Finding the best hairstyle for your face shape

July 19, 2015

Hairstyles aren't a one-size-fits-all proposition, so if you're looking for a new look, here's how to choose the hairstyle that will flatter the shape of your face best.

Finding the best hairstyle for your face shape

Oval face

Oval faces have a lot of versatility when it comes to hairstyles, but if you want to break up the length of your face a bit, add thick straight bangs that cut straight across your brow line.

  • A centre part is especially flattering to an oval face, especially if you have your hair down in soft waves or bouncy curls that frame your chin.
  • For a dramatic look, consider a side part, which will soften up your facial structure.

Square face

If you have a square-shaped face, you can wear any number of trendy layered bobs, but avoid straight cuts, which may make your chin look too blunt.

  • Shorter, chin-length hairstyles will give your face a softer, balanced look.
  • If you prefer longer styles, go for a side part with long, sweeping bangs to soften the angles of your face. Likewise, tousled curls and waves can also detract from a square-shaped jawline.
  • Love a centre part? Go for it, because it will draw attention to the centre of your face and away from your jaw and chin.

Round face

  • If you have a round face, you'll want a hairstyle that will elongate your chin and accentuate your cheekbones.
  • One of the best ways to achieve this is to incorporate asymmetrical elements into your hair cut.
  • For example, a side part and side-swept bangs can do wonders for lengthening the chin, while a layered cut can help your cheekbones stand out.

Centre part

Contrary to popular belief, round faces can look good with centre part hairstyles.

  • Just make sure you wear your hair in flattering long layers that frame your jawline.
  • You can also pull your hair away from your face into a simple up-do or pony tail. Then, add a bit of contouring blush to bring out those cheekbones, and you'll have a sleek look that slims down your face.


  • If you have a short forehead (which can make a face look fuller), bangs can be your best friend, whether you prefer them long and glamorous or wispy and flirtatious.

Heart-shaped face

If you have a heart-shaped face, try a length that sits just below your jawline. It will frame the bottom half of your face.

  • To fill in those triangular areas around the chin, add soft waves or feathery layers.
  • If you prefer a short style, you can make it work if you combine it with a side part that will de-emphasize your chin and draw attention to your forehead and eyes.

Hair shape

When it comes to hairstyles, it's all about the shape.

The right style will frame your facial structure to perfection and draw attention to your best features to highlight your individual beauty.

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