Find the right hairstyle for your face shape

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Knowing your face shape is a MUST when trying out a new hairstyle. It will assist you in selecting a flattering style that emphasizes your best features and plays down the rest. We’ve got the lowdown on six different face shapes and which styles are best suited to each.

Face shapes

Diamond
Your cheekbones are your most prominent feature. Your forehead and jawline are on the narrow side and are approximately the same width. Show off your striking bone structure with hairstyles that add width to the chin area such as classic bobs or shoulder length layered styles. When parting your hair, opt for a side-part as it will soften your face. Most ponytails and up do’s will suit a diamond face shape.

Avoid: Short fringes and shorter hairstyles that add height on top of your head. Some celebrities who share this face shape include Ashley Greene, Audrey Tautou and Madonna.

Heart
Your forehead and cheekbones are wider than your jawline giving your chin a pointy appearance. Create the illusion of balance between the top and bottom of your face by introducing curls and waves around the cheekbone area. You can have a fringe, however, it is best worn long and side-swept. A shoulder length style is suitable and can be extra flattering if layered slightly.

Avoid: Heavy fringes and sleek jaw-length bobs as they will make your chin appear narrower. Some celebrities who share this face shape include Rachel Bilson, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson.

Oblong
Your face is longer than it is wide and your chin is slightly pointy. Shorten the appearance of your face with a mid-length or long cut that introduces layers at eye level. A long, side-swept fringe also creates the illusion of a wider face. The key to any hairstyle for an oblong face shape is to create width with curls, deep partings and layers.

Avoid: Blunt bobs, top knot buns and long straight hair in a middle parting as these will make your face appear longer. Some celebrities who share this face shape are Alexa Chung, Joan Small and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Oval
This is the most common face shape and is often placed on a pedestal as the “perfect” face shape. The length of your face is roughly equal to one and a half times its width. With such great proportions most hairstyles will suit you – short, long, layered, curled, with or without a fringe – anything goes. In order to get the most out of your hairstyle, consider your best features and style your hair to accentuate these areas.

Some celebrities who share this face shape include Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Eva Mendes.

Round
Your cheekbones are your most prominent feature and the length and width of your face are roughly the same. Choose hairstyles that soften your face such as feathered / layered styles as well as soft waves that fall onto the face. Up do’s are best worn with loose tendrils of hair that fall around the hairline. When selecting a parting, opt for a deep side-parting to create the illusion of a less rounded face. Short pixie cuts are flattering as they create additional volume and elongate the appearance of the face.

Avoid: Blunt bobs that accentuate roundness and sleek styles. Some celebrities who share this face shape are Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth and Elizabeth Olsen.

Square
Your jawline and forehead are the same width and your jaw is the most prominent feature on your face. Soften a strong jaw line with medium to long hairstyles (straight, curly and wavy). Adding layers / feathering will also assist in drawing attention away from your jaw line as it will create width to your face.

Avoid: Blunt cuts that stop at the widest part of your face as well as long straight fringes. These will accentuate your jaw and create a “boxy” appearance. Some celebrities who share this face shape are Diane Kruger, Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie.

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Emily studied make-up and loves all things beauty related. When she is not reading up on the latest make-up trends, she can be found baking cupcakes, scouring Pinterest for beautiful images and dreaming of her next European adventure.
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  1. Katie M Davies

    Thanks for the tips! Trying to decide on my next haircut

    1 year ago •

  1. Ray-Jessie Hendricks

    I am heart shaped but I do not like fringes. I do love curls but its such an effort to get this hair to curl and for those curls to last

    1 year ago •

  1. Sarah-Jane Van Heerden

    I personally feel that i look better with long hair despite having an oval face and being able to wear any style, my face just looks thinner and it just looks better.

    1 year ago •

  1. Esme Van Jaarsveld

    I have a round face and I love my long blonde hair thank you very much :-P

    1 year ago •

  1. Chivonne J

    I have a round face shape and have been itching to cut my hair in a pixie Miley Cyrus style… thanks for this confirmation!!!

    1 year ago •

  1. Jodie-lee Tejada

    These are some good tips before I go cut my hair. Thank you

    1 year ago •

  1. Fatima Suliman

    my problem is the same as Nawahl – I have a round face but my hair is very thick and curly – and when the weather is not on my side – the frizz is uncontrollable

    1 year ago •

  1. Iman Coovadia

    this is so true, very helpful. even your height should be an aspect to consider

    2 years ago •

  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    i have a round face and it’s definitely true that soft waves make my face look more flattering

    2 years ago •

  1. Nawahl Jaffer

    I find the most flattering styles for my face is not possible with the hair texture I have or with the time I have to get ready :/

    2 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Having the right hairstyle to suit your face shape is so important, I traded my very long hair recently for a shoulder length layered cut which made me feel and look younger! I have a square face shape.

    2 years ago •

  1. RENE VAN LOGGENBERG

    Very good reading material. Thanks

    2 years ago •

  1. Michelle Haasbroek

    Great advise thank you. Good to know what I should avoid and why I do feel confident when choosing the right style for my face type even when I wasnt even aware of it.

    2 years ago •

  1. KAMEESHA

    I love my face shape, I am a square jaw and very happy to know that soft flowing curls suit my face shape. I’ve also done some research on what type of earrings suits my face shape and strangely enough I would always unconsciously gravitate towards the ones that suited me.

    2 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    this is great info! and so true! thank you.

    2 years ago •

  1. savesh

    AWESOME, information as I am in the process of cutting my hair but not really sure what style to go to suit my face shape.thank you.

    2 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Definitely a good read before heading to the salon, a women’s hair is her crown!

    2 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Interesting Article. I would never have thought of these different hair styles for different shapes.

    2 years ago •

  1. Maryanne Young

    Thanks for a very helpful article! I hate my square face, but am happy to get new ideas

    2 years ago •

  1. Yolanda

    Thank you for the great advice, the right hairstyle really does make a difference!!!

    2 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I think I am an oblong, definately love my longer layers to frame my face

    2 years ago •

  1. Charmaine

    Thanks for this article and the advice. Oblong look and the hair style suits me just great. Much appreciated.

    2 years ago •

  1. Marnel Van Zyl

    My round face…hate it!!! And with thick curly hair to boot….but luckily this article is spot on with my hair styles!

    2 years ago •

  1. Felicia Cheyanand

    LOve this!!! I cut an angled bob after reading this with a side parting everyone and I mean everyone literally compliments my new hair do all the time :D

    2 years ago •

  1. Zanele Mondi

    I’m oblong. It’s great to know that I have been styling my hair the correct way.

    2 years ago •

  1. Geraldine Young

    Love it!! I’ve never been sure of if my face shape is oval or heart. It’s definitely heart-shaped.

    2 years ago •

  1. Kiara

    Such a helpful article and so happy to know that anything goes with my face shape.

    2 years ago •

  1. Ubiebo Ogulu

    I have a square face and I’ve found that curly (spiral), shoulder length hair softens my jawline a lot! Hope this helps someone :)

    2 years ago •

  1. Vanessa Majozi

    I have a square face and have always wanted to try a fringe but I stay safe by sticking to cornrows and braids.

    2 years ago •

  1. Thirusha Govender

    I have an oval face. Its great to hear that any haircut will work. No worries about a bad hair cut.

    2 years ago •

  1. Christy Wolhuter

    I have curly hair and it does its own thing. When it hears style it laughs!

    2 years ago •

  1. Justene Josias

    Hi, does these hairstyles apply to natural hair? As I have an afro but have no way of styling it according to my face shape. Does it matter?

    2 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Justene, as we do not want to give you false information, we will research this & advise soonest.

      2 years ago •

  1. Jeanne Schreuder

    Thank you for this informative information.

    2 years ago •

  1. Desiree Dewing

    Thanks for the tips! I have a round face, and I agree that waves look better.

    2 years ago •

  1. Sandra Phoma

    I have a chubby oval shape, I feel I can get away with a lot of hairstyles. But I am so scared to explore.

    2 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I have a round face, thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Great advice. I have a round face and up-do’s definitely works well.

    3 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Very interesting, now I know how to cut my hair.

    4 years ago •

  1. Queen Shai

    I’m with Ping, I’m not sure which shape my face is. Sometimes it seems round and other times oval. I’m thing this might be as result of different hairstyles too.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ping

    How do you know which face shape you have? I can’t decide. Please write an article on that.

    4 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    I have a square / rectangular shaped face….

    4 years ago •

  1. Glamista

    I am still trying figure out my face shape, lol!

    4 years ago •

  1. Rox Starr

    I have sat in front of the mirror with similar guides to this many times and I can never figure out what my shape is.

    4 years ago •

  1. Gorgeous

    I find that most people have their hair done like celebrities but they do not look at the celebrity that has their head shape which is very important. I have a round shape and I have found that most hair styles like ponytails and buns (clean look) look better on me, even long straight weaves.

    4 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    All face shapes are beautiful and unique! Thank you for the tips though…

    4 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    I have a heart shaped face. I recently went with curls and I totally love it.

    4 years ago •

  1. lainey

    Oblong, really! The diamond face shape is cute!

    4 years ago •

  1. Moodley

    Judging by the pictures I think my face is oblong. Couldn’t they find a better name for it :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    I never knew there more past heart, oval, round and square.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    The only hairstyle I don’t agree with is the heart option. It just looks so odd and heavy.
    But then again, most of these celebrities have chopped and changed their hairstyle so much – it’s tough to use them as examples.

    4 years ago •

  1. hay

    i never get this right lol…interesting!!!!

    4 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    I love this article! I have an Oval face :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Very helpful article – I’ve been staring into the mirror trying to decide whether I’m ‘oval’ or ’round’!

    4 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the tips for my round face, now I know which hair do’s to avoid.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Great article. The shape of ones face is important to determine and which parts to accentuate.

    4 years ago •

  1. CindyBotha

    Awesome advice for my round face!No more sleek up-dos!

    4 years ago •

  1. fay

    I am thrilled to have Jessica Alba’s face shape if nothing else :P

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    Found the shape of my face, now to find the cut to accentuate my best feature.

    4 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    Hmm I might have a round face by the looks of it, but short cuts don’t suit me at all.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Diamond is a shape I had not seen before, it looks similar to the heart shape I think. Cool article, thanks.

    4 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    GREAT! Now I can figure out what my next hairstyle will be :-)

    4 years ago •

  1. Fuhri

    Thank you, now I finally know what my face shape is.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I think I have an oval shape but I do not agree that any look works for me. I tried a fringe and I looked hideous!

    4 years ago •

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