Ideal Hairstyle for Various Face Shape

All people have one of 6 face shapes: round, square, long (or "oblong"), heart, diamond or oval. To figure out which one you are you'll need a ruler or a tape measure. Here we go, just be sure to write down the numbers for each step:

  • We'll start with the forehead. Measure across your forehead at the widest point. 
  • Move on the cheeks. Measure the widest length across your cheekbones. 
  • Now on to the jaw. Measure your jawline at it's widest point. 
  • Finally, we'll measure the length of your face. Put the ruler at the your hairline and measure to the end of your chin.

Now that you've take your measurements, it's time to figure out what face shape you have. In the following slides, you'll learn more about each face shape and figure out which one maps to your face. You can jump ahead to any of them:

Heart-Shaped Face
Heart-shaped faces are wider up top and narrow at the jawline. You may have a pointy chin.
Styles That Work Best on a Heart-Shaped Face
Your pointy chin tends to be the focal point of your face. Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead with side-swept bangs, brow-grazing fringe, a strong part and hair that falls at or below your jawline. 
Short hair tends to look great on heart-shaped faces, especially the pixie hairstyle. Keep top layers soft and long. Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheek bones.
Styles To Avoid on a Heart-Shaped Face
 Avoid short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers.

In this Photo: Jennifer Lopez

Squared Face
If your face is as wide as it long and  you have sharp, angular features; you might have a square face. Some of the most famous faces in the past and today have a strong, angular jawline. Also square faces photograph the best. Women with strong angular features age well.
Styles That Work Best on a Square Face
If you have a square face, you'll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, does this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward. 
Styles To Avoid on a Square Face
 Avoid one-length bob hairstyles (especially chin-length) and blunt bangs. These will only highlight your angular features rather than downplay them.

In this Photo: Angelina Jolie
Round Face
You have a classic round face if the width of your face at your cheekbones is roughly the same distance as the length of your face. The difference between a round face and a square face. lies in the angles. Square faces have strong, angular features, whereas a round face has soft features.
Styles That Work Best on a Round Face
Typically, if you have a round face, you want to make your face appear longer and leaner and less round. To do this, create less volume around the face. 
Try cuts that fall just below the chin. Soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends. The wisps de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Bang hairstyles are flattering, but keep them long or side-swept.
Styles to Avoid if You Have a Round Face
Avoid one-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. Grow your curls out to shoulder-length or beyond or flat iron them.

In this Photo: Fergie
Diamond Face
You have a diamond face if you are widest at your cheekbones, and your jawline and forehead are the same length (but still narrower than your cheeks). The hairstyles that look great on you look great on square face shapes.

In this Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow
Long Face Shape
Long face shapes are longer than they are wide.
Styles That Work Best on a Long Face
Brown-skimming bangs and Chin-length bobs are ideal for this facial shape because they create the illusion of width. Just make sure your stylist cuts the hair a bit shorter in the back so it doesn't look boring. Curls and waves work well because they add width to the face.
Be careful with long hair: Hair that is too long can drag down the face. Long layers work best with pieces hitting at the nose, the chin and the collarbone. Consider a v-shaped style where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair appear shorter. Also consider adding wave or curls to the hair.
Styles To Avoid With a Long Face
Stay away from the extremes. Don't go longer than the collarbone and avoid a skull-capping pixie cut.

In this Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker
Oval Shape
You're an oval if the length of your face equals 1 1/2 times the width of your face. 
Stop for a second and congratulate yourself. You've landed the most versatile face shape. You can wear almost any hairstyle. Just be careful, with a bad haircut, your face can start to look long.
Styles That Work Best on an Oval Face
The oval face is the most versatile shape. You can pull off almost any look: short or long, straight or wavy or even one of the funkier, edgier hairstyles. To find your most flattering style, consider your best feature and highlight it with your hair cut.
If you have gorgeous bone structure, consider an angular bob that shows off your chin. Great eyes? Blunt or side-swept bangs are a great bet.
Styles To Avoid on an Oval Face
Short layers that add height on top of your head. Aside from being dated, short layers can make your face appear long. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. You'll look like a pyramid. If you have curly hair, short hair is generally a no-no. Try shoulder-length or longer to weigh down curls.

In this Photo: Kate Hudson

No matter your face shape, there will be haircuts that look best on you; and a few that aren't flattering.

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