Triangle Face Shapes: Your Guide to Flattering Styles, Plus Styling Techniques

Find which forehead-flattering cut works for you.

The triangle face shape isn’t one we come across often–it’s 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.

Those with triangle face shapes shouldn’t feel stuck when it comes to figuring out the right style. The 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:

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
curly hairstyles with floral accessories
Inverted triangles (wide forehead, pointy chin) benefit from loose, angle-softening side bangs and curls. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Since this face shape is 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.

1. Bangs

hairstyles for triangle faces side bangs
Go for bangs with lots of movement.

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 your bangs looking fresh with some dry shampoo (we like the uplifting fragrance of Dove Between Washes Clarifying Dry Shampoo which works to remove excess oil at your roots.

2. Soft Jawline Styles for a Triangle Face Shape

a blonde woman with short haircut and bangs
Photo credit: Indigital

Determine whether your jawline is soft or angular. This can help determine the level of definition you need in that area.

3. Heavy Fringe

triangle face: heavy fringe
Try a shag with a heavy fringe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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. Jawline-Friendly Styles for a Triangle Face Shape

Triangle face: tousled hair
Try an off-center part with tousled waves. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

5. Chin-Grazing Layers

hairstyles for triangle faces bob
A length right under the chin is perfect.

Shorter hairstyles are ideal for triangle face shapes because they don’t make your face appear longer. A chin-length cut is perfect as it stop right where your face does. Keep in mind though, it’s key to add some layers or texture so as not to make the jawline appear even wider. Go for a bob with tons of layers for a light and trendy look.

6. Deep Side Part

triangle face: deep side part
Stick with deep side parts to complement your face.

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.

7. Fancy Updos for a Triangle Face Shape

triangle face: updos
Wear your strands in a low, chic updo.

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.

8. Straight Hairstyles

triangle face: straight hair
Shoulder-dusting lob style. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com.

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 working with a triangle face shape. A volumizing spray, like TRESemmé Volume Thickening Spray, ensures your style is on-point at all angles.

9. Layers

hairstyles for triangle faces layers
Layers are a great cut for this face shape.

Don’t mix bangs and layers on a triangle face shape. 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. Get the perfect layered blowout by prepping strands with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Balm before styling.

1. Long Hair

hairstyles for triangle faces long hair
Longer hair isn’t recommended. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

Hair that goes beyond your chest in general isn’t the most flattering on triangle face shapes. It can emphasize the larger jawline and do a disservice to your smaller forehead. If you do go for a longer cut, make sure there are layers and lots of texture to help bring shape back to your face.

2. Cuts that Draw Attention to Your Chin

hairstyles for triangle faces chin length
Try to avoid cuts that draw attention to your chin. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

When it comes to a straight hairstyle for triangle face shapes, bobs are not the cut to go with. Once again, it draws a lot of attention to your chin area, without creating any balance for your smaller features on top. Straight hair is still an option, but we don’t recommend it for a short cut like a bob.

3. Full Bangs

hairstyles for triangle faces full bangs
This type of bang can overwhelm your face. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

A full bang style will completely cover your forehead, creating more of a boxy face shape.

Those are the many dos and don’ts of haircuts for triangle face shapes! None of these are hard rules, just some guiding tips to help you accentuate all your features and flatter your face shape. Happy styling!

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