How to Find the Best Haircut for Your Face Shape

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You can change up your look by tweaking your hairstyle. Consider making a slight—or bold—change to your hair, and you could boost your day to day confidence with a flattering cut!

A great haircut can be powerful—it can really help you look and feel your best. For most people, getting a haircut every four to eight weeks is essential for maintaining your style and keeping your hair looking healthy. But before you make that next salon appointment, consider your face shape and facial features. By working with (rather than against) your natural assets, you can enhance your beauty with a few well-placed snips.

Men’s face shapes and complementary haircuts

If you go to a professional hair stylist, he or she can help you determine your face shape and the best haircut to complement it. Generally speaking, here are some common face types and haircut rules to go with them:

Round: A round face is characterized by full cheeks, a round jaw line and by the width and height of face being equal proportions. Those with a round face can minimize roundness and create a look of facial angles with an off-center part and hair that is higher on top.

Oval: An oval face is a versatile face shape and can easily show off almost any hair style. This face shape is marked by a slightly rounded jaw line and proportional features. For a strong look, keep lengths very short to draw attention to prominent facial features.

Long: A long or oblong face shape is also versatile and can sport various types of haircuts. The best haircuts for this face shape should avoid keeping the sides of the hair too short, as this will accentuate the length of your face. A style that is shorter on top and longer on sides would provide balance for this face shape.

Square: A square face shape is defined by a strong jaw line, straight sides, and cheekbones and jaw line of the same width. Similar to a round face, the best haircut for this face shape would include keeping the sides short and keeping hair longer on top.

Heart-Shaped: A heart shaped face includes a facial structure that is wider at the temples and forehead, and tapering at the chin. Longer hair styles would suit this face shape to detract attention from perceived wideness at the top of the face. The addition of facial hair to your look is also a great way to add balance for this face shape.

Women’s haircuts and face shapes

Women can get a little more creative when it comes to haircuts with so many style options—like layers, bangs, short cuts, and current fashion trends such as buns, braids, and the list goes on. A good haircut is often the basis of getting creative with your personal style. Here are some flattering haircut ideas to make your face look good from all angles:

Round: The pretty full cheekbones and rounded jaw line of this face shape looks best with uneven layers and side swept bangs to offset the roundness of the face. If you’re going for a short look, try a defined pixie cut to balance out roundness. A medium length cut that just brushes your collarbone will also have a slimming effect on the face. If you have long hair, try long layers that end at the jaw line to create dimension.

Oval: An oval face shape is also versatile for women—almost any haircut or style will complement this face shape. If you’re looking for a change, try something trendy such as blunt cut bangs or a mid-length bob.

Heart-Shaped: A delicate heart-shaped face narrows at the chin and a haircut that draws attention to the cheekbones and eyes can be extremely flattering. If you’re going for a long style, a heavy fringe will offset a prominent jaw. A mid-length bob would also be good for this face shape, because hair that ends just under the chin will add fullness to the jaw area.

Square: Strong square faces look great with ‘girly’ hair! If you’re going for a short cut, try a short bob with lots of layers and bangs. If you’re going for mid-length or long locks, try a haircut with lots of feathery layers that hit above the jaw line to draw attention to the upper part of your face.

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Knowing when and how often to go for a haircut depends on your style and hair goals. If you have long hair, you can get away with extending the time between salon visits to about 12 weeks. Short hair styles require more maintenance to keep the style; aim to get a trim every four to six weeks.

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