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Hairstyles and face shapes

Finding a new hairstyle to suit your face shape can be difficult if you don’t know what face shape you have. Here I’ve outlined the characteristics, best styles to compliment and what to avoid for the 5 most common face shapes: 

|Oval

Characteristics: If your jawline is round and the same width as your forehead, and your face is longer than it is wide, you have an oval face shape.

Complimentary styles: Oval face shapes suit any hair style. Lucky you!

Best to avoid: Nothing! Celebrate and spice up your life by playing with various hairstyles.

Oval face shape

Check out our Pinterest boards for some inspiration!

|Round

Characteristics: If the length of your face is the same or less than the width and you have a round jawline, your face shape is round.

Complimentary styles: Round face shapes are most flattered by hairstyles that add length and are framing. A fringe and layers will slim the face. Make sure the length is longer than chin level. Adding height to the crown when styling is also a good idea.

Best to avoid: layers around cheeks, short bobs, blunt cuts, straight fringes and tight slick back ponytails.

Round face shape

Check out our Pinterest board for round face shapes.

|Square

Characteristics: If the length of your face is the same or less than the width and your jawline is the same width as your forehead, your face shape is square.

Complimentary styles: Square face shapes look good with long styles that soften and frame the face. Blunt cuts that sit just below shoulder length. Feathery fringes and side partings. Soften your jawline with a long sweeping fringe or layers that start at the jaw.

Best to avoid: short hairstyles as the make you face look even squarer.

Square face shape

Check out our Pinterest board for square face shapes.

|Heart

Characteristics: If your jawline is pointed and narrower than your forehead, your face shape is heart.

Complimentary styles: Heart shapes suit soft, curly, wavy styles that frame the face. Pixie cuts and shoulder length hair with layers. Long fringes and choppy layers are great as they add more dimension to the hairstyle.

Best to avoid: hairstyles that widen the top of your head as this accentuates your thin jawline. Long straight hairstyles are unflattering too.

Heart face shape

Check out our Pinterest board for heart face shapes.

|Diamond

Characteristics: If you have a narrow hairline and also a narrow jawline with width at your cheekbones, you have a diamond face shape.

Complimentary styles: Diamond face shapes suit many different looks; a blunt shoulder length cut, wispy fringes for longer hairstyles or wavy medium chin length styles. If you have shoulder length hair, you can try subtle face framing layers. Fringes are great for softening the shape edges of the diamond face.

Best to avoid: excessive layering and too much volume. Short cuts tend to add too much fullness to the top part of the face, so try to steer clear.

Diamond face shape

Check out our Pinterest board for diamond face shapes.

Confused?

Still feeling unsure of your face shape and hairstyle? Talk to your hair stylist (or book an appointment with me), we will help you to decide while guiding you on the type of hair style that will best suit your face shape.

We’ll have you stepping out with a new found confidence, enjoy!

Julie x

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Check out our Pinterest boards for more of our favourite hair styles and tips to use at home, or book an appointment with Julie, our hair styling specialist.

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