Your Haircut May Not Match Your Face Shape, Here's How To Fix It

Diply 6 Jul 2018

Almost nothing parallels the feeling of walking out of the salon and knowing that you look good.

Sometimes, a fresh cut is all you need to add a little pep into your step, however, it isn't as easy as bringing in a pic and asking for "what she has."

Despite everyone telling you that you look like Rihanna (everyone being yourself), you need to take your face shape into account, otherwise, you might not be happy.

Skip the buckets of tears over hair fails, and get your hair cut the right way for your face.

First thing's first, knowing your face shape will make things much easier and ensure a salon visit won't end in disaster.

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If you've never done this before, don't fret — it's really quite simple. You learned all o your shapes in geometry class, now just apply them to your face.

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If you're still struggling (or are in denial), don't try to guess your face shape — ask your hairstylist! 

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They are professionals after all, and they know the drill! Make sure to do your research and listen carefully to what your stylist suggests.

Until then, keep reading and take notes on the best hairstyles for your face!

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1. Round face

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Round faces typically look good when framed by long layers, or with an asymmetrical part. The general idea is to frame that baby face of yours. A perfect example of a celebrity with a round face is Mila Kunis.

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Round face, short length

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If you're feeling a shorter cut, use spiky layers around the crown like Ginnifer Goodwin's pixie crop, or a longer bob with face-framing side-swept layers like Chrissy Teigen's. Who else thinks this haircut is cute AF?

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Round face, medium length

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Not everyone with a round face is willing to chop off all of their locks! Fortunately, medium length hair can look amazing, too. Just think lots of piece-y layers like Jennifer Lawrence — she looks so good with this cut!

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Round face, long length

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Long staggered layers, with face-framing pieces that hit right at the jawline, are perfect if you have a round face and want to maintain total mermaid vibes. Just look how well the cut works on Selena Gomez!

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2. Heart and diamond faces

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Reese Witherspoon is a prime example of a celebrity with a heart-shaped face. The idea is to de-emphasize your face where it needs to be, by slimming the forehead and filling in around the chin area.

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Heart and diamond faces, short length

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A coy pixie cut like Halle Berry's, uses choppy layers on top to break up a wider forehead, while it's clipped evenly around the sides and nape to help balance out a more prominent chin.

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Heart and diamond faces, medium length

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Kerry Washington has the ideal medium length haircut for a diamond-shaped face. Her bangs are not only cute AF, but they hide a bigger forehead, while the blunt bottom helps fill in the jawline.

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Heart and diamond Faces, long length

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Long hair is totally doable with a heart or diamond shaped face — just check out Ciara. The key here is to use wispy layers that break at the cheekbones and chin for the perfect balance.

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3. Long and oval faces

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Long and oval faces can pull off the most looks (lucky you!), but tend to look better when the layers are all one length with a center part like Kim Kardashian, or side swept bangs.

While this blunt look works for long and oval faces, it might be too harsh for a rounder face like Chrissy Teigen's, where face-framing layers add definition.

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Long and oval faces, short length

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A blunt bob with minimal layers like Rihanna's is the perfect short cut for those with oval faces. Keep layers long and simple, use your natural part, and let those banging cheekbones do the talking.

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Long and oval faces, medium length

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If you're going for a lob (a long bob), or shoulder-length hair, Kate Middleton has a very flattering cut — she must've had the royal treatment! The idea here is to add layers with very subtle variations.

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Long and oval faces, long length

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If your hair is long, keep it all one length with a center part and very soft waves like Jessica Alba. You can also use blunt bangs, right at the brow line, to break up the length.

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4. Square face

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If you have a square face, your jawline will tend to be wider like Keira Knightley's. Balance that out with haircuts that put an emphasis on your cheekbones or opens up the top half of your face to the heavens above.

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Square face, short length

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Cameron Diaz is a perfect example of how to pull off a short cut when you have a square face. The layered bob with very subtle bangs adds just enough softness and puts an emphasis on her cheekbones.

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Square face, medium length

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A tousled lob like Mandy Moore's is a great example of how to wear medium length hair on a square face. Sweep your hair to the side and add lots of layers to create movement that de-emphasizes the square-ness.

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Square face, long length

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Lucky for you, if you have a square face, the general style remains the same throughout lengths. You can totally pull off really long hair if you keep layers lengthy and swept to one side. Case in point: the stunning Olivia Wilde.

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