Change Your Hairstyle

face shape and hairstyles

Changing your hairstyle

I would like to first show you how to determine what face shape you have and then I’ll talk you through the different hairstyle options for each shape. My goal is not to tell you cause that's not helping.  I want to explain to you the principles so afterwards you can decide which parts in which proportions you want to highlight, hide, how much, etcetera.

face shape and hairstylesFirst, how to identify your face shape. Look at your face in the mirror, looking straight. We are considering the following points, the top center of your forehead, here, where the hair root starts; the tip of your chin; the corners of your forehead, here on the sides; where your cheekbones end you can see my face bones, right?

It's about the level of your eyes. Then, where your jaw makes a corner here, on each side.  It's the level of your mouth.  Kind of. And that's it!

We are looking at those eight points and they build four lines.  Let's call them the vertical center, the horizontal center, the forehead line, and the jaw line. Your face shape is determined by the proportions of those four lines.  That's it.  It's as simple as that. Now there are six main face shapes.  I've noticed that many women think they have the round shape. It's usually not the case, so let's compare the different shapes until you find yours.

  1. The oval shape. It’s considered to be very harmonious to the eye because the upper half of your head/face is like the bottom half, so it looks very balanced from top to bottom. In an oval shape, the vertical center line is larger than the horizontal center line. That's an oval shape.
  2. Square-shaped face, the forehead line and the jaw line are of similar lengths and the center vertical line and the center horizontal line are also similar, so it really looks like a square.
  3. A round face is technically almost like a square, except that this spot, here, from one corner of the jaw through the chin to the other one is almost like a perfect half circle. A round shape is not as common as you'd think.
  4. A heart face has this line, larger than the jaw line and usually or often, a pointy chin. Jennifer Aniston is the typical heart-shaped face.
  5. A diamond face is almost like a heart shape to which we cut off (so to say) the corners of the forehead. The result is now that your center line, here, those bones is the largest part in your face.
  6. The last type is the long face. That's when you take an oval and stretch it vertically to make this vertical center line appear even longer. Here, again, the six types next to each other so that you can see and compare. Hairstyles and tips. Now that you know your shape, let's talk about hair.

An oval shape is aesthetically balanced, pleasing for the eye, so in theory, you could sport any hairstyle.  Long or short, curly or flat it doesn't matter it works! If there is something in your face that you don't like and that you'd like to hide or visually correct a little bit, you can look into other shapes to learn how to trick the eye into looking somewhere else.

Women who have a square shape often find that their jaw bones, are quite visible, quite massive. If that's your case, you can visually correct that by first off, avoiding haircuts that have chin length because that would accentuate that line even more. The line that you dislike. Instead, go for longer shoulder length or even longer.  The longer you let your hair grow, the more that line, that part, proportionally to your hair will look narrow. That's for the lower part of your face.

Now if your issue is with the upper part and you feel like your forehead is too wide you can correct that by doing bangs. Not split them in the middle but split them on one side to break the square visually, so to say.

The round shape avoids bob haircuts. This makes your face look even rounder.  Also, avoid styling that makes the hair go inwards. You know when you go to the hairdresser, he blows dries your hair looking like you go out wearing a helmet. That's not good for round shapes.  Instead, curl your hair towards the outside with layers, even better,  and if you do bangs, make sure that you split them in the middle to break the circle just like you want to break the square.

Then a heart shape is often seen as a sign of femininity, and strong personality at the same time. I'm not sure why.  I think it's because there are many actresses now who are famous, considered beautiful, and have the heart face.  I'm not sure. Anyhow, if that's your face shape, you can go with hairstyles shorter than the chin and you can go short as you want because the chain is a part that you probably would like to show.

The diamond shape we cut off a bit of the forehead to add volume to the top of your head. This balances out the lower part of your face. Splitting your bangs is also a good solution because it makes your center line look longer.

If you are a long face, you want to shorten your vertical centerline so you can add bangs very easy advice in the middle thick ones, no splits just huge bangs and that will make your face look shorter. Also, avoid wearing your hair very long, very sleek, and without layers next to your face because it will look like it's stretching the face out even more. Maybe you realize that already, but I'm a long face, that's why I usually don't iron my hair flat.

I'm just giving you the tips and the principles for guidance. It's up to you to decide which parts of your face you want to highlight and what not. If you have a square face, and you like your jaws, please show them! Go for a pixie cut. Show your jaws.  Why not? The fun thing, once you have decided on your hairstyle, is when you start playing around with makeup.  For instance, with contouring you can make the square face or round face you look like a heart-shaped face. It's impressive.  When contouring is well-executed, you can't tell that the initial bone structure was in fact, a square. I'm going to stop here, and I hope you found this information insightful.