“What Hairstyle Suits Me?”

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in this beauty game, it’s that hair makes a huge difference. A new haircut can really transform your look and make you feel great.

First things first – it all boils down to your face shape. Once you have figured out what your face shape is, it is so much easier to find out what cuts and styles can flatter, making your search much less traumatic (don’t get me started on all the ‘trial and error’ I had to go through to finally realize this!). If you don’t know (or are unsure) about what your face shape is, check out How to: Find Your Face Shape.

Once you’ve found your face shape, here are some guidelines for hairstyles:

  • Round face: Long, layered straight to slightly wavy hair looks stunning on you! Side swept and long bangs will also suit you well. Avoid styles that will bring more width to your face, such as blunt bangs, bobs and big curls. They might make your face look rounder. The trick here is to elongate.
  • Long face: The key here is to widen your face, so focus on getting volume at the side (near your cheeks). (Check out How to: Get More Hair Volume for help.) Hairstyles such as bobs, wavy and curly hair will add width to your face; and short to shoulder length cuts look great on you! Bangs work very well on long faces, especially blunt and side bangs. Avoid styles that “lengthen” the face, such as straight, long cuts, and avoid too long hair length, which can drag your face down (again, stick to short styles, shoulder-length, or length not past your chest).
  • Square face: Softer hairstyles will work best with you to soften your sharp features, wispy bangs, soft romantic curls will look really pretty. Hairstyle with big, soft volume look great too. Avoid chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.
  • Oval Face: Lucky you, oval face shapes look great in anything! Experiment and see what you like best.
  • Heart & Triangle face: Long and wavy hairstyles will look great on you. Keep your hair length to the longer side; as shorter cuts and styles may emphasise your smaller jaw area. Soft, side swept bangs looks great and will soften the jaw area as well to give your face some balance.

Lastly, my next tip would be to try out the hairstyle… by photo manipulation first. It’s great if you want to play a bit safe before taking the plunge. So if you are handy at Photoshop, get to work! If not, InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Makeover is a great virtual hair makeover tool I’d recommend. Because the photo can still look a little fake, what I do is I squint my eyes at the photo manipulation so I can get an overall look and feel of the hairstyle. Or you can always blur the photo. Once you’ve done that, ask yourself: Does it look good overall? Was your initial response a positive one? If so, go for it.

And if you are still not sure; that’s where the “universal cut” comes in. I remember reading in Allure – the top beauty magazine in the world – that the ‘universal’ cut is shoulder-length hair with slight layers and a long side swept fringe.

According to them, this cut flatters every face shape, hair type and is suitable at any age. I can personally vouch for that, as at one point in time all my girlfriends and I had this style and the style I have today is very much like it! It makes sense, too – the cut is simple, timeless and sophisticated; I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t suit it.

P.S. How to fix a bad haircut.

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  • http://beautifille.com Linda

    I’m 65 with a square/oval face. It was round when I was young. The top of my hair is white bad sides/bak is salt and pepper natural curly brown hair. I have grey resistant hair colour won’t last past the first washing. I’m thinning on top and the top sides of my hair. I wear it long in a pony tail to keep it from showing the thin areas. I am so tired of my look but am afraid of stylist that just cut and style the way THEY like it. Can you suggest what I should do?

    • http://www.beautifille.com Renee

      Hey Linda! I’m not 100% clear on what your hair looks like now but all my suggestions are in this post regarding face shape, etc. What I would do is to probably keep doing what you are doing to keep the thinning areas covered, but instead of a long ponytail, get The Universal Cut that I mentioned above. The length is very flattering for all ages, hair type, etc, and you can part it so it still covers thinner areas. The other option of course is to find a good stylist who will listen to your concerns. Good luck!

  • Heather

    I just wanted to comment on the triangle heart shaped face. It seems peole get these 2 face shapes confused all the time. The heart face shape means that your forehead is your widest part and yes you do have a widows peak. The triangle face shape is the opposite meaning your jaw is the widest part of your face next being your cheekbones and then forehead being the smallest. Kelly Clarkson is a true representation and Kathey Ireland of a triangle face shape and Reese Witherspoon is a heart shaped face. I know because I’ve done extensive research on face shapes because mine is between a square and triangle. My cheekbones are extremely relevant and so is my forehead but you can clearly tell that my jaw is the widest part. It’s very confusing each stylist will tell you different but the longer my hair gets if it’s not layered correctly I could easily fall into the rectangular face shape which is an elongated square. There is also the diamond face shape where cheekbones are the widest and this is seen on such beauties as Rihanna and Victoria Beckham. I”m not trying to take over your site or tell you your’e wrong but there needs to be more research into these face shapes before people post. The only way to tell for sure anyone’s face shape is to actually measure it. Cosmo magazine has a wonderful guide where you put in your measurements and they tell you your face shape or ask your stylist because they are trained to know and work with face shapes and hair because no matter how beautiful a haircut if it doesn’t match your face shape well it’s just not going to look right

  • Apon

    i am Apon! i am 13 years old boy! i read in my school! so my teacher forced me to cut my hair because of medium length of hair! he wants to look my hair as short type of hair! but i am totally confused that which hairstyle (short hairstyle) will be the best for me??? i will very very very pleased if you suggest me!!!!!!!

  • http://beautifille Belieber Ishika

    Very helpful… Thanks

    • http://www.beautifille.com Renee

      You’re welcome, glad I could help. :)

  • Samantha

    Awesome tips, thank you!!

  • Esther Kalisz

    Thanks! can’t wait to get my hair cut now that I know what I’m getting!