How To Choose The Right Haircut For Your Face Shape
You often here about face shape when it comes to conversations about contouring and highlighting, but it can come into play when deciding on hair cuts and styles as well. To be clear, anyone with any face shape can of course wear any style they so please. But if you’re looking for how to naturally suit your face shape, look no further.
It can be confusing what all that expert hairstylist lingo really means, so we wanted to shed light on the different lengths and styles that best complement your face. To clarify these guidelines, we went to some of the best stylists in the biz for their expertise.
What Face Shape Am I?
But how can you actually determine what shape your face is? It’s simple. First, arm yourself with a flexible tape measure. Then, take the following measurements, recording each as you go.
Finding Your Face Shape
Many people have a distinct face shape. They are generally categorized into six shapes: oval, long, square, round, diamond, and heart-shaped. If you can’t tell by looking in a mirror what shape you are, there is a way to measure the face that can point you in the right direction.
- Forehead: Measure across your face from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch.
- Cheekbones: Measure across your cheekbones, starting and ending at the pointiest part below the outer corner of each eye.
- Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to below your ear at the point at which your jaw angles upwards. Multiply that number by two to get your jawline measurement.
- Face Length: Measure from the centre of your hairline to the tip of your chin.
Highlight Your Favorite Features
Since there will be many hairstyles that suit your face shape, it may be difficult to know where to begin. The basic rule of finding a great haircut for your face shape is to highlight your best features.
- Oval: Face length is greater than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is greater than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
- Rectangle: Face length is the greatest measurement. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.
- Triangular: Jawline measures greater than cheekbones, which measure larger than the forehead.
- Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than the forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft and much less defined.
- Heart: Forehead measures greater than the cheekbones and jawline. The chin is pointed.
- Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp rather than rounded.
- Diamond: Face length measures largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.
Do What Makes You Feel Best
When you read about hairstyles and face shapes, you may feel inundated by rules. While these are guidelines for flattering haircuts, they are really just suggestions. The secret to looking gorgeous is really in one’s attitude. The last thing you want to do is get a haircut that makes you feel unlike yourself.
Don’t Be Discouraged
The good news is that almost all of the trendiest hairstyles can look great on all face shapes. Bobs do. Shoulder-length cuts really do. Bangs do. Long hair does. Even the pixie works on most face shapes.
With each of these types of cuts, there may be elements that would be more flattering on you. If you have your heart set on a certain cut, tell your stylist. The two of you can work on finding the best style within the cut that suits you best.
Haircuts For Oval Faces
Oval Face Shape: MenSeen as the genetic jackpot for women, an oval may not be the most alpha of face shapes for men, but it’s a good canvas for experimentation. Symmetrical and well-proportioned, an oval face shape does pretty much any hairstyle justice, so you lucky boy the choice is very much yours.
You’ll also want to avoid a forward fringe. “Too much heaviness on the forehead softens features and increases roundness of the face,” says celebrity hairstylist Jamie Stevens.
Haircuts For Square Faces
Square Face Shape: MenConsidered the masculine ideal, a square face shape is characterised by a razor sharp jawline, even proportions and an overall chiselled appearance.
Like the oval, it’s a great foundation for most styles and is versatile enough to work with both extremely short and longer hairstyles. Just bear in mind that the shorter you go, the more you look like you’ve just been conscripted. Not that that won’t serve you well.
Haircuts For Rectangle Faces
Rectangle or Oblong Face Shape: MenThe longest of the face shapes, a rectangular face falls somewhere between an oval and a square, but requires a subtly tweaked hairstyle to ensure the face doesn’t appear even longer than it is.
Taking that advice, try a style that lets the hair fall to the sides and/or across the forehead to add width and ensure your face doesn’t appear narrower than it is.
Haircuts For Round Faces
Round Face Shape: MenCircular with a rounded chin and no obvious lines or angles, a round face shape benefits from a haircut that lends it some definition.
Haircuts For Diamond Faces
Diamond Face Shape: MenNarrow in the chin and brow, with width in the cheeks, the diamond is one of the rarer face shapes. Because of that, it has some specialist requirements to ensure it looks its namesake.
Don’t, however, take the sides too short given the width of the cheekbones, a hairstyle that’s particularly short at the sides will only make your ears look bigger.
Haircuts For Heart-Shaped Faces
Heart Face Shape: MenWide at the temples and hairline, gradually narrowing to a point at the chin, the heart face shape benefits from a few optical illusions to make it appear better proportioned.
Facial hair is key in this case, adding some much-needed bulk to a narrow chin and jawline, says Robinson. “As with the diamond face shape, a beard helps a heart shape gain fullness in the lower, narrower half of the head.”
Haircuts For Triangle Faces
Triangle Face Shape: MenDue to its narrow forehead and wide jawline, a triangular face requires the opposite treatment of a heart shape.
As for the beard, the most you’ll look good with is some light stubble. But really, given the prominence of the jawline in this case, it’s best to steer clean-shaven. Grab the razor, fellas.