Remember the time you took a picture of your favorite celebrity’s new haircut to your hairdresser and asked for the exact same look only to be completely disappointed at how it turned out on you? It’s because haircuts are not one-size-fits all. What suits your favorite celebrity might not work on you because you may have completely different face shapes.
This does not mean you have to stick to your usual styles or not experiment with your hair. It just means you need to do a little homework before you go to the salon to ensure you walk out of their satisfied with the results. As we get older, rocking a haircut that enhances our features makes all the difference.
It’s easy to stay in our comfort zones with familiar hairstyling habits, but keeping the same style for years may be causing you to look older than you really are. The secret to a good haircut is in finding the right style that suits your face.
In my previous blog post about easy ways to refresh your look in 2018, I suggested getting a new haircut that matches your face shape. Since a lot of people are not familiar with the concept, I decided to expand on this subject a little further.
How to Measure your Face Shape
To determine the shape of your face, you’ll need a tape measure or a ruler.
Make note of the numbers as you go through the steps below.
Start with your forehead and measure across on its widest part, from one end of your hairline to the other. This is usually halfway between your hairline and eyebrows, but might differ for a few people.
To measure your cheekbones, carefully start measuring from the outer corner of your eye, across the bridge of your nose to the outer corner of the other eye. Ensure the placement of the tape is above the cheekbones and in a straight line.
Begin at the base of your jaw (bottom of your ear) and measure along the edge of your jaw until you reach the middle. Multiple that number by 2.
Length of Face:
For your face length, begin at the middle of your hairline at the top and end at the tip of your chin, while staying directly on top of your nose.
Your face ratio will either be 1 (your width) to 1 1/2 (your length) or 1 to 1 or 1 to 2.
Determine your Face Shape and Style
Keep your measurements in mind while you go through the types below and figure out which category your face falls in.
If the length of your face is 1 ½ times the width, you have an oval shape. The proportional measurements make this shape extremely versatile and can suit nearly every haircut.
You can pull of any length and style with layers to accentuate your prominent features. If you want to show off your eyes, get some bangs which also help to create a more youthful appearance or a cute bob to show off your well-defined bone structure. Try to avoid short layers since it’s a dated look and might make your face longer than you’d like. If your hair is curly in texture, try to keep it shoulder length or longer to balance out the curls.
Celebrities with oval shape face include Julianne Moore, Tina Fey and Salma Hayek.
You have a round face if the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are more equal. Your jaw is less angular and more rounded, characterized by fullness below your cheekbones.
The best hairstyles for you are the ones that elongates and makes your face appear leaner. To do this, keep your hair length past your chin and add soft, angular layers to it. Try to reduce the volume of your hair and excessive weight on the sides to lessen the roundness. Unfortunately, short hairstyles are hard to pull off especially if your hair is on the curlier side.
Celebrities with round shape face include Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey and Catherine Zeta Jones.
If the width of your forehead, jaw and cheekbones are equal, you have a square shaped face. Your features are sharp and angular, especially your jawline.
Avoid straight cut bangs and blunt hairstyles. Opt for side swept bangs, asymmetric side partings and long tresses along your cheeks. Keep the volume to a minimum to avoid making your face broader and choose to increase length instead.
Celebrities with round shape face include Emily Deschanel, Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Not to be confused with oval shape, oblong faces have a longer and narrower look to them. Your width to length ratio is usually 1 to more than 1 ½.
The right hairstyle for you is one that adds more volume to your face and creates a wider and more balanced look. Short hairstyles such as a chin-length bob with curls and layers is very flattering. Be careful to avoid longer styles since they tend to drag down the face.
Celebrities with round shape face include Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler and Meryl Streep.
You’re a woman with a heart-shaped face if you have a wider forehead and narrower chin.
Side swept bangs are the best feature to add to your hair – they take the attention away from your pointed chin. Short haircuts with volume around your jaw works great for your shape. For longer lengths, add more layers and keep your style fuller.
Celebrities with round shape face include Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Naomi Campbell.
If you have a diamond face, your cheeks are the widest part of your face with a narrow jaw and forehead that are nearly equal in width.
I recommend going for single length cuts, adding curls or choppy ends to add texture. Long styles are sleek and look gorgeous on you. Add a deep side part or side-swept bangs to take attention away from your hairline.
Celebrities with round shape face include Viola Davis, Selma Blair and Vanessa Hudgens.
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