What Hairstyle Suits My Face Shape?
01 Oct 2010
Like dressing our bodies, it is important to consider balance and proportion when it comes to choosing a haircut or style that will suit our face shape.
- Features: Perfectly symmetrical , gently rounded hairline, slightly wider at the temples than at the jaw.
- Objective: Show off your perfect proportions!
- Choose: Most hairstyles and lengths suit an oval face.
- Avoid: Ensure that your cut doesn’t hide your facial features.
- Celebrity examples: Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba and Julia Roberts.
OBLONG (LONG) FACE
- Features: Face is quite long, with similar with at temples, cheekbones and jaw.
- Objective: Your haircut should create the illusion of a wider and shorter face.
- Choose: Short-to-medium length (above the shoulder), layers (fullness at sides of face), volume/body, side parting, wispy fringe.
- Avoid: Long hair, straight styles, centre partings, no fringe.
- Celebrity examples: Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler and Hilary Swank.
- Features: The face is widest at temples, narrowest at chin.
- Objective: Balance out the wider forehead/temples area by adding visual interest or volume around the jaw/chin area.
- Choose: Chin-length, fullness at jaw-line, soft or curly styles, side parting, wispy fringe.
- Avoid: Short or pixie crops, volume at the crown / upper half of face, severe cuts.
- Celebrity examples: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Charlize Theron.
- Features: Rounded hairline and chin. Face is widest at cheekbones.
- Objective: Lengthen the face for a slimming effect.
- Choose: Longer than chin-length, height at crown, sleek cut that is close to the face, side parting.
- Avoid: Very short or very long styles, straight fringe, middle parting.
- Celebrity examples: Cameron Diaz, Kate Bosworth, Drew Barrymore, Mandy Moore.
- Features: Strong square jaw and hairline.
- Objective: Soften the hard angles of the face.
- Choose: At or below shoulder length, layers, waves or curls, side parting, side-swept fringe.
- Avoid: Square or geometric cuts (e.g. bob), very long styles, middle parting, straight or heavy fringe.
- Celebrity examples: Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, Calista Flockhart.
- Features: The face is widest at the cheekbones.
- Objective: This is a particularly attractive face-shape so your objective should be not to hide your great features.
- Choose: Any length (a graduated bob looks especially good), nearly all styles, volume around the neck area.
- Avoid: Bare neck, hiding facial features.
- Celebrity examples: Linda Evangelista, Sophia Loren.