Yes, we have all been there – looking for the perfect hairstyle that suits our face and our needs. But if you’ve ever had a bad hair day, then it can be a bit of a challenge to fix it especially when you are in a hurry.

Having a well-groomed and amazing hairstyle can boost your confidence and believe me it can also change your mood for the day.

Truth is, it can take a while to create the perfect hairstyle that will make you happy and contented. You try a lot of different looks, experiment with what are the best hair products and even different heating tools – it’s a hit-and-miss situation. Turns out, the secret to having your “perfect hairstyle” or “perfect haircut” falls into knowing a little more information about the shape of your face and the texture of your hair.

How do you know the shape of your face?

According to hair experts, determining the face of your shape is important to know which hairstyles suit you best. Here are the six main face shapes and check out which of these face shapes you have:

Square shape

The length to width ratio is nearly one-to-one with equal lengths horizontally and vertically. It has a strong jawline and a minimal curve at the chin. The square-shaped face needs height on top and narrowness at the sides.

Texture and soft bangs help in balancing the square face shape. Longer lengths look great on this shape and should avoid straight lines.

Round shape

The length and width ratio is equal. It has soft and rounded features that flatter the cheekbones and cheeks stand out as the widest part of the face. It is similar to a square face shape but with softer angles.

These face shapes look great with longer hair lengths that lengthen the face. Long layers are the most flattering for this shape and side-swept bangs can add length to it.

Oval shape

Oval face shape has more length than width. The forehead is the widest part of the face and is considered one of the most desirable and ideal face shapes because the proportions are balanced and the jaws and cheekbones are slightly rounded.

The oval-shaped face shape looks good with almost any hairstyle. Any length or haircut just looks perfect.

Oblong or rectangle shape

The width of the cheeks, forehead, and jawline are almost the same and the distance from the forehead to the chin is a bit longer than the distance from ear to ear. Longer hair pulls the face down which makes it longer.

Keep your hairstyle shorter. Add shorter layers or curls, and body which can make the face appear wider.

Heart shape

People with heart-shaped faces have a wide forehead and narrower chin. Adding side-swept bangs helps in disguising the width of the forehead. Keeping the style full around the jawline helps add weight to the narrower chin.

Diamond shape

Diamond face-shaped people usually have high cheekbones, pointy chin, and a narrower forehead. Hairstyles that work best for this shape have narrower sides and fullness at the chin. Bobs are usually the best haircut that can show off their high cheekbones.

What are the different hair textures and types?

Hair texture and hair type also play an important part to know the ideal hairstyle you can wear.

When you have finer hair or thin hair, it should have the least amount of layering. Hence, making things short and blunt is the way to go.

For medium hair, different lengths are possible. Adding layers is ideal to help with the hair’s movement and minimal weight removal.

Thick hair can get away with a lot of layering as long as these layers help with weight removal, debulking the hair’s density, and can be easily styled every day.

What hairstyles are good for your face shape?

Simple, straight, and headband

For women with a round shape face, you can wear your hair with this simple yet preppy look. Straight hair is pulled back by a headband adding big dangling earrings to complete the look.

Here’s how to do it:

Prep your hair with a heat protectant. Pick up 2-inch sections of your hair one at a time then use your straightening iron to run through your hair. Brushback all the hair and put on your desired headband to finish the look.

Sleek ponytail

When it comes to simplicity, nothing beats a ponytail. Not only is this a classic but easy to do as well. It also wears well with people who have round-shaped faces.

Here’s how to do it:

Apply heat protectant all over your clean, dried hair. Straighten your hair then rub some smoothening serum all over your fine-toothed comb. Use it to comb back your hair then tie all your hair in a mid-level ponytail. Use your comb to pat down any frizz at the top of your head.

Side ponytail

If you have a rectangular face shape, the side ponytail can be your go-to hairstyle. This simple yet sweet hairstyle is making a comeback and it can highlight your face gracefully.

Here’s how to do it:

Apply some heat protectant and straighten your hair. Part your hair on one side, then gather them and tie it into a low side ponytail. Pick up a thin section of your hair from the ponytail and use it to wrap around the base of your ponytail to hide the elastic band from view. Secure the wrapped section of hair with bobby pins.

Super slicked-down hair

This hairstyle is great for those who have an oval face shape. It can give you a sexy look and makes you look like a supermodel! How about that?

Here’s how to do it:

Prep your clean and dried hair with a heat protectant. Pick up some 2-inch section of your hair at a time then begin straightening your hair. Brush back hair using your fingers then apply the gel all over your hair. Use a fine-toothed come to work the gel into your hair to achieve a slick look and the extra oomph.

Half up Pouf

Another hairstyle for an oval-shaped face is the half-up pouf. It is chic and classy and it can be done in just a matter of minutes. Don’t believe me? Try it out yourself.

Here’s how to do it:

Apply heat protectant and straighten your hair. Tease down the hair at the front and center of your head. Smoothen down the top of your teased hair. Then gather the teased hair at the center and pin it down at the top of the head to finish the look.

Simple straight hair

The simple straight hair that is parted down the middle helps frame a diamond face shape perfectly. This versatile hairstyle can be used for a night out or even during the workday. You can never go wrong with this hairstyle.

Here’s how to do it:

Again, prep your clean and dried hair with a heat protectant then straighten your hair. Apply smoothening serum then part your hair in the middle. Flip it all over one shoulder and you are done – looks amazing!


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