Getting the Perfect Layered Hair For Your Face Shape

Alyssa François | 29 April 2016

To layer, but how to layer? That is the question.

Knowing some tricks of the hair cutting trade is key, especially when it comes to getting layered hair. One reason for this is making sure you’re getting a haircut that complements your face shape. It’s true, the wrong set of layers for your said face shape can throw things a little off balance (oh, the joys of having a heart-shaped face), or remove your perfect balance altogether (we’re talking to you oval shaped ladies!). Layers can also add body and bounce to limp hair, soften up your square jawline, or lengthen your round face. Guess what? You get a layer, you get a layer, we all get layers! Here’s how to get layered hair according to your face shape.

Layered Hair For Your Face Shape 

layered hair for square faces
Textured and wavy layers are one of the perfect recipes to soften a square face shape. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Layers for square face shapes

Diminish the boxy illusion of your face with layers that range from short-to-medium in length. You can have both within your hair cut or choose one. These set of layers (one or both) will soften up the angles or hard lines of your face shape. Try a feminine hairstyle, cut with off-center with bangs and some groovy wavy layers.

layered hair by face shape
Have long hair and a round face? Employ subtle layers towards the front of your face to add length to your full face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Layers for round face shapes

As this face shape is on the fuller end of the spectrum, layering is a great hack for elongating your facial features —once it’s done the right way. Any set of layers that will result in having your face look slimmer as opposed to chubby works for this face shape. To get the elongated look, go for layered hair that has a little bit of height at the top section of your hair.

layered hair by face shape
Not only are these long layers sexy, they add dimension to a heart shaped face. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Layers for heart face shapes

Use layers to balance out the sweet frame of your face. Get layers that are long which will help slim down the width of your face, especially in the cheek area. If your cheekbones are your most favorite feature, accentuate it. Try out a cut with wispy bangs, the textured look of the bangs add a flattering touch to your face shape. For layers, stick to layers that frame your face from cheek downwards in order to add some width and dimension to match, as well as blend in nicely with the silhouette of your forehead area.

layered hair with bangs
Sleek curtain bangs and face framing layers help disguise a wide forehead. Photo credit: indigitalimages

4. Layers for inverted triangle face shapes

Similar to the heart face, your forehead area is the wider section of your face, however, your chin is sometimes pointier and sharper. Opt for long layers and curtain bangs to soften up hard lines from your cheeks downwards. Curtain bangs support your face shape by allowing it to appear broader wherever you lack width.

layered hair triangle face shape
Try an off-center part on your front fringe. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Layers for triangle face shapes

With a triangle face shape, your forehead area is slim and narrow, you want to add some width to balance out your entire frame. One option is to hide it with a fringe. However if you don’t want to go for bangs, and would like a short haircut, ask your stylist for long layers. The long layers within a short cut will help add balance to your narrow forehead whiles taking the attention away from your jaw area which can appear to be bottom heavy if worn with short layers or haircuts that frame the chin.

layered hair on an oval face
Oval face? Try what you like! Long subtle layered hair on a lob is having its moment. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Layers for oval face shapes

Although your oval face shape is ideal for any hairstyle, there are some instances in which layers can stretch your face shape in length (and, you don’t want that!). Opt for long layers as opposed to short to keep your face shape well balanced all around. If avoiding to stretch out your face shape isn’t a problem for you, ask for layers that highlight your best features.

What face shape do you have and how will you style your layered hair?

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