When you and your friends discuss face shape, it usually has to do with highlights and contouring, but it can also be a deciding factor when deciding on your next hairstyle and cut. To be clear, any person with any facial shape can, of course, rock any hairstyle they so please, but if you’re looking for a style that suits your face shape, we’ve got you covered.
Going to the salon and listening to all that expert hairstylist lingo can be quite confusing, so we wanted to shed some light on what some of it means, specifically the various styles and lent that best complement your face. After some deep research and clarification from some of the best in the business, you’ll find here your go-to guide for finding the right hairstyle for your face.
Determining Your Face Shape
Pretty much everyone you know has a distinct face shape, but when generalized, they can be broken down into six shapes: oval, long, square, round, diamond, and heart-shaped. If you can’t tell your shape by looking in a mirror, there is a way to measure the face to point you in the right direction.
Are you still aren’t sure about your face shape? The truth is that it isn’t going to make or break your style. Beauty advice about face shape is primarily for those with strong features they want to downplay, such as distinctly square, round, or heart-shaped faces.
Those with diamond and oval faces typically have more versatility. The difference in focus moves from flattering their face shape to paying more attention to hair texture and thickness. The same can be applied to those who don’t have an obvious face shape.
Perhaps the length or personality of your hair is more important to you. If you have a more distinct hair texture, such as very curly or fine, exploring flattering cuts for that could potentially be a better road to take. Always keep in mind that everyone is unique, and you don’t have to follow every beauty rule in the book. In fact, some rules are meant to be broken.
Highlight the Best Feature For Your Face Shape
Since there will be various hairstyles that suit your face shape, it can be difficult to know where to start. The general rule for finding a great hairstyle or cut for your face shape highlights your best features.
According to the rules of beauty, there a couple of features to look for:
Square Face: You might want to play down a strong angular jaw. Texture, from curls or choppy ends, does a terrific job at this.
Heart-Shaped Face: With the use of bangs or volume, you can draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones.
Oval Face: Almost every hairstyle flatters this shape. If your face is on the longer side, use some of the suggestions for long faces. Texture in your hair is probably more important in finding a good style.
Round Face: Haircuts that are below the chin are better options. With wavy or curly hair, going too short may add more width to your cheeks. Short styles that add volume to the top can elongate your face.
Long Face: The longer the length of your hair is, the longer your face will look. It’s typically best to go with shorter styles or those with lots of volume. Bangs work well here too.
Don’t Get Discouraged and Do What Makes YOU Feel Best.
When you learn about hairstyles and face shapes, you may feel intimidated by the “rules.” While these are guidelines for flattering cuts, they are just suggestions, after all. You definitely don’t want to get a hairstyle that makes you not feel like yourself.
If you decide on a haircut that doesn’t abide by the “rules” of your face shape, then go right on ahead! How you feel about yourself always beats what the beauty industry defines as a guideline. Honestly, with the right attitude, you can rock any hairstyle.
The great news is that nearly all of the trendiest hairstyles can look great on all face shapes. That means Bobs, shoulder-length cuts, bangs, long hair, and even pixies work on most face shapes.
With each of these hairstyles, there may be elements that would tend to be more flattering on you. Still, if you have your hair set on a certain cut, let your stylist know. The two of you can work on finding the best version of that hairstyle that suits you best.
Still unsure what hairstyle works best for you? Stop by Bloom Studios, in Sandy Utah, and work with our amazing stylist. Our stylist work with you to find you a haircut you’ll love, and provide you the tips to maintain it. Call Us Today!