How to find the best haircut for your face shape
A great haircut can be powerful — it can really help you look and feel your best. For most people, getting a haircut every four to eight weeks is essential for maintaining your style and for keeping your hair looking healthy. But before you make that next salon appointment, consider your face shape and facial features. By working with, rather than against, your natural assets you can enhance your beauty with a few well-placed snips.
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Sometimes it’s nice to change things up. A new look can give you a renewed sense of confidence if you find yourself in a beauty rut. Personally, I know that a bad hair day can get me down, so a trip to the hairdressers can be a really simple way to invest in some ‘me time’ and put a little bounce back in my step… and my hair!
Men, don’t think today’s article isn’t relevant for you too. There have been numerous studies that attempt to understand the link between hair and confidence. A recent studyfound that eight out of ten women believe their self worth lies in their hair. And, men also say that hair is a big factor in terms of self confidence, (one of major reported concerns being hair loss). As hair can be so important to the way both men and women feel about their looks, here are some factors to consider before your next haircut:
Men’s face shapes and complementary haircuts
If you go to a professional hair stylist, he or she can help you determine your face shape and the best haircut to complement it. Generally speaking, here are some common face types and haircut rules to go with them:
Round: A round face is characterized by full cheeks, a round jaw line and by the width and height of face being equal proportions. Those with a round face can minimize roundness and create a look of facial angles with an off-center part and hair that is higher on top. Sharp fringes will highlight roundness whereas something more accented may help you appear slimmer – if that’s a look you want..
Oval: An oval face is a versatile face shape and can easily show off almost any hair style. This face shape is marked by a slightly rounded jaw line and proportional features. Those with an oval face shape might want to avoid long bangs, as this can add roundness to the face. For a strong look: keep lengths very short to draw attention to prominent facial features.
Long: A long or oblong face shape is also versatile and can sport various types of haircuts. This face shape is slightly longer than an oval face, with the length of face being greater than its width. The best haircuts for this face shape should avoid keeping the sides of the hair too short as this will accentuate the length of your face. A style that is shorter on top and longer on sides would provide balance for this face shape.
Square: A square face shape is defined by a strong jaw line, straight sides, and cheekbones and jaw line of the same width. Similar to a round face, the best haircut for this face shape would include keeping the sides short and keeping hair longer on top.
Heart-Shaped: A heart shaped face includes a facial structure that is wider at the temples and forehead, and tapering at the chin. Longer hair styles would suit this face shape to detract attention from perceived wideness at the top of the face. The addition of facial hair to your look is also a great way to add balance for this face shape.
Women’s haircuts and face shapes
Women can get a little more creative when it comes to haircuts with so many style options like layers, bangs, short cuts, and current fashion trends such as buns, braids, and the list goes on. A good haircut is often the basis of getting creative with your personal style. Here are some flattering haircut ideas to make your face look good from all angles:
Round: The pretty full cheekbones and rounded jaw line of this face shape looks best with uneven layers and side swept bangs to offset the roundness of the face. If going for a short look, try a defined pixie cut because very short pieces can add height, balancing out roundness. A medium length cut that just brushes your collarbone will also have a slimming effect on the face. If you have long hair, try long layers that end at the jaw line to create dimension.
Oval: An oval face shape is also versatile for women—almost any haircut or style will complement this face shape. If you’re looking for a change, try something trendy such as blunt cut bangs or a mid-length bob. Not many face shapes can pull off a center part but if you’re lucky enough to have an oval face then this could be for you!
Heart-Shaped: A delicate heart-shaped face narrows at the chin and a haircut that draws attention to the cheekbones and eyes can be extremely flattering. If you’re going for a long style, a heavy fringe will offset a prominent jaw. A mid-length bob would also be good for this face shape because hair that ends just under the chin will add fullness to the jaw area. A deep side part or side swept bangs will draw attention to eyes and cheeks.
Square: Strong square faces look great with ‘girly’ hair! A good haircut for a square shaped face will play down a prominent, angular jaw line. If you’re going for a short cut, try a short bob with lots of layers and bangs. The short pieces will detract attention from the jaw area. If you’re going for mid-length or long locks, try a haircut with lots of feathery layers that hit above the jaw line to draw attention to the upper part of your face.
Knowing when and how often to go for a haircut depends on your style and hair goals. If you have long hair, you can get away with extending the time between salon visits to about 12 weeks. Keep in mind, that in order for long hair to look healthy, it requires regular trims. Long hair is old hair, and the older your hair is, the more fragile it is. This means that long hair is more susceptible to breakage, thinning and split ends. Short hair styles require more maintenance to keep the style; aim to get a trim every four to six weeks.
Whether you opt for long locks or a choppy haircut, I’d like to hear about what works for you! I hope my best haircut guide helps you build your confidence and show off your locks with confidence inside and out!
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.
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