Your face shape is very important when it comes to finding the right hairstyle for you.
Picking the best hairstyle for your face shape when making a trip to your hair salon for a new look can sometimes be rather tricky. You flick through pages of a hair magazine or search the internet for ideas while all the time a little voice inside your head is saying Things like “will a fringe suite me or make my face look fat” then “oh I think that hair style will look better on my face shape”.
You have a consultation with your stylist whilst looking in the mirror but the tendency will be that you will see yourself as you want to see yourself whilst your hairdresser may in fact view your face shape and features quite differently. Remember that facial features such as your eyes, nose, jaw etc. will also come into play.
We all wish that we had been given the perfect face shape and features to go with it but unfortunately most of us haven’t. Look at it this way if everyone did have that perfect shape we would all look virtually the same which would be pretty boring if you ask me. Having a not to perfect face shape or facial features is in fact what gives each and every one of us our own interesting and distinctive look.
This is the first section of a two part blog. So now let’s take a look at a couple the seven basic face shapes and what is considered to be flattering looks for each of them.
Get To Know Your Own Face Shape.
The first thing you have to do is to determine your own face shape to do this pull your hair tightly back and hold it in a ponytail now look closely at your face in the mirror. Try partly closing your eyes so that you squint as in this way you will tend not to see so much detail only shape. Then ask yourself a few simple questions.
- Does the length of my face look longer than it is wide, Or equal in length and width?
- The width of my face is average, narrow or wide?
- The widest part of my face is the cheekbones, the forehead or the jawline?
- Is my chin pointed, rounded or square?
Upon looking closely in the mirror you may notice that your face shape is not symmetrical but in fact slightly asymmetrical and that some of your facial features may be a bit lower on one side of your face than the other. Wait there is no need to scream and panic as this tends to be the case in the majority of the human race.
A Hairstylists Skill.
Now the art of your hairstylist is to create a style for you that gives the illusion to others that you have the so called perfect face shape. With a great haircut or a combination of haircut and color or a haircut and curl your hairstylist can highlight your bone structure and your best features and camouflage any weaknesses. Although there are some people who do like to choose a hairstyle that will in fact emphasis a particular strong feature as this can then give them a strong unforgettable image.
Oval and Heart Face Shapes.
The Oval Face Shape.
Think Kate Moss. Rita Ora. Jourdan Dunn.
The essence of the feminine perfection as this face has slim proportions where the length is equal to about one and a half times the width whilst the forehead and jaw are almost the same width. The cheekbones are well balanced and prominent.
This is considered to be the perfect face shape as so many styles can be worn and yet still be flattering.
If this is your face shape you are lucky as you will look good in many styles such as a short pixie cut, any mid length look or long layered hair styles. Your fringe can be full or side swept and cut with either soft or hard feel. Brush the hair up and away from the ears when placing the hair in a ponytail as this will really enhance your cheek bones.
Tend to stay away from one length long hair and half up half down looks as these will tend to make your face look long.
The Heart Face Shape.
Think Victoria Beckham. Cheryl Cole. Sophie Dahl.
This face shape is very similar to the oval shape except for the aspect that the top half of the face is wider in other words the forehead and cheekbones are wider than the jawline.
If this is your face shape the most flattering hairstyles will sit below the chin. Tend to stay away from rigid looks as softer styles containing some layering or waves will help to disguise the wide to narrow face proportions. Try putting lighter slices of color or hi lights around the ear or jawline area as this will soften the lower part of the face whilst at the same time create an illusion that the face is oval.
Stay away from a classic hard bob shape especially if short at the sides as the hard lines will have a tendency to give your face a pointed chin look.