Changing your hairstyle? You’ve had the same long, boring hair for as long as you can remember. While others think it’s a pretty
style, you fantasize (daily) about chopping it off into a fresh, trendy cut. But, not everyone can pull off a cute, pixie cut or a stacked bob and since you haven’t had shorter hair in years (you’d rather not think about how long it’s been) — you’re not sure which style to get, what will look best, or if it will even suit you, at all.
If you would like to change your locks, but want to know what haircut will look best with your facial features — you have come to the right place. This common dilemma has stumped even, the best of us. In this article, we’ll give you the information you’ve been searching for: how to find the best hair cut for your face.
Face Shape: Let’s get Geometric
Before you begin, you’ll need a mirror, a hair tie and an eyebrow pencil (no, MacGyver, we are not making a bomb with these items). While sitting in front of a well-lit mirror, pull your hair back (at the base of your neck) with the hair tie. Use the eyebrow pencil to trace around your face on the mirror. More than likely, you will notice a particular shape — oval, round, square, oblong (thinner than oval – same width at the top and bottom) or heart-shaped (widest at top – thinnest at the chin). When you’ve determined your face shape, follow our guide below to find the best haircut to suit your face.
If you have an oval-shaped face, count your lucky stars — this is the most versatile face shape — able to pull off almost any hair cut. Flattering looks for oval faces include blunt bangs, chin-length bobs, lengthy locks and wavy hair. Oval faces should avoid short layers, which can make the face look too long. If you have curly hair, you should avoid short, blunt cuts.
If you have a round face, you’ll want a look that adds less volume to the face. Longer lengths that are cut just below the chin are a great way to accentuate the length of your face. For a slenderizing haircut, try layers that go from short to long. Razored ends are another great way to attract attention at the base of your hair. If you have bangs, they should be either long or side-swept. Blunt cuts and short-length cuts should be avoided, as well as, curly hair, which tends to make the face seem fuller.
If you have a square face, you’ll want to play down your square jaw line by adding lots of texture to your locks. Long, layered hair or short, spiky cuts are ideal for square faces. Straightedge, one-length bobs should be avoided, as well as, blunt bangs because they tend to make faces look squarer.
If you have an oblong-shaped face, you’ll need a cut that adds width, but doesn’t pull down your face by making it appear longer. The most flattering options for you include, layered cuts (to add dimension and width), chin length bobs and side-swept bangs. Oblong faces have the option to wear their hair wavy or curly, but should avoid long, straight hair because it adds length to your face.
If you have a heart-shaped face, it’s important to draw attention away from the chin. If you’d like a short cut, it should have long layers on top. Square faces can try adding a strong part with hair cut below the jaw line or side-swept bangs.