How To Find the Right Hairstyles for Every Face Type

Alyssa François | 10 June 2016

Read on to discover an easy method to find the frame you have the right hairstyles for every face type:

In this day and age, there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to deciding on what hairstyle you want to wear. With an infinite amount of hairstyles out there you can have a go at any style you fancy, and even create new ones that don’t exist yet! However, there are some who might find comfort in sticking to the rules as they look for options that complement and flatter their face shape. If you’re in need of help in determining the right hairstyle for your facial shape, you can conduct a face shape test by  standing in front of a mirror and outline your face outline on the mirror using a China marker or a lip liner. Step back and evaluate the shape you created. Was it a heart, oval, circle or square? After you determine your face shape, read on to find some of our favorite hairstyles for every face type.

Finding the Right Hairstyles for Every Face Type

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Mix up your hairstyle with a fringe or subtle layers to downplay fullness on a round face. Photo credit: Dvora

Round face shape

With an even shape all around the perimeter, the round face shape has a solid structure. Hairstyles that take away from the fuller parts of your face, like the cheeks, work best. Stay away from haircuts with one length as they can make the fullness of your face your focal feature. Layered hairstyles add breadth and depth to your face. Try out a short haircut with tapered ends.

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Long layers with face framing bangs add width to an oblong face type. Photo credit: Dvora

Oblong face shape

This face shape is slim with a delicate structure. The ideal hairstyle for this face shape will help add width to your face and take away the long appearance. Curly and wavy hairstyles work in your favor by giving you a more elliptical shape. Try out a long, voluminous and curly hairstyle.

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Keeping your hair out of your face draws attention to the eyes and cheeks on a heart shaped face. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Heart face shape

The eyes and the cheeks are the center of attraction for this face shape. Opt for hairstyles that make these features of your face the focal point. Short layers on a short haircut would do a disservice to your face shape, so opt for longer layers that will draw attention to your best features. Within the heart face shape, the chin tends to be quite pointy or prominent for many. Layers that are full of body and waves flatter your face frame. Give a layered medium-length hairstyle with side swept bangs a shot.

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Play around with updo hairstyles on an oval face frame to show off any other facial features you’d like to highlight. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Oval face shape

This face shape is said to be the most versatile of all face shapes because the facial structure is balanced from top to bottom—narrow at the temples and along the jawline. Hairstyles offered in varied lengths will all work in your favor. To get the most out of a short haircut on an oval face shape, go for layers that highlight whichever features you want to bring out. For instance, you could ask for layers that highlight your eyes, or your lips. You want to stay away from hairstyles that are too heavy or voluminous at the top area of your hair as they will stretch your face frame in appearance, making it look longer. Opt for a blunt cut.

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Off center parts and a long fringe adds dimension on a square face. Photo credit: Dvora

Square face shape

This equal sided face shape usually consist of a wide forehead, cheeks, and jawline. The goal with this face shape is to use the softening technique. Employ hairstyles that soften up any feature you want to downplay. For instance, a hairstyle with face-framing layers will help take the edge off your jawline. Avoid hairstyles and haircuts with one uniform length. This will only draw more attention to your face shape and create a more square and boxy appearance to your face frame. In other words, the classic bob haircut may not be the best choice, try out a long layered hairstyle that frames your face.

Looking for more hairstyles for every face type? Check out our fringe face type guide.