Matching a client to their perfect style is something that comes easily to our hairdresser’s (which is why we always recommend a free consultation) however for those of us without their hair credentials it can be very challenging. There are lots of factors to take into account when choosing a new style, from personality and fashion sense to lifestyle, however one of the most vital things to consider is your face shape. This can often be the deciding factor on the shape or length of your style, so it’s important that you diagnose it properly! Before narrowing down the best hairstyles for you, make sure you take a peek at this Face Shape Guide to help gauge which shape your face most resembles.
If you have a rectangular face shape you might want to try medium length styles. Adding fullness at the side of your face with a wispy fringe can help soften the look of a longer shape by adding width to the sides of the face to shorten its appearance. Layers work great with rectangular faces as they will add softness to the straight lines of your face. Other recommended styles to try are side partings, and (if you’re feeling brave) a straight back look.
STEAL THEIR STYLE: Sarah Jessica Parker is a great example of someone with a long face – her big, tousled curls are perfect for balancing out the length of her face.
If you have a square face the key is to balance and soften your strong jawline. A soft, wispy fringe is great for softening square features, whereas a strong, one-length fringe will only draw attention to your angles. An off-centre parting with volume through the crown is a great look to try, or any waves/curls that will contrast to the sharp angles of the face.
STEAL THEIR STYLE: Olivia Wilde has a very strong, square jaw – she oftens wear her hair soft and tousled with a sweeping fringe to flatter this shape.
The diamond face shape is dramatic but well balanced, meaning you are extremely lucky and can try almost any style! However if you are a ‘dramatic’ diamond (which means you have very strong cheekbones coupled with a delicate chin) try to keep some length and volume through the nape of the neck to widen the appearance of your chin.
STEAL THEIR STYLE: Scarlett Johansson has a classic diamond face, with pronounced cheekbones tapering down to a delicate chin – she looks stunning with hairstyles of all lengths, however our favourite was her tousled bob at the Oscars in 2011.
Most people with very round faces are keen togive the illusion of narrower, slimmer cheeks. Your hair is one of the quick and easiest ways to do this. Round faces look great with side partings, and can carry off sleek, long styles. Creating layers through the front of the hair can cut into the cheekbones helping to reduce their round appearance.
STEAL THEIR STYLE: Emma Stone is a great example of someone you probably didn’t realise has a round face – she always keeps choppy layers around her face partnered with a side parting for a slimming effect.
A heart shaped face is similar to the diamond mentioned above – you have a narrow delicate chin with width at the cheekbones and temples. One of the most flattering looks for a heart shape is a chin-length bob, as this gives width to the lower face to balance out your features. Side partings with soft, sweeping fringes also look great for this face shape.
STEAL THEIR STYLE: Reese Witherspoon is the best example of a dramatic heart shape – she always keeps her hair chin-length or longer to balance out her narrow chin, and soften her wide forehead.
If you’re lucky enough to have an oval shaped face then show it off! With incredibly well balanced features this face shape can wear just about any style, but look particularly good with short styles to show off their jaw, or slicked back styles. With no restrictions holding you back make sure you experiment with your style.
STEAL THEIR STYLE: Charlize Theron is a great example of an oval face shape – there isn’t any style she doesn’t suit, from an incredibly short crop through to long waves.