That is why, before going under the barber’s scissors, it is worth knowing which styles best suit the shape of your face. After all, an extra inch here or a smattering of facial hair can make all the difference.
What face shape am I?
But how can you actually determine the shape of your face? Is simple. First, arm yourself with a flexible tape measure. Then, take the following steps, recording them as you go.
- Front: Measure across the face from the peak of an eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch.
- cheekbones: Measure across the cheekbones, starting and ending in the sharpest part below the outer corner of each eye.
- jaw: Measure from the tip of the chin below the ear where the jaw tilts upward. Multiply that number by two to get the jaw measurement.
- Face length: Measure from the center of the hairline to the tip of the chin.
- Oval: The length of the face is greater than the width of the cheekbones and the forehead is greater than the jaw. The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than acute.
- Rectangle: The length of the face is the largest measure. Forehead, cheekbones and jaw have similar dimensions.
- Triangular: The jaw measures larger than the cheekbones, which measure larger than the forehead.
- Round: The cheekbones and the length of the face have a similar measurement. They are larger than the forehead and jaw, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft and much less defined.
- Heart: The forehead is larger than the cheekbones and jaw. The chin is pointed.
- Square: All measurements are quite similar. The angle of the jaw is acute rather than rounded.
- Diamond: The length of the face is larger. So in descending order: cheekbones, forehead and the smallest is jaw. The chin is pointed.
How to choose the right hairstyle for the shape of your face
Seen as the genetic jackpot for women, an oval may not be the best alpha of face shapes for men, but it is a good canvas for experimentation. Symmetrical and well proportioned, an oval face shape does practically every hairstyle justice, therefore, lucky boy, the choice is very yours.
With that said, there are a couple of minor caveats to make sure you optimize your ovality. “The trick with an oval face shape is to wear hair from the forehead to create some volume and angles on top,” she says. Aveda master barber Stelios Nicolaou. “The most suitable style is a classic short back and hips and slightly longer at the top, with a lateral separation. ”
Considered the masculine ideal, a square face shape is characterized by a very sharp jaw, uniform proportions and an overall chiseled appearance. Grrr.
Like the oval, it is an excellent base for most styles and is versatile enough to work with both extremely short and longer hairstyles – from humming cuts for French crops for quiffs. Just remember that the more you run, the more it feels like you’ve just been drafted. Not that you don’t need it well.
“Classic and clean haircuts complete a square shape best – he thinks close fades, lateral dividers and short layers, “says Stevens. Some light stubble also gives the sharpness of the jaw a light, pleasing texture without obscuring its line.
The longest of the face shapes, a rectangular face falls somewhere between an oval and a square, but requires a slight modification hairstyle to ensure that your face doesn’t appear even longer than it is.
“Since a rectangular face seems longer, it is important to avoid taking sides that are too short if you keep the length at the top, as this would only accentuate the length of the face,” explains Nicolaou. “Try a well-proportioned style that doesn’t keep the sides too short or leave too much length at the top.”
Following that advice, try a style that lets your hair fall to the sides and / or forehead to add width and make sure your face doesn’t look tighter than it is.
Finally, never match a Duck dynasty beard, says Robinson. “A full beard only lengthens the face, so instead try facial hairs that vary in length from beard to short beard to fill any gaps.”
Circular with a rounded chin and no obvious lines or angles, a round face shape benefits from a hairstyle that gives it a certain definition.
“If you have a round face shape, think of the square,” says Stevens. “Since round faces have little in the way of natural angles, you have to create the illusion of structure with your hair. A style with height on the top that is tight on the sides like a pompadour or flat top works well for adding texture, as well as front fringes. ”
“The square corners in the high recession area of the hair will soften the edges,” adds Robinson. “A completely square beard will also help dilute the chin area, giving the appearance of a more chiseled jaw.”
Tight in the chin and forehead, with width in the cheeks, diamond is one of the rarest face shapes. For this reason, it has some specialized requirements to ensure it appears homonymous.
“Hairstyles that add width to the forehead and chin are the best solution,” says Stevens. “fringed work well to add texture to the forehead, while longer styles that can be hidden behind the ears are great for accentuating the bone structure of a diamond shape. ”
However, don’t take the sides too short, given the width of the cheekbones, a particularly short hairstyle on the sides will make your ears look bigger.
The softer lines and layers are better for this face shape, working to soften its natural corners. Try a side or deep sweep side-separationand consider growing a shadow at 5 if you want to add a dimension to a narrower chin.
Wide at the temples and at the hairline, gradually shrinking to a point on the chin, the (rather rare) shape of the heart-shaped face benefits from some optical illusions to make it appear better proportioned.
“Avoid very tight cuts, as they will accentuate the narrowness of the chin and the width of the forehead,” says Stevens. “A medium length the swept gaze is the safest bet. “Of medium length and long hairstyles which are kept reasonably thin and the light softens the strong forehead of the heart shape.
Facial hair is also critical in this case, adding some needed mass to a tight chin and jaw, says Robinson. “As with the diamond face shape, a beard helps a heart shape to achieve fullness in the lower and narrower half of the head.”
Due to its narrow forehead and wide jaw, a triangular face requires the opposite treatment in the shape of a heart.
“A style with volume is king with this,” says Stevens. “Opt for longer, nose-length haircuts with fuller sides, which work to add depth.”