The Right Hairstyle For Your Face Shape


One of the most important factors of hairstyle suitability is face shape analysis.

Why is this so important? Simply put, if the wrong hairstyle is created for the wrong face shape, the result is a disaster. In fact, even if a well executed, well cut hairstyle is performed on the wrong face shape, the result is still a disaster. Why again you ask? Because hairstyles are predominately about shape and geometry. It’s all about putting the perfect frame around a person’s face to balance and bring perspective to the overall shape.

Oval face shape

The shape must:

  • Minimize non pleasing attributes.
  • Promote and compliment positive ones.

Once this important objective is achieved, then bringing the hairstyle to life with texture and colors should follow.

A good hairstylist will just know instinctively what shape will or won’t suit you. It is also very important and handy for you to understand face shape suitability as well as it will help you to understand what does and does not work for you and why. It will also help you to communicate better with your stylist and to keep them somewhat honest.

There is a general rule that applies to face shape balancing and it is that you should try to achieve an oval shape, which is the most perfect and pleasing shape to the human eye. To do this, long faces need shortening, just as wide faces need lengthening. It’s quite simple really!

How To Choose Your Face Shape

Look at a photo of yourself that has the hair off your face and find the best match from the following descriptions and pictures.

Round face shape

It’s important to remember that even though your face may not be an exact match of any single shape, it will resemble one shape over all. Need help to determine your face shape? Try our Face Shape Quiz.

If you have a round face, you’ll typically have a smooth outline to your face with minimal angles and lines. The cheek area will be full, and the forehead area will typically be shorter than average. What does this all mean for your hair? It means that certain styles will work better for your face shape than others, so take note!

The main thing you want to avoid are cuts that end at jaw or cheek level – either go super short or let it grow at least to shoulder length. Long hair looks great on circles too, as long as there are layers cut in throughout. When it comes to bangs, side swept ones work best but there are some straight across fringes that work well too.

Round face shapes have a natural softness to them and often retain their youthful features well into old age. Celebrities with round face shapes include Michelle Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Adele to name a few. And while having a round face shape does come with its style challenges, there are many hairstyles that flatter this face shape beautifully. Before we get to the hairstyles, you may first want to check if you have a round face shape. Here are the main features to look out for:

  • Soft lines all around the face- no square jawlines, cheekbones, chin or forehead area
  • Equal, or close to equal, width and height in the face
  • Usually the forehead is broad but not high

Now that you’ve determined you’re a circle, check out these ‘dos that are perfect for you!

Mila Kunis Long Straight Hairstyle for Round Face Shapes

Here, Mila Kunis looks fabulous in a simple hairstyle that is made for circles. Long hair is flattering for round faces, as are long layers around the face, which create a more oval look. Mila has gone for an off centre part here too, which is a good little style trick for round faces. To liven this ‘do up a bit, adding in some loose beachy waves is the way to go! Alternatively, sweeping the hair up into a ponytail or bun would look great too – just remember to leave some face-framing layers down if possible.

Mischa Barton Medium Wavy Hairstyle for Round Face Shapes

Mischa Barton shows us another look that is great for women who like shorter hairstyles. Mischa pulls of the center part here but a side part usually works better for women with circular face shapes. This is a blunt shoulder length cut which works well on round faces, and Mischa goes that extra mile by adding loose ringlets throughout. Keep the curls sleek and smooth by spraying them into place after they have set, rather than picking through or fluffing them up – this will only create added width in the face which circles need to avoid.

by Jessica Davies

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