How to Determine the Best Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Starting fresh with a new haircut can be stressful. You want to change it up, but you don't want to go through the rest of the summer with your hair in a ponytail waiting for your latest hair experiment to grow out. Before you head to the salon, check out these tips to determine what your face shape is, and what cuts will look best on you. Related: Find the best sunglasses for your face shape.


Heart-shaped faces typically have a narrow jaw, with wider cheekbones. Bobs are a great cut for this face shape, because it brings out your bone structure.

Those who have a heart-shaped face also tend to have a wider forehead. Instead of opting for a style with your hair parted down the middle, draw attention to your cheekbones with side-swept bangs and lots of long layers. Related: Check out the five best haircuts ever.


Oval faces are the most proportionate, meaning they can wear almost any kind of cut. If you want to find out if you have an oval-shaped face, measure the length and width of your face with a measuring tape. The length should be one and a half times the width.

The best thing about oval faces? You can pull off almost any style, including color. Blonde, brunette, short, long, try it all! Related: Try on a new hairstyle before shelling out tons of cash.


If your face is as wide as it is long, you have a round face. An updo should be your go-to look for this shape. It will make your cheekbones appear longer, and the added height will even out your rounder dimensions.

Ask for tons of layers and swooping side bangs at your next cut. Avoid super short styles to keep your face as slim-looking as possible. Related: First date tonight? Choose one of these hairstyles to guarantee a second date.


Angular cheeks and jaw give your face a square shape. To soften these features, add texture to your hair with curls, braids, or frayed ends.

If it's layers you're looking for, make sure to get long ones that start at your jawline to round out your facial features. Related: See what the best hairstyles for every age are.

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