What’s the perfect haircut for your face shape? Expert tips for women
Mirror mirror on the wall, will this style suit me at all?
While scouring international hair styles trending this year, there are a million new options to choose from and experiment with. How do you select which of the hair styles to go for? Here are a few tips based on the shape of your face that will help you narrow your search and help you make a more informed choice. Not all hair styles suit every body, because we all have different face shapes. So first of all, find out roughly what your face shape is.
How to know the shape of your face (women)
Take a measuring tape or ruler and measure the distances between your brows, between your cheekbone and jawline, and between your forehead and chin. Mark them as A, B and C. If A and B are almost equal, you have an oval face. A is greater than B then you have a heart shaped face. If B and C are almost equal you have a square face. But if B and C are almost equal but your jaw and forehead curve at the corners, you have a round face. If you are still confused, ask a salon hair expert to tell you your face shape.
For the exact hair styles, here are the tips to follow matched with the existing length of your hair!
If you have a round face and short hair
Consider a chop with spiky layers around the top of your head. This works because a pixie like hair cut takes away from the roundness of your face, which a face hugging style would have only made even more round. It also adds to the height and hence length of your face and gives the illusion of a face longer than it actually is. While this works for more or less straight hair, it does not if you have really curly hair.
If you have a round face with shoulder length hair
Consider a bob cut with choppy layers. This works because while the length of your hair already takes away from the roundness of your face and the choppy layers create an illusion of long slices that seem to slice away from the roundness. A side parting may help by creating asymmetry in your existing perfect round symmetry. If you do opt for a side parting, a bang right on your eye might look good.
If you have a round face with long hair
Consider keeping your hair as long as possible with a hint of layers that start only at your jaws. The long staggered layers add shape to your hair and take away from the shape of your face. Make sure the layers keep the volume away from the sides and keep it at the ends. The long layers you can afford to have because the length of your hair actually helps the hair from ballooning out near your face and making it look even rounder.
If you have a heart face with short hair
Consider an evenly clipped pixie cut with short layers on the crown. This adds dynamism to your tousled look while taking away from the jaw line. The layers on top distract one’s eyes from the wide forehead. Make sure though that it does not get too top heavy. If it does, ask your stylist to slice into the strands. This style is a no for you if you have tight curls though.
If you have a heart face with shoulder length hair
Consider sweeping bangs overlooking uniform layers over a crop that reaches till your collar bones. The layers which should just skim your shoulders distract one’s eyes from your chin and balance it all out. This works best for hair with volume but unfortunately does not work at all with very curly hair.
If you have a heart face with long hair
Consider as long as possible layers with maybe a fringe if you like. But make sure some layers start near your cheekbone while others start at your chin. This works because it draws attention away from your chin area. It works on all hair types. If your hair does not have too much volume, you might want to keep the layers concentrated towards the ends.
If you have an oval face with short hair
Consider minimal layers over a blunt bob. The oval face can carry off most hair styles but this seems to suit it the best. It works because it frames your face in a beautiful way. If you like a side parting you can have it anywhere but it would be best to make it in the direction of your natural hair growth. This style can be worn every day regardless of time or occasion.
If you have an oval face with shoulder length hair
Consider a sleek cut with a blowout that hits at your shoulders. Keep the layers subtle so it makes your face appear longer while not making the hair too flat against your head. If your hair does not have too much volume you might want to keep some uneven strands around your face in order to create an illusion of volume.
If you have an oval face with long hair
Consider going for a retro look with a sweeping fringe over long strands. It works because the side sweeping of the hair creates an illusion of shortening your face and you don’t have to chop off your precious hair to make it work. Why it also works is because it effectively covers a part of your forehead thereby making your face look not so long.
If you have a square face with short hair
Consider subtle bangs over a short but layered bob. The idea is to take attention away from your jaw and instead to emphasize your cheekbones. Make sure the strands are not too dense though as they might puff out. If they are, a flat iron should solve the problem for you.
If you have a square face with shoulder length hair
Consider sweeping bangs over shoulder length layers that start below your jaw. These feathery layers can be best achieved using a razor. It works by taking away from your strong jaw line. The undefined ends soften the sharpness of your face angles. A parting made on the side can help by cause asymmetry in an otherwise too symmetric face. This style suits almost every hair type.
If you have a square face with long hair
Consider subtle bangs at the cheekbone with long strands that skim the collar bone. It works by using the long hair to your advantage and creating undefined beautiful scattered patterns that take away from the sharpness of your face angle. It softens the look of your entire face. If your hair lacks in volume, keep the layers as subtle as possible.