hairstyle trends The Ultimate Guide to Face-Framing Layers for Each Face Shape

We’re sharing proof that face-framing layers can suit everyone.

September 23, 2022
Face Framing Layers Hairstyles

If you find yourself looking in the mirror wondering what you can do to spice up your haircut, it may be your time to get into some trendy face-framing layers. In case you didn’t already know, face-framing layers involve your hairstylist cutting your hair in varying lengths at the front of your face to define or “frame” your features. 

Face-framing layers, whether it be the ‘70s shag cut or the iconic ‘90s haircut that we all know and love, are always on trend in some capacity because they look so good on everyone. With that said, face-framing layers are not a one-size-fits-all deal and there’s a haircut that’s best suited for every face shape

To make identifying those styles easier, we’re breaking down the best face-framing layers for round faces, heart-shaped faces, oval faces and more. Take notes as we share the best face-framing layers for your face shape.

What Are Face-Framing Layers?

Face-framing layers are shorter pieces of hair, strategically placed around the face to help accentuate or soften your features. They’re very flattering and the way the layers fall can even help to slim and contour your face. Curtain bangs are buzzing at the moment and those represent a shorter version of face-framing layers that help to balance the face. 

The best thing about face-framing layers is that they can work for everyone — all hair types, lengths and face shapes. Because of this, there is not one type of face-framing layers and the best version for you will be heavily influenced on your face shape, your features and your preferences.

Editor’s tip: For a specific type of face-framing layers that complement your face shape or fall at a certain length, the best thing to do is to find a picture that represents your goal. This way, your expectations become clear and there’s no need for interpretation.

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Oval Faces

If you have an oval face, consider yourself lucky because there is no shortage of options when it comes to layered haircuts that will suit your face shape. Since your proportional shape gives you a bit of leeway, consider emphasizing its symmetry with some face-framing bangs like curtain bangs. Pair it with long, face-framing layers that start at the chin and your hair is sure to have a certain bounce and style that everyone covets. 

To style your bouncy layers, a round brush and a blow dryer work best so don’t forget to prime your strands with a heat protectant like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant.

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Heart-Shaped Faces

Those with a heart-shaped face have a wider forehead and a narrower chin. Your ideal face-framing layers will take attention away from your forehead, which is why side-swept bangs or curtain bangs with long face-framing layers are ideal. This type of cut will help to balance out the bottom half of your face to offer a slimming effect. 

To really define and emphasize your already prominent cheekbones, ask your hairdresser for face-framing bangs that just graze the highest point on your face.

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Rectangular Faces

Much like square faces, rectangular faces look best with face-framing layers that help soften their chiseled features. Think wispy, mid-length layers and stay away from long layers as they help to lengthen the face. If you have a long forehead that you’d like to minimize, face-framing curtain bangs or wispy bangs can be a great option. 

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Square Faces

Square faces are equal in height and width and have sharp, defined features. Use your face-framing layers to help soften your features while adding a bit of length. You’ll want to ask for soft, wispy and long layers with side-swept bangs. Wispy layers will soften your square-shaped face while adding volume and body to your style. 

To keep your wispy layers in perfect place, a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented will do the job.

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Round Faces

If you have a round face, you likely already know that the goal of your haircut should be to add length. To create the illusion of an elongated face, ask your stylist for mid-length, face-framing layers that start below the chin. Pairing those layers with a blunt cut can also serve as a nice contrast for your round visage. 

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Diamond Faces

Diamond faces feature a small forehead, defined cheekbones and a tapered chin. Since your cheekbones are sharp, you’ll want your face-framing layers to help soften their appearance so opt for medium and long layers that fall past your cheeks. Side-swept bangs are also a great addition that help to soften sharp features.

The Best Face-Framing Layers For Triangle Faces

Triangle faces feature a smaller forehead and a more prominent jawline. So, it should come as no surprise that your best face-framing hairstyle is going to be all about adding volume at the crown. Ask your stylist for face-framing bangs that will help add fullness around your forehead — styles like micro bangs and blunt bangs will be most flattering. 

Editor’s tip: Bangs get oilier at a much quicker rate than the rest of your hair because they sit on your forehead. Keep them fresh with tinted dry shampoo like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair for blondes and redheads or the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair for those with dark hair.

The Best Face-Framing Layers for Oblong Faces

Speaking of long faces, if you have an oblong face shape (picture a rectangle shape with rounded edges), ask your hairdresser for face-framing strands that will help shorten your face and define your features. Shorter layers and face-framing layers that stop at your cheekbones are our top choice.

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Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo credit: IG @/oneoneninesalon, Design credit: Sarah Duvivier