Knowing your face shape is a MUST when finding the perfect hairstyle. Choosing a hairstyle that doesn’t complement your face can turn into a complete catastrophe!
Your hairstyle speaks volumes about you, pick one that will give you bragging rights! The different face shapes are oval, square, round, heart, and oblong. Before deciding your next look, consider determining your face shape as it will save you a chunk of time, money, and energy!
Not sure on how to do so? No worries, check out these simple steps on how to determine your face shape below:
1. Pull your hair back into a ponytail, braid it down into cornrows, or put on a wig cap (*be sure your hair is molded or braided down if you choose this option).
2. Look in the mirror and analyze your face based on the following chart.
3. Choose the best face type
1. Find a photo of yourself with your hair completely pulled back or off your face.
2. Look in the mirror and analyze your face based on the following chart.
3. Choose the best face type.
Congratulations, you have officially mastered the art of avoiding a hair catastrophe, and now that you know your face type choosing the perfect hairstyle will be a breeze.
Whether your face is squared, rounded, or oblong, there are a plethora of hairstyles for you to choose! let's get into them!
Heart Shaped FaceYour heart isn't the only thing with that shape, your face can be heart shaped too. Here are some characteristics of a heart shaped face:
- If your face is heart-shaped, it is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.
- Your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face
Bobs work extremely well with heart shaped faces! What I love about bobs is that there are so many bobs, the options are endless. Short, medium or long length bobs will look great on you. They will correctly shape your face and help focus attention on your most flattering facial features. From straight to curly, they are versatile, and women are wearing them in various styles.
Ponytails will look great on you and help to accentuate hidden features such as cheekbones, eyes, and the smile. If you’re glowing, this style will ensure that everyone sees! Whether you’re going for an edge or elegant look, there is a ponytail for everyone.
You can use our edge control to make your edges look flawless while rocking your ponytail.
When it comes to updos ponytails are not the only type of updo you can rock. There are so many types of updos and you can turn almost any style from braids to bobs into updos if your hair is long enough.
Updos are classy and perfect for work, every day, or events. This style can be achieved in a short amount of time and requires very little maintenance. It also shows off your facial features and gives you royal look. Whether braided, weaved, or natural, updos add jazziness to your look and are a great style to complement your face shape.
Round Shaped FaceIf your face is round shaped, it is circled and overall the same width and length. A round face shape will have these characteristics:
- Face is the same width and length, creating a circle.
- Forehead and jawline are about the same width.
- Face is widest at your cheekbones.
Here are some styles that go with a round shaped face:
Join the short hair don't care gang and rock pixie cuts if you have a round face.
Pixie Cuts will look stunning on you and give you just the right amount of edge. It will also provide your face more definition and add flavor to your overall appearance. Spice up this look by trying different colors, finger waves, or shaved sides!
Believe it or not bald hair works for round face shapes.
It takes a specific type of woman to rock a bald head, and you may be her! Some tend to run from shaving their heads completely off, but your face shape is perfect for this look.
The great thing about bald hair is that it requires little to no maintenance and is great if you’re transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
Add a little fun to this look with a pop of color or shaved designs. Also if you ever want to switch it up you can just wear a wig.
Ghana braids are cute, convenient, and a great protective hairstyle. They are low maintenance and perfect for traveling or vacationing. Spice them up with different patterns or by adding hair jewelry.
Oval Shaped Face
If your face is oval shaped, your forehead may be a bit larger than your chin and slightly longer than its width.
Tapered Curly Fro
Tapered Curly Fros will look beautiful on your face type if you have an oval shaped face. They are ideal for women who want to try something new, fun, and spunky.
If you desire to wear this style but are worried about cutting your natural hair, there are many alternatives to achieving it such as quick weaves, crochet, clip-ins or wigs.
Glam up this look by adding a dash of color or different curl patterns.
Bun with Chinese Bangs
A hair bun with Chinese bangs is such a cute and stylish hairstyle. This chic hairstyle will complement your face perfectly. It is low maintenance and will give you all the life you need! Whether you’re in the mood for something messy or sleek and clean, this style is versatile and can be easily adjusted to fit your needs.
Braids are great and box braids are go-to protective style and will help to show off the overall structure of your face. You can style them in various ways and wear them up to 3 months with proper care.
Box braids are a great protective style that also promote hair growth.
This style is great for vacations or if you just want to lessen your get ready time.
Oblong Face Shape
If it is Oblong, it is somewhat longer and slimmer than the oval shape.
Here are some styles that go with the Oblong face shape:
Long hair don't care? Join the club! Your face shape is perfect for styles that require longer lengths of hair. Whether you’re thinking about getting a sew-in, wearing a full lace wig or your natural hair, longer hair gives you more flexibility and allows you to switch up your look effortlessly.
Add even more dazzle by trying highlights, ombre, or beach curls.
You can even easily get long hair by wearing clip-ins. Clip-ins are very durable, easy to use and come in almost every color, texture and length.
Lemonade braids are cute, trendy, and one of the most popular styles out. We have seen everyone wear them from celebrities like Beyonce to influencers. They are unique, and a great protective style and will highlight your eyes, nose, and smile.
These braids are a variation of the Fulani tribe in West Africa's Fulani braid style. They were given the name Lemonade braids because they were made popular by Beyonce when she wore them for the visuals for her album called Lemonade.
Wear these for a while, but also feel free to be creative and switch things up. Add hair jewelry to this look for extra sass and culture!
Medium Length Hair/Weaves
Medium length hair or weaves is ideal for your face shape. It is not too long or short and will shape your face with ease. From bone straight, wavy, or kinky, there are many styles that you can wear. Add color to give your look more flare!
Square face Shape
Just like there are round shaped faces there are square shaped faces as well. If it is square, it may resemble a box-like structure with your jaw and chin being the same width.
If you have a square face shape, you have minimal curves to your face. Your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are approximately the same when it comes to width.
Some squares have faces that are as wide as they are long, while others are longer and more rectangular in shape. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that soften the jawline.
Here are some styles that go with the square face shape:
Big Curly Hair/Weaves
Big hair don't care? Who doesn't want to rock big hair at least once in their lifetime? Your face shape affords you the ability to rock big hair unapologetically! Whether you’re going for a natural afro or a funky wig, big hair comes in various forms and has no limits.
Big hair has been popular throughout history, from high Victorian wigs, the 60's beehives and the huge 70s fro look that people still rock up until now.
If you want a fun and carefree look, grab a pic and start fluffing because any big hairstyle will have you feeling yourself!
Goddess locs have become quite popular lately. This style is elegant and fabulous for special occasions, every day, or as a protective style. They are a more silky type of dreadlocks that are absolutely beautiful.
Achieve by using hair extensions of almost any color or length.
You can style them in a variety of ways. From pinned on the side like a princess to a high bun, there are many ways to style your faux locs. Like box braids, this style can be worn for 3+ months if properly maintained. Add hair jewelry to make this style pop!
The bowl haircut is not only for men but females can rock it too and look great while doing it!
This cut will look great on you and help to highlight facial features such as eyes and lips. Whether you get a haircut or customized wig made, this style is gorgeous and flattering to your face type.
Now that you have an idea of styles that best fit you, pick your favorite, book a stylist, and SLAYYY!
We have given you a guide to a variety hairstyles for each face shape but you don't have to feel limited to any one hairstyle. These hairstyles work best with each face type but of course, feel free to break the rules, especially since no two face shapes are exactly the same. Which look will you rock next? What is your face shape? Let us know in the comments!