No matter how superficial it may sound, girls, let’s just admit it: One of the beauty hurdles we obsess over is trying to find that perfect haircut that make us look – and feel – fantastic! And really, hair makes such a big difference to transform your look, so why wouldn’t you want to get it right? Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks to help us when we have no idea where to look… and get this – it all boils down to our face shape.
Once we have figured out what our face shape is, it is so much easier to find out what cuts and styles can flatter our face, making our search much less traumatic (don’t get me started on all the ‘trial and error’ I had to go through to find a cut that looked decent on me!).
How To Find Your Face Shape
Here’s a short exercise that has been used since… well, ever, to determine your face shape. To start, grab yourself a tube of lipstick and a mirror. Facing the mirror, trace the outline of your face with the lipstick on the mirror. Then step back and examine the shape you have drawn. It is an oval? Is it a little square? It is heart-shaped? Is it round? Once you’ve figured out the shape, you’ve gotten your face shape. Easy, hey?
Tips to Remember for Your Face Shape
Here are some tips I’ve gathered through research on what to look for in a haircut concerning your face shape. Remember, at the end of the day, do whatever the heck you want, it’s your hair! But if you really want a style that is suited to your face shape, follow these guidelines and play around with your options:
- Round: Keep hair flat on the sides – rounded haircuts, such as bobs and curly, short hairstyles, will only make your face look rounder. The aim here is to elongate.
- Long: Focus on getting volume with hairstyles that have width: bobs, wavy and curly hair, and long bangs all look great with long face shapes. Avoid too long and too straight cuts as it may drag your face down.
- Oval: Lucky you! Any style suits you. Experiment and see what you like best.
- Heart: Long and wavy hairstyles look great with this style, which is defined by having a wide forehead and a narrow chin. Also, try to avoid short layers. Side-swept bangs also look great (as you can tell by Reese, above).
- Square: To soften a square face, opt for softer styles such as wispy bangs, layers and curls. Avoid chin-length cuts.
Bangs/Fringes – The Best Bangs for Your Face shape
If you want bangs and don’t know what will suit your face shape, check out my post The Best Type of Bangs for Your Face Shape.
The Universal Cut
I remember reading in Allure Magazine a few years back that the ‘universal’ cut is shoulder-length hair with slight layers and a long side swept fringe. This, according to them, flatters every face shape, hair type and age. Makes sense, though – the cut is simple and sophisticated; I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t suit it. So if you’re stuck on what to do, perhaps that is an option to try for now.
Try It Out!
Once you know what to avoid and what might suit you, it’s time to try it out. Playing around with your style first by photo manipulation is also great if you still want to play a bit safe before taking the plunge. So if you are handy at Photoshop, get to work! If not, there are plenty of sites that you can upload a photo of yourself and ‘try on’ different styles. InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Hair Virtual Makeover is a great site I’d recommend. Check out this screencap of me playing around with red hair… Let’s just say that as much as I love red hair, it is not my color. Yikes.
And if you’re still unsure on what will suit your face shape, my only advice is to bite the bullet and do it. Trial and error, you know the drill. If it turns out horrid, it’ll grow back… it’s only hair, right?
How I Found ‘It’
Growing up, my Mom would always give me bob haircuts because she thought that’s what you should give girls with long faces. (And yes, bobs are recommended for those with long face shapes, but like I said, you need to virtually try out what they recommend, too – it’s different for everyone!)
Anyway, when I was old enough to have a say with my hair, I wanted anything but short hair – my kind of rebellion, I guess. So all my life I thought that long hair was the way to go. And even though I went through many experiences with my hair, I still always went back to long, straight hair. But let’s be honest – it was doing nothing for me. For someone with a long face, it being so straight and long only made my face look… well, longer.
So recently, as you all know, I took the plunge and cut half my hair off. Some remains of my awful digital hair perm were still visible, so what I ended up with was slightly-past-shoulder-length, slightly wavy hair. And I was in love. The length (and very slight layers) gave my thin hair the volume it needed, and the waves added width to my face, and overall, I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner. I have found ‘it’, baby! I used to think shoulder length was so boring (especially on me), but now it’s the length I will stick with. So my advice to you is just to go for it – you might find that ‘perfect’ cut!
Tell me, friends – what face shape do you have? Have you found your perfect haircut that suits your face shape? What kind of crazy hair experiences have you had in the past in search for the perfect cut?