How to Select the Best Style for Your Face Shape
Your face shape has a lot to do with how a style looks on you. Although everyone’s face shape is unique, most faces will match closely to one of seven basic shapes. The easiest way to determine the shape of your face is to start by pulling your hair away from your face. Look in the mirror and take note of where the widest part of your face is. Is it your forehead, cheekbones, or perhaps it’s your jaw? Take a look at your chin and decide what shape it is – is it round or pointed? Ultimately, you want to picture an imaginary line going around the edge of your face. What shape is it?
Below is a description of the seven common face shapes and their distinct characteristics. Included are tips for the most flattering cuts and styles to match each shape, as well as information on styles to avoid.
You have a very long, narrow bone structure. You may also have a long, thin neck. Creating the illusion of an oval face is desired. Add width and fullness at the sides with soft curls and waves. Use a fringe or half bang across the forehead as this will help shorten your face. Avoid one length cuts and short layers that add volume to the crown area.
Characterized by a small or narrow forehead and a rather large, pouchy-appearing jaw line. The pear shaped face is the least common of all. You will want to add volume from your eyes to the crown of your head. Full, layered looks can deflect attention from the middle of your face. A classic shag hairstyle looks wonderful, as you can comb the hair close to your head on the sides and at the nape. Avoid jaw length, blunt cuts.
You have a narrow chin and a wide forehead. You will want to add volume at the chin and bring some hair onto the forehead to disguise its width. You want more fullness in front of your earlobes and around your jaw. Try to keep your hair close to your head at the eyes. The most flattering style for you is a pageboy as well as subtle layers. Avoid short hair and choppy layers.
You have a narrow chin and a narrow forehead. Your cheekbones are wider. You will want to reduce width at the sides of your wig – and you want to add fullness at the chin line. Bob hairstyles work very well for a diamond face shape. Also, use some fringe or bang to cover your narrow forehead. Avoid height on top or volume on the sides.
You have a wide hairline and a wide jaw. You will want to create the illusion of length by adding height on top, and narrowness at the sides. Comb your hair off the forehead to add height to your face. Try a curly wig that is mid-length or longer. Also, wisps of hair around your face will break the wide, straight lines. A hairstyle with softness will help lessen the effects of angles. Avoid one-length hairstyles.
Characterized by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. In some people, the neck may also appear short. Round faces look very good with a geometric or linear style. Add height when possible. Add long, wispy side areas to make the cheeks look narrow. Comb hair close to the head on the sides and at the nape. Avoid width.
As the name implies, the oval shaped face is longer than wide, with a jaw that’s narrower than the cheekbones. Because the oval shaped face has no dominant areas, your forehead, cheekbones, jaw line, and chin are all proportional. This face looks good with just about any hairstyle, length or texture. Lucky you…anything goes!
Remember, when searching for a hairstyle, you need to consider your face shape to look your best. Once you’ve determined what shape matches your face the closest, you can be well on your way to finding the best cuts and styles for you. Check out the infographic for How to Select the Best Style for Your Face Shape.