On the hunt for a fresh new haircut to try this year? Before you decide to take a trip to the barbers, there’s something you should know: your face shape matters. Yep, what works on one gentleman (be it a pompadour, buzz cut, or Caesar cut) might not work on you.
Now, we know it’s tricky to find out which style will work best for you, but if Brad Pitt can figure out which haircuts work for his face shape, so can you. How? With the help of your quick face shape guide, below.
Your guide to choosing the right men’s haircut for your face shape.
Oval face shape
An oval face shape is both symmetrical and evenly proportioned. This means if you have this face shape, you can rock a variety of hairstyles. Yay you!
One of our all-time favourite men’s haircuts for this shape has to be the timeless short back and sides with some length on top. Not only will this cut help make your face appear slightly more angular, but it’ll also make sure you get through any occasion in style.
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Other hairstyles you can rock: You can make the most out of your oval face shape with either a swept-back hairstyle, a pompadour or an undercut with a slick comb-over.
What to avoid: Keep in mind that a fringe will cover up your forehead and make your face appear rounder.
Square face shape
A square face is typically seen as very masculine due to its dominating features, such as a striking, angled jawline. This means that, like the oval face shape, it’s perfectly compatible with a variety of men’s hairstyles, from no-fuss buzz cuts to softer, more modern quiffs.
However, if we had to recommend a fail-safe hairstyle for a square face, we’d probably go with a military-inspired high and tight fade, because really, who doesn’t want to look like a solider?
Other hairstyles you can rock: You can also experiment with a textured comb-over, a high fade with a quiff or a crew cut. Or pretty much any other ‘do that Brad Pitt has pulled off.
What to avoid: Luckily, most hairstyles will look good with a square face shape. However, try to avoid styles that stick straight up, as you don’t want to look overly boxy. Instead, go for cuts that add softness.
Round face shape
Round faces are more soft and circular. This face shape tends to lack sharp, angular features. For circular faces, look for a hairstyle that will help add definition and structure, like a pompadour or a quiff. These hair-raising styles will help to elongate your face and make it appear longer than it is!
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Other hairstyles you can rock: Give your round face some extra definition either with a classic side-parting, or a daring bold fade with a sharp, slicked-back quiff. This will add the appearance of angles in a way that compliments the roundness of your face shape.
What to avoid: A hairstyle that doesn’t have height and length on the top as it will not help balance out your unique round facial features.