Everyone’s experienced a bad haircut, and it’s an emotional roller coaster you probably wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Whether its uneven fringe, choppy layers or a ‘do that’s so much shorter than you asked for, bad haircuts are the stuff of salon nightmares. Classes at cosmetology schools teach students the importance of choosing a hairstyle that complements your face shape.
By enrolling in cosmetology classes, you’ll definitely learn more about hair styling methods and great haircuts, but in the meantime, take a look at these ideas for finding the right haircut for your face shape:
For round faces
If you have a round face, like Kirsten Dunst or Ginnifer Goodwin, you’ll want to find a haircut that gives your face the illusion of length. If you’re going short, try a tousled pixie-cut to add some height. For gals who like medium-length hair, a-line cut that brushes the shoulders looks really great to create. And if you’re looking to just trim up your long hair, consider going for layers that add volume to your hair, making your face appear a bit thinner. Try to avoid haircuts that lay close to your face, like a sleek, chin-length bob (if you want a bob, go for relaxed and tousled!).
For square faces
Square-faced gals tend to have a more prominent jaw-line, like Rihanna and Olivia Wilde, so if you have a face that’s more of a square shape, it makes sense to go for a softer haircut that plays up your cheekbones. A layered bob looks nice, or for a medium-length hairstyle, try a shaggy shoulder-length ‘do. If you’re a long-haired girl, try getting a cut that will make it easy for you to add texture, like soft waves around your face. And sweeping, cheek-bone length bangs will look great on any length. For square-shaped faces, try to avoid pin straight hair and straight-across bangs to keep your look softer.
For heart-shaped faces
Reese Witherspoon has the perfect example of a heart-shaped face – it’s wide on the forehead, and tapers to a point at the chin. Bobs with a bit of a curl at the bottom look amazing on ladies with heart-shaped faces because they add a little weight near the chin. Also great on heart-shaped faces are bangs and deep side parts, so if you have a medium or long cut, experiment with a straight across fringe, and make sure to get some layers to add weight around your jaw line. Be careful of any style that adds too much weight to the top of your face, like really blunt bangs and some pixie cut styles.
For oval faces
Oval faces, like Kerry Washington’s and Beyonce’s, are the most common face shape and the most versatile for haircuts. Girls with oval face shapes can play around with edgy cuts, like an asymmetrical bob for short-haired women or blunt bangs on any length. Long hair with a middle part looks good straight or wavy, and a soft, tousled shoulder-length haircut complements oval-shaped faces nicely. Girls with oval faces may want to avoid anything that adds height to the top of the head, like a spiky pixie cut.