When it comes to getting a haircut, things can become a little overwhelming when trying to decide what will suit you best. After all, you’ll have to stick with the cut for some time until it grows out (or mask it with a wig or extensions in the meantime). So it's highly important that you get the right cut to help enhance your look. But before deciding on your next haircut, whether you’re chopping your locks into a short, medium, or long hairstyle, it’s important to consider if it will suit your face. And if you’re not quite sure what your face shape is, consult our guide below. To help you along this process, we’re rounded up some tips and products you can use when getting a new haircut.
How To Determine Your Face Shape
First you’ll need to grab a ruler and a note pad to jot down your measurements. Start by measuring the widths of your brow, cheekbones, and jawline, as well as the length of your face from forehead to chin. For a visual, make sure to check out some tutorials online. Based on your measurements, you’ll be able to determine your shape. If your face is just about the same in width and length, with a slight curve around the edges you have an oval face shape. For those whose entire face is pretty much equal except around the jaw corners, you have a round-shaped face. If your brows are noticeably wider than your jaw, you have a heart-shaped face. And if the length and width of your face are equal, your face is square-shaped.
The Best Haircut For Your Face Shape
Now that you’ve determined your face shape, let’s talk haircuts. And while we think it’s important to note that everyone should have the freedom to explore any style they want, this is meant to serve as a guide if you’re not sure whether a particular style might be flattering for you—before you dive in, of course. There are so many to choose from that we could go on and on. In the interest of giving you the time to actually go get your haircut, we’re offering just a few of our favorites below.
If You Have An Oval-Shaped Face
If you're looking to go shorter opt for an angular bob haircut that gently grazes your chin. This cut will help add definition to your face shape. For a medium-length cut, you can play around with the length and create definition by getting layers. This is really important if you have really fine or thin hair. Ask your stylist for super-subtle variations that can keep your hair from lying flat against your head without it looking too choppy. The best face-framing layers might even make your hair look thicker.
To play up your new cut, use a volume-enhancing product, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo which will add texture and body to your strands. For a long hair cut, ask your stylist for bangs. The best bangs added over your forehead can make your face appear shorter without having to chop off your long locks.
If You Have A Round-Shaped Face
Those with a round face shape look fantastic with a spiky pixie cut with layers around the crown of the head. While this cut can work for almost any hair type, we recommend steering clear if you have super-curly hair because sometimes it can get a little too poofy due to shrinkage.
For medium lengths try out a lob haircut. A collarbone-skimming cut can work wonders for your round-shaped face by creating a slimming effect. With a nicely angled lob you can help define your chin area. If you have long hair and want to save every inch, add the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner to your hair care routine. It will seal split ends and keep hair from breaking. For those who want to create a little change, go for long and almost inconspicuous layers that start at your jawline, which can help your hair look fuller. The trick with layers on round faces is that you don’t want to start too high up or you risk adding volume to the sides, which can do the opposite of accentuating your features.
If You Have A Heart-Shaped Face
Go for a piecey pixie haircut with closely cut sides and short layers on top if you have a heart-shaped face. With just enough hair to play with on top, you can rock a gorgeous tousled look that can help draw attention away from your forehead.
If you want a medium length cut, pair bangs with a collarbone-skimming bob for the ultimate face-framing ‘do. To play up the style even more add in a few uniform layers to add volume and body. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner to help lift your roots and make your hair more voluminous. If you’re working with long hair, layers with full fringe can give your hair a body boost while preventing strands from lying flat against your head. You can also add more bounce using the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Volume Inject Mousse.
If You Have A Square-Shaped Face
We love the way a short, layered bob can draw attention towards your key facial features (hello, cheekbones!) when your face is square-shaped. Keep in mind that if you have thicker hair, your ends could go a little haywire with this cut. So, rub a dime-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In into the lengths of your hair when styling it. Its formula is lightweight so it won’t weigh down the hair, and it includes castor oil which will give your locks some nourishment.
Mid-length layered haircuts, look great on your face shape. The layers will frame the more defined corners of your face. With longer hair, you’ll want to stay away from blunt edges because it will make a square-shape appear harsher. Instead opt for a haircut with long, face-framing layers. This will add softness to your more defined features.
Now that you know what haircut to go for, you can also start gathering ideas for accessories and new hairstyles to make your new cut look even better. While you’re at it, think about adding some color in the mix for an entire hair makeover.
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