Which Hairstyle is Best for My Face Shape?


I love online shopping; I can do it from the convenience of my own home and search for the best deals. However, I know that there are a few things that I won’t buy online because one size doesn’t fit all and sometimes the sizes listed won’t fit quite right (for example pants and certain shoe brands.)

The same thing goes for hair styles. What may look amazing on one person can be completely wrong for another based on skin coloring or face shape. That’s why it is vital to get the opinion of an experienced hair stylist; before the scissors are even picked up, we can help you decide on what cut will best flatter your features or how we can customize your dream cut to highlight your eyes or put the focus on your smile.


Let’s first start off with the different types of face shapes. The above chart can help you to identify what face shape you have.

Now here are some styles to consider based on your particular face shape:

Oval – Because the oval shaped face is so proportional, this face shape looks good with just about any hairstyle,
length or texture. You are the lucky ones!

Long – Fringe or bangs across the forehead can create the illusion of  a smaller forehead and a rounder face. You might also want to consider slicked back styles that are low and wide to shorten as well as widen your face.

Round – Up styles with lots of height will elongate a rounder face and a wavy fringe can soften the look dramatically, too. Graduated bobs are also a great option for rounder faces since they make the face appear narrower and slimmer.

Square – Long hair that is styled in a way that makes hair look sleeker and thinner will help square faces to look longer (similar to round faces). Center parts and lots of chunky of layers are also good for flattering square shaped faces. If you want a shorter hair style, short and wavy bobs also flatter this shaped face.

chicfactor-face-shape-hairstyle-guide1Heart – A textured, chin-length hairstyle like a bob will suit a heart shaped face best. If you want bangs, try side swiped bangs and not straight across ones as this will only make your face appear shorter and wider. You might also want to try shoulder length cuts with wispy layers that kick out.

Diamond/Triangle – Chin length bobs or wispy, layered shoulder hair styles will help to balance out a diamond face shape by balancing a narrow chin, minimizing wider cheek bones and shortening the overall face length. Styles that also allow for the hair to be tucked behind the ears will highlight the cheekbones.

Still unsure of what style would look best on you? This second chart may help you to determine which face shape you have and what cut best suits your personal style. When you are ready to make the plunge, our stylists at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon can help you to get the style that is best for you. While we specialize in wigs and hair extensions, we also have years of experience and training to cut and color any type of hair. We are a full service salon dedicated to helping our clients look and feel amazing.



About Janelle P.

I am proud to be one of the foremost hair loss specialists in the Bay Area with over thirty years experience in the field. At age 12 I began styling wigs for fashion and fun and assisted my mother after she established Wig Works in the early 1970’s. My passion for hair led me to Honolulu where I worked closely with legendary stylist Paul Mitchell. I had the honor to perform onstage platform hair styling with Mr. Mitchell, as well as legendaries Jean Braa, Zenon, and Alan Bush. I was also highly involved with the development and distribution of the Paul Mitchell line and later worked as a color representative for L’Oreal and stylist instructor for Matrix. I returned to the Bay Area and expanded Wig Works, with the establishment of Extensions for Hair. The revolutionary new hair extension method offered my clients with thin hair the opportunity to augment their style rather than relying on a wig or hair clip for length or fullness. These hair extensions are popular with women of all ages. Furthermore, I survived breast cancer twice and once lost all my hair from chemotherapy, so I have a unique perspective on special hair needs.
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