The Best Hairstyles For The 7 Face Shapes
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Did you ever get a hair cut based on the latest celebrity cut and then leave the salon feeling defeated because it just didn't work for you?  Face shapes play a big part in beauty.  Hair styles, makeup, and even clothing look different on different shapes.  Most people fall in to one of these seven shapes.  After you know what your shape is, look at photos of women with similar faces to get makeup and hair ideas.

How to Tell

If you aren't sure what shape you have, ask your hairstylist.  You can also pull your hair away from your face with a headband or ponytale and look straight in the mirror.  Use an eyeliner or lipstick to trace the outside of your face.  Then step back and see what shape you have.


The widest part of an oval face is the cheekbones.  The face narrows a little bit at the forehead and chin, but not by much.  The forehead and jaw are almost equal width.  

The oval face shape is considered ideal because it looks best with many hairstyles. This face shape is balanced without being angular or full.  

If you have an oval face, you will probably look good with short or long hair, straight or curly hair, no bangs or bangs.  


A round face is similar to an oval face in that the cheekbones are the widest part of the face and it is soft without any angles.  However, a round face is wider than an oblong or oval face.  

If you have a round face, avoid short hair that falls at ear length because this can make your face look wider.  Blunt bangs and curls on the side aren't recommended either.

The most flattering hair cuts for round faces is a style that add bulk at the top of the head and long styles.  Side swept bangs look great.  If you want short hair, go shorter than your ears for the most flattering cut.  


A square face is almost the same width at the forehead, cheeks, and jawline.  The jaw is usually angular with sharp angles at the corners.  The forehead may even look square.

If you have a square face, avoid center parts, blunt bangs, and bobs that fall at your jaw.  Instead, try longer side swept bangs, layers, or curls to soften the angles.  If you wear your hair back, leave a few wispy strands to frame your face.  Short to medium cuts look best because they don't accentuate your jawline.


Oblong faces are similar to square faces, but they are longer.  They may have angles not always.  The cheekbone, forehead, and jaw are about the same size.

As with square faces, avoid a center part or pulling your hair back.  Straight hair with no texture is not the most flattering for this face shape.  Look for styles with waves, layers, and curls.  Graduated bobs and wedge cuts that are shorter than the jaw look great with oblong faces.  If you want longer hair, go for shoulder length with layers and blunt bangs.


The triangle face is widest at the jawline and narrower at the forehead.  The jaw may be rounded or angled.

Try short styles with volume at the crown or temple.  Straight hair cut at the chin should be avoided.  For longer styles, cut your hair in layers for more volume at the top.


This face shape is the opposite of the triangle shape.  It is widest at the forehead and narrow at the chin.  It can be rounded or angular.

Avoid pulling the hair away from the face and straight bangs because they make your forehead look wider.  Bobs that fall at the chin or jaw look best on this face.  Waves, layers, and curls add texture and volume.  Side parts and side swept bangs accentuate this shape well.


The least common shape is the diamond.  This face is widest at the cheekbones and narrow at the forehead and jawline. Most women with diamond faces have high cheekbones.

If you have a diamond face, try to add texture and volume at the jawline and forehead.  Styles shorter than your ears with bangs work well.  Chin length and shoulder length hair also looks great for this face.  Use a curling iron or straightener to flip hair out for a fun look.  If you are blessed with high cheekbones, blunt cut bangs and side parts make them stand out.

When you're looking for your next hair cut, keep these tips in mind!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.