The shape of the face helps you determine precisely what hairstyles you need to look your best. Do you need added volume at the top of the head? Do you need length to make your face look
longer? Would a curly style make your head look too wide? These are all important issues that have to be taken into consideration, and knowing the answers to these questions starts with figuring out the shape of your face.
Previously, the shapes of the face were broken down into six or seven shapes, including things like heart-shaped, trapezoidal, inverted triangle, etc. But it is really unnecessary to
have so many groups when the basics are simple and the principles of dealing with them are universal.
So, we’re going to look at four basic face shapes: Oval, Square, Round, and Triangle. We are also going to tell you how to determine which shape you have. Obviously, since everyone is
different, you may have elements of two shapes, or, you may be a classic example of one. By reading the information we provide, you will be able to choose a hairstyle that flatters you and makes you feel great about how you
The best way to figure out the shape of your face is to sit yourself down in front of a mirror and pull your hair back away from your face. Use a headband or ponytail holder to keep it
out of the way and take a look at yourself closely in the mirror. Next, take a bar of soap and carefully – holding your head as still as possible – trace the outline of your face along the hairline, around the cheeks and
following the contours of the chin.
Once you’ve done this, sit back and take a look at the shape you have drawn. Does it appear wider at the top or bottom? Is it round or more egg-shaped? Does it seem to have “corners” at
the jaw line or forehead? These are all traits indicative of specific face shapes. By recognizing these shapes, you can easily adapt your personal style to make the most of your look when it comes to your hair.
OVAL – The oval face shape is considered the ideal. It is not too wide, not too long, and everything seems to be in balance. The benefit of having an oval face shape is that you can wear most any hairstyle
without issue. Of course, there may be other factors that come into play (over-balanced or prominent features) but we can discuss those later. For now, we are keeping things simple.
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SQUARE – The square face shape is marked by appearing to have “corners” at the jaw and forehead. The overall effect is that the face appears somewhat boxy. The square face also includes what was formerly
referred to as rectangular, which meant that the face had corners but also appeared longer than average or narrower than a typical square face.