Hairstyles to suit your face shape: Hair Development’s Ultimate Guide

This is just some advice for if you want to style your hair to particularly flatter your face shape, but actually no one can tell you how you can and can’t wear your hair – you can wear your hair however you want and if that’s how you feel most comfortable and confident it will look great whatever your face shape! The types of face shape fall roughly into six categories: oval, round, square, long, heart, and diamond – although your face may not fall distinctly into any of these as every face is unique.

Oval: You have an oval face if your forehead is slightly wider than your chin, and if your face is longer than it is wide. This face shape is considered to be the most versatile in terms of hairstyles. If you have an oval face you would suit subtle, long layers, side bangs, or a blunt bob/lob (long bob – just touching your shoulders), maybe with waves or curls if you want to avoid elongating your face more.

Square: You have a square face if you have a defined jaw around the same width as your forehead. If you have a square face you would suit long layers with side-swept bangs ending at your cheekbones to draw attention to your face structure. You might also suit a layered bob with a side part.

Round: You have a round face if your face is about as long as it is wide and if you have round cheeks. If you have a round face you would suit long layers starting at your jaw, a layered and voluminous pixie cut, a lob, side bangs, or a side part.

Heart: You have a heart-shaped face if your forehead and cheekbones are wider than your chin and jawline. If you have a heart-shaped face you would suit a long side-swept style, layers starting at your collarbone, loose waves or curls starting below your ear, or a side-parted pixie cut to emphasise your strong jawline.

Diamond: You have a diamond-shaped face if your cheekbones are wider than your forehead and jawline. If you have a diamond-shaped face you would suit a chin-length bob to draw attention to your defined jawline, straight hair with a centre part, mid/long layers with a side part and tousled waves, or long, sideswept bangs.

Tips: A trick for figuring out which type of hairstyle might suit your face best is measuring the distance between your ear and your chin. If it is less than 2.25cm, you might suit short hair better than long hair, and if it is more than 2.25cm, you might suit long hair better than short hair. Also, if you would prefer to have a hairstyle that makes your face appear slimmer, go for long layers with loose curls and waves, and try to avoid short layers, single-length styles, bobs, full curls, and thick bangs. Hopefully this advice will help you to live your best hairstyle life and accentuate your beautiful face!