3rd September, 2010
No matter the shape of your face, there will be a particular hairstyle that looks best on you,Â except for theÂ style which looks great on almost everyone. Hereâ€™s a quick guide of what to lookÂ for and what to avoid for five different face shapes.
Round Face Shapes
Your goal is to create less volume around the face. You also want to minimise the appearance ofÂ roundness.
Styles that are flattering and stylish:Â Try cuts that fallÂ just below the chin.Â Soft, graduatedÂ layerÂ are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk andÂ weight from the sides. ConsiderÂ wispy and tapered ends. These de-emphasize the roundness ofÂ your face.Â BangsÂ are flattering, but keep them long or side-swept.
Avoid:Â One-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. TheseÂ only emphasize your roundness.
Square Face Shapes
If you have a square face, youâ€™ll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in theÂ form of curls or choppy ends, does this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spikyÂ cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward.
Avoid:Â One-length bobs (especially chin-length) and blunt-cut bangs. These will make your faceÂ look even more square.
Oval Face Shape
The oval face is the most versatile shape. You can pull off almost any look: short or long,Â straight or wavy. For your own most flattering look, consider your best feature and highlightÂ it with your hair cut.
If you have gorgeous bone structure, consider an angular bobÂ that shows off your chin. GreatÂ eyes?Â BluntÂ orÂ side-sweptÂ bangs are a great bet.
Styles that are flattering and stylish:Â sophisticated bobs,Â bangs,Â long and beachy waves
Avoid:Â Short layers that add height on top of your head. Aside from being dated, short layersÂ can make your face appear long. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. Youâ€™ll lookÂ like a pyramid. If you have curly hair, short hair is generally a no-no.
Long or â€œOblongâ€ Face Shapes
The perfect hairstyle for this, is one that doesnâ€™t drag down the face, yet adds width.
Styles that are flattering:Â Brow-skimming bangs. Chin-length bobsÂ are also ideal because theyÂ create the illusion of width. Shoulder-length bobÂ is very flattering on a long face. Just makeÂ sure your stylist cuts the hair a bit shorter in the back so it doesnâ€™t look boring.Â Curls andÂ wavesÂ work well because they add width to the face.
Be careful with long hair: Hair that is too long likeÂ can drag down the face. Long layers workÂ best with pieces hitting at the nose, the chin and the collarbone. Consider a v-shaped styleÂ where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair appear shorter.Â Also consider adding wave or curls to the hair.
Heart Face Shapes
Your pointy chin tends to be the focal point of your face. Draw attention to your eyes andÂ cheekbones instead with side-swept bangs like Paris Hilton, brow-grazing fringe, a strong partÂ and hair that falls at or below your jawline. Have short hair? Keep top layers soft and long.Â Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheek bones.
Avoid:Â Short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers.
This is how to make sure you end up with a hairstyle you love? The biggest rule when off to theÂ salon is simply, â€œShow, donâ€™t tell.â€ This means show your stylist a picture, donâ€™t try toÂ explain the hairstyle and when it comes to length, karate-chop with your hand exactly how shortÂ youâ€™re willing to go, donâ€™t say, 3 inches.
As a beauty writer, Iâ€™ve heard relatively few hair salon horror stories. What I hear a lot ofÂ is what Iâ€™ll call â€œHair Disappointment Stories.â€ This is when women leave the salonÂ underwhelmed. Perhaps they expected to feel sexier, they wanted brighter highlights or anÂ edgier cut. Maybe the stylist went too short. In any case, they didnâ€™t really get what theyÂ were hoping for.
There are some girls who just look better with tousled hair, rather than perfectlyÂ straightened, flat-ironed hair is one of them.
To get the beachy, wavy look it helps if your hair has some natural wave to it and this lookÂ works on hair of almost any length, even chin-length hair or a bit shorter. For a quick beachyÂ look, let hair air dry, scrunching it as it dries. Once dry, twist pieces around your fingersÂ to create â€œropes.â€ Spritz each rope with hairspray.
If you have straight hair, you can get this look with a curly iron and some salt spray.