Triangle Faces: Here’s Your Guide for Flattering Styles and Techniques

Eunice Lucero | 30 May 2019
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Find which forehead-fixing cut works for you.

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.

triangle faces loose side-swept curly bangs
Inverted triangles (wide forehead, pointy chin) benefit from loose, angle-softening side bangs and curls. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com


Best Styles for Triangle Faces



1. Bangs

Triangle faces: bangs with lob
Bangs are your new best friend.

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.

TRESemmé BETWEEN WASHES STYLE REFRESH ALL-IN-1 STYLING SPRAY

2. Soft Jawline Styles

triangle faces blunt bangs blonde shag
Lucky you! Blunt bangs with a shag give the illusion of a bigger forehead and balance out a wide jaw (and just happen to be one of this season’s hottest hairdos). Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

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 faces: 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. Rounded Fringe

Triangle faces: rounded fringe
A rounded fringe can soften things up. Photo credit: Dvora

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

Triangle faces: 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.

6. Get some chin-grazing layers.

Triangle faces: chin layers
Try this chin length bob and add layers for movement.

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.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS KERATIN INFUSION HEAT DEFENSE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

7. Deep Side Part

Triangle faces: 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.

8. Fancy Updos

Triangle faces: 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.

9. Straight Hairstyles

Triangle faces: 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 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.

BED HEAD BY TIGI MOTOR MOUTH MEGA VOLUMIZER WITH GLOSS

10. Choppy Layers

Triangle faces: choppy layers
Opt for choppy layered styles for volume and body.

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.