While we’re big fans of getting whatever haircut makes you happy, sometimes you just want the one that will flatter you the most. Your face shape has a lot to do with how certain styles look on you, so it can help you narrow down your choices. Here’s a guide to the right haircut for your face shape.
Start with Your Measurements
To correctly determine your face shape, break out the ruler (really!). Take the following measurements:
- The widest part of your forehead
- Across your cheekbones
- The widest part of your jawline
- Length from chin to hairline
If your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are roughly about the same measurement and you have a soft, non-angular jaw, you have an oval face. Good news for you—just about any hair length and style looks good on this shape. If you want to de-emphasize the length of a longer face, think layers. Whether you go for a heavily layered bob or long, subtle layers, it will help with visual shortening.
A round face is almost as wide as it is long, with a curved forehead and jaw. If you want to make your face look slimmer, you have lots of choices. Want to go short? Try a choppy pixie with lots of texture and height at the crown that will add height and bring the focus up to your eyes. For longer hair, a length at the collarbone or below with long layers is the best for elongating the face. Stay away from cuts that curve in under your jaw, since this will just emphasize roundness.
Is your jaw much narrower than your forehead? Then you probably have heart-shaped face. The pronounced jawline of this face shape is softened when you draw attention to another part of the face. Thick bangs can work well for this face shape, as can full, uniform layers or pixies with a lot of height on top and short sides.
A square face shape is similar to an oval in that the width and length are almost the same, but it’s much more angular, with a prominent jawline. Like heart-shaped, the ideal cut draws the attention to another part of the face and softens the look of the jaw. A short bob is good for emphasizing cheekbones instead of the jawline. If you want a longer style, light layers and subtle bangs are good for elongating the face and creating roundness.