A great haircut can be very powerful – it can really help you to look and feel your best, but it is not a secret, that not all haircuts are universally flattering, because we all have different faces, therefore, before you go to the hairdresser to cut your hair in your desired haircut, it is wise to know your face shape, facial features and haircut which is best for your face. By working with, rather than against, your natural assets, you can increase your beauty with few tips.
Generally there are 4 basic face shapes – oval, round, square and heart, but, of course, there are some variations as well, for example, long, diamond, triangular and so on. We have to take into account, that many people have faces which just do not perfectly fit in mentioned categories, but generally they fit in one or in other category, therefore, it is easier to find a haircut you will be happy with anyway.
To determine the shape of your face, just look in the mirror after your have washed your hair. Comb your hair rearwards or into ponytail, exposing your ears. When it is done, trace the outline of your face on the surface if the mirror with some pen. After doing this you will see a precise shape of your face on the mirror.
Round-shaped faces are about as long as they are wide. Other features of round faces are full cheekbones, narrow forehead and narrow jawline. Usually round face owners appear young for their age.
The best haircuts for round faces are asymmetrical haircuts with layers which closely frame the face, define the face and de-emphasizes its fullness. Longer hair visually lengthens round faces, therefore, choose the haircut which falls to the chin or below it, but in the case you prefer short hair, they have to be cut with choppy and razored ends which create angles. Great haircut for short hair is pixie cut which adds height, thereby balancing out the roundness of face. If you have round face avoid straight bangs, because they tend to make the face look wider than it is. You can choose side-swept fringes, as well as a part which is slightly off-center.
Square faces have about the same length and width, but their jawline is sharper and has bolder angles. The forehead and jawline of oval face owners are about the same length.
Soft and graduated layers with soft and wispy ends can offset sharp angles of square faces. Also side-swept bangs can distract an attention from the angularity of square faces. Owners of square faces have to know that loose curls and wavy hair work well on square faces as well, but blunt cuts with heavy and straight bangs gives an opposite effect. For short hair you can try short bob with lots of bangs and layers, but for middle length or long hair try haircut with lots of feathery layers which hit above your jaw line. In case of square face use a slightly off-center part.
Heart faces are characterized by wide cheekbones and forehead, as well as narrow chin.
Chin-length and textured hairstyle helps to fill out the bottom part of face, but side-swept bangs help to emphasize cheekbones and eyes. Also pixie cuts look flattering on heart faces, but if you want longer hair, you can try wispy layers with strong side part, heavy fringes or middle length bob. Do not choose blunt bangs and haircuts which have bulk around the top part of your head.
It is believed, that oval face is the most balanced shape of face, because oval faces are one and a half times as long as they are wide. Oval faces feature forehead and jawline which are about the same width.
We can say, that almost every haircut and hairstyle works for oval faces, therefore, you can try bangs which attract an attention to the eyes, visually shortening the distance from your hairline to your jawbone. Owners of oval faces can try parting their hair at the center. Considering, that almost any haircut or hairstyle compliments this face shape, you can try something trendy, for example, blunt cut bangs or middle length bob.
Instead of trying to hide features of this special shape of face, try to emphasize your coveted facial structure. Long and straight hairstyles, for example, wispy bangs are great for this face shape.
Triangular or long faces feature narrow forehead and a strong, wide jaw line. The main purpose with any haircut for this shape of face is to slender the jaw and widen the brow in order to create a balance. In case of triangular face short haircuts are typically better option, because they add height and distract attention from the bottom part of your face. Also asymmetrical haircut which hits at eyes and is shorter in the back is great option.