“What Hairstyle Suits Me?” Find Your Best Now!

what hairstyle suits me best? find out hereIf 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.

Since we’re all about French beauty on this blog, I gotta say, if there’s one thing I really agree about the French beauty philosophy (although in general I agree with it all), I love how French girls don’t really go for trends and instead goes with what suits them best.

So maybe you’ve had a bad haircut or just want to have a hairstyle that finally suits you and make you look and feel your best.

To find your best hairstyle that suits you, here are my 3 steps: finding out your face shape, seeing which style suits that face shape, and then trying them out virtually before making the plunge. I will walk you through each section.

1. First, identify your face shape

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, read my post, How to: Find Your Face Shape first and then came back here – this is the most important step, so make sure you do this first.

2. Then see what hairstyles are best for your face shape

Now that you’ve found your face shape, here are some guidelines for hairstyles that will suit your face shape, and ones that will not.

round face shape 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.

Some product recommendations:

  • A great hair straighter would do the trick in getting your hair looking sleek and straight, and therefore elongating your face shape. The best hair straighters ever is by GHD. You can buy it at Sephora (US), Amazon (UK) or ASOSLook Fantastic, or John Lewis (all international).
  • De-frizzing will be important for you, as you want your hair to look as sleek as possible. A great product is MorocconOil Frizz Control which is available internationally at Amazon and Feel Unique.
  • Keep hair soft. For super soft hair, I use Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil (international) which is seriously the best product ever made.

long face shape hairstyles

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).

Since you’re focus is in creating width, you can also add width through styles, not just your haircut. For example, waves and volume will bring width to your face. I have this face shape, so here are some of my recommendations:

heart triangle face shape hairstyles

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, check out How to: Get More Hair Volume for help on that. Avoid chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.

Some product recommendations:

  • To keep your hair looking soft, you must battle frizz. Start in the shower with the awesome Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo. You can get it at Sephora (US) Space NK (UK), and at Amazon.com, Nordstrom and John Lewis (international).
  • Big, soft “bombshell” curls look great with this face shape. To do that, invest in a proper curling iron. Sultra makes an amazing “bombshell” curling iron, which you can get at Sephora (US), or Nordstrom, Amazon and Folica (international).
  • Keep your hair as “soft-looking” as possible. I use Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil (international) which is seriously the best product ever made.

oval face shape hairstyles

Oval Face

Lucky you, oval face shapes look great in anything! Experiment and see what you like best, but may I suggest a long, wavy style for you, as shown by the ladies above? They look gorgeous and feminine with their styles.

  • Use a curling iron to create waves. I’m using Tourmaline by Amika, which you can buy at Sephora (US) or Amazon.comFolica.com and Beauty.com (international). Others that are industry standard and are excellent is T3 curlers, which you can find on Sephora (US) and Amazon.com and Nordstrom (international); and lastly GHD, which you can buy on Sephora (US) or John Lewis (international).
  • Use volumizing shampoo & conditioner. Sometimes, with oval face shapes, you must be careful not to make your hair look flat, because it could make your face shape look long. To help with this, use volumizing products. My favorite products are the John Freida Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. Buy it Walmart (US), Drugstore.com (US), Boots (UK) internationally at Amazon.com and Feel Unique.
  • A texturizing styling product. Some of my favorites include Bumble & Bumble Bb. Texture and Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texurizing Spray (both link to international shipping.)

heart triangle face shape hairstyles

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.

Some product recommendations:

  • Invest in a good curling iron. I’m using Tourmaline by Amika, which you can buy at Sephora (US) or Amazon.comFolica.com and Beauty.com (international). Others that are industry standard and are excellent is T3 curlers, which you can find on Sephora (US) and Amazon.com and Nordstrom (international); and lastly GHD, which you can buy on Sephora (US) or John Lewis (international).
  • Make sure hair is soft to compliment your angular, sharper face shape. I use Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil (international) to make my hair super soft, it’s seriously the best product ever made.

3. Next, Try it out

Once you know what to avoid and what might suit you, it’s time to try it out… by photo manipulation, of course. I’m extra careful so I always like to add in this step. Trying a style out first by photo manipulation is great if you want to play a bit safe before taking the plunge. It’s also great to get an overall feel of what you are getting before hand. So if you are handy at Photoshop, get to work! If not, there are plenty of makeover websites where you can upload a photo of yourself and ‘try on’ different styles.

instyle-hollywood-makeover

InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Makeover is a great virtual hair makeover tool I’d recommend; unless you’re great at photo editing, in which case just find a photo of a yourself and cut and paste different hairstyle images on it.

By photo manipulation, you can play around and see what suits you. 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.

Extra tip: Still not sure?

By now you should’ve gotten an overall sense of what suits your face shape and can start a fun journey of experimenting! If you feel like you’ve experimented too much or just want something simple, or 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. Make sure your hair has some nice hair volume to it too (check out How to: Get More Hair Volume for help). 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.

shoulder length side swept bangs hairstyle haircut

As you can see above, it’s a celeb favorite and no matter what hair type, age, or color, they look great in this style. So if you’re stuck on what to do, perhaps the Universal Cut is an option to try for now.

Lastly… Share your results!

Let me know what you think – how did you find your “perfect” hairstyle? Also, please share this with a friend that you know is looking to change up their hairstyle and want to find one that suits them best.

P.S. Just in case, but here’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!!