How To Get & Style the Perfect Haircut For You
As anyone who’s gotten a bad cut knows, every face shape has their ideal haircut.
If you’re like me, you’ve had a haircut or two that simply wasn’t flattering. A few years ago I decided to get bangs. Not a good idea. It made me look like a different person – one I wasn’t nearly as fond of. That’s when I learned: a simple haircut can make or break your “face value.” Here’s how to get a haircut that compliments your face shape from all angles.
If You Have a Square Face…
A thinned-out, soft, tapered bob hitting right around the chin works marvelously for those who have square faces. Add texture and offset any severity at the jawline by applying dry shampoo spray and ironing the ends.
The tousled shag is also good for you. A shag with body emphasizes the hair’s layers and de-emphasizes the face’s squareness.
If you have long hair, make sure it has wavy ends that help obscure any severity in the jawline. Create the waves from the ears down to the tip of the hair. Smoothen the base of the hair with a large round brush and spritz wave spray on the ends.
Long and straight hair also softens square angles. Add a center part to draw attention away from the jawline.
If You Have a Round Face…
If you have a round face, go for an uneven cut with mixed lengths. A deep side part and long, side-swept bangs will help your face look slimmer.
You can coax and keep your bangs to the side, but if you’re a fan of center parts, grow your hair a few inches below your shoulders and make sure the layers hit at the jaw. Snip hair in a bit on the sides to create subtle angles.
Short frizzy layers can also make your face bulky, so keep your hair and smooth.
If you love to wear ponytails, hold your hair sleek above the height of your ears.
For bobs and above-the-shoulder cuts, style hair with a soft, layered cut that’s intentionally mussed. A thickening hair spray and round brush can add movements and wave when used on your damp hair. An angled bob also gives your face its structure because the hard lines of the layers balance out the soft lines of the round face. The cut is achieved by creating long layers sweeping along the chin, with a shortening of the hair as it goes back to the nape of the neck. Add body at the roots for extra slimming. If you want to highlight your cheekbones and eyes plus tone down the roundness of your face, go for pixie cuts. Damp your pixie for definition and texture.
If You Have an Oval Face…
Shorten your oval face by cutting hair with straight, blunt bangs across the brow line to create the illusion of width.
Center part is also perfect for oval faces with hairs that grow shoulder-length or longer. To make the center-parted hair more romantic and less severe, create soft waves with spray or add some texture by wrapping random sections around a large-barrel curling iron.
Long, sharp face can also be soften by collarbone-grazing bob with side-swept bangs.
If you’re bold enough, get an edgy, short cut. Highlight your neck and ears with the hard lines and apply medium-hold gel to make it look piecey.
If You Have a Heart-Shaped Face…
Triangle-shaped faces can be de-emphasized by sporting a haircut that hits right below the jaw. Adding a little body will also help fill in the area around the chin better.
If you have long hair, create a deep side part then add side-swept bangs. This style will make your eyes stand out.
Long, layered waves with a few pieces of hair falling in between the ears and nose and the longer layers filling in around the chin will also de-emphasize the triangle shape. Waves should also be kept from the ears down.
If you opt for a pixie cut, make sure it has soft side-swept bangs because it’ll soften any hard features on your face.