Cool haircuts for oval faces: 5 Styles to try now

All Things Hair | 24 May 2016

Lucky to have one of the most versatile face types around? Why not try one of these cuts on for size…

If you have an oval face, then congrats: you’ve been blessed with what’s generally considered the most versatile face shape of them all. But because its well-balanced, asymmetric silhouette lends itself to practically every hairstyle under the sun – from uber long, to super short and everything in between – the sheer variety of choices can get a little overwhelming. Looking for haircuts for oval faces that’ll pack a little more punch? Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work and put together a curated list of the coolest, yet utterly wearable, looks to help make things a little easier. So, enjoy browsing, and don’t forget to take some of them with you as references on your next visit to the salon!

5 Haircuts for oval faces to inspire


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Haircuts for oval faces: Angled bob. Credit:

Angled bob

Short, asymmetric bobs often look fantastic on oval faces, as they can help inject a contemporary edge to your symmetrical face shape. Of course, when it comes to choosing the perfect haircut, it’s also important to think about your hair’s natural textures, so it might be worth remembering that this look works best on those with straight, or slightly wavy locks.

Editor’s tip: for a more directional look, add a few choppy layers at the front and pair it with a side parting to emphasise the style’s graphic silhouette.

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Haircuts for oval faces: Blunt lob. Credit:

Blunt lob

It’s no secret: we love the long bob, as it poses a brilliant compromise for those who love the effortless feminine attitude of longer hair, but desperately crave the ease and versatility of a shorter cut. And for those with oval faces, this blunt version is just perfect, as it boasts an equal dose of fashion-forward polish and casual classicism.

Try blow-drying it straight for an ultra sleek look that’s both office and date night-appropriate. Editor’s tip: if you’ve got fine hair and want to try this look, ask your stylist to work in a few light layers at the front to help create the illusion of thicker, fuller-looking locks, and work a sea salt spray, like the Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.49*) into the roots to promote a subtle lift and texture.

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Haircuts for oval faces: Buzz cut. Credit:

Buzz cut

Buzz cuts were seen everywhere on the spring/summer 2016 runways, and while we can’t say it’s one of the most versatile haircuts for oval faces, it certainly makes for one of the boldest. So perhaps not for the faint-hearted, but if anyone can pull this look off with success, it would be you ladies with your almost-perfect, symmetrical features. After a hairstyle that’s guaranteed to turn heads? Then this cool short cut might just be the answer. Plus, you’ll save a load off shampoo and styling products – at least until it grows out!

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Haircuts for oval faces: Long, loose waves and baby bangs. Credit:

Long, loose waves with baby bangs

Want to elevate your signature long locks to trendy new heights? Then why not add blunt baby bangs into the mix to give it a fashion-forward edge. Uber short fringes may be notoriously difficult to pull off, but when you’ve got one of the most versatile face types around, what’s there to be afraid of?

Editor’s tip: for a more dramatic look, try and retain as much length as possible and go for a long, blunt cut. However, if a softer, more understated effect is what you’re after, ask your stylist to work in subtle, feathery layers at the ends. And don’t forget to add loose, natural-looking waves for that effortlessly bohemian effect that feels utterly “now”.

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Haircuts for oval faces: Bob and short, blunt bangs. Credit:

Bob with short, blunt bangs

Undoubtedly one of the hottest haircuts for oval faces this year, the classic blunt bob and matching bangs has certainly won the fash pack’s seal of approval by appearing on countless runways and sidewalks of Paris, London, Milan and New York. Guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go, it’s worth noting that this sophisticated cut works particularly well on those with naturally straight hair as it’ll require minimum styling. Of course, those with wavy textures can still carry off this look – just be sure you’re 100% committed to the maintenance and that you always have heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (300ml, £4.99*), and a good hair straightener to hand!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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