for example, while not realizing they are missing some subtle, but very important features.

To determine the shape of your face, you have to pull your hair back, tie it in a ponytail and analyze yourself in the mirror. Here are six categories of face shapes:

  1. Oval – Your forehead is wider than your chin and one and a half of your face width is equal to its length.
  2. Round – Your cheeks are prominent and rounded, and the length and width of your face are equal.
  3. Square – Your jaw is prominent and your chin is square, while your jawline is roughly the same width as your forehead.
  4. Oblong – it is similar and often confused with the oval type, however, an oblong face is longer and not as wide as an oval face. Plus, the chin of this face shape is mostly narrow.
  5. Heart – a chin and a jawline are narrow while forehead and cheekbones are visibly wider.
  6. Diamond – Your jawline and forehead are narrow and your cheekbones are the widest points of your face.

Picture4Best hairstyles for oval faces

If you have oval face shape, consider yourself lucky. Almost every hairstyle is flattering with this shape. You can afford going to the extreme – long locks or cute pixie cuts. Avoid the middle length because it can take away from your face symmetry.

Picture5Best hairstyles for round faces

If you have a round face, make sure you stay away from bobs or one-length cuts. Give your face a definition and structure by opting for layered hairstyles. You can do this with cuts, as well as colors. Your major goal is to visually elongate your face with long textured hair. Ask your hairstylist for a deep side sweep and minimal layers.Picture6Best hairstyles for square faces

You will have to soften the sharp corners of your face by avoiding cuts that end at your jawline. Choose the length that softens your jawline and add an extra short layer around your eye area or a long fringe. If your hair is just above your shoulders, add some texture to it with some sweeping bangs and feathery layers.Picture7Best hairstyles for oblong faces

If your face is oblong, you will need a cut that gives it a volume, draws attention to your jawline, and makes your face look wider. Think curls, waves, and layers while avoiding one-length or super sleek looks.Picture8Best hairstyles for heart faces

If you have this face shape, you probably have some killer cheekbones. When choosing hairstyles for this shape, you can either choose ones that accentuate it or the ones that make the bottom half of your face wider. If you opt for the first option, go for the high top knots, space buns, or loose curls. If you want the second option, opt for shoulder-length hair that creates an illusion of a wider jawline. Avoid short bobs and short bangs at all costs.Picture9Best hairstyles for diamond faces

If you have that Keira Knightley face, you are allowed to play with bobs or straight-across cuts. However, keep in mind that proportions are everything. You can opt for layers as well, but length proportions have to be just right. Also, you can try out a shoulder-length style with wispy edges that reduce the width of your cheekbones and shorten the overall length.

If you are still in doubt, better discuss some alternatives with your hairstylist. Maybe you don’t have to change the length or color, just the texture. However, make sure you have a great stylist and you have nothing to worry about.

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Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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  1. Lucy says:

    Now you’ve got me looking in the mirror trying to assess the shape of my face 🙂 I ‘think’ I’m oval but I’m going to ask a friend for a second opinion! Great post and some really useful tips – thanks!

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