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If you have an oval-shaped face, congratulations: Just about any haircut or hairstyle will flatter your face beautifully! If you’re looking to narrow down your choices and find a signature style all your own, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’re sharing the best haircuts and hairstyles for oval faces.
Depending on the length of hair you have (or the length of hair you want), these are the best haircuts to ask your stylist for if you have an oval face.
If you have short hair…ask your stylist for a long-layered bob that’s angled to hug your chin. This cut will emphasize your face shape while looking voluminous and flirty with an edge. When styling this cut at home for a simple, everyday look, make sure you have a round boar bristle brush to add lift to your layers while blow-drying.
If you have medium-length hair…ask your stylist for long layers that reach just beyond your shoulders. A side part and subtle variations in length can add a playful touch to your look to balance out your face shape. If you have coarse hair, ask your stylist for even face-framing layers for a slightly thinning effect; if you have fine hair, opt for choppy layers to fake volume and thickness. When styling this cut at home try air drying to accentuate your hair’s texture and cut with a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray.
If you have long hair…add a swoosh of fringe to the mix. The side-swept bangs can help shorten the appearance of an oval face, which can sometimes look even longer when paired with extra-long locks. When styling at home, add playful retro waves to the mix with the assistance of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray and a large barrel curling iron. After creating your curls, lightly comb through them for a smoothing effect that looks straight out of old school Hollywood.
Now that you have the perfect haircut for your oval face shape, we’re ready to teach you how to take it up a notch with face-flattering hairstyles. From braids to buns, we’ve got you covered!
If you have short hair…try a lived-in fishtail headband. To get the look, spritz damp hair with wave spray and use your hands to scrunch from your ends up to help create more texture as your hair dries. Next, create a deep side part and grab a section of hair on the deeper side of your part about an inch back from your hairline. Divide this section of hair into two sections and weave a fishtail braid. Instead of adding more hair as you go, just braid the section you have, piecing it apart as you go for a thicker, messier braid, and pin the ends under a top layer of hair with a bobby pin. Spray it with hairspray for a little extra hold.
If you have medium-length hair…try a voluminous messy bun. To get the look, pump your damp hair full of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse and allow your hair to dry without the help of any hot tools. Once your hair is dry, brush through it with a round boar bristle brush to smooth out any kinks. Use your hands to pull your hair up into a high pony and secure with a clear elastic. Be sure not to secure your pony too tightly, because you’ll want to be able to easily loosen it up. Loosely wrap your hair around the base of your ponytail, fluffing it up as you go before pinning it into place. For a finishing touch, stick the tail end of a rat tail comb into the hair from your hairline back to your bun and gently lift upwards to create lived-in volume. Frame your face by pulling out a few strands along your hairline and in front of your ears et voila!
If you have long hair…try a messy side multi-braid. Sweep your bangs to the side and brush the hair behind them straight back, pulling it all to one side. Use your fingers to divide your hair into three sections. Fishtail one section, rope braid another, and leave one free. Fluff each braid up before weaving all hair into a three-strand braid. Secure the braid with a clear elastic and wrap a few strands around to conceal it. Pull out a few face-framing strands and add lift to your crown for a more lived-in boho look.
See what a difference it makes when you tailor your hairstyle to your oval face shape? Have fun embracing your new look!
Next up: Check out our article, The 5 Best Hairstyles for Wavy Hair, for gorgeous textured ideas.