Ever seen a pretty girl with a gorgeous hairstyle and wished that cut was yours? And ever gone ahead with the cut only to find it looking very ordinary on you? You may have wondered what went wrong, but the truth is that that particular haircut was probably not meant for your face shape. Hairstyles can be very peculiar – what looks great on someone may look horrible on you and vice versa.
Your hairstylist may be selling a particular haircut to you but you’re not sure if it will suit you. So who do you trust in such cases? This guide, of course. We’ve compiled a list of different face shapes and hairstyles that go best with each of them. In fact, it’s not just the face shape but also your height, figure and personality that are accurate indicators of an ideal haircut for you. So sit back and watch as we make life simpler for you.
A Round Face
If you have a round face, you need to be careful about how to shape your hair. A round face has a round chin and full cheeks – you need to cut them to give the impression of a more oval shape. Basically, any cut that frames your face cleverly will work for you, but you must leave your hair loose rather than tying them. You should also avoid a hairstyle with too much width –the more flat your hair is the better it will look. If you have short hair, get a bob cut with razored ends, as this will break up the roundness. For those who prefer long hair, keep the ends of the hair either at chin level or shoulder level. Straight hair in layers will look good, but avoid blunt cuts.
Celebrity lookalikes: Rani Mukerji, Renee Zellweger
A Square Face
You have a square-shaped face if your hairline as well as your chin are broad with more or less equal proportions. These people need to go for cuts that will soften the jawline and give a more delicate appearance. Square-faced people should also avoid blunt cuts and bangs, which will only emphasise their strong hairlines. Luckily for square-faced people, most hair lengths suit them perfectly and both straight hair and loose ringlets complement their face. Opt for a textured layer cut with a side part for best results.
Celebrity lookalikes: Kareena Kapoor, Demi Moore
A Heart-Shaped Face
If your hairline is broad and gradually tapers down to a very small and pointy chin, then you have a heart-shaped face. Getting a flattering hairstyle for a heart-shaped face is a little tricky, but armed with the right knowledge (and hairstylist), it could be a breeze. Since people with a heart-shaped face are broader on top, they need to add a level of broadness to their chin as well. This can be achieved with soft waves, straight hair or even curly hair with tight ringlets near the chin. Side-swept bangs look great on them as they cut down the broadness on top. Avoid harsh layers of blunt-cut bangs.
Celebrity lookalikes: Deepika Padukone, Reese Witherspoon
An Oblong Face
This face type is long and thing, much like a cylinder. It is more long than wide and hence chin-length bob cuts, curls and waves look great as they add width to the face. All kinds of bangs will also look good on you as they will cover your long forehead. One hairstyle to absolutely avoid is the long, straight cut as it will only highlight the length of your face and make it look even longer. Instead, go for soft waves that will give a fuller look.
Celebrity lookalikes: Katrina Kaif, Gwyneth Paltrow
An Oval Face
The most desirable face type is also the simplest to style with a great haircut. Virtually all hairstyles look great with this face type due to its even proportions. From short crops to long blunt cuts, everything goes here. You can experiment with different partings, waves, and deep curls. Just make sure you avoid short layers and those with very curly hair. Should also avoid a blunt cut.
Celebrity lookalikes: Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Jessica Alba