Which Are the 7 Facial Shapes and What Hair Style Works Best With Each

By ailin
Mar 12th, 2017
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When deciding on a new hair style and cut the following points should be remembered. How your head is shaped, your profile and the shape of your face and head and how it looks from behind and the proportion of your body size and posture, plus both your good and bad features. Yeah I know it isn’t easy to be perfect.

There are seven facial shapes determined by the bones in your face and they are divided into 3 sections which are from the forehead to the eyebrows, eyebrows to the end of the nose and from the end of the nose to the bottom of your chin. I will list each below and explain how we would want to style in order to achieve the oval look.

Facial Shapes

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Oval – is the ideal facial shape that we compare all others to and for which we aim to create illusions to make the other shapes conform to. The oval face would be around 1 and a half times longer than the width across the brow and the brow is a fraction wider than the chin. Almost any hairstyle will look good on the oval face unless there are other considerations like your profile, shape of the nose and whether you wear glasses.

Round – is a wide face with a rounded hair and chin line. We need to create the illusion of length for the face. We need more height on top of the head with hair covering the ears and cheeks, but one side can also be worn up and back exposing the ear . The bangs should be swept to one side covering a portion of the forehead.

Square – is a wide face with a square jaw line and a straight hair line. This is my facial type and we have the same problems as the round. We also need the illusion of length to offset the squareness. The hair can be styled off the forehead and forward at the temples and the jaw line to make the face appear more narrow and softer an asymmetrical or off-center style works well.

Pear – is a narrow forehead with a wide jaw and chin line and we need to create an illusion of width at the forehead. The hair style should be full and high. With loose waves over the ears and a partial soft bang to cover part of the forehead. This style should work well to add width to the forehead.

Oblong – is long and narrow with hollowed cheeks. We need to make the face appear shorter and more wide. The hair should be closer to the head on top with a fringe of bangs. Draw the hair outward at the cheek area with more fullness at the sides to create a wider look for the face.

Diamond – is a narrow forehead and chin line with a wide width through the cheekbone area. We need to reduce the width across the cheekbone area by increasing the fullness at the jaw line and forehead. We need the hair styled closer to the head at the cheek line. Avoid styling the hair away from the cheeks or back from the hairline.

Heart – is a wide forehead with a narrow chin line. We need to decrease the forehead width and increase the width of the chin line. So a style with a center part with the bangs flipped up or slanted to one side with more width and softness at the jawline should work well.

Of course we all have imperfections of other sorts that need to be considered when choosing a new cut and hairstyle and your stylist will be able to help you choose the one that is right for you. It is best to have a consultation before going bold and avoid any unnecessary surprises that you didn’t see yourself.

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