In this week’s edition of #HairTalk by Tomars, we talk you through the different face shapes on women and what hairstyles are best suited to each one.
Sometimes your face shape can often be overlooked when choosing a new hairstyle.
If you brought in a picture of a celebrity’s hair and got that hairstyle, only to see it looks nowhere near as good as you thought it would, chances are that it was your face shape just didn’t match the hairstyle.
What Face Shape am I?
There are 6 main different types of face shapes, with some people being a mix of two types or in between two, but for the most part you should be able to fall into one of these categories.
To analyse your face shape, pull your hair out of your face and have a close look at what you see in the mirror.
- Oval: Forehead may be slightly wider than the chin, and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width.
- Round: Prominent, rounded cheeks with equal width and length of the face.
- Square: Prominent jaw and square chin, with the forehead and jawline roughly the same width.
- Oblong: Can be confused for the oval face, though an oblong face will have a longer shape that is not as wide as oval — often with a narrow chin.
- Heart: Wider forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin.
- Diamond: Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones at the widest point of the face.
Or, this diagram may make it easier.
Reference From: Luxy Hair
Oval Face Shape
An oval face shape is one of the most versatile ones due to its well-proportioned shape. You are pretty much free to go with whatever you like, whether it is long or short. Most hairstyles will look great with an oval face shape.
Celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Beyoncé have Oval Face Shapes.
Round Face Shape
With a Round Face Shape, the idea is to elongate the face. It is better to stay away from haircuts that are all one length, like short bobs. Layers will give you more definition and take away from the roundness. Increasing Volume will also elongate your face.
Hairstyles that suit a round face shape well include:
- Textured LOB (Long Bob)
- Pixie Cut with Volume on the Top if you want to go Short
- Slick Back High Ponytail
- Deep Side Part
As you can see from the examples below, adding texture and angles help a round face shape appear more oval.
Square Face Shape
Generally, with a square face shape there is the choice to either soften the squareness and strong jawline or accentuate it.
Styles like a blunt fringe or short bob will really make the strong jawline of a square face shape stand out. On the other hand, you can go for more texture and longer layers to help soften the squareness.
As you can see below Hailey Baldwin uses her hair to enhance her strong jawline. Other examples show how you can soften that sharp, square jawline.
Oblong Face Shape
The Oblong (or long) Face Shape is basically a longer version of the Oval Face Shape. This means the Oblong shape is still quite versatile and can work with most styles. However if the hairstyle is too long, it will make the face even longer, so we suggest avoiding super long hair. Instead, go for something that brings layers that end at the collarbone or just below your jawline.
Styles with volume and curl also help take away the length of the Oblong face shape.
Heart Face Shape
With a Heart Face Shape, you also have the option to bring attention to the shape or take attention away from it.
To bring attention to it, you can have longer hair that you can pull back into a pony tail. Alternatively, you could go all out and cut a short-textured bob which will make the heart shape more prominent.
To take away attention, the aim here is to decrease the width of your forehead and increase the width of the jawline/lower part of your face. This makes it more proportionate to your hairstyle. Keeping the length above the shoulders is advisable, so something like a Shoulder Length Lob would work really well, or layers that break away at the collarbone will help take attention away from the forehead.
Reece Witherspoon is the perfect example of a heart face shape as seen below.
Diamond Face Shape
The diamond shape is the most angular of them all but also quite proportionate, in the sense that you don’t need to try and take attention away from any features, rather you want to accentuate the strong features of the diamond face shape.
You can go for a side-swept look with long layers or go much shorter with a textured LOB to make the sharp angles stand out.
Vanessa Hudgens is a great example of the diamond face shape.
Also Important to Consider:
Your face shape definitely plays a big role in how a hairstyle will look on you, but there are other factors also to consider. Your Hair Type, whether it is very thick, thin, etc. As well as body type, and height will also play a role in how a particular hairstyle may look on you. Always consult your hairdresser and they can help you choose a fitting and flattering hairstyle!
Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this edition of #HairTalk and can identify your face shape to see what hairstyle will suit you best.
Maybe you realised you could suit a alternative hairstyle or maybe what you’ve got is spot on! Either way we hope this was insightful and gives you a better understanding of how your face shape plays a big part of how a hairstyle will look on you.
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