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Added August 01, 2013

Find the Best Hair Style For Your Face Shape

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You’re ready to head to the salon and you’ve got a photo of the new style you’d like to try out. You like the way it looks in the picture, but will it be flattering on you? Before you run out and change your look, know that certain types of haircuts look best on certain types of face shapes. Don’t know yours? Read on to learn how to find your face shape and the best hairstyle for you.

 

Find Your Face Shape

While you can outline your face shape on a mirror with lipstick or drape it with a towel and ask your friends to help guess the shape, there is actually a scientific way to determine your face shape. Since the knowledge will last a lifetime, it's worth the few minutes it takes to determine your face shape. Use these steps to find out whether your face is round, oblong, oval, heart-shaped or square.

 

  1. With a tape measure, measure your face across the top of your cheekbones, extending from the edge of one cheekbone to the exact point on the other cheekbone. Write down that number.

     

  2. Run the tape measure horizontally across your jawline to measure the widest part of your jawline. Write down that number.

     

  3. Then measure across the widest part of your forehead, above your brow line, and below your hairline. Write down that number.

     

  4. Finally, run the tape measure vertically from the tip of your hairline to the bottom tip of your chin. Write down that number.

 

While you may not see a specific, clear shape, these are the general guidelines:

 

  • If your face is longer than wide, you have an OBLONG face.

     

  • If your face length is almost exactly 1.5 times longer than the width of your face, you have an OVAL face.

     

  • If your face is just about as wide as it is long, you have a ROUND face.

     

  • If you have wide cheekbones and/or forehead, and a narrow jaw, you have a HEART-SHAPED face.

     

  • If your forehead and jaw line widths are close to equal, you have a SQUARE face.

 

Flatter Your Face Shape

Now that you know your face shape, let’s see what styles can work best for you.

 

  • OBLONG: If you have an oblong face, you want to add some width. Soft, wispy bangs, short-to-medium length and face framing layers are great choices. Avoid long, straight hair without tapering.

     

  • OVAL: Oval faces are considered ideal for most any look. Mix up your looks with any length hair and try the slicked back look. Do stay away from heavy bangs, however. They are not flattering haircuts for the oval face shape.

     

  • ROUND: An off-center part can help build height and volume. Avoid anything that poofs out to the sides that might give your face a full-moon effect.

     

  • HEART-SHAPED: A side part with a chin-length cut or longer haircuts are the most flattering ways to show off your great cheekbones.

     

  • SQUARE: Soften your look with a little wave, wispy layers, and short to medium length. Stay away from center parts and straight bangs.

 

These tips are a great guide, but work with your stylist and ask for their advice. If you see a style that you like in a magazine and it doesn't adhere to the rules, just modify it slightly and wear it anyway! The bottom line is to have fun when figuring out the best haircuts for you. All that matters in the end is that you're happy. You can look great no matter what the numbers say!

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MiaPaige12
MiaPaige12
Posted March 09, 2014
I have a heart-shaped face and am happy with it :). I have a side part and hair that's about 2-4 inches past the top of my shoulder.
CupQuakeQueen
CupQuakeQueen
Posted February 17, 2013
I have an oval face! :D Does anyone know how to upload your own profile picture?
Clarabelle434
Clarabelle434
Posted September 10, 2012
I have a heart shaped face and my hair cut is cin to shoulder length side bangs and side part!
Kboou2
Kboou2
Posted August 24, 2012
I've got an oval face :D
SexiLexiRox
SexiLexiRox
Posted August 16, 2012
I have an oval face yay!!
BuggyGurl123
BuggyGurl123
Posted September 05, 2012
<3 yaaaay!!!!
Forever_Awesome
Forever_Awesome
Posted July 13, 2012
I still cant figure out my face shape....im either oblong or oval. Any suggestions on how else to find your face shape?? Some people say oblong and oval are pretty much the same but im not sure.
flirtygirl279
flirtygirl279
Posted July 25, 2012
With my kind of head shape, which is kind of longer. or OBLONG, I get a lot of compliments when I wave my hair with braids right before I go to bed, & wake up & take out my braids. I also have layers & an off center part! I did everything right ! (:
Adanna<3
Adanna<3
Posted July 21, 2012
Before I looked at this I didnt know I had a heart faced head and I already had the short bob and side bangs :D Because that was the haircut that look best on me and it turns out I was right lol
dianadesim
dianadesim
Posted July 30, 2012
I have a round face. My perfect haircut is just a wavy bob--I don't care what the magazines say!
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