04 May 2017

How to Choose the Perfect Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Have you ever wondered why a hairstyle that you love on someone else just doesn't look as flattering on you? One possible reason may be the shape of your face! Here today, to tell you how to choose the perfect hairstyle to flatter your face shape, is Sara Ferguson!

How to Choose the Perfect Hairstyle - Great tips on determining your face shape as well as choosing the perfect hairstyle to complement it!

Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of choosing a hair style that does not work for our face shape. Sometimes it’s a lot easier to figure out what doesn’t work than it is to learn what does when it comes to our hair!

When you add to this that our hair is the one accessory we wear every day, the weight of the decision becomes that much heavier. Today I’ll lay out some universal rules for flattering cuts and styles for each face shape.

How to Choose the Perfect Hairstyle - Great tips on determining your face shape as well as choosing the perfect hairstyle to complement it!

How to Determine Your Face Shape

First, let’s go over the different face shapes and how you can determine which one is the closest fit to yours.

Face shape is really determined by our underlying bone structure. There are three main variations that are determined by your genetics:

Heart

This is the kind of face shape that you just know it when you see it. It’s characterized by prominent cheek bones that are set wider in the face than the jawline. If the chin is pointed, this results in a heart shape. A variant of the heart-shaped face is a square face, which differs because it lacks the pointed chin.

Oval

This is the most common face shape, characterized by soft round lines. The forehead is typically slightly wider than the chin, and the face is longer than it is wide.

Round

A round face shape is very similar to the oval-shaped face, except that the length of the face is close to its width and not longer. Round faces typically have wider cheekbones as well.

If you’re still not sure about your face shape, search for celebrities that you think have a similarly structured face. Google the celebrity’s name with “face shape” in the search window, and see what comes up!

Haircuts for Every Face Shape

Now that you have an idea about your face shape, it’s time for the fun part: choosing a suitable haircut! While there are no hard and fast rules, there are some general guidelines that you can follow for a flattering cut.

Hair for heart or square shaped faces

The ideal cut for heart or square shaped faces is all about proportionality. The goal is to minimize the broadness of the forehead and not to overemphasize the distinct shape of the narrow chin or square jawline. Avoid cut like bobs that hit right at the level of the chin. Opt for soft layers and styling features that show off your cheekbones. Bangs or short layers in the front that highlight the eyes may be just the ticket!

Hair for oval faces

Oval-faced ladies, you’re in luck. You can try just about any style your heart desires. I suggest going for a long, tousled look, or, if you’re the more daring type, try a bob or short cut. Unless your hair brings some interesting texture or wave to the mix, avoid medium length cuts as they tend to be less interesting when framing an oval face.

Hair for round faces

The goal for those with round faces is typically to add the illusion of a little bit of length. This can be achieved through longer styles and adding texture and depth with layers. Long, loose curls also tend to work well with this face shape.

How to Choose the Perfect Hairstyle - Great tips on determining your face shape as well as choosing the perfect hairstyle to complement it!
 
Ways to Pick A Winner

We all want the perfect cut and style to make us feel beautiful. Sometimes the best way to do this is actually to throw out the rules! There are two things that you should keep in mind to ensure you end up with a style that you love.

How much styling do you want to do? 

Only you can know what your hair is like on a day-to-day basis. Is it naturally straight, wavy, curly? Are the strands fine or thick? Does it get frizzy or act up with changes in the weather? Generally speaking, shorter cuts take a bit more effort to style, particularly for ladies with fine strands. But if your hair naturally has some wavy body to it, a shorter style may be easier for you to pull off with less effort.

Take some time to think through how a certain haircut will look on you with your hair. And be honest with yourself about how much work you want to put into your hair every morning. If you have a cut that you love when you leave the salon, but you don’t want to take the time to style it that same way every day, you won’t be happy with it for long.

What do you want to highlight about your face?

The face shape guidelines are really about minimizing any perceived flaws that come with a particular face shape. I suggest that instead of focusing on minimizing things that you don’t like, that you focus on drawing attention to what you do like. Love your eyes, your skin tone, or your pointed chin that you’re supposed to ‘minimize’? Ask your stylist for ideas on how your favorite attribute can be highlighted! This will bring a whole host of tools into play from cut to color, and you’ll be much more likely to walk away with a style you can’t take your eyes off of.

So are you ready to try a new hairstyle?

Sara Ferguson is a wedding fashion specialist that loves to bring the best fashion for her clients when it comes to weddings
Sara Ferguson is a wedding fashion specialist that loves to bring the best fashion for her clients when it comes to weddings. She works for Froxoffalkirk.com and is dedicated to making her clients feel beautiful when attending a wedding. In her spare time, she loves to involve herself with charity events in the local area and give back where she can. 
 

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