FACIAL TYPES AND HAIRDRESSING
Getting to know what your face shape is prior to cutting or blowdrying your hair is extremely important. To avoid any problems or misunderstanding between you and your hairdresser, you should understand that neither you, nor your hairdresser, has the final word when choosing the best haircut and styling. What dictates the haircut and styling that suite you, are your facial type and the texture of your hair.
If you lucky enough to be one of these people, there is only one face shape that can get away with practically any type of haircut and styling. This is the oval shape. All other facial types have limitations in terms of haircutting and styling. In terms of length, shoulder-length hairstyles are good on almost everyone.
Choosing the right haircut for your face shape
- There are 6 facial shapes;
Oval facial type
- Your face is oval if you have high cheekbones, its length is one and half times its width and of course is shaped oval. The forehead and jaw will also be of the same width. Both pixie cuts and flowing wavy hairstyles look good on women who have oval shaped faces.
Almost every type of hairstyle works on an oval shaped face because of its perfect proportions. All you have to avoid are hairstyles that hide them.
Round facial type
- Your face is round if its width and length is equal. In such cases, a pixie cut would be the best option. A pixie cut would also add definition in the neck area thereby making it look more elegant. Longer locks will work as well as long as the first layer of the hairstyle falls below the widest part of a round face.
Avoid haircuts that make your face appear wider than it already is. In other words make sure that you avoid hairstyles that make your hair fall at the widest part of your face or across your bangs.
For more details on round facial types follow the link on Hairstyles and Haircuts for Round Face
Square facial type
- You have a square shaped face if you have a broad forehead and angular jaw. Your face will also be square shaped if the width of your forehead, jaw line and cheekbones is equal. In such case a hairstyle that draws attention away from your jaw line and softens your features would be ideal.
A woman with a square shaped face would look stunning if she wears her hair extra long. A hairstyle with curls or soft layered bob would also work. It’s best that such women avoid blunt cuts. Slick styles that fall at the chin are also a bad idea.
Oblong (rectangular) facial type
- Your face is oblong if it is longer than it is wide. In such case, a hairstyle that gives the illusion of width would be a good idea. For example go for a hairstyle that has layers that fall at the cheekbones and ear. Just make sure that the layer does not fall anywhere below your chin line or at it. Otherwise you will only be calling attention to your jaw line. Only women who have oblong faces can pull off bangs.
Heart facial type
- Your face is heart shaped if it is narrow at the jaw line but wider at the jaw and cheekbones. Suffice to say, the best way to show off those cheekbones is with hairstyles that compliment them. A bobbed cut that comes up at your chin is a good idea. A longer haircut with side swiped bangs would also highlight a heart shaped face with a high forehead.
Diamond facial type
- Your face is diamond shaped if it is a bit longer than it is wide. In such case your chin might be pointy while high cheekbones make up the widest part of your face. In such case a hairstyle that shows off your unique bone structure would be a good idea. For example a flipped out layer cut or classic bob would work splendidly. Anything shorter than bangs would be unflattering below the brow area.
Triangular facial type 1
Triangular facial type 2