As a stylist, I take this in consideration every single time I’m asked to perform a hair cut, even if they’re holding the billionth picture of Rihanna (who I so love!) in hand. With this in mind I wanted to discuss a few common facial shapes (there are others). So, choose wisely and remember your best hair cut and look will be achieved by factoring in your face shape and unique features.
Tip: To determine your true shape, pull your hair off your forehead with one hand, look into a mirror and trace the outline of your face on the glass with lipstick.
The Best Hair Cut If Your Face Is Square
For square shapes, it’s all about softening the edges. Avoid “sharp” cuts, like angled bobs or styles with blunt-cut bangs, which can emphasize an already-broad forehead and chin.
Your Best Hair Cut
Long or short? It’s up to you. Pretty much any length will work, as long as you add shorter pieces to frame the face. To accomplish this, ask your stylist for a hair cut that incorporates graduated layers, razored ends or long, piece-y bangs to soften the strong lines of your jaw. If your hair is naturally curly, play up your waves. The loose ringlets help to balance out your face’s boxiness.
Parting words: Your best bet is to experiment with your part to find its most flattering location. A center part looks great paired with angle-softening curls. Or, try one that’s slightly off-center to blur the bold edges of a square face
If Your Face Is Oval
Even proportions make oval faces especially versatile. This is not a shape that needs to rely on a hairstyle to add softness or balance.
Your best hair cut: From a cropped hair cut to a blunt bob to longer, layered styles, virtually anything goes. However, some oval faces tend to be on the long side.
If you fall into this category – adding long bangs will visually shorten the distance from the forehead to the chin. Cheek-length layers will also help balance a longer oval shape.
Parting words: Just like the cuts, when it comes to parts, most will work well. The longer your face, the more off-center the part should be
If Your Face Is Round
Since full cheeks can conceal even the best bone structure, a round face can lack definition. Very short cuts and hair cuts with a lot of volume on the sides only emphasize fullness.
Your best hair cut: Styles with face-framing layers and choppy bangs can slim a full face and create the illusion of cheekbones. If you like short hair, try a bob with razored ends and cheek-grazing pieces, which breaks up the roundness and adds angles where they don’t naturally exist. If short is not your thing, aim for looks that fall to the chin and longer. The extra length will help elongate a full face, making it appear more oval. A slightly off-center part works best Your face shape not mentioned? Ask your Professional Stylist for finishing touches to your hair cut just for you. Remember to note distinctive features like your nose, cheekbones, or jaw line. You can then decide to downplay or highlight these features with the short hair cut style you choose. The real trick is to pick hairstyles that enhance your best features while camouflaging any flaws.