How To Choose The Right Haircut For Your Face Shape

Any expert will tell you that the right haircut can make or break your look. So if you really want to set up your hair game, then choose a cut that will play to the strengths of your face shape. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the research for you. Chop-chop, let’s get to it. 

Step 1: Find Out What Your Face Shape Is

Round face: A round face is just a square-shaped face with softer angles – the sides of your face curve slightly outward instead of being straight. Your chin is rounded and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.

Celebrities with your face shape: Jennifer Lawrence, Shilpa Shetty and Hania Aamir

Oval face: Your forehead is only a tiny bit wider than your curved chin – picture an egg placed upside down. Your face is similar to a rectangular face, but with a softer chin and more curves.

Celebrities with your face shape: Blake Lively, Karishma Kapoor and Saba Qamar

Square face: The sides of your face are straight and your jawline is slightly angled with a very minimal curve. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long.

Celebrities with your face shape: Angelina Jolie, Anushka Sharma and Ayesha Omer

Rectangular face: Rectangular faces are similar to a square-shaped face but are longer than they are wide. Your forehead, cheeks and jawline are approximately the same widths, and your chin has a very slight curve.

Celebrities with your face shape: Sarah Jessica Parker, Katrina Kaif and Mehwish Hayat

Heart-shaped face: If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart-shaped face. Picture an upside down triangle.

Celebrities with your face shape: Reese Witherspoon, Deepika Padukone and Urwa Hocane

Diamond face: You have a pointed chin and high cheekbones. The main difference between a diamond-shaped face and a heart-shaped face is the hairline – if you have a diamond-shaped face, your hairline will be narrower.

Celebrities with your face shape: Vanessa Hudgens, Malaika Arora Khan and Mawra Hocane

Step 2: Pick a Hair Cut According To Your Face Shape

Round face:

  • Short: Spikes sliced all around the crown. This length is great to style for straight, wavy and fine hair, but steer clear of it if you have curls.
  • Mid-length: Show off your features with a choppy, layered bob. When you do a side-part, you want the first piece of your bang to break at the eye.
  • Long: Long layers that hit at the jawline. The long layers stop curls from ballooning around your cheeks and prevent fine hair from appearing stringy.

Oval face:

  • Short: A blunt cut with minimal, subtle layers.
  • Mid-length: A sleek blowout that hits at the shoulders. If your hair is fine, keep uneven pieces around your face so your hair looks as full and dense as possible.
  • Long: Long strands paired with a sweeping fringe. Keep fine hair shoulder length and flighty bangs centred by blow-drying.

Square face:

  • Short: A short-layered bob with subtle bangs. Dense strands could puff out at this length, so be sure to tame any frizzy pieces with a flat iron.
  • Mid-length: Light shoulder length layers that start a few inches above the ends with sweeping bangs. The layers will pump up any hair type.
  • Long: Collarbone-skimming strands with slight bangs that hit at the cheekbone. Keep layers to a minimum if your hair is fine.

Rectangular face:

  • Short: Short hair needs a fringe and some softening pieces at the nape of your neck that distracts from your jaw, otherwise it can look very masculine.
  • Mid-length: A slightly longer than jaw-length bob with a fringe will work well for you.
  • Long: Layered hair is your friend as it helps give longer hair more volume.

Heart-shaped face:

  • Short: A pixie cut that’s even on the sides, with short layers on top. To avoid a top-heavy effect that will exaggerate your chin, dense strands need to be added.
  • Mid-length: A collarbone-length cut with sweeping bangs and uniform layers. This is perfect for hair that has somebody, but not the coarse or curly kind.
  • Long: Long hair with long layers or a fringe. If your hair is on the fine side, keep the layers long and concentrated closer to the ends.

Diamond face:

  • Short: A chin-length angled bob will add a framing effect around your face, giving you softer edges.
  • Mid-length: Messy bangs and a bob ending a little lower than your ear.
  • Long: Layers keep diamond faces looking open and keep the emphasis away from the wide cheekbones and chin.

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