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Have you ever found the perfect hair inspo on Pinterest, showed it to your hairstylist, and after all that money and time spent, you’re still not satisfied with your look? It could be that the hairstylist you’ve chosen is inexperienced, but the more probable reason for your unhappiness is that you’ve picked out a beautiful style that just doesn’t suit your face. Face shape is often brought up in the makeup sphere but it is also an important factor to consider when choosing hairstyles and cuts. It goes without saying that people of all face shapes and sizes are free to sport any style they like. However, for those who are searching for an easy look that complements their face, we got your back. Here are some ideas on how to opt for the best style for your face shape.

Figure Out Your Face Shape

Entrepreneur studying face shape in mirror
Entrepreneur studying face shape in mirror

Before you can select the most attractive haircut for your face shape, you must first determine what shape your face is. To do so, snap a selfie with your hair pulled back. The side profile isn’t of help here so be careful to face the camera. Then, by using a pencil in an editing app, sketch around the exterior of your face to see which shape it most closely corresponds to. Alternative methods include measuring your face, paying particular attention to the widths of your brows, cheekbones, and jawline, and the length of your face from forehead to chin. This will help you determine the proportions of your face.

After doing so, you should be able to figure out your face shape. For example, if the length and width of your face are the same, your face is most likely either square or round. Alternatively, if your forehead is much wider than your jawline, you’re most likely what the beauty industry calls a triangle. Also, know that not all the faces fit perfectly in only one category. Your face might sit somewhere between two shapes. If this is the case, you’ll be happy knowing that you’ll be able to sport hairstyles that fit both types of faces.

Flattering Hairstyles for Oval Faces

Entrepreneur with oval face shape wearing bob hairstyle
Entrepreneur with oval face shape wearing bob hairstyle

Oval faces suit most hairstyles, so if you’re an oval gal, you can relax and focus on which styles will suit your lifestyle and fashion sense. However, remember to avoid making your face seem longer. If you want to wear a shorter cut, a blunt bob would look great. Alternatively, go for a layered shoulder-length cut that will give you volume, which is great if you struggle with flat-looking hair. Oval faces also look great with a sleek high-fashion ponytail. If you’d love to try out this look, but you’re in your short bob phase, get some hair extensions for ponytail hairstyles! Extensions worn this way can look beautifully natural. If you’d like to frame your face, try side-swept bangs, which look excellent on oval features.

Perfectly Styling Heart-Shaped Faces

Entrepreneur with hear-shaped face wearing long layered hairstyle
Entrepreneur with hear-shaped face wearing long layered hairstyle

When it comes to bone structure, lovely heart-shaped features are perfectly balanced. Those who are heart-shaped will have broader foreheads and narrower jaws. Long, face-framing layers may help those with heart-shaped features compensate for a larger forehead by creating a more angular look. If you’d like to further distract from your forehead, curl your hair outwards, away from your face. It will make your style look incredibly romantic and soft. If you’d love something shorter, pixie cuts are always trendy and will definitely suit your features.

Choose a Cut for a Square-Shaped Face

Entrepreneur with square-shaped face wearing bangs
Entrepreneur with square-shaped face wearing bangs

With a square-shaped face, you have a large forehead, wide cheekbones, and a strong jawline that contrasts with the rest of your features. A haircut that softens the contours of your square face is vital if you want to achieve an overall gentler look. Side-parted hairstyles can help balance out your bone structure and give an illusion of more elongated features. In addition to being trendy, long layers will soften the harsh angles of your face. Short, layered bobs are an excellent choice if you prefer a shorter look. If you’d like to accentuate your gorgeous cheekbones, style your hair with side-swept bangs, which will also pull attention away from your jawline. Here’s a great tip for you – if you’d like to cut your bangs, try clip-in bangs first before fully committing to the hairstyle.

How to Flatter a Round Face

Round-faced entrepreneur wearing short fringed hair
Round-faced entrepreneur wearing short fringed hair

The length and breadth of a round face are almost the same, and the large, rounded cheeks are a common trait. When it comes to round-face haircuts, those that add definition and structure are the most attractive. Long, layered cuts and jagged, pixie cuts are the most flattering for you. If you’re going for a layered look, go for lengthy, shaggy layers that begin at the jawline. To make your face seem longer, consider wearing a short side fringe that ends just over your eyes. You should avoid bobs and single-length cuts, as well as short layers and thick curls, which may make your face seem rounder.

Hairstyles for a Triangle Face Shape

Entrepreneur with triangle-shaped face wearing layered hair
Entrepreneur with triangle-shaped face wearing layered hair

The square or flat chin of a triangle face shape contrasts sharply with a broad, powerful jawline. Because of this, women with a triangle face must choose a haircut that balances out the jaw and reduces the bottom-heavy aspect of the face. It’s possible to do this by going for a layered cut that will soften your features. If you want to avoid drawing attention to your jawline, make sure to have your hairstylist cut layers to where your eyes, cheekbones, or collarbone are. Cuts that highlight your jawline, like a straight bob, should be avoided. Choppy, pixie cuts are a great alternative if you want to keep your hair short. While broad and lengthy side bangs should be avoided, short side-swept or light and wispy bangs will look amazing on you.

The shape of your face is a very important factor when choosing a hairstyle. Make sure to carefully examine your face and identify your features so you can make the best styling option for yourself.

Did our hairstyle tips work for you? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.