The goal and purpose of this hair cut guide is to choose a short hair cut that balances your facial features and creates a natural symmetry between your face and your hair.
The term face shape & hair cut style means the role your facial shape plays in determining the most flattering hair style.
Knowing the shape of your face will help you choose the short hair cut style that is right for you and will also help you to communicate better with your hair stylist. And good communication is key to a successful outcome at the salon!
This technique is used by stylists and involve styling hair around the face to create an illusion of a balanced face.(Keep in mind that this hair cut guide is quite general and can also be applied to choosing the right eyeglass frames for your face.)
Online Hair Cut Guide
To guide you in determining your face shape and find the right style use one of the following methods:
1- Use The Online Face Shape Wizard
This unique online hair cut guide will help you determine your face shape and which hair styles are most likely to complement you. (This tool is very easy to use and highly recommended)
2- The Mirror Trick
- First stand in front of a mirror and look straight ahead.
- Pull your hair completely back and secure with a clip.
- Take a lipstick and draw around the outline of your face on the mirror.
- Compare the result with one of the following shapes and find the face shape that is closest to yours.(There are seven different face shapes in this hair cut guide)
The Right Haircut for Your Face
Diamond Face: Narrow forehead, small pointy chin, and wide cheeks.
Haircut & Style: To create a balance shape look for styles that are narrow at the cheekbones and wider at the forehead. Add a little more fullness at the crown if required.
Heart face: Wide, short forehead, and small pointy chin.
Haircut & Style: Suited styles are like layered bob with extra volume and outward flicks at chin level. Asymmetric cuts are also flattering heart-shaped faces.
Oval face: High forehead and narrow, slightly rounded chin.
Haircut & Style: This is the most balanced face shape and almost perfect for any type of hair style.
Rectangle face: Long face with high forehead and long jaw and chin. Also known as long face shape.
Haircut & Style: Suited styles are like chin or shoulder-length cuts with a fringe that can disguises the long forehead.
Round face: Wide, short forehead, full jaw and chin.
Haircut & Style: The round shape normally makes the cheeks appear wider. Most short hair cuts works well for round face as long as there is some height at the crown area and little fullness above the ears to slim down the round face. Soft cuts with sophisticated layers coming forward onto the face look stylish and is an ideal hair style for round face shape. Soft curls will also flatter the frame of a round face. For straight hair asymmetric cuts can also be an option.
Square face: A wide, short forehead and square jaw.
Haircut & Style: Square edges should be soften by breaking the symmetry. Graduated layers with some volume at crown and soft curls looks stylish on this type of face shape.
Triangular face: Narrow at the temples, slightly wider at the cheeks and widest at the jaw line.
Haircut & Style: Most short hair cuts works for this type of face. Avoid styles with volume at the top.
Remember to note distinctive features like your nose, cheekbones, or jaw line. You can then decide to downplay or highlight these features with the short hair cut style you choose. The real trick is to pick hairstyles that enhance your best features while camouflaging any flaws.
Please remember that this face shape concept is only a simple hair cut guide and there are exceptions. Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish two face shapes from each other and you may not get an exact match. But usually these classifications of face shapes will help you select a better style for your face.