Before you read this blog post, you’ll need to know what face shape you have. Tuck your hair behind your ears so you can see the perimeter of your face. Although there’s variations of these, the most common face shapes are; rectangle, oval, square, heart, diamond and round.
It’s worth mentioning that ALL of these face shapes are beautiful! You only have to Google an example to be inundated with celebrities and models sporting gorgeous hairstyles for each of them. So don’t worry if you find your face is not the shape you’d initially thought.
…but which are you? And what hairstyle should you be asking for next?
You have a strong, angular jawline and your forehead is the same width as your jaw.
Layered styles are most flattering for a rectangular face shape as the varying lengths help soften the angles. A 70’s style curtain fringe adds emphasis on the cheekbones by creating horizontal volume and bringing the forehead in. Avoid long straight styles and create soft texture by adding waves and curls to compliment and showcase the sharp angles of your face.
Celebrity Inspo: Sarah Jessica Parker
The length of your face is longer than the width and you have a softer jawline.
Oval face shapes are often considered the most versatile. Well balanced and feminine, this shape allows you to be more experimental with your style. Use your natural part as a way to determine how your hair falls and what style to go for. Short bobs can look very sophisticated and chic while longer beachy waves will look effortless. The main thing to remember with oval shapes is to always add some volume and bounce to the hair rather than a poker straight style – this will only pull the eye down and make your face appear longer. Waves add lift and draw the eye upwards.
Celebrity Inspo: Beyonce
Similar to the rectangle except the distance between your chin and forehead is the same as the width of your face.
Square faces have broad angular features so drawing the eye across the face is the most flattering. Opt for a soft, side fringe to compliment your bone structure and create focus on the cheekbones. Pair this with a short layered bob or a longer layered style to soften the face for a flattering, feminine result.
Celebrity Inspo: Olivia Wilde
Your forehead is wider than your jawline and you have a more pointed chin. Heart shaped faces often have the ‘devil’s peak’ which is when your hairline comes to a point in the centre of your forehead.
The goal with a heart shaped face is to draw the forehead in whilst widening the appearance of the lower half of your face. A chic lob is an ideal length as it does just this. Pair with a sweeping side part to balance your face and create a mysterious, sophisticated look. If you want to keep a longer style, consider curling or waving your hair starting just beneath the ear as this will help create the illusion of a stronger jawline. A side swept fringe can also look great with this style.
Celebrity Inspo: Reese Witherspoon
You have angular jaw and pointed chin. Your cheekbones are the widest point of your face and your forehead comes inward reflecting the angle of your jawline.
Prominent cheekbones are an asset of the diamond face shape. They look dramatic and beautiful with a slick ponytail or bun that shows them off. As for the cut, longer locks with beach waves can really compliment the angular nature of the diamond face shape. To balance the width of your jaw, you could opt for shorter, face framing sections that graze your jawline.
Celebrity Inspo: Jennifer Lopez
You have soft features and the distance between your chin and forehead is the same as the width of your face.
When cutting flattering styles for a round face shape, it’s all about creating length and drawing the eye down. Avoid blunt cuts, bobs and short styles that have layers or curls as this will only add volume to the face. Longer locks with staggered layers starting below the ear are most flattering while a sharp pixie cut can look striking for someone wanting a more androgynous look.
Ultimately, a personal sense of style has a lot to do with the hairstyles people gravitate to and no one should be put off trying a new cut because of their face shape. This is a fun guide to spark some new ideas for when you can finally step through your salon doors again!
Celebrity Inspo: Chrissy Teigen