We’ve all had that tragic experience of going to a hair stylist armed with a handful of magazine pictures and a heart full of expectations only to look in the mirror afterwards and be horrified at the image gazing back at us. It can take months if not years for our hair to grow back and just as long (if not longer) for our trust in anyone holding shears to be earned back.
However, knowing your face shape can be one of the tools in your style arsenal to ensure that you find a haircut that flatters your face. Here are the different types of face shapes and what hair styles work best (and look the worst) for each:
DO look for styles that elongate your face with a side part and long layers.
DON’T go for a style that is full on the sides or ends near your chin. This will just make your face look rounder.
DO think about your hair texture when considering a style. Fortunately with this face shape almost any style could work, but you’ll also need to consider whether your hair is thin, curly, etc. as another determining factor.
DON’T clip out any picture from a magazine and think it will work for you. Other than hair type, you should also consider humidity and how much time you want to spend fixing your hair in the morning.
DO consider side swept bangs. Think of the actress Reese Witherspoon. She’s had a variety of haircuts with varied lengths, but her bangs usually stay side swept because they draw the eye down and minimize a broader forehead.
DON’T cut your bangs on a whim because the wrong length of bangs can make your
forehead appear wider. Consider having them side swept as mentioned or shorter in the middle (starting at the top part of the bridge of your nose) and angling down to the top part of your cheekbones. Also, many stylists like to cut bangs when they are dry since hair tends to shrink a bit. Too short bangs are a definite no-no.
DO look into softer haircuts with wispy layers or beachy waves.
DON’T get a blunt cut that accentuates the angles of your face. These tend to be too masculine.
DO try styles that de-emphasize the jaw line such as angled bobs or lobs that hit below the chin.
DON’T get a bob that doesn’t have bangs and ends at the chin or shorter. This will just make your face appear more angular and will appear unflattering.
Still unsure of what type of face shape you have or what style will look best on you? Wig Works and Extensions for Hair is one of the premier salons in the San Francisco Bay Area and our experts can help you find the right style for you. Whether you are looking for a wig or hair extensions or just a new hairdo for your natural hair, we can find the style and cut that will make you feel fabulous.