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A Short Hairstyle for Every Face Shape

A perfect symetrical round face

Find Your Ultimate Haircut!

After my wedding I got the itch that many new wives get. I wanted to chop off the hair that I had just spent an entire year carefully growing. I picked out a dramatic, sexy bob from a magazine. After an exciting 45 minutes in the chair, I was sorely disappointed when I looked at the finished product: an adorable, sassy hairstyle, that looked totally wrong on me.

It’s an easy mistake; picking the haircut that you like without considering if it will look right on you. The easy solution is to take into account your face shape when selecting  your next adorable short hairstyle.

Sleek Bob: Heart Shaped Face

Rihanna short layered bob and side bang

Rihanna’s heart shaped face is complimented with this sleek bob and dramatic side bang. Because heart faces have a wider forehead and a narrow chin, the side bang helps to slim the forehead while the pieciness around the face adds fullness around the chin area. Heart faces want to opt for smoother styles and angular or side bangs rather than a blunt bang.

Playful Pixie:  Round Face Shape

Ginnifer Goodwin:  popular pixie haircut with baby bang

Ginnifer Goodwin looks perfectly sweet and feminine with this wispy pixie haircut. With her round face, the volume in her crown and asymmetrical bangs elongate and add definition to her face. With a round face shape, you want to ditch the smooth hair, and opt for volume and texture. Also, be sure to let your hairdresser know you want softness around the ears and neck. Clean lines tend to look more masculine. Round face shapes look best with haircuts that are soft and wispy instead of blunt, clean lines.

For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

Layered Wavy Bob:  Square Face Shape

Keira Knightley square face wavy bob hairstyle

Keira Knightly’s square face shpae is offset by romantic waves. Square face shapes are complimented best by wavy or curved hair rather than stick straight styles. Waves help to soften a defined or angular jawline. A layered bob is also ideal, while straight, blunt bobs can tend to be too boxy for a square face shape. This bob length creates a subtle softness around Keira’s striking chin.

Shaggy Short: Oblong Face Shape

Kimberly Wyatt oblong face wispy pixie haircut

If you have a longer face shape, then take a style note from Kimberly Wyatt with her ultra sexy shaggy haircut. Her piecey bangs disguise a larger forehead while wispy layers add playful texture without too much fullness. Oblong face shapes should avoid extra volume and super long styles that can make the face look even longer. Bangs and shorter hairstyles are a great solution to longer face shapes.

Style Chameleon:  Oval Face Shapes

Scarlett Johanssen, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry short hairstyles

 If you’re among the lucky few with a perfectly oval face, then you can be a hairstyle chameleon! Generally, any hairstyle is flattering for oval face shape. This year is a perfect time to be bold and go for one of the hottest haircuts of the season, from an ultra short pixie cut or a soft layered bob.

If you’re unsure about your face shape, your hairdresser should be able to set you straight. Don’t be afraid to ask their opinion about the shape of your face or if they think a haircut would be right for you. Short haircuts are adorable, and especially popular for 2013, but make sure your choosing one that’s going to compliment and flatter you. Not to mention, that the right hairstyle can de-emphasize aspects of your look that you don’t love, while enhancing your best features–and that sounds to me like a win/win!

For more ideas about face shapes and hairstyles check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Face Shape Board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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Hair Stylists on Face Shapes and Hairstyles

Hair Stylist Expert Barb Quinn Doing Hair Style Analysis
Face Shapes and hairstyles . . . hairdressers need to spend more time with clients on the issue

As this article points out, cosmetology and beauty schools spend time now teaching students about the relationship of face shapes and hairstyles. The result is that the typical hair stylist should be competent at designing a hairstyle that is compatible with the clients face shape. So why is it then that I see so many women who have a face shape and hair style mismatch?

Here is how I think it goes. The client walks into the appointment with a photo of a celebrity or model and says to the stylist “that’s what I want to look like”. (Clients don’t typically have training on the balance of face shape and hairstyle but rather just know what they like.) The hairdresser, not wanting to shatter the clients dream, cuts the hair like the picture, disregarding what they know, or else they never did understand the concept of balancing face shape and hairdo to begin with.

So, if the hair stylist relents and gives the client just what she wants, it’s a pretty big failing on the their part, wouldn’t you say? Don’t you pay your hair salon to keep you from making face shape and haircut faux pas?

Can you imagine walking into your doctors office, asking for a procedure you read about and having her do it, only to see later it was terribly wrong for you? Your doctor would refuse to perform the procedure, or at least you would expect her to, if he knew it wasn’t right for you. Shouldn’t your hairdresser be doing the same?

Anyway, thanks to the Minneapolis Star comes this nicely done piece that explains some hair design principles, so you can arm yourself with some of the do’s and don’ts about matching face shape and hair styles.

Look to the stars’ face shapes and haircut do’s and don’ts
By Allie Shah

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Thinking of getting a sleek new Sienna Miller haircut this summer? If your face shape is oblong like Sarah Jessica Parker’s, you might want to reconsider.

What’s becoming on a heart face shape may not flatter a woman with an oblong or square face shape. A perfect oval face may be able to pull off many different hair lengths and styles, but a soft-featured, round face shape looks most pleasing in longer hair.

Knowing the contours of your face shape and what compliments it is the key to choosing a haircut that’s not only in style but also looks right on you. “It’s one of the first things we look at,” said Shane, owner of Mask Hair Designs and Day Spa in Minnetonka, Minn., and Plymouth, Minn. “It’s such an instinctive thing for us that I guess we don’t speak about it out in the world.”

So important is face shape in determining how to cut hair, she says, that many cosmetology schools devote two days to the study of face shapes and hairstyles.

Lyndon Barsten, an educator at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, wrote a chapter on face shapes for a textbook that’s used to train students. In the book, called “Introduction to Styling Hair,” he identifies seven face shapes and advises which hair styles best suit each one.

The heart face shape, diamond face shape, round face shape, pear face shape, oval face shape, square face shape and oblong face shape— are meant to serve as guidelines, he says, as some people have a combination of face shapes. For example, a person may have an oval forehead and central area where the cheekbones are located, but a square jaw line.

A good way to determine your face shape is to pull all your hair back away from your face, look in the mirror and trace your face with a soap bar or lipstick.

Many consider the oval face shape ideal because almost any hairstyle and length is flattering. Heart face shapes are marked by wider foreheads and a pointed chin. Their most flattering hairstyles include medium to short lengths and wispy bangs.

People with square face shapes have a square hairline and strong jaw line. Curls soften the edges of the face. Parker is a perfect example of an oblong face shape. Bangs swept over the forehead help make the face look more oval, and people with this face shape should avoid too-short or too-long haircuts.

Round face shape are wide across the cheekbone area and round at the chin. Hair that falls to the shoulders is ideal as it helps to create a longer, less round look. “Feathered” and longer layers are also flattering.

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Read the entire article, Look to the stars’ face shapes for haircut do’s and don’ts. For more hairstyles that might make your face look thinner check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Round Face Board.

 

  



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Choose the Hairstyles by Face Shape

Face in Hole Hairstyles

Hairstyles by face shape, getting it right

Your hairdresser sees it everyday. A heart face shaped client comes in with a picture of out of a magazine of a great hairstyle on some celebrity with an oval face shape and says “I want the same hairstyle as this picture”. Then the client gets upset when the hairdresser tries to talk her out of it. It’s like putting a square peg in a round hole.

“Hairstyles by
Face Shape”

This weekend I spotted a woman who had a round face shape, she was wearing a chin length triangular hairstyle, wider at the base. That hairstyle made her look like a blimp. I couldn’t help asking myself where is her best girlfriend when you need her?

Any way, listen to your hairdresser when it comes to choosing the most flattering hairstyles by face shape. Thanks to the StarTribune who interviewed hairstyling experts about the subject and gave us this wonderful article.

How to find a haircut that suits your face shape
By ALLIE SHAH
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Thinking of getting a sleek new Sienna Miller haircut this summer? If your face is oblong like Sarah Jessica Parker’s, you might want to reconsider.What’s becoming on a heart shaped face may not flatter a woman with an oblong or square shaped face shape. A perfect oval face shape may be able to pull off many different hair lengths and hairstyles, but a soft-featured, round face shape looks most pleasing in longer hair.

Knowing the contours of your face shape and what complements it is the key to choosing a haircut that’s not only in style but also looks right on you. “It’s one of the first things we look at,” said Shane, a hairdresser and owner of Mask Hair Designs and Day Spa in Minnetonka and Plymouth, Minn.

So important is face shape in determining how to cut hair, she says, that many cosmetology schools devote two days to the study of face shapes.

Lyndon Barsten, an educator at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, wrote a chapter on face shapes for a textbook that’s used to train students. In the book, called “Introduction to Styling Hair,” he identifies seven face shapes and advises which hairstyles best suit each one.

The different shapes, the heart shaped face, diamond, round, pear, oval, square and oblong are meant to serve as guidelines, he says, as some people have a combination of face shapes. For example, a person may have an oval forehead and central area where the cheekbones are located, but a square jaw line.

A good way to determine your face shape is to pull all your hair back away from your face, look in the mirror and trace your face with a soap bar or lipstick.

Many consider the oval face shape ideal because almost any hairstyle and length is flattering. Heart shapes are marked by wider foreheads and a pointed chin. Their most flattering hairstyles include medium to short lengths and wispy bangs.

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And don’t miss or more ideas about face shapes and hairstyles check out our Pinterest Hairstyles for Face Shape Board.

  



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