One of the most important factors of hairstyle suitability is face shape analysis.
Why is this so important? Simply put, if the wrong hairstyle is created for the wrong face shape, the result is a disaster. In fact, even if a well executed, well cut hairstyle is performed on the wrong face shape, the result is still a disaster. Why again you ask? Because hairstyles are predominately about shape and geometry. It's all about putting the perfect frame around a person's face to balance and bring perspective to the overall shape.
The shape must minimize non pleasing attributes while promoting and complimenting positive ones. Once this important objective is achieved, then bringing the hairstyle to life with texture and colors should follow. This is all usually done by hairstylists. A good hairstylist will just know instinctively what shape will or won't suit you. It is also very important and handy for you to understand face shape suitability as well as it will help you to understand what does and does not work for you and why. It will also help you to communicate better with your stylist and to keep them somewhat honest.
There is a general rule that applies to face shape balancing and it is that you should try to achieve an oval shape, which is the most perfect and pleasing shape to the human eye. To do this, long faces need shortening, just as wide faces need lengthening. Itís quite simple really!!
Find the best match from the following descriptions.
It's important to remember that even though your face may not be an exact match of any single shape,
it will resemble one shape over all.
Oval Face Shape:
Curvilinear shape. Length is equal to one and a half times width,
with forehead and jaw the same width.
Round Face Shape:
Circular shaped. Length is approximately equal to width
Oblong Face Shape:
Face is longer than it is wide with a long straight cheek line.
Square Face Shape:
Strong and broad forehead with angular jaw.
Heart Face Shape:
Wide at the forehead and cheekbones, narrow at the jawline.
Diamond Face Shape:
Forehead and jawline are narrow with wide and high cheekbones
Triangular Face Shape:
Forehead and cheekbones are narrow with a wide jawline
If you find that you have an oval face shape, then youíre in luck!
Having an oval face shape means that you can wear your hair in almost any style.
Hairstyles To Try: Any shape and style can be worn, whether itís short, long, layered or bobbed.
The only thing to consider with an oval face shape is what part of your face you want to accentuate.
This is where you can get creative with bangs or how you style your hair everyday
Hairstyles To Avoid: The main thing to consider is to not choose hairstyles that hang in your face, eyes, or that just cover over your beautiful face shape.
With a square face shape, your main aim should be to soften your strong jawline.
Hairstyles To Try: Wispy forward falling hair onto your face will soften your jaw line,
while wearing bangs swept over to one side will create diagonal movement to minimize square shapes.
Short to medium length hair will also suit you,
especially if the style is rounded in shape or has wispy ends.
Styles with height at the crown will work in your favor also.
Hairstyles To Avoid: Avoid blunt bobs, especially sitting at chin length with straight heavy bangs as this will accentuate your jaw line and squareness.
Middle parts with solid bangs can also work against you
Heart face shapes need to add some length to their shape and to create width around narrow chins.
Hairstyles To Try: Any textured chin-length hairstyles will suit best.
If bangs are wanted make sure that they are side swept not straight across as blunt ones will only make your face shape shorter and wider.
Shoulder length cuts with wispy layers that kick out will also work very well.
Height on top will work but only if they belong to shoulder length or longer hairstyles.
Hairstyles To Avoid: Short, full hairstyles like slicked back looks that emphasize your upper face,
and short styles with heavy straight across bangs that create an upside down triangular shape.
FOR TRIANGULAR:With a triangular face shape the object is to narrow your chin and widen your forehead.
Hairstyles To Try: Layered hairstyles will help balance and soften your prominent jaw line.
Styles with layers that taper at the jaw line can also be flattering.
Hairstyles To Avoid: Shorter is generally better than longer.
Avoid any hairstyle which will draw too much attention to your chin area such as straight solid bob cuts.
Diamond face shapes need to balance a narrow chin, minimize wider cheek bones and shorten the overall length.
Hairstyles To Try: Hairstyles that add width at the chin area such as chin length bob cuts or shoulder length wispy kicked out looks.
Styles that tuck in behind the ears also work well to show off a wonderful cheek bone structure.
Hairstyles with straight across bangs will also work to shorten long faces, as will side parts.
Hairstyles To Avoid: Try and avoid short hairstyles with height on top, particularly ones without bangs.
Avoid styles that leave no hair on the neck area or the chin area.
Middle parts will add length so they should also be avoided
The object is to add length and avoid width.
Hairstyles To Try: Hairstyles with height and fullness at the crown will give the illusion of a narrower face shape, particularly those short in length. Longer hairstyles or ones that are kept close to the cheeks with no width will look better. Middle parts are great for creating the illusion of narrow length. No bangs are the ideal as the focus point becomes the bridge of the nose, creating a more oval shape. If bangs are used they should be swept across, or in the case of solid bangs, only where there is substantial height on the top. Short hairstyles are great and do not suffocate small round faces.
Hairstyles To Avoid: Hairstyles that add volume through the sides such as chin length bob cuts, straight or kicking out in design. Side parts and heavy straight across bangs create a wider shorter shape and therefore should be avoided at all costs on hairstyles without any height.
The object is to add width to minimize vertical length.
Hairstyles To Try: Styles that are short to medium in length with longer top layers without height are best suited such as wedge and graduated bob cuts.
Chin and shoulder length looks that turn under or kick out also work very well to add width.
Straight across bangs with side parts work best.
Layered styles in medium and long lengths that add body in with wavy and curly textures are great for softening the straight long lines of oblong face shapes.
Hairstyles To Avoid: Hairstyles that add height at the crown or on top will only lengthen your face,
as will middle parts and the absence of bangs.
Wispy chin length styles that have no body or that don't add width through the sides should also be avoided.
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