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The Most Flattering Hairstyles for Every Face

How to Find the Best Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

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Not every hairstyle is flattering for every face. So, if you’re ready for a major hair makeover but can’t figure out what style will suit your face best, don’t you dare head to the salon for a new 'do before determining the shape of your face.
 
This quick guide will help you determine the shape of your face and the styles that will help you look your best.
 

Figure Out Your Face Shape

  1. Grab a flexible measuring tape, a piece of paper and a pen (so you can take notes).
     
  2. Measure the width of your forehead at its widest point.
     
  3. Measure across your cheekbones to their widest point.
     
  4. Measure across your jawline to its widest point.
     
  5. Measure the width of your face by placing your tape directly underneath your eyes, measuring ear to ear. Make sure you stop measuring where your ears meet each side of your head.
     
  6. Measure the length of your face by placing the tape at the top of your forehead, beneath your hairline, and measuring to the bottom of your chin.

Your Face is Heart-Shaped If...
Your face is wider at the forehead and narrower at the jawline. Your chin may appear sharp or dramatically pointed.

Best Hairstyles for Heart-Shaped Faces
The hairstyles that are best for your sweet face should have onlookers focusing on your eyes and cheekbones, not your chin. Go sexy with side-swept bangs, fringe or choppiness along your brow line. Be bold with a strong middle or side part. Styles that fall at your jawline are also perfect for you. Pixie cuts and other shorter styles are ideal for heart-shaped faces, too. Soft, long layers that tickle your cheekbones are best if you’re looking to go long.

Styles Heart-Shaped Faces Should Avoid
Whether you opt for a long or short style, always avoid a lot of harsh layers and super short, blunt bangs.

Your Face is Square-Shaped If...
Your face is strong, sharp and angular. Your jaw, cheekbones and forehead are also equal in width.
 
Best Hairstyles for Square-Shaped Faces
Soften your angular jaw by going for hairstyles with feminine texture (think curls, waves or fringed ends). Because your face is proportioned perfectly, you can go for those shorter, boyish cuts if you’d like, or even more girly, long bobs with bangs that sweep across your forehead.

Styles Square-Shaped Faces Should Avoid
Wider, blunt bangs and blunt bobs are not your face’s best friends. Styles like these will make your angular facial features appear even sharper, creating a cold, unapproachable look. Continued ›

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