The Best Bay Area Salons Identify Clients’ Face Shapes to Avoid Unflattering Haircuts

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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:

ROUND

DO look for styles that elongate your face with a side part and long layers.

Emma Stone's flattering bangs and textured hair style compliments her round face perfectly.

Emma Stone’s flattering bangs and textured hair style compliments her round face perfectly.

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.

OVAL

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.

Oval face shapes can get away with just about any hairdo.

Oval face shapes can get away with just about any hairdo.

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.

HEART

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

Heart shaped faces look best with side swept bangs.

Heart shaped faces look best with side swept bangs.

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.

SQUARE

DO look into softer haircuts with wispy layers or beachy waves.

Hair with lots of texture softens the angles of a square face.

Hair with lots of texture softens the angles of a square face.

DON’T get a blunt cut that accentuates the angles of your face. These tend to be too masculine.

Triangle

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.

Lobs and long hair look great on Triangle faces.

Lobs and long hair look great on triangle faces.

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.

 

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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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