A Haircut for Every Face Shape: Find the Style That's Meant for You

Your bone structure is as unique as you are. This guide will help you choose a style that compliments your features.


Round Shaped

If Your Face Is...

Short and wide, with full cheeks.

 

Best Style Bets
Slim your face with angled layers that start below the cheekbones. Choppy styles can help offset fullness, as can side-swept bangs. Try a side part, or add height at the crown to visually elongate your face.

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Styles to Avoid
Say no to heavy blunt bangs and super-short layers, which will make your face seem broader.

Products
For height, suds up with a body-building product such as Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Shampoo. When styling, apply a volumizing mousse, such as Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus, only at the top of the head. Tame super-curly hair with a straightening balm, like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

Oval Shaped

If Your Face Is...

About the same width at the forehead and chin

 

Best Style Bets
Lucky you! Your equal proportions work with many styles. Your only limitation? Hair texture. If your face is thin or elongated, build volume at the sides with long layers. And try brow-skimming bangs to balance face asymmetries or if your forehead is high.

 

Styles to Avoid
If your face isn’t symmetrical, steer clear of center parts, severe cuts, and long, one-length styles.

 

Products
Keep straight locks sleek and frizz-free with a smoothing cream like Total Results So Long Damage Iron Tamer. Add gloss to all styles with Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. A volumizer such as Kenra Root Lifting Spray boosts body.

Square Shaped

If Your Face Is...

Narrower at the forehead, wider at the jawline

 

Best Style Bets
A tousled style can help soften your strong jaw. Opt for styles that are chin-length or longer.

 

Styles to Avoid
Severe bobs, blunt short styles, and teased up-dos that rise straight from the temple can be unflattering to an angular face.

 

Products
Separate locks and create texture with Paul Mitchell Ultimate Wave. De-frizz and detangle curly hair with Redken Curvaceous Wind Up Reactivating Spray.

Heart Shaped

If Your Face Is...

Wider at the forehead, narrower at the chin

 

Best Style Bets
Visually widen the lower half of your face with a style that falls a few inches below your shoulders or has long layers starting at the jaw. One idea is to draw attention to your cheekbones with side-swept or wispy bangs.

 

Styles to Avoid
Blunt cuts and short crops with too much volume can make your face look out of balance.

 

Products
Moisturize without weighing hair down with Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo. A dab of Redken Water Wax defines ends. DESIGNLINE Root Boost at the crown creates body.

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