Have you ever gone into a hair salon with a photo of your favorite celebrity and asked for their exact haircut, only to leave the salon wondering why those bangs that looked so beautiful on Gigi Hadid just don’t give your own face that certain “Je ne sais quoi”??
Well, dear friends, it’s not just because Gigi has a team of stylists at her beck and call, it’s probably because bangs just don’t suit your face shape…and that’s okay! We’re here to help you figure out the best hairstyles for your face shape, so you can rock runway worthy ‘dos everyday even without your own personal hair stylist.
Determining your face shape
At this point you may be asking, ‘but what is my face shape?!’ The most common mistake most people make when trying to determine their face shape is thinking that their faces are simply round. If I asked you to draw a picture of a face right now, the shape of the face will likely be either round or oval, but there’s so much more to it than that. When determining your face shape, you should be looking at your hairline, width and length of your face, and jawline.
The easiest way to know what facial shape you are is to pull your hair back, take an eyeliner or lip pencil, look in the mirror, and trace the outline of your face. Then, compare the outline with the handy guide below. (Bonus points if you leave the outline of your face on your mirror to scare your friends.)
Best Hairstyles For Oval Faces
A face shape is considered oval if the length is longer than the width, and the jawline is only slightly narrower than the hairline, which is gently rounded. An oval face shape has no prominent points. Some celebs you may recognize with an oval face include Jessica Alba, Rihanna, and Bella Hadid.
If you have an oval face shape, you’re in luck! This shape is considered to be most versatile for hairstyles, as it is usually quite well-balanced and evenly proportioned, so feel free to experiment.
Dos: Try out that RiRi pixie cut, take a risk with bangs, layer up your hair, or rock a middle part. The best hairstyles for oval faces include styles that keep your hair away from your face, exposing your best features. Side-swept bangs also look great on those with oval faces to frame your face as well as high-fashion, slicked-back looks, like the one below. Updos are super easy to create on oval shaped faces, as you do not need to overcompensate a certain side or think too hard about softening certain features.
Don’ts: When styling an oval face shape, try to keep the face as clear as possible. Steer clear of heavy bangs, as this could make your face appear shorter, and avoid hairstyles that are one length, as this could make your face appear longer. If you’re wearing your hair down, be sure to have either one or both sides tucked behind your ear showing off your cheekbones and beautiful face shape.
Best Hairstyles for Heart Shaped Faces
Just like a heart that you would draw out, a heart shaped face is wider at the hairline and temples and tapers to a small, narrow chin, that is slightly pointed. Your forehead may be a prominent feature usually, if you have a heart shaped face, you probably also have killer cheekbones. Yay! Think Tyra Banks, Reese Witherspoon, and our very own Mimi Ikonn, who all have stunning heart shaped faces.
Do’s: When choosing hairstyles for a heart shaped face, you can either choose to accentuate your face shape, or to make the bottom half of your face look wider. If you choose to accentuate your face’s tapered shape, pull your hair up into a high top knot, or space buns like below, if you’re feeling daring. A deep side part with loose curls looks super elegant and shows off that beautiful, feminine face shape as well. If you’re looking to balance your features, shoulder length hair tends to look best, as this adds volume around the bottom of your faec, creating the illusion of a wider jawline.
Don’ts: A “true” heart shaped face has a widow’s peak. If you have one, try and avoid forcing a middle part. Chances are, one side of your hair will part as you’d like it to and one side will have a mind of its own. Instead, part your hair slightly off centre to whichever side your hair naturally falls over the widow’s peak to avoid any hair woes. Also, skip out on the short bangs as these could make your chin look super narrow, and avoid short bobs.
Hairstyles for square faces
Square shaped faces are quite wide, and the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are almost the same width. The strong jawline is a prominent feature of square shaped faces, like on Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Wilde, and square faced girls usually photograph well, so congrats!
Do’s: When choosing a hairstyle for a square shaped face, you can either choose to accentuate the square-ness of your face or soften your strong jawline. If you’d like to enhance your face shape, go for some blunt bangs or a short bob to really show off that strong jawline. If you’d like to de-enhance the square-ness, try some soft, wispy bangs falling to the side to create diagonal lines and soften the lines on your face, or wear your hair straight and long with some layers to draw the eyes down and add length to your face.
…Ummm. Maybe not that long.
Dont’s: Avoid overly solid bangs or blunt hairstyles, as this could accentuate the angles on your face even more. Also, any severe, slicked back looks should also be avoided, if you are trying to soften your face shape. Curls could also widen your face, so opt to wear your hair in either loose waves or straight. Here’s a great tutorial to achieving loose, boho waves:
Hairstyles for round faces
Round shaped faces are pretty much the same in width and length, with no prominent angles or corners. If you have a round face, do not fret! Round faces are usually “baby-faces,” which means you look younger, and can opt for more youthful styles. Celebs like Kirsten Dunst, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Miranda Kerr are all perfect examples of round-faced gals.
Do’s: When styling a rounder face, your main goal is to elongate the face and make it appear more oval. A quick trick to doing this is to always leave a little piece of hair untucked on one side of your face. This will visually stop the width of your face and tricks the eye into thinking your face is narrower. Try a deep side part to also create more angles to a round face, or pull your hair up into a high pony to elongate the face. If you’re feeling especially daring, a short pixie cut with volume at the top looks fabulous on round face shapes, as it adds texture and angles, without looking harsh. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to create beautiful high ponytails with extensions.
Don’ts: A common mistake for round-faced girls is to hide their face behind lots of hair. This actually ends up accentuating the wide face! Instead, go for medium length hair with long, face framing bangs, and keep the texture smooth and sleek. Avoid soft, wispy bangs, as this can further accentuate the softness of your features. Instead, opt for side swept bangs or bold, full moon bangs.
Hairstyles for long faces
The easiest way to describe a long face shape is that it’s an oval face shape…just longer. Think Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, and Hilary Swank.
Do’s: The main goal here is to make your face appear wider than it is. So how do we achieve this? Curls! Why do you think Carrie Bradshaw always looked so fabulous? Okay, so she had a drool-worth closet filled with clothes by couture designers, but also, she let her natural curls run loose and wild, opening up her face shape.
Flat-iron waves are a great way to achieve big curls and waves for a super widening effect. Here’s a tutorial on how to achieve this. You want the widest part of your waves to hit around the area of your cheekbone, to create the illusion of a wider face. A good old-fashioned blowout is also a quick, simply way to achieve more width, like in this tutorial. Whatever hairstyle you go for, remember your looking for width rather than length.
Don’ts: Keeping with the “wider not longer” rule, avoid hair that is too far past mid-length, as this seriously lengthens the face. Also, avoid one-length hair or super sleek looks that can also make your face look longer.
What face shape do you have? Do you have any go-to hairstyles or tricks? Comment below and let us know.