Dealing with a square face requires that you incorporate curved lines in the cutting edges of the style in order to balance out the angles of the face. A softly curved fringe over a
squared forehead, and textured ends of a bob cut allowing the hair to curve inward and caress the jaw are great ways to compensate for the angles of a square face. If the face is also narrow, add a little more volume to
the sides in order to make the face appear wider and you have a winning look.
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ROUND – This is a common face shape as it occurs both as a natural shape and tends to develop in cases of weight gain. The outline of the face is rounded and the cheeks and jaw may seem to merge into a
single curving line. It is also relatively easy to compensate for, as long as you remember the basic rule that your goal is to grant the illusion that the face is oval shaped.
When dealing with a round face, you want to add volume in the top section of the hair and keep it minimal at the sides (at least in comparison to the rest of the style). This could mean
a long, layered style that has volume up top, light curls along the sides and some length to draw the eye along the vertical line and make the face appear longer. It is also a versatile face shape for women who prefer
shorter hair, since you can add volume at the top of the head by cutting the hair close along the sides and bulking up the top with curl or spiky lengths.
TRIANGLE – The triangle face shape comes in two forms usually: the traditional look where the face is wider at the forehead and narrower at the chin, and an inverted form with a wide jaw and narrower forehead.
In these cases, the key is to create a style that gives balance to the dimensions of the face.
One of the best ways to deal with triangle faces is to give bulk to the area that is narrower, and allow the wider area to be left with less volume around it. Traditional triangle faces
may look best with a style that is curly on top and shifts to straighter lengths that fall along the face. On the other hand, a face shaped like an inverted triangle could look great with a style that features longer
lengths that curl and expand as the hair hangs down.
Knowing the shape of your face allows you to understand some of the very basic principles of style and balance. It will let you choose hairstyles that flatter you, and will give you the
opportunity to make the most of your appearance.