Triangle faces aren’t ones we come across too often since they’re not as common as their round, oval or heart-shaped counterparts.
Women with this distinctive shape have a face that’s generally narrow at the forehead and wide at the jawline. Sometimes referred to as a pear shape, a triangle-shaped face is the exact opposite of a heart-shaped face, and is even considered by some people to be a mixture of a square and round shape due to some fullness around the cheeks.
Those with these unique characteristics sometimes find it challenging to find a flattering hairstyle, as a narrow forehead and wide jaw aren’t really considered classically feminine proportions. Oftentimes those with this face shape simply just revert back to long, simple styles that actually do nothing for their features.
Those with triangle faces shouldn’t feel too challenged when they want to figure out the right hairstyle or cut. They key is to work with and enhance what you have.
Read on to discover how to flatter your triangle face shape with your next hairstyle:
Common Features of Triangle Faces
If you belong under this category, chances are you have one or more of these qualities:
- Your face is long rather than wide
- Forehead and temple area is narrow
- Cheekbones are flatter or not as prominent
- Jaw is wide, strong and angular, like those with a square face
- Jaw is wide but softer and slightly fleshy, like those with a round face
- Chin is squarish
Since it’s bottom-heavy, the trick to working with a triangular face is to find styles that balance out a broad, prominent jaw. You’ll also need something that doesn’t overwhelm your delicate forehead or add too much chunk at the sides of your face.
Inverted triangles, on the other hand, are more common and are considered more feminine. A wide, open forehead and a face that tapers to a narrow jawline are also flattered by hairstyles that camouflage the hairline and give width towards the chin.
Best Styles for Triangle Faces
Consider bangs your best friend for triangle faces. A fringe isn’t always a camouflaging trick; it can also add heft and width where needed. Just make sure that they don’t go any shorter than eye level. Keep them looking fresh with some dry shampoo (we like the uplifting fragrance of TRESemmé Between Washes Style Refresh All-In-1 Styling Spray) which works to remove excess sebum on the hairline.
2. Soft Jawline Styles
Determine whether your jawline is soft or angular. This can help determine the level of definition you need in that area.
3. Heavy Fringe
For rounder triangles, go for a heavy fringe cut straight across. This gives the illusion of fullness at the forehead and cheekbone areas. The end result is a soft, youthful look.
4. Rounded Fringe
For square-triangles, go for a rounded fringe. Thick bangs that are a bit semi-circular and rounded at the temples have a similar balancing effect, but just with some softer edges. Explore a side-swept curtain fringe, as this is also wildly flattering for this face shape.
5. Jawline-Friendly Styles
If you have a strong, prominent jaw, choose hairstyles that feminize the jawline.Our favorites include soft, angled bobs with razored ends that taper at the chin—they create a thinner silhouette at the thickest part of your jaw and draw the eye downward.
6. Get some chin-grazing layers.
They have a similar softening effect. Work with your hair’s texture, but opt for sleeker looks. A note for wave enthusiasts: Bends can create width where you don’t want any. A leave-in conditioner, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, moisturizes while prepping and priming hair for straighter styling.
7. Deep Side Part
Don’t go for a middle part on triangle faces unless its off-center. This emphasizes a wide jawline. Try a deep side part instead.
8. Fancy Updos
Try your hand at fancy updos, especially those with a curl. Styles like a girly pompadour, fauxhawk or victory roll at the bang or crown area create more width up top, effectively making your features more symmetrical.
9. Straight Hairstyles
Don’t skimp on the blowouts or be afraid of the flat iron, Straight hair is one of the easiest textures to work with when dealing with this triangle faces. A volumizing and shine-enhancing (!) blowdry lotion, like Bed Head by TIGI Motor Mouth, ensures your style is sexified on all angles.
10. Choppy Layers
Don’t mix bangs and choppy layers on triangle faces. Your overall goal should be fullness at the top and softness at the bottom, without too much visual noise at the sides of the face.