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Choosing a Hairstyle Based on Facial Shape

As with clothes, haircuts are not all right for you. But unlike your clothes, you can’t just take off a crappy haircut as you wish. Hence, before going to the barber, it’s worth knowing which style or styles suit the shape of your face.


If your face is oval, you’re lucky – any haircut is fine looks great with that perfect symmetry. But for the most flattering effect, style your hair off the forehead for some added volume and angles. Your best bet is a classic shorter cut, where it’s short around the sides and a bit longer on top, with side-swept parting. A forward fringe looks too heavy on the forehead, softens features, and enhances the roundness of the face. Forget the beard. You have no disproportionate gaps to fill in.
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A square face is as versatile as its oval counterpart. A classic, neat haircut is perfect for this shape. Picture close fades, side partings and short layers. A light stubble will add some sharpness and, of course, a little texture without obscuring your jawline.


Since a rectangular face appears longer, stay away from too short sides and a too long top, both of which only accentuate the length of your face. Go for a better proportioned style, such as letting your hair fall to the sides and/or across your forehead. And don’t grow a full beard – it will only make your face look longer.


A round face will have little in the way of natural angles, but you can always create them with the right hairstyle. One is front fringes and another is a pompadour or flat top (sides are tight while top is high). You can sharpen soft edges with square corners in the high recession area of your hair. A full square beard also makes your jaw look more chiseled as it visually thins out your chin.

If you have a diamond-shaped face, a hairstyle that widens your forehead and chin is your best choice. Fringes will add texture to your forehead, and longer styles that you can tuck behind your ears do well to accentuate your bone structure. Careful not to cut the sides too short, however, to avoid making your ears look bigger.


For a heart-shaped face, too tight cuts must be avoid as it tends to emphasize the forehead width and chin narrowness. A medium-length swept look is your best bet. And just like the diamond face shape, a heart face shape looks better with a beard that builds heaviness around the lower and narrower half of the head.


With its narrow forehead and wide jawline, a triangular face will need the exact opposite treatment given to a heart shape. Volume and depth are what you need. Get a longer cut (up to the nose) with full sides. As for the beard, a light stubble is the best you can get.