Much like picking out the right dress for your body type, knowing your face shape is essential when it comes to choosing the hairstyle that will suit you best. Asgar Saboo, celebrity crimper to the likes of Cindy Crawford and Eva Longoria, gives his tips on styling to suit your face shape.
An oval face has long been the known as the most desired shape in the beauty industry and it is probably the most versatile when choosing a haircut. This face shape is longer than it is wide, with not much jutting definition around the cheekbones and a slightly wider forehead than chin.
How to wear it: A centre parting on the crown of the head is a great look for ovals as it keeps the face symmetrical. Adding texture, using layers and waves, helps to prevent long hair giving too much length to the face. Big, beautiful hair is a winning combination and all you have to do is keep your locks looking super-glossy and shiny. Volume can be added by also using a good stronghold hairspray or salt spray to give extra texture.
The characteristics of a square visage are that the sides of the face will be straight and the face will be nearly as wide as it is long. The jaw line is defined, with only a minimal curve; therefore a square shape requires haircuts, styles and make-up that will help soften the strong angles.
How to wear it: Wavy ends are the perfect style for a square face especially from the ears down, which helps obscure any harshness in the jaw line. Use a large round brush to smooth hair, then spritz on a wave spray to fix into place.
A square face can also pull off a tousled look. Get it by running and shaking your fingers through the hair with a styling cream to emphasise layers and soften angles.
When it comes to haircuts for long face shapes, the aim is to balance out proportions. This is to soften the angles and make the face appear rounder and more oval.
A person with a long face shouldn’t go for hairstyles that are overly harsh.
How to wear it: Fringes are great at shortening face length, with soft curls and waves in longer hair also helping to lift facial features. Upping the volume of the hair at the sides will give the illusion of a shorter face shape. The grown-out fringe look is the most on-trend at the moment and the most flattering cut for a long face. Having long fringe sections cut to hang just below the cheeks will really balance out features and flicking them away from the face with straighteners to give a slight wave will soften the finished look even more.
Tip: Avoid adding volume at the crown of the head as the last thing you want to do for a long face is add extra height.
The characteristics of a round face are that it’s just about, or almost, the same in width as it is in length, with no major corners at the jaw. The perfect hairstyle for a round face should make your face appear longer and more oval-shaped, which is exactly what chest-length hair does.
How to wear it: Long layers, highlights, side fringes, partings and a bit of texture will help to break up the width of a round face. Even up-dos can make your face look longer. Keeping some face-framing strands will help to soften any up-do.
Tip: Avoid blunt fringes and one-length cuts as these styles will only accentuate the width of the face and make it look rounder. Keeping a little hair out in front of the ear on one side of the face and not tucking it back will make the face asymmetrical, which will also help break up the round shape.
The characteristics of a heart-shape face are that it is widest in the middle, where the cheeks are, along with a pointed chin. A heart-shape face could also be have a broad forehead that narrows at the bottom where the chin and jaw line are.
How to wear it: Choosing a style that will create volume around the bottom of the face will balance out the features. The cut should not be too long as this will drag the facial features down. Creating loose waves around the bottom of the face will help to create volume and not seem overly styled for an everyday look. Much like the long face shape, the heart-shape face needs to avoid adding height to the hair as this will give the appearance of a longer and narrower chin. A heart-shape face is one of the most desired shapes as cheek bones are more prominent, which should be emphasised.