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How to Choose Best Haircut for Your Face Shape

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When choosing the perfect hairstyle, it’s not enough to simply browse ideas on the internet and pick the one that you like the most. If you want your hair to truly bring out your best features and make your overall look well-balanced, considering your face shape is a must.

5-Minute Crafts prepared a guide on how to make a hair-changing decision based on your face shape so you can make the most of your unique appearance.

Round face shape

How to determine: If the width of your face is almost the same as its length, you don’t have defined cheekbones, your facial features are soft, and your hairline is rounded, you’re likely to have a round face shape.

What to focus on: To make your face look more balanced, you may want to try to make your face appear longer and add more angles.

What hairstyles to choose:

  • Go for layered hairstyles that will help add angles to your face. You can choose a relevant style regardless of the length of your hair.
  • If you have middle-length hair, try a bob hairstyle. The layers should start slightly below the chin. You may also want to curl your hair away from your face to make your face appear slightly longer.
  • Long hair is a good option too because it helps to elongate the face. If you like curls, go for the loose style because tight curls may make your face look fuller and rounder. You may also want to try a side part to attract more attention to the center of your face.
  • Bangs are a good option for this face shape. Just go for side-swept bangs and not for straight-cut bangs because this asymmetrical hairstyle will help highlight your cheekbones and lips.

Oval face shape

How to determine: If you have a tall forehead, your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, your face length is greater than its width and your jaw and chin aren’t sharp, you’re likely to have an oval face shape.

What to focus on: Your face has perfect proportions so most hairstyles are likely to look good on you.

What hairstyles to choose:

  • You can go for extremely short hairstyles because of your face shape without worrying that your face might look disproportionate. But if you want to make your look softer, leave the top part of your hair in your short haircut a bit longer.
  • If you have long hair with layers, make sure layers start at your chin so they nicely frame your face and highlight your features.
  • Sleek hairstyles are also a good option because they draw all the attention to your face and bring out your features.
  • When it comes to bangs, you can go for almost every option you like including edgy mid-forehead short bangs. But it’s better to avoid heavy bangs.

Square face shape

How to determine: If your face has almost similar length and width, you have a strong jawline, your forehead’s width is almost the same as your jaw’s width, and there are almost no curves in your cheekbones, you’re likely to have a square face.

What to focus on: You may want to try accentuating your cheekbones and softening your jawline.

What hairstyles to choose:

  • Try side parting to soften your features. But make sure it’s not too deep, otherwise, you may accentuate the angles of your face.
  • If you have long hair, you can add layers to frame your face and bring more attention to your cheekbones. Also, make sure the ends of your hair are light and tapered.
  • If you want to wear your hair shorter and still flatter your jawline, go for a bob that ends slightly above your shoulders or touches them. Make sure the hairstyle is textured. Curls are also a good option. Just don’t make the curls too wide and focus on adding volume to the roots of your hair.
  • When it comes to bangs, choose side-swept style. It’ll help break angles on your face and make it appear softer.

Diamond face shape

How to determine: If your cheekbones are wider than your forehead and your jawline, your chin is narrow and pointed, and the length of your face is almost the same as its width, you’re likely to have a diamond-shaped face.

What to focus on: You may want to try to draw attention away from your cheekbones and make your forehead and jawline wider.

What hairstyles to choose:

  • Short hairstyles, like lobs and pixie cuts, look great on diamond faces because they help to make the jawline softer. Just avoid blunt hair ends and go for more textured alternatives.

  • If you have long hair, try adding layers staring at the jawline. Curling your hair and making it more voluminous is also a great option because this hairstyle will help balance your cheekbones.

  • Go for high sleek ponytails to draw more attention to your facial features and enhance your cheekbones.

  • If you decide to go for bangs, choose side-swept styles or long bangs. They’ll hide a part of your forehead making it appear wider and will help to frame your eyes, attracting more attention to the face.

Heart face shape

How to determine: If your forehead and your cheekbones have almost the same width, your jawline is narrow, your chin is pointed, and your face’s length is slightly greater than its width, you’re likely to have a heart face shape.

What to focus on: You may want to try to balance your face and accentuate your cheekbones.

What hairstyles to choose:

  • A pixie haircut looks great with the heart-shaped face because it helps you emphasize your cheekbones and highlights the eyes.
  • If you prefer long hair, choose long layers to elongate your face. Going for a side part may also be a good option to balance your face.
  • When curling your hair, focus on making your hair fuller at the bottom to make the narrow part of your face appear wider.
  • Go for long side-swept or wispy bangs to partly cover your forehead and make it appear less heavy.
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