Best Haircut for your Face Shape

Ever wonder what hairstyle will look best on you? We found a general guideline to help you decide which style will look best on you.

The first thing you need to do to choose the best hairstyle for your face, is determine the shape of your face. To do that, you will need tape measure or ruler to take following measurements:

  • Measure of your face across the top of your cheekbones – (this would be the width of your face)
  • Measure across your jaw line – (from the widest point to the widest point)
  • Measure across the widest point of your forehead – (which is generally halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline)
  • Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin – (this would be the length of your face)

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Now use the measurements you just took and compare them to the following face shapes:

Oval: The length of your face is equal to one and a half time the width. Forehead is wider than the chin. Almost any style works well for you. Avoid styles that cover up your face (like heavy bangs or styles that are too forward any lay on your face). Some celebrities with oval faces are: Courtney Cox, Cindy Crawford.

Round: The measurement for the width and length of your face is about the same – the numbers may not be exactly the same (it could vary ¼ to ½ inches), but be very close. You have a full-looking face (widest at the cheeks) with a round chin and hairline. The length of your hair should be beyond the chin or just above it. Try parting your hair on the side, decrease the volume at the sides and ear area, and use layers at the top for fullness and to make your face appear longer. Keep hair off the face and cheek area is recommended. Avoid chin-length hair with a rounded line, center parts, fullness around the cheek and ears as it will only enhance the roundness of your face. Some celebrities with round faces are: Drew Barrymore, Christina Ricci.

Oblong/Rectangular: Your face is longer than it is wide. Forehead, cheekbones, and jaw line are all about the same width. You may have a prominent or very narrow chin or a very high forehead. Your face has an elongated appearance. You will look best in styles with short to medium lengths and soft wispy bangs. To balance the look of a long, slender face, create fullness/volume at the sides and ear area. This will help to add width to your face shape. Use layers to create movement around the chin. Avoid too much hair length and parting your hair in the center as it will only make your face look longer. Some celebrities with oblong/rectangular faces: Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Heart: Your face is wider at the forehead and/or cheekbones and narrow at the jaw line. Similar to oval, but the chin tapers to a point. Try a cut that is chin-length or longer with a side part. Wispy bangs with layers around the face that are swept-forward will help balance your face. Decrease volume in the crown and at the sides and ear area. Add curl and fullness to the chin area as it can help create dimension. Avoid super short styles, heavy (pouffy) on the top, and slicked back looks as they will only make you look top heavy. Some celebrities with heart-shaped faces are: Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz.

Square: Your face is about as wide as it is long. Your forehead, jaw line and cheekbones are almost equal in width. You have a strong, square jaw line. Try a cut that is short to medium length with layers around your face and wispy bangs. To soften the square look of your face, try adding curl or a wave to the hair. Styles that round out your hair can decrease the appearance of a square face shape. The length of your hair should be above or below your jaw line. Wear a side part as opposed to a center part. Avoid straight bangs, long-straight hair styles, and center parts as they will only accentuate your square jawbones. Some celebrities with square-shaped faces: Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore.

Diamond: Your face is widest at the cheekbones and you have a narrow forehead and jaw line (which are approximately the same widths). If you are a true diamond shape, almost every style works for your face. Extreme diamond shapes will want to maintain fullness in the back near the nape of the neck to balance out the cheekbones and narrow chin. Decrease volume in the crown and at the side and ear areas. Adding curl and fullness to the chin area and just above the temples can help to round out the look. Avoid wearing too much hair on your face.  Some celebrities with diamond-shaped faces: Linda Evangelista, Katherine Hepburn, Sophia Loren.

Triangle: Your forehead and cheekbones are narrow with a wider jaw line.  Shorter hair can often balance your prominent jaw line. Lots of layers will give you the fullness through the upper part of your face. Pick a style with fullness at the temples to help taper the look of the wide jaw line. Avoid center parts and styles that are full at the jaw as it will draw attention to your jaw line.