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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
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.


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



  1. You’re welcome Brittany, and thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment. Check out the article Face Shape and Hairstyles for more great information about the subject!

    Have a great hair day!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 20, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

  2. I really enjoy the blog article.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

    Comment by Brittany Whitton — April 16, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

  3. I have a triangular to oblong shaped face and thick long curly hair which I sometimes straighten. I am feeling like the cut I have may not be the best suited for balancing my face or maybe just need to style it right for my face shape rather than cut. I am always pulling my hair back but would not go super short. Please help!

    Comment by Chrissy — August 25, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

  4. Hi Chrissy:

    The good news is that Oval Face Shapes can wear just about any hairstyle. Just keep in mind that a bob with a rounded look is going to add 10 or 15lbs to your look the longer a bob is the less it is apt to look round. For more ideas check out:

    Comment by Barb Quinn — July 24, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  5. I have an oval face and was wondering if I could cut my hair in a middle of the neck bob and still look good.

    Comment by Chrissy — July 23, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  6. i have a very broad face because of that i have only one way of styling my hair.can you please help me on how to styleit

    Comment by Sarah efua yeboah — December 8, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  7. Hi Terri,
    Definately think about going with bangs . . . keep some layers in your wavy hair too!
    Look at some of these cute bangs hairstyles:
    Bangs are really hot right now, and with your longer rectangular, oblong face shape they are a perfect match! Be sure to check out other related articles on bangs . . . lots of cute options to choose from.

    Comment by Hairstyle Blog — October 27, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

  8. My face is rectangular-oblong, thick and wavy and right now, it’s shoulder length with long layers, is there a hairstyle that works best on my face shape? Long or short?

    Comment by Terri — October 22, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  9. i want to find a new hair style. but my hair is med long, dull, and died. what can i do?

    Comment by marina davis — December 8, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

  10. i have a diamond face shape small face. i have thick hair and have lot of volume in hair. they are not thiin. please suggest me good hairstyle that i can keeep.

    vikas jjoshi

    Comment by vikas — November 21, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

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