by James Adams November 09, 2020 9 min read
The most common question asked to hairstylists and hairdressers is “what hairstyle suits the shape of my face?”
It’s a simple one, but with so many pretty hairstyles, people forget that it looks good because of that person’s face. Not all hairstyles are “one size fits all”, so in this article, we are going to talk about ‘our face shapes’ and ‘what hairstyles suit our face’.
Pro Tips From A Professional Hairstylist:
You would be surprised how many people don’t know the shape of their face. Ladies with a rounded face might think its square, and an oblong face might think they have a rectangle-shaped face.
The truth is, our biggest critic is ourselves, so we often overlook our basic facial shape and frame.
If you are unsure of your facial shape, then follow the below quick steps to get your answer.
Before you get started, tie your hair back so you can clearly see your face in the mirror. Grab a measuring tape to get started! We are going to be measuring three main sections of your face that include: the forehead, cheekbones and jaw.
There are three main types of jaw shapes that people have:
Using the above information, let’s now figure out which facial shape belongs to you!
Hopefully, you found your facial shape from our quick three-step guide on measuring the angles of your face.
If you are still having some difficulty with finding your facial shape, remember, we are all human, and it's not uncommon to have a mixture of shapes. Be open-minded, and find the closest one the fits you. And remember, you can always talk to your hairstylist at the salon to get some advice on your facial shape.
Now that you know your facial shape let’s look at the best hairstyles for women with a rounded face. These haircuts will compliment your facial features that are best found on round faces.
The lob, otherwise known as “long bob” is a hairstyle that suits round faces. The length is in the middle of a bob cut and long hair. The lob cut is slightly above should-height.
A wavy bob is a women’s haircut, that is similar to a bob, but you will style waves into your hair. You can boost this style with curls as well.
A simple medium length hairstyle that sits around your shoulder height. Add waves and curls to the end to really stand out.
Sleek hair is popular for round faces, especially for fancy occasions, where you have straight and smooth hair falling down with a flossy finish. Sleek hair looks great on all lengths and really shine for special occasions.
Pixie cuts have become really popular recently, and especially so for people with round faces. A pixie cut is a short hairstyle with the sides and back cut short, a longer length on top and a short fringe.
The rectangle shaped face can rock bobs, centre part straight hair or curly and wavy hair. The sky is the limit, and here are some recommendations for the best hairstyles that suit rectangle shaped faces for women.
One of the easiest to style and maintain, the air-dried bob is perfect for rectangle face shapes. You take any bob haircut, and simple air dry it for a perfectly natural look.
The bob hairstyle is one of the most popular for rectangle faces. Bob hairstyles sit above your shoulders and can be sleek, wavy or any variation to satisfy your mood.
The long hair with curls is a simple hairstyle once you grow your hair out past your shoulders. This blends in well and compliments your overall facial features.
The centre part is a classic hairstyle that you can transform into a sleek and elegant style or a messy Sunday afternoon favourite.
The ballerina bun fits perfectly on rectangle faces and is easy to do once you get the hang of it. Prepare the ballerina bun by making a ponytail, twisting and wrapping it into shape. Secure your bun with some hairpins to grip your hair into place.
The most popular type of hairstyles for square shaped faces are the lobs (long bobs). The layered and soft lobs compliment the square shaped face perfectly. Pro tip, avoid any sharp or flat designs that will emphasise on your square jawline.
The wavy hairstyle is a classic that compliments all your features and is wildly popular for women with a square face.
A textured hairstyle is when you create structure to make a natural shape. For square face shapes, having a medium shoulder-length textured hairstyle just means to add a bit of volume to the hair naturally, so it could appear as curls, waves or anything else.
The long bob is a classic haircut that has been used to complement and flatter the facial features of a square face for a very long time. A longer bob goes just past your shoulders and allows you to mix and match between messy, sleek and wavy.
Medium wavy hair is the strong and sexy look for women with a square face. Whether you have brown, black or blonde hair, the wavy look is an attractive and powerful look that compliments your square jawline.
Oval shaped faces work well with shorter hairstyles. Some styles aim to hide your longer forehead with bangs, so its not uncommon to see a full fringe or blunt bang style haircut.
The full bangs or fringe hairstyle compliments oval faces and your longer facial length. It gives you the freedom to style the rest of your hair how you like, but the most popular choice is medium to a long length where your hair sits at or below your shoulders.
Layered hair is famous for oval faces as it gives you the volume and length that compliments your facial features. Each layer in the bob hairstyle has a different length that gives you volume and makes your hair easy to style.
One of the most popular hairstyles for women with oval faces is the long natural hair with layers. Layered hair is easier to manage, and when added to long hair, it gives a natural volume that becomes a real head-turner.
The volume with waves on shoulder-length hair makes it an attractive choice for people with oval-shaped faces.
The diamond facial shape for women is the most desirable and suits almost every hairstyle. The most popular and best hairstyles for the diamond shape is the pulled back hair, side swept fringe, long length or a short crop.
The side-swept bangs hairstyle is popular for diamond faces as it shows their best features and compliments the shape of your face. You can style up the rest of your hair, but the focus is on the attractive swept front.
The classic long waves hairstyle is a popular hairstyle for diamond shaped faces, and other shapes, too. The length of your face is longer than the wide, so your facial features blend well with long hair.
The long bob is a pretty hairstyle that suits diamond faces due to its length and volume. The diamond face shape is the most desirable, so any variety of long bob will compliment your facial features.
If you have a heart shaped face, you won't be stuck looking for a hairstyle that suits you! There are so many to choose from. The most popular hairstyles for heart shaped facial structure is the long bob, classic bob, pixie, feathery bangs or side-swept fringe.
This picture was the clearest and most straightforward example I could find for side-swept bangs. Side-swept bang is a popular hairstyle for women with heart-shaped faces. The side-swept bangs look is really popular with rounded or heart-shaped faces, and it puts focus on your facial features but doesn’t cover anything up.
Having blunt bangs looks great on heart-shaped faces. While not all bang styles suit your shape, the blunt style with slightly longer lengths on the edge edges and shorter in the middle really compliments the heart shape structure.
Longer hair length is better for heart-shaped faces, and anywhere between shoulder length and below will be an excellent choice. Long heart on heart-shaped faces highlights your facial structure and cheekbones while softening your chin.
Jun is an experienced writer for hairdressing and barbers. She has a great passion for premium hair scissors, and his favourite brands to cover are Kamisori, Jaguar Scissors and Joewell. She teaches and informs people about scissors, hairdressing and barbering in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada.
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