When it comes to hairdressing, the one-size fits all model doesn’t apply. We truly understand the importance of factors like face shape and hair thickness when it comes to potential style changes, and that’s why we’ve put together this quick guide.
Square Face Shape
The central feature of the square face is a strong, defined jawline, giving the face a chiselled and angular appearance. Much like the oval counterparts, those with a rectangular face shape tend to suit a wide range of styles.
That said, a squarer face can benefit from softer treatment of the hair around the crown and jaw. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the key is to go with a style that’s in opposition to your face shape: rounder faces are better suited to blunt cuts while a square face is complemented by delicate layers and soft fringing, adding texture to the hair and softening the jawline. The no-nos for those with square faces? We would advise against a strong centre parting or blocky fringe.
Oval Face Shape
Many people consider an oval face the ideal face shape for women. Oval faces proportionally well balances and as such, suit pretty much any hairstyle, shape or length. These lucky people have the freedom to experiment with their haircut without risking a dud-do!
The only thing we wouldn’t recommend here is a full-length fringe. For those with an oval face, a full fringe can truncate the face, giving it a rounder appearance.
Round Face Shape
Those with round faces tend to have a softer jawline and equal proportions. In the absence of sharp angles or lines, it’s essential to go with a style that lengthens the face and gives the illusion of structure.
Creating soft layering just below the jawline and a square shape throughout can elongate a round face and add definition. If you want to opt for a mid to long length, a fuller blunt cut without layering will suit best, with the ideal part line down the middle or deep on one side.
We would recommend avoiding sharp fringes as they only accentuate the natural roundedness of the face shape. Likewise, too much length coming on to the face itself can produce a similar effect, softer edges to the hair will help counter this.
Oblong Face Shape
Slightly longer than the oval, those with oblong shaped faces tend to have elongated foreheads and chins. When considering a change of style, they will want to opt for a cut that adds width to the face and minimises vertical length. Layered styles in mid to long hair work well while using styling tools and volumising product to add body and texture is a great way to soften the straight, long lines of oblong face shapes.
What not to have? Hairstyles that add height at the crown or top of the head will have a lengthening effect on the face. Similarly, you’ll find that wispy, chin-length styles without valium at the sides should be avoided.