Haircuts and Hairstyles by face shape

Haircut gone wrong?

Ever come out of the parlor with the most trendy hairstyle on, yet feeling cheated at the same time? Well, the fault may not all be your hairstylist’s. Next time you go in for a haircut makeover, make sure you do a face type analysis first before deciding how you want to wear your hair.

Hairstyles and Face Shape

Giving yourself the right haircut is like fitting a picture into the right frame. If the frame isn’t the right size or type, a picture just doesn’t look perfect, no matter how pretty it may be, isn’t it? Similarly, even the most trendy, well-executed hairstyle applied to the wrong face type can be a disaster. The aim of a good haircut based on your face type is to ensure that it highlights your positive attributes while playing down the negative features of your face. The general rule in balancing your hairstyle and face shape is to try and achieve an overall oval shape, because that’s considered to be most pleasing to the eyes.

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What’s your face shape?

If you have trouble figuring out what’s your face shape, check out the following broad categories and try fitting yourself into the right one. The easiest way to do this is to hold back your hair in a tight knot neatly, and trace your face on the mirror with some removable marker like lipstick, a washable marker etc.

Oval: If you have an oval face, you can trace a curvilinear shape that’s the same width at the forehead and jaw. The length of your face is approximately 1.5 times the width.

Round: This one’s easy. Your face is circular with length approximately equal to breadth.

Square: Your strong and broad forehead stands out prominently and you have an angular jaw.

Triangle: Your forehead and cheekbones are narrow compared to your jawline that’s broader.

Heart: You’re wide at the forehead and cheekbones and narrow at the jawline.

Diamond: If you have a diamond face type, your forehead and jawline are narrow. Your cheekbones are wide and high.

Hairstyles based on face shape

Haircuts for Oval faces- Oval faces can carry off any sort of haircut with equal elan. It all depends on which facial feature you want to highlight. If you want your eyes to be the focus of attention, then go for blunt or side-swept bangs; if you’ve got killer cheekbones, shift focus there with waves or layers.

Haircuts for round faces– Skip the classic bob and don’t go for one length hair as it only accentuate sthe roundness of your face. Go for the layered look instead. Long layered bobs that fall just below your chin, fringe bangs or layers hair that falls to your shoulders will suit your face well. Round face hairstyles that make heads turn include classic updos with thick side bangs, curls or waves created with curling iron and long exaggerated bangs.

Haircut for square face– Go for graduated layers that start at the jawline or angled bobs with longer hair in the front. Bangs that skim past your eyes also look great. Also you have a jawline to envy- show it off with a classic updo by pulling your hair back from your face into a sleek ponytail or bun.

Haircut for heart shaped face- Shift focus away from the chin with long side swept bangs. Layers that fall around the cheeks also work wonders. You can basically experiment with a variety of hair lengths and different kinds of bangs.

Haircuts for triangle face– Short haircuts with a lot of volume suit triangular faces well. A loose pony tail that allows hair to play around your face suits you.

Haircuts for diamond face- Add some width to your chin with a chin length bob or try full, straight bangs.

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