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How to Choose the Perfect Haircut for Your Face Shape

The secret to having a good haircut is in two ways. You must first think about your face’s shape, and secondly, you must choose a style that complements the texture of your hair.

While it’s exciting to experiment and experiment with the unusual There’s something to appreciated in a classic and elegant cut. Consider it your base, the style that you’ll be able to go back to over and over again.

Do you need a bit more information? What are the best ways to determine the shape of your face? What is your skin texture? We asked the top hair stylists George Papanikolas of Andy LeCompte Salon and Lorna Pollack of Kinloch Salon all our burning questions. Follow the links for more information on how to select the cut you want to have.

The Six Major Face Shapes

The main factors to consider will be your cheekbones, forehead and jaw.

Oval: Usually, the size of your face usually is greater than its width and the forehead is the biggest part of the face. Papanikolas states that this face shape is generally considered to be the most attractive face shape.

Square: The ratio of length to width is close to one, which is equal lengths both vertically and horizontally with a strong jaw angle and a minimal curve on the chin.

round: the length to width ratio is approximately equal. The soft and rounded face features with cheekbones that are flatter and the cheeks standing out as the largest portion on the face. Like the square shape of the face, but with more rounded angles.

Heart Pointed Chin that has a larger forehead and a slimmer chin, typically with the form that of an inverted triangular

Oblong/Rectangle is when the length of the cheeks, forehead and jawline are almost the same, or when the distance from the forehead to the chin is slightly greater than the distance between ear and the ear.

Diamond- typically is defined by a high cheekbone with a pointed chin and a more narrow forehead

Your Ideal Cut based on the Shape of Your Face

In terms of the cut and style, both experts agree that there’s never a absolute way to do it however there are a number of basic and flattering techniques to highlight features and according to Pollack states, “move the eye away from the other areas of the face.”

However, you’re free to violate the rules. There’s no oath to take here. It’s about finding equilibrium She states.

Oval-shaped faces can go with virtually any fashion according Papanikolas, the most flattering ones tend to be longer layers and shoulder length waves the full fringe bobs or the side-swept pizzelle. Pollack prefers the strong square bob that highlights your sleek jawline.

Faces with square shapes can consider smoothing out the edges of the forehead and jawlines that are strong which is why wavy shags with loose fringe, side-swept bangs that are soft or long layers that have fringe are the best. If you’re looking for something shorter then an uneven fringe make softer angles, Papanikolas suggests.

The round face shape works best using a long, pixie Pollack claims, which draws the eyes in order to make the facial appearance more pronounced. Papanikolas echoes this that round face shapes work well with cuts that lengthen the face. This includes lengthy straight locks,, voluminous hair, shaggy and voluminous bobs and swoopy bangs that have cut sides.

Heart shapes look the best when paired with long, blunt bangs, waves or a chin-length ladies hairstyle with bangs. The soft angles at the front that begin below the face can help balance the wider foreheads, Pollack says. The trick here according to Papanikolas is to keep your bangs slim so you make it appear as if you have less width in the top.

Oblong and Rectangle face shapes follow the same approach as square faces. Soften jawlines and soft edges by adding layers, volume and fringes that are side-swept or feathered. The long layers as well as the angles give some movement and texture to your hair.

Diamond shapes highlight their cheekbones’ high points by slicing their hair short, or keep it long by using layers of face-framing. Bangs that are positioned around the cheekbone can also highlight the shape.

Take photos of what you want your hairstyle to be. This will ensure that the look you envision that you see in your head is the same as hairstyle of your stylist’s Together, you can modify the look to create a look that is compatible with your face.

Working with Texture

The texture of your hair and the style play a significant part in determining your ideal hairstyle, Pollack says. It’s essential to determine the things your hair can be capable of naturally and what you’re willing to do in order to maintain your desired style according to her.

Volume and texture are crucial to consider and can help add length and width to your hair. However, Papanikolas warns that they could be your “worst adversary” in the event that you’re looking to make your face appear longer.

If, for instance, you have a face that is round with a medium texture You should stay clear of the round shapes that can emphasize your face, Pollack says. Choose styles that stay off highlighting your jawline and instead, turn your attention towards the collar bone and neck. If you’re opting for a more streamlined appearance, make sure the sides are shorter so that they don’t increase the roundness of the forehead and cheeks she says. “Adding more height and volume on top to raise the eyes up.”

Take Hair Type into Account

Fine: Hair that is fine should be the smallest amount of layers, so keep it straight and short. “My preference is an unruly bob with only a little layers and texture to keep the length’s strength,” Pollack says.
Medium: A variety of lengths is possible, Pollack says. Layering or adding texture is ideal for moving and removing weight.
Thick: Hairstyles may vary in accordance with the texture and the type of hair. You can do lots of layers, since long layers aid in the removal of weight, reduce density, and assist with daily hairstyles.

Take into consideration the upkeep

Find a haircut that is compatible to your style is crucial. Pollack suggests having your hair cut at least every three to four months. If you’re a customer who has a stylist visit at least every six to eight months she won’t suggest a very frequent style.

As with a blunt or pixie fringe. Experts say shorter haircuts are more demanding and need more care than a longer hairstyle that is layered. Hair with longer lengths and a feathered fringe are more flexible and may be stretched as Papanikolas suggests.

Also, think about the things you’re willing do at home to keep your desired appearance and style. “What items do you require to achieve the look you want and how often are you likely to visit salons to maintain the style,” Pollack says.

Other considerations:

Maintenance and styling are essential particularly if you’re performing something that goes against the natural texture of your skin Papanikolas says.

Experts say the questions to ask yourself are:

How often do you plan to go to the salon in order to keep your desired appearance?

What do you want to make at home? In terms of equipment? Heating style? Go and wash?

Are you prepared to blow-dry or flat-iron your hair when you’ve cut it into hair bob, if you naturally curly hair?

Does the cut work with the natural texture you have on the days when you don’t wear it?

Papanikolas states that unless intend to constantly cut the hair you have, this is vital aspects to consider.

Bangs Hair: Texture, Cut, and Forehead Length

The debate could go for ages, but bangs are still a major deal, right? The supporters support the fringe, while those who oppose recall childhood photos and unwise home chops. Although we do not recommend impulsive blows (Yes there are times when the addictive urge can be overwhelming once every once in a while. For instance, say the fall season!) It’s essential to realize that certain types of styles best based on the shape of your face.

Oval: Blunt

The Round Side Swept

Square A wispy fringe

Diamond: Side Swept fringe

Rectangle: Side-swept and trimmed with fringed feathers

Heart The heart is thin and blurry.

Should you be sporting a larger forehead and you want to keep it from it, bangs might be the best option because they conceal an overly large forehead. Pollack suggests that a stylish blunt bang will be enough to achieve the desired effect. (Though big foreheads are definitely in. As the proud owner of one I’ve come to accept the extra space.)

Short foreheads are best by having a soft, side-swept hairstyle, which Papanikolas claims can create a longer appearance or illusion of. Pollack confirms this statement, “If your forehead is smaller, I suggest making sure that your hair is light and soft so that the hair doesn’t completely cover your face, thereby making your face appear smaller.”

Think about hair texture and patterns like cowlicks before you decide to go with the right bang. Pollack states: If you think your hair is to be unruly and has large growth patterns on the front, you should be aware that bangs can be more maintenance in the daytime in regards to styling products that are heated. (Which I’m able to confirm. As a proud cowlick owner the bangs turned out to be more troublesome rather than the chic breezy update I had hoped for.)

Papanikolas prefers to suggest blunt bangs for clients who have straight hair, stating otherwise, they’ll take a lot of time to do, while side-swept bangs may be more accommodating and flexible.

Another factor to consider is how often you’re willing have an elongation. Pollack recommends leaving it to experts. Make a plan to visit the salon each week to maintain the desired length of the fringe Pollack says.

Hair growth is a lengthy process dependent on the speed at which your hair develops. If you’ve tried fringe and regretted it, try being patient. Instead, consider looking for hair growth supplements, hair products for growth or a stylish hair accessory (like the 90’s-style barrettes) to keep you from getting distracted.

Dos and Don’ts of Going Short

Do: Choose an appropriate haircut and style that goes with your texture and facial shape.

Don’t get the cut thinking that it doesn’t need any hairstyles.

Do: play with texture. It’s not necessary to be short. mean that it must be only one style at all time, says Papanikolas. Short hair is a great option to experiment with waves and different textures with products. “I am a sucker for dry sprays such as Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Spray ($5) that gives an airy texture and an easy feeling,” he says.

Don’t: Wash and leave. This method works well for hair with long lengths However, Papanikolas warns that this approach could look like an hairy animal’ on those who have short hairstyles.

Do Enjoy yourself! Papanikolas suggests that shorter hair is an excellent opportunity to experiment with bolder colors and play with color.
The Universally Flattering Style

If there’s an universally flattering haircut available it’s likely to have soft layers regardless of.

Pollock refers to a bob which can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of every face, including adding bangs, an added texture and length. Papanikolas recommends a shoulder length cut that is softly layered is suitable for all types of faces of all types. “It’s an example of a cut can’t make a mistake with,” he says.

Try the long-layered style or a long layered haircut, which Pollack suggests is a great option to add some spice to your hairstyle if you’re “ready to go for a massive chop.” Additionally, you can add angles in the front, which vary in length, can be adapted to any facial form.