How to Choose a Hairstyle that Flatters Your Face

Sep 26, 2019Haircut and Colour

Just because you see and love a certain haircut on your favourite celebrity, it does not necessarily mean it will be a good fit for you. The key to a flattering hairstyle is finding one that creates the illusion that you have an oval face. At Wieselmann Salon, we have been crowned Melbourne’s best hairdresser for a reason – we know how to create the perfect hairstyle that will highlight your best features and leave you feeling stylish, confident and happy. There are cuts that can make a round face appear longer, widen a long face and soften a square jaw – so which haircut is right for you? Let’s have a look at our guide to choosing the best hairstyle to flatter your face.

Hairstyles for Round Faces

Round faces appear vibrant and healthy however many women with round faces want to make their face appear longer, leaner and less round. The primary focus when styling your hair should be to add length to your face.

  • High updos are great ways to add height at the top of your head
  • Long layered hair draws the eye downwards and makes your round face look longer
  • Go for loose waves, as tight curls will only add to the width and roundness of your face
  • Avoid ponytails that pull all your hair back and away from your face, this will accentuate its roundness
  • If going short, choose a pixie style with plenty of volume or a long bob

Avoid: harsh angular styles, tight curls, and thick straight cut bangs – these all shorten the appearance of the face.

Hairstyles for Square Faces

With a strong, angular jawline, women with square faces age very well and take the best photographs. When styling, pay particular attention to the volume at the roots as this will help to correct proportions and make your face look longer.

  • Go for off-centered or side parts
  • Narrow and elongate your face with straight shoulder-length or longer tresses along the cheeks – these will strategically cover the jaw corners
  • Choose soft feminine hairstyles, framing your face with waves and curls. Beach waves, tousled locks or shiny bouncy curls will give the illusion of an oval face
  • Updos with some volume on top will lengthen your face, but do not sleek all hair back
  • Avoid excessive volume along the sides at the level of cheekbones and jaw, as it will broaden your face
  • Wispy layers, sweeping side fringes, and volume at the crown of the head along with texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, does a brilliant job at playing down a strong angular jaw

Avoid: thick, blunt, straight bangs and hairstyles, mimicking the shape of your face, they make the bottom of your face appear even heavier than it is. 

Hairstyles to Suit Long Faces

The longer your hair is, the longer it will make your face look so it’s best to go with shorter styles or those that have plenty of volume. Bangs are also a great option. Ask for side-swept bangs to shorten the face, and a shoulder-length haircut, somewhere between the chin and shoulders, as this will be most flattering.

For long faces go for:

  • Angled cuts
  • Graduated layers
  • Loose voluminous waves or curls will help to create an illusion of width
  • Bobs that end just below your chin
  • Volume at the crown
  • Bangs – will cover the line of the hair growth making your face appears shorter. Blunt cut straight or side swept bangs work well.
  • Colour can also play into your hands. Highlights enhance width and create dimension for your side tresses.

Avoid: Excessive volume on top, long straight tresses along your face, especially without bangs, high ponytails or other high updos and layer-free long styles. If you do not like the idea of full-on layers, layer only the tresses that frame your face.

If You Have an Oval Face

Lucky you! Oval faces tend to suit most styles so you can follow whatever hair trend you like. To help you narrow down your options, concentrate on styles that fit your hair texture, personality, and lifestyle. Long layers allow for movement and adding volume with waves to the sides can round out an oval face by adding width. If your oval face is on the longer side, don’t add height on top of the head so avoid big buns, teased updos, and spiky short cuts.

What About Heart Shaped Faces?

With beautiful bone structure that is neither too hard or too soft, many hairstyles naturally look very romantic with this shape. Try to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones with bangs or volume in the form of face-framing layers along the sides.

Things to consider when choosing a hairstyle for a heart shaped face:

  • Take the attention off your forehead as that makes your face look broad
  • Accentuate your cheekbones
  • Pick a hairstyle that makes the lower half of your face seem fuller
  • Bangs are the best way to draw attention away from your forehead. Whether it’s side bangs, swept bangs or just your basic front and centre bangs, this is the best go-to hairstyle for heart-shaped faces.


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