A compact guide on how you can make the right choices when deciding on a new style for your crowning gloryPublished on 11 March 2022
Unlike clothes, hairstyles don’t fit into the one-size-fits-all category. In fact, you might see a certain style or trend on others and really like it but it won’t necessarily look great on you. And again, unlike clothes, you can’t “take off” your haircut when your family members make fun of it or if you end up not liking it. You’d have to make do with what you have, hide it with every type of hat possible or let it grow all over again.
While it is fun and exciting to change things up and opt for the unexpected, going into the unknown without consideration for what you’re getting yourself into might cost you both money and some of your pride.
However, choosing a hairstyle that suits you really isn’t something to break down over. The most basic thing to consider is your face shape.
Six main face shapes and their most flattering hairstyles
Before considering what hairstyle you’d like to try, identify your face shape. The main components that determine the shape of your face are your forehead, cheekbones and jaw. Try taking a photo of yourself facing the camera with your hair tied or combed back. For a more definitive answer, you could even measure your face.
The length and width of an oval-shaped face is usually close or like the jawline, chin and forehead being rounded. Your forehead is usually the more prominent part of your face which is only slightly wider than your curved chin. Moreover, this is known as the most “desirable” face shape as it is one of the most versatile.
Hairstyles that may suit you: Oval faces have the most versatile shape as they look balanced. This face shape doesn’t require highlighting or softening any angles or features. Some hairstyles to go for if you’re looking to make an impact are blunt or angular bobs, long beachy waves, and straight fringes. But remember, try to avoid adding too much height to your head since that could make your face shape appear oblong.
Relatively like your round-faced counterparts, the length and width of the face are the same but with more pronounced features. It’s almost as if your face is boxed up and squared. To put it in simpler terms, you’d find that you have sharp angular features with a face that is as wide as it is long.
Hairstyles that may suit you: Shoulder-length hair suits square faces best. A hairstyle that is fuller at the sides and soften the corners is most ideal. Curls and textures will flatter a square face shape. Additionally, work with long and airy layers that preferably have side-parted hair to offset the squareness and disguise the sharp angles of your face.
A round face is like a square-shaped face with softer angles — the length and width of the face are the same and is symmetrical with a circular appearance. Unlike the square, your cheekbones are not prominent, and the cheeks stand out as the widest part of the face.
Hairstyles that may suit you: Since a round face has features that are similar in length and width, the most flattering hairstyles are those that add definition and shape. Some styles that elongate the face are long straight hair, long voluminous waves or a bob with side bangs. Try to avoid single-length cuts with short layers as they tend to balloon around your face.
Just like a heart, your hairline is rounded, and the forehead is the widest feature of your face. The jawline forms a point in the shape of the English alphabet ‘V’ which ends at your chin. For easier understanding, you can picture a heart-shaped face as someone with an inverted triangle-shaped face. The forehead and cheekbones are of the same width and wider than the jawline.
Hairstyles that may suit you: Avoid accentuating the forehead or cheekbones. Hairstyles that cover the forehead such as bangs or fringes that are longer than the chin work best to balance your look. Pixie cuts, lobs, and wavy layers work best to create the illusion of less width at the top.
A combination of oval and square face shapes, someone with an oblong or rectangular face has a forehead, cheekbones and jawline of similar if not the same width. The face is usually longer than its width with the distance being wider from forehead to chin than it is from ear to ear.
Hairstyles that may suit you: Rather than appearing boxed up, the appearance that you could go for is one that softens all your angles and sharpness without elongating the face. Be careful to avoid overly long styles that may elongate your appearance. Instead, try blowout, waves or curls with a soft layered cut to disguise the corners of your face but enhance the cheekbones.
If someone were to draw a line starting from the centre of your hairline to your cheekbones and down to your chin, it would create a diamond shape. Not to be confused with a heart-shaped face, the forehead and hairline are narrower and not as wide as the heart-shaped face. The traits are usually defined by high cheekbones and a pointy chin.
Hairstyles that may suit you: The goal is to soften your sharp angles for a more balanced look. Consider side-swept bangs with curled or wavy hair and medium or long layered cut for a softer look. For shorter styles, a chin-length bob works best. Avoid styles that draw your attention to or accentuate the jawline.
There are other factors such as hair texture and specific facial characteristics that could be considered, but the first step of deciding on a hairstyle that you can claim as your own is from understanding your general face shape. Although there is no harm trying other styles that do not conventionally suit your face shape, knowing the right haircut for you eases the anxiety and stress of having to decide.
To all the guys out there, don’t worry, we’ve got something for you too. Watch the story of these musicians who opened their own barbershop called Barberorama. Who knows, you might want to rock one of their hairdos!
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