Choosing the best hair style to match your face shape
Alright, so you want a new hairstyle. Something different. Anything that will inspire the “Wow!” factor. Whether it’s fun, flirty, wild, understated, sophisticated, or edgy, the one thing most all women will agree on is that they want their hair to flatter and enhance their features rather than detract or draw negative attention to them. The first thing to consider for a flattering hairstyle is your face shape.
Figuring out our face shape can be difficult for some women as we tend to have an ideal face shape in our minds and plaster that “ideal” shape on ourselves. This disillusionment could lead to us picking a hairstyle that doesn’t really flatter us. So how do you go about finding out what your true face shape is? First, women must get out of their minds that there is such a thing as an “ideal” face shape. All face shapes can be beautiful if accentuated by the right hairstyle.
There are a few different ways to find out what our true face shape is – varying from tracing our face on the mirror with lipstick to asking our hairstylist for their unbiased and experienced opinion. However, there is a more scientific way to go about finding out our true face shape.
1. With a ruler or tape measurer, measure across the top of your cheekbones.
2. Measure across your jaw line from the widest point to the widest point.
3. Measure across your forehead at the widest point. For most women, the widest point will be about halfway between the eyebrows and hairline.
4. Measure from the tip of your headline to the bottom of your chin.
The following are the most general types of face shapes for women. Your face shape may not be exactly like any of the ones listed, but your measurements should at least come close to one or two.
Oval: The length of your face is equal to one and a half times the width of your face. It is just slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples and you have a gently rounded hairline.
Round: Your have a full-looking face that is as wide as it is long. Generally, this varies, but the measurements would be pretty close – within 1/4 to 1/2 inches. You have a round chin and hairline. Your widest point is at the cheeks and ears.
Oblong: Your face is longer than it is wide and very slender. It is just about the same width at the forehead and just below the cheekbones. You may have a very narrow chin and/or a very high forehead.
Heart: Your face is narrow at the jaw line and wide at the cheekbones and forehead. Your face is wide at the temples and hairline and it narrows to a small delicate chin.
Square: Your forehead, jaw line and cheekbones are almost equal in width. You have a strong, square jaw line and usually an equally square hairline.
Diamond: You are a cross between a heart and a dramatic oval. Your face is widest at the cheekbones. Your forehead and jaw line are narrow and about equal in width.
Triangular: Your face is a reverse of the heart shape. You have a dominant jaw line and narrow cheekbones and temples.
If your measurements matched the description of the oval face shape try a variety of styles. You can wear short, medium and long styles. However, try to avoid heavy bangs or too forward-directed styles as these will make your face appear smaller or add weight to your face.
Celebrities with your face shape include: Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, and Jewel.
If your measurements matched the description of the round face shape try hairstyles with fullness and height at the crown. Keep your parts off center. Short hairstyles that sweep back work well for your face shape or a style that is longer than chin length. A medium length hairstyle (chin length) that mirrors the shape of your face will add weight to your face. Try layering the top to create fullness and keep the rest of the cut relatively close to your face to make your shape appear longer and narrower.
Celebrities with your face shape include: Drew Barrymore, Christina Ricci, and Charlotte Church.
If your measurements matched the description of the oblong face shape try short to medium lengths with fullness at the sides and soft wispy bangs. Too much hair length will make your face look even longer. Center parts and height will have the same affect. Layers work great with your face shape as they add softness.
Celebrities with your face shape include: Janet Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Niki Taylor.
If your measurements matched the heart face shape, try chin length or longer styles. Side parts and swept forward layers around the upper face with gently wispy bangs are perfect for you. A chin length bob would also look great. Short full hairstyles will make you look top heavy and too much height at the crown will make your chin look longer and narrower.
Celebrities with your hairstyle include: Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashley Judd, and Lisa Kudrow.
If your measurements matched the square face shape try short to medium length hair. Curls will look great with your face shape as well as off-center parts with layers and wispy bangs to add softness and balance. Straight bangs or center parts will accentuate the square jawbone and counteract the balance you want to achieve.
Celebrities with your hairstyle include: Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
If your measurements matched that of the diamond face shape, follow the guidelines of the heart and oval face shapes. Try to leave hair at the nape of the neck to balance your narrow chin and avoid heavy bangs or too much hair on your face so as not to add weight to your face shape.
Celebrities with your face shape include: Linda Evangelista, Sophia Loren, and Katherine Hepburn
If your measurements matched the triangular face shape, try shorter hair that balances your prominent jaw. Shags look great on you. Wear styles that are full at the temples and taper at the jaw line. If you want to have long hair, it should be kept tight at the nape of your neck.
Celebrities with your face shape include: Kathy Ireland and Better Midler.
Remember ladies, the best critic for a hairstyle that suits you is YOU! While finding out your face shape may give you some helpful guidelines, they are not laws. Many women “break the rules”, so to speak, to find a hairstyle that fits their personality and way of life. And more often than not, it works! There are so many hairstyles to choose from. Knowing your face shape will help you know where and how you could modify your favorite look for a flattering style with your own personal touch. Have fun!