Here’s How To Determine Your Face Shape And Find A Suitable Hairstyle

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“Face shape is an important fact to keep in mind while picking a hairstyle.” What works for a round face may not work for a square one. But to do that, one needs to be aware of their face shape. Once you get that sorted, choosing a hairstyle will not be a daunting task anymore!

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1. Determining Your Face Shape And Hairstyle
Heart-Shaped Face
Round-Shaped Face
Square-Shaped Face
Oval-Shaped Face
Diamond-Shaped Face
Rectangular-Or Oblong-Shaped Face
FAQs Face Shape

Determining Your Face Shape And Hairstyle

Round face or oval, square or rectangular, it’s not easy for everyone to know what face shape they have. There are some tips and tricks to keep in mind while you figure out your face shape. Also, it’s just a one-time thing; once you know your face shape, it sorts out the decision of choosing a hairstyle for a few years at least.

That doesn’t mean you are not allowed any hairstyle variations; rather you now have a clear idea about what lines to think on. Determining your face shape isn’t a tough task; here’s how you can do it.

Heart-Shaped Face

If you have a pointed chin and your forehead is the fullest part of your face, then you have a heart-shaped face. A simple hack is to stand in front of the mirror and see if your face seems like an upside-down triangle. Deepika Padukone has a heart-shaped face.

Suitable hairstyle: For this particular face shape, the idea is to take the focus off the narrowness of the chin. Choose a hairstyle that makes your face look proportionate, filling in the gaps and blurring the sharp facial lines. It should simultaneously make your forehead look less full.

Tip: Go for medium-length side-swept bangs or long layers. Hair length between medium to long is excellent for this face shape.

Round-Shaped Face

People with round face have the sides of their face slightly outward (not straight). The chin is rounded, and the cheeks are the fullest part of the face. The face has softer angles, nothing sharp. Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan has a round face.

Suitable hairstyle: The idea here is to strike a balance—don’t opt for anything too sleek or too voluminous. Try to give your face some height with an elongated hairstyle or choose a side-parting for an easy option.

Tip: Opt for side-swept Hollywood waves for longer hair length or a soft messy bun with few strands falling on the face.

Square-Shaped Face

Unlike a round face, if you have a square-shaped face, the sides of your face are straight with angles jawline and minimal curve. The length and width of your face are almost equal, and your features are sharp with an angular jawline. Pop singer Rihanna has this face shape.

Suitable hairstyle: Stay away from haircuts that end at the chin as these cuts add more volume to side of the face. Add more dimension to the face by going for length and layers. Also, steer clear from centre-parting.

Tip: Go for top knots and buns. Make sure you don’t choose any clean hairstyle; opt for a messier one like a loose braid.

Oval-Shaped Face

The forehead of people with oval face is a little bit wider than their chin. Also to note, the jaw is curvier than other face shapes. Take Anushka Sharma’s style into consideration if you have an oval face.

Suitable hairstyle: The idea is to break the length of the long face. Side-swept hair or bangs add more layers and volume to suit this face shape.


Tip: Go for a bob, even if you have curly hair. In case you have straight long hair, add layers to break the straight solid lines.

Diamond-Shaped Face

Imagine connecting the centre of the hairline to the centre of your cheeks and chin. Does it create a diamond shape? If yes, you have a diamond-shaped face. In such face shape, the jaw is pointed with high cheekbones and narrower hairline. You match with sensational singer Jennifer Lopez if you have a diamond-shaped face.

Suitable hairstyle: Choose a hairstyle that creates an illusion of a broader forehead to elongate the face contours. Try to have long hair length and layers.

Tip: Go for side-swept bangs casually blow-dried for a textured look. A well-textured shag cut also suits this face shape.

Rectangular-Or Oblong-Shaped Face

This face shape is similar to the square one but longer. If your forehead, cheeks and jawline are approximate of the same width with slightly curved jawline, you most probably fall under this face shape category. Katrina Kaif has this face shape.

Suitable hairstyle: Hair length between your chin and shoulders is the most recommended for this face shape. Try to choose a hairstyle that adds width to your long face.

Tip: Go for a textured or face-framing layered lob that suits long faces. The width can be created with any haircut that has soft waves.

FAQs Face Shape

Q. What haircut mistakes should I avoid to suit the face shape?

A. It’s always better to study your face angles first. Make sure you flatter the angles rather than adding to the problem areas. For instance, if your sides are flat and straight, choose a filling, voluminous haircut or hairstyle. If you have fullness on sides and your features are angular, choose the cuts that tone it down. Don’t go for hairstyles for the mere trend. What’s trending might not suit your face.

Q. How can I fix my haircut if it doesn’t suit my face shape?

A. It’s a tricky thing to deal with. However, you can tweak it to suit your features. For instance, if you have got a bob and it makes your face look rounder or plump, straighten your hair. Don’t go for waves, layers or messy styles as these can add more volume to the hair and eventually to the face. If you have mistakenly opted for a straightening service even though it makes your forehead look broader, try a side-wept hairstyle to take the focus off the width. To give your hair a reset time, go for basic trim for a while to get back to the regular length and then refresh your haircut.

Q. How do I make sure I am choosing the right cut for my face?

A. Even if you are sure about what face shape you have and which hairstyle you want to go for, make sure to discuss with your hairstylist. Explain your likes and dislikes and of course, your apprehensions. This will ensure that you are on the right track as far as your cut or style is concerned.

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