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Thursday, September 6, 2012

How To Choose The Perfect Hairstyle

Picking the perfect hairstyle is different for different people.  Many factors come into play.  Before choosing a style that you have seen on tv, the internet, or a magazine you first have to consider a few factors.  One of the most important factors in achieving the perfect style is face shape.  Analyzing face shape is important because you always want to highlight your more flattering features and down play the less flattering features.

Let's look at the different types of face shapes. Choosing the right hair cut and style based on your face shape is very important.  You could have a great cut, but it won't look right if its not made for your particular face shape.  It is said that if you have an oval face shape that you can wear pretty much any look and it will look nice on you.  Oval face shapes are known to have the "perfect" face shape.  Have you ever seen someone whose hair looks great short, medium, AND long?? Yeah, they probably have an oval shaped face.. So if your face is oval, you are winning!

Oval face shape

Oval: Oval faces have lots of options when searching for the perfect look.  Characteristics include:

  • Forehead and jaw line are the same width
  • The face is slightly longer than its width
  • Outline of the face resembles an egg in shape
  • Slightly rounded jaw bone
  • Eyes are evenly spaced
  • Widest point on the face is the cheekbones
oval face

Green light styles: Any
Red light styles: none

round face shape
Round:  Characteristics include:
  • The length is approximately the same as the width
  • Circular shaped
  • The jawline and hairline are rounded
round face
Green light styles: 
  • you want to give the illusion of a narrow face, so if you do bangs keep them side-swept 
  • styles with middle part
  • longer styles that are kept close to the face
  • short styles
Red light styles:
  • heavy bangs going straight across
  • styles with side parts
  • any style that adds volume on the sides

heart shaped face

Heart shaped: Characteristics include:

  • Wide forehead and cheekbones

  • Narrow, pointed jawline
  • Forehead is the widest part of the face
heart shaped

Green light styles: 

  • Side swept bangs
  • Chin length layered or textured styles
  • Shoulder length styles with layers
Red light styles:
  • Anything slicked back
  • Short styles with heavy bangs

square face shape

Square: Characteristics include:
  • Broad forehead
  • Square jawline
  • Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are the same width
square face
Green light styles: 
  • Styles with wispy bangs
  • Styles with side swept bangs
  • Short to medium styles, longer styles can make the face appear longer

Red light styles:
  • Styles with middle parts that expose the forehead
  • Styles with heavy bangs
  • Blunt bobs

triangle face shape
Triangle face: Characteristics include:
  • Wide jawline
  • Narrow cheekbone and forehead

Green light hairstyles:

  • Shorter hairstyles
  • Layered hairstyles

Red light hairstyles:

  • Long hairstyles
  • Bob length bobs, they draw too much attention to the chin area

diamond shaped face

Diamond shaped: Characteristics include:

  • Narrow jawline and forehead
  • Cheekbones are wide
  • Jawline is pointed

Green light styles:

  • Straight across bangs
  • Chin length bobs
  • Shoulder length styles

Red light hairstyles:

  • Short hairstyles
  • Middle part hairstyles

When trying to determine which face shape you have, pull your hair straight back and analyze the characteristics of your face.  Remember these tips when choosing your perfect style or when trying something new.  The right look can make you look like a million bucks. Until next time...

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