All of us have experienced a bad haircut at one time or another. Either we have chosen the wrong style, or the stylist didn’t understand what we wanted. In any case, we have walked out of the salon thinking, “Oh, my God. What have I done!” And while we try to console ourselves with the thought that our hair will grow back out, it is never fun to go through the months it takes for this to happen while hating our hairdo.
Many people make the mistake of seeing a haircut on a celebrity and thinking, “I want that kind of hairdo.” While the hairstyle makes look great on the celebrity, like Jennifer Anniston, it makes you look like a dork. Why? Because most of us never stop about the shapes of our faces.
Steering clear of bad hair days
Your face’s shape is one of the biggest things you have to consider when getting a haircut. If you get a hairstyle that complements oval faces when yours is round, it will throw everything off. The same thing can be said if your face is oval and you get a hairstyle that compliments rounder faces. So how do you know which hairstyles are right for you? Here are a few tips to get the perfect haircut and to make sure you never have a bad experience again.
To define what shape your face is, you must do more than look in the mirror. The best way to figure this out is to measure your face. Grab a tape measure, a piece of paper, and a pen. Measure your face horizontally first, starting at the top of your cheekbones. Then measure your face vertically by running the tape measurer across your face at the jawline. Measure your forehead at its widest point, which is usually right above the eyebrows. And last but not least, measure your face from where your hair begins to your chin. Make sure you write down all of the measurements and which ones they were.
If the length of your face is measured one and a half times longer than the width of your face, then you have what is known as an oval face. If your face’s width and length are almost the same, then you have a round face. If the measurements you did across your forehead are equal to the measurements you obtained by measuring your jawline, then you have a square face. However, if the measurements at your jaw are considerably less than the measurements you took across your forehead or your cheekbones, or both, then you have a heart-shaped face.
Oval Shaped Faces
Now that you know what shape your face is, you can start looking for the perfect hairstyle. If your face is oval, you should be ecstatic. Why? Because oval-shaped faces are the easiest to find the perfect hairstyle since oval faces go with so many. You can have concise hair or long hair in just about any style. The only things that a person with an oval face needs to stay away from in terms of hairstyles are shag cuts or any cut with several different strands hanging in the face. This takes away from the natural beauty of an oval face and should be avoided at all costs.
Round Shaped Faces
If you have a round face, then you will want a hairstyle that will elongate your face. This means hairstyles where you need a little bit of length and height. If you wear your hair in some updo or ponytail, you will always want to leave a little hair hanging out and framing the face to give it a softer appearance. When getting your hair cut, ask for chunky layers around the face. By having layers that frame your face, you will be offsetting the roundness of your face. If you don’t want layers, try wearing bangs. If your face is round, longer hair is the best compliment for it. Never wear your hair shorter than chin level.
Square Shaped Faces
For square-shaped faces, you will want to show off the angular appearance of your jaw by softening it. Stay away from straight hair that is parted in the middle, full bangs, or chin-length bobs. Instead, try wearing your hair in long layers. A little teasing at the top of the hair to attain height or wearing loose curls will also be very flattering hairdos for a square-shaped face. Short to medium hair length works best for you. You should avoid sporting a long length of hair and short bobs that accentuate your face and makes it look more prominent.
For this type of face, you will want to have a haircut that will take attention away from your forehead or your chin. To do this, you will want to have a layered type of hairstyle or bangs. These keep the attention off of your jaw and more on your face. You can wear long hair or short hair with a heart-shaped face; however, if you opt for the shorter hairstyles, stay away from any bobs or haircuts above the chin. Also, stay away from mid-length strands.
Rectangle/ Oblong Face Shape
The forehead and cheekbones are about the same width, while the chin is narrow and may have a high forehead.
Short to medium length hairstyle looks best on you; layers work great on you and help shorten your face’s length. That is why soft, wispy bangs complement your face best. Avoid hair length that is too long because it lengthens your face too much.
Triangle Face Shape
This shape is the opposite of the heart-shaped face. The chin is dominant, while the rest of the face is narrower from the cheekbones to the temple or hairline.
Try getting a hairstyle with a lot of layering on your face’s upper portion to balance the upper area of your face with your prominent jawline. You can also tuck your hair behind your ears to make your eyes more visible and create an illusion of width. However, it would help if you avoided long hairstyles that draw people’s attention to your jawline.
Diamond Face Shape
Between the heart and oval face shapes, diamond-shaped faces are at the widest at the cheekbones while at the narrowest at the forehead and jawline.
You can wear almost any hairstyle you want because you have a great face shape. You can wear shorter or longer hairstyles; however, you should still avoid having too much volume of hair on your face, which hides the beauty of your face.
While there may be exceptions to the rule, these are the best tips for having a great hairstyle. The main thing you need to remember is to accentuate the positive aspects while playing down the negative. If you follow these tips and do that, you will have a wonderful hairstyle that will make people envious of you.
Thank you for reading!