Face Shapes

Women with different face shapes
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How to Determine the Shape of Your Face:
The shape of the face helps you determine precisely what hairstyle 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 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 will also 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 look.
Getting Started:
The best way to figure out the shape of your face is to sit 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 closely examine your reflection 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 have 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 jawline or forehead? These are all traits that indicate 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.
The Classifications:
OVAL – The oval face shape is considered the ideal. It is neither too wide nor too long, and everything appears to be in balance. The benefit of having an oval face shape is that you can wear most any hairstyle without any issues. Of course, there may be other factors that come into play, such as over-balanced or prominent features, but we can discuss those later. We are keeping things simple for now.
Oval face shape
Square face shape
SQUARE – The square face shape is marked by appearing to have "corners" at the jaw and forehead, giving the overall effect of a somewhat boxy face. The square face also includes what was formerly referred to as rectangular. This meant that the face had corners but also appeared longer than average or narrower than a typical square face.
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