Finding the perfect haircut can be difficult, especially if you want to maintain an up-to-date look. The first thing you must examine before choosing the right cut is your face shape. There are six basic shapes: oval, rectangle, round, square, heart, and triangle. Before hitting the salon, it is important to identify which shape is yours.
Whether you're heart shaped like Reese Witherspoon, round like Kate Bosworth, or square like Keira Knightley, we've provided you with a few options! We promise- they’ll not only balance out your features, but these looks will also shed pounds off of your face, and make you look fresh and shearly beautiful!
Oval: Oval shape faces have it pretty easy. Most cuts will work on an oval shaped face, so you will have more options than most. The one point to keep in mind- accentuate, do not over-exaggerate (ex: over-exaggerated side part). We love the look of blunt bangs. If you have an oval face, and love long hair but it seems to make your face look a bit drawn out, then straight-edge bangs across the brow line are the way to go. They will break up the lengthy look of your face and give it a little more width.
Rectangular faces are best suited with short hairstyles. Long hair can just emphasize the length of your face and if anything, make it look longer. Try to keep your hair above the shoulders or shoulder length. Width and volume are always key when styling your hair as well. The beach wave look is always flattering on a rectangular face, and layers up to the chin will help to show off a fantastic jaw line while still framing the face nicely.
Tip: To get the beach wave, try Aquage's Sea Salt Texturizing Spray with your hair damp dry, then continue to blow dry it without combing through, it will create that amazing wave without having to go to the beach to get it!
Round: Long hair is a great, easy look on round faces. Some face shapes can’t pull of this look because it can really draw out their faces; well not for our round-faced friends! Wearing your hair a little longer (a few inches below your shoulders) can actually slim your face. Put in some layers at your collar bone and jaw line and you will start to see more of an angular look at your chin, jaw, and cheeks. Pull off a center part with this and you have a current, simple, and fantastic look for your face!
Maybe long hair isn’t for you? An angled bob is another great direction to go! With long layers at the chin, and shorter hair in the back at the nape of the neck, this is the perfect look for those with round faces who still want to wear their hair short. It won’t look bulky or make their face look rounder, but instead, it will still give the face some balance between the angles of the cut, and roundness of the face shape.
Square: A thinned out bob is a great look on those with square face shapes. This can be achieved with layers and tapering around the face to frame it. The lift from the bob and the rounded edges of the cut can help to balance the face shape with a softer look. If you are not into the whole idea of the bob, try your hair a little longer (shoulder-length) and still try to go with softly rounded edges. It will frame the face, but give you a little more room for different styling techniques. Side parts are also a great look on those with square faces.
If you’re curious to see what would look best on you before getting the cut actually done, try out this fun Virtual Hairstyler! It will allow you to check out different looks on your face shape to give you a better idea of what you may look like in a variety styles!