Hair Cuts and Hairstyles for Face Shapes

Hair cuts & styles to complement your face shape from Haringtons

What shape is your face? Do you know?

Taking a look in the mirror and noting the shape of your face could be the key in discovering the perfect hair cut and hairstyle for you as an individual.  Whether you have a long, oval, round, square, or heart/triangular shaped face there is a hair cut and hairstyle out there that will really suit you and your face shape, bringing out all of your best facial features.

To find out your face shape you’ll need to scrape your hair back (using a headband can help) take an old lipstick or eyeliner and trace the shape and outline of your face onto the mirror in front of you (it will come off with some glass cleaner, promise!) Observe your own face shape outline in the mirror, have a look at our cartoon examples below and take inspiration from celebrities with various face shapes to discover which face shape you are.  Then allow Haringtons to help you discover the best hair cut and hair style for your face shape;

The Best Hairstyles for Long Face Shapes

Long-L_A4A prominent chin and large forehead are usually two key traits for those with a long face shape.  This face shape is longer than it appears wider and so requires a little balance to make the face seem more in proportion.

The best hair cuts and hairstyles for long face shapes are shoulder length hair cuts along with short hairstyles.  Taking the length out of the hair makes the face appear shorter.  If you are a lover of long hair and you have a long face shape, don’t despair!  When it comes to the best haircuts for long faces and long hair, use a blunt thick fringe to break the length of the face up.  Kate Beckinsale’s fringe is a good example of how to break up a long face shape.

When styling your long hair, the best hairstyles for long hair and long face shapes, take note from Sarah Jessica Parker and add width with an upstyle at the mid section of the crown or to one side.  The width of this style will help balance out a long face shape.   If you have a long face shape, it’s advisable to avoid a centre parting hairstyle as the eye is drawn down the longest part of the face, again making your face appear longer in length.

Hairstyles to Flatter Round Face Shapes


Rounder, fuller face shapes with full cheeks have the added advantage that they usually appear youthful!  If you have a round, full face shape, chances are that you really don’t look your age! (Lucky you!).  So it’s worth bearing in mind that if you do want to look older, then a more sophisticated hairstyle could help add the years onto a round face.

When talking about the perfect hair cut and hairstyle for round face shapes, it’s all about slimming the face and trying to reduce the appearance of the rounder, fuller face.  Commons features of a round face shape include rounded and softer edged foreheads and chins with lovely wide, full cheeks.

The best hair cut and hairstyles for round, full face shapes are those that add height.  High upstyles are a great way to trick the eye into adding height to a hairstyle.  Adele works this look brilliantly with her trademark high beehive style.  When thinking about the best haircut for a full face you need to add soft layers on top to add texture and width around the cheekbones.  If you’re opting to cut your hair short and you have a round face, consider a graduated bob that begins at the nape and rests to a point under the chin like Kelly Clarkson.  This will really create the illusion of length and a side swept long fringe can also be very flattering to a round face shape.

Hair Cuts and Styles for Oval Shaped Faces


Those with an oval face shape need to thank their parents for passing on the DNA to crate what’s regarded as the perfect face shape!

Common features of an oval face shape include chins and forehead areas that are even in proportion with the jawline narrower than the temple area.  The best hair cuts and hairstyles for an oval shaped face could be one of many!  Having the perfect face shape means that style possibilities are almost endless and you really are able to experiment with a variety of haircuts and hairstyles that will flatter and suit your features.  

The one rule with creating the best hairstyles and haircuts for an oval face shape is to avoid styles that bring the hair too much onto the face and covers up your perfect face shape.  Thick cut fringes and any cut or hairstyle that brings the hair forward will add weight to your face.

Hairstyles and Hair Cuts to Complement Heart Shaped Faces


A heart shaped face is often called this due to the widow’s peak of the person’s hairline onto the forehead, creating a prominent heart shape.  However, a heart shaped face doesn’t necessarily have to feature the widow’s peak hairline to be classed as heart shaped.  This face shape is also classed sometimes as a triangular shaped face (also known as an inverted triangle shaped face) because the forehead or temple is much wider than the chin and jawline which tends to look like it comes to a point.

Christina Ricci is a great example of someone with an inverted triangular face shape whilst Marilyn Monroe and Kourtney Kardashian are proud wearers of a widow’s peak.

The best hair cut and hair style for those with a heart face shape is a short bob, which looks fantastic with curly or wavy hair just under the cheekbones to create width at the narrow jawline.  Fringes are a great way to balance out a heart or triangular face shape, especially if you have a widow’s peak and you’re not one who wants to showcase it.  With heart face shapes, avoid hairstyles with added height or any hairstyle that is too slicked back as you should try concentrating volume around your jawline to balance out your features.

Hair Cuts and Styles to Soften Square Face Shapes


Square face shapes are very strong, angular face shapes.  They project an appearance of strength and power. Some of the most famous and memorable people in history have this type of face shape.  It is also said that women with square face shapes age well and also look great in photographs.  So, if this is your face shape – lucky you!

If you want to stick with the projected appearance of strength and power, like Demi Moore who wears her hair very long and straight, emphasizing her square strong jaw then length or an upstyle is the key.

However, most people want to make the best out of their face shapes and hair cuts so the best hair cut and hairstyle for a square face shape is any that adds softness to the style.  Fringes that are low to the eyebrows and cut with longer length at the sides really help to balance out a square face shape.  Hairstyles with waves and curls, particularly around the jaw help to detract from this angular face shape.