Hairstyle can say a lot about a person and can be their greatest fashion statement, besides being the most valuable fashion accessory. That’s what makes choosing the right hairstyle difficult. So why is face shape and feature analysis so important in selecting an appropriate hairstyle?

Creating the wrong hairstyle for the wrong face shape or features would be a disaster, to put it mildly. Hairstyles are predominantly about shape and geometry; it’s all about putting the perfect frame to balance around a person’s face, bringing an ideal perspective to the overall shape where the non-pleasing attributes are minimized and positive ones are promoted and complemented.

So the first thing to do is figure out your face shape. You can easily do this by pulling your hair back into a tight pony tail. This should reveal the structure of your face; your best gauge is the size and shape of your forehead as it compares to your cheeks and chin.

There are plenty of suggestions on how to figure out your face shape, but making an outline of your face on the mirror seems to be the most popular. You can then compare the outcome to existing shape standards. Conversely, you can use your own picture instead of the mirror outline.

The Oval Face

Characteristics: It is often described as the perfect face shape; length is equal to one and a half times the width. Forehead is wider than the chin with prominent cheekbones. The face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin.

Suitable Hairstyle: Most any style is suitable, whether long, medium length or short. The only thing to consider is what part of your face should be emphasized.

What to Avoid: Steer clear of heavy bangs and styles that cover your perfect face.

The Oblong Face

Characteristics: This face is longer rather than wide; thus, it appears elongated. Forehead, jaw line and cheekbones have just about the same width, while the chin tends to be prominent.

Suitable Hairstyle: Generally, styles that vary from short to medium with longer top layers that’s not too high. Graduated bob cuts and wedge are good options; chin and shoulder length can add width, while layers with wavy and curly textures can add body and soften the straight long lines of oblong faces. Side parts with straight across bangs work better with this face shape.

What to avoid: Don’t even think of hair styles that can add height at the crown and will only lengthen your face. Middle part is out of the question and so are wispy, chin length styles that are limp and can’t add width through the sides. Styles without fringes are not smart choices.

The Square Face

Characteristics: Face approximately has the same length and width. It features a strong and broad forehead with angular jaw.

Suitable Hairstyle: The main objective is to soften the strong jaw line. Wispy, forward falling hair can do the trick; and bangs swept to one side create diagonal illusion to overshadow the square shape. Short to medium length with rounded shape and wispy ends are the styles suited for this face shape; as do styles with height at the crown.

What to Avoid: Chin length blunt bobs are a no-no. Straight heavy bangs should also be avoided as they will emphasize your square jaw line. Middle parts can definitely work against you

The Round Face

Characteristics: Face has a circular shape with its length approximately the same as the width. Face is widest at the cheeks.

Suitable Hairstyle: The key is to provide balance and the object is to add length and avoid width. Style the hair a bit higher at the top and front and keep the sides leaner. Off-center part and some waves at eye level will minimize roundness. Longer hairstyles can look better. Cutting in layers or wearing curls can be flattering to this face shape as these styles soften the edges. If bangs are used they should be swept so that the focal point becomes the bridge of the nose.

What to avoid: Stay away from full or round hairstyles like the bob cuts, straight or kicking out designs. Side parts and heavy straight across bangs and hairstyles with no height should be avoided at all costs.

When you find the perfect hairstyle that complements and emphasize your best features, it doesn’t mean you can now get stuck in style rut. Go with the times and change your hairstyle often. Choose a style that complements your face and feel confident that you’re looking your best.

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