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A Short Hairstyle for Every Face Shape

A perfect symetrical round face

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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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Hairstyles with bangs! Are they right for you?

Long hairstyle with angled bangs

A hairstyle with bangs is a great choice for many of you

Bangs or no Bangs . . . how many times have you labored over this question? It’s a big decision after all the time and effort it takes to grow bangs out. And, what if you hate them after cutting them in?

The most important thing a hair stylist looks at when considering if bangs or fringe are an option for you will be your face shape. Bangs have the ability to make you look younger, heavier, more severe or softer. Now that’s a lot of power in such a small space!

Here are a few thoughts about face shapes;

We aren’t all perfect, a oval face shape, heart face shape or an oblong face shape however, we will fall within close range of one or two of these geometric shapes. The underlying bone structure of your face plays a role in the three-dimensional profile of your look.

So, one thing to remember in discerning your face shape is to keep it simple. What is the overall shape you see? If you vary between a couple of face shapes, which many people do, which face shape is the more dominant? For specific instructions on how to determine yours check on my article devoted solely to face shapes

 

Britney Spears in Long Layered Hairstyle With Bangs

Oval Face Shape

Britney Spears has your face shape. Go with what suits your fancy when it comes to choosing thou stick with angled, wispy, fringe, blunt cut or no bangs, whatever suits your overall style!

Gwyenth Paltrow with wispy bangs

Oblong Face Shape

Gwyneth Paltrow has your face shape. This face shape is considered angular. Bangs will work well with your face shape, especially if you are a long oblong. They will balance well by giving the face a shorter appearance. Wispy, fringe, angled, piecey, will all work well for you. However, stay away from a blunt cut haircut with bangs, which will mirror the jaw line giving a more severe look to your angular face shape.

Round Face Shape

Isabella Rossellini has hair for your face shape. Generally, this face shape should stay away from bangs or fringe, if not worn, selectively, they can cut off your face and create an illusion of added weight. The exceptions may be, light wispy partial bang only over part of the forehead (as shown) and short, short wispy fringe hair type bangs. Also if they should be styled asymmetrically and mostly off the face.

Michelle Pfeiffer with a medium lenght layerd haircut with bangs

Square Face Shape

Michelle Pfeiffer has your face shape. Many times it is hard to differentiate between round and square face shapes. They have very similar characteristics, in that they are both symmetrical by nature. The same rules apply to you as to round face shapes.

Jennifer Love-Hewitt medium length hairstyle with bangs

Heart Face Shape

Jennifer Love-Hewitt has your face shape. Bangs are best worn off-center. You can wear wispy or fringe type bangs. Stay away from blunt cut bangs which will tend to exaggeration the width of your face.

Elizabeth Hurley with medium length layered hairstyle with bangs

Diamond Face Shape

Elizabeth Hurley has your face shape. A diamond face shape is really a cross between an oval and a heart. Like the oval you can look equally beautiful with or without bangs. But, the only type of bang you should be cautioned about wearing, would be the blunt cut. . . . which like the heart-shaped face, can over exaggeration the width of your face at the cheekbone, eye area, making the chin line look longer and more narrow.

 

  



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