We often set our sights on our next hairstyle based on not much more than what direction the hair trend winds have most recently blown us in, taking inspiration from our social media feeds and various magazine pages. If you’ve ever walked out of the salon wondering why the curtain bangs or short layers you dreamed about for so long doesn’t look quite as good as you’d hoped, it could be because it’s not adapted to your face shape. Indeed, your profile plays a much bigger role in the success of your hairstyle than you might think. As a result, it’s necessary to personalize our hair decisions.
Bertram K, L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador, founder of Bertram K salons, and celebrity stylist, knows just how important our face shapes are to our haircuts. Read on to learn about the factors you should be considering before you chop plus haircut inspiration every face shape needs to know about before your next hair transformation.
How To Find The Perfect Haircut For Your Face Shape
Think about balancing your silhouette when you go to the salon, not just your haircut.
Our hair represents a huge building block of our profile, which can be manipulated by savvy stylists to create the illusion of a face shape that we do not otherwise have.
“Clients should think of their overall desired silhouette when they go to the salon, and that silhouette is usually oval. Everything about the haircut should, therefore, work towards achieving an oval face shape,” Bertram K explains. “At the moment, it’s all about having high cheekbones, big eyes, and full lips—and the right haircut can help to create the illusion of this look through techniques that texturize and flatten.”
The right haircut for your face shape is all about volume.
One of the chief factors to be considered to create the oval face shape is volume. If you have a round face, Bertram K advises slimming its appearance by depleting volume. Likewise, if your face is thin in nature, the goal is to add more body to your locks.
“Graduation adds volume, whereas layers diminish it. You will also need more angles to create a shape if you have a more circular face, but rounder cuts if your face is slimmer,” explains the hair stylist. “Products are also important. If extra volume is necessary to obtain the oval, then it is essential to use texturizing products.”
Body shape is just as important as face shape.
“Body shape is just as important as face shape when it comes to determining the optimal haircut,” Bertram K says. “Make the client stand to survey the whole proportion of the body, and then decide if you need to add or remove volume to coordinate with the bigger picture. For example, if you are short, it is not advised to opt for a very long hairstyle, as it will make you look much shorter—and vice versa.”
Consider the nature of your hair.
As well as face and body shape, the thickness and length of your tresses also determines your strategy on the road to an overall oval shape.
“The more curly and thick your hair is, the more angles you will need to cut in…in order to create the desired shape,” Bertram K says. “Conversely, the thinner the hair, the fewer angles you will require as you want to make it look fuller.”
Pro tip: If your tresses are particularly thick and curly, we suggest trying a product like Mizani Thermasmooth Style And Style Again that makes hair easier to manage. This formula combats frizz and protects against heat damage for nourished, softer, smoother hair.
When a cut is not enough, add color.
Always start with a cut, but if it hasn’t been quite enough to reach your desired shape, it’s time to turn to color.
“Carefully placed light and dark sections can brighten the face and give the illusion of a different shape,” Bertram K says.
If your face is long, Bertram K suggests to darken your roots and lighten the mid-bottom section. You’ll elongate the face width wise. Similarly, you can darken your roots and brighten up the tips, pushing the volume down your profile and balance out the jaw if your face is triangular.
If you do opt for the contouring technique, make sure to add products to your hair care routine specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Start with a shampoo and conditioner system like L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX Shampoo and Conditioner. This gentle system helps prolong color radiance while providing UV protection and enhancing shine.
If you’re bleaching your hair to achieve your desired hue, add a hair mask like L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Color Mask. This formula protects color-treated hair from breakage while helping maintain its shine.
Now that you know all about how to find the perfect haircut for your face shape, it’s time to talk about inspiration. Below, we’re rounding up the top haircut that each face shape should try.
What is the best haircut for my face shape?
While your stylist can customize your chop to make any look work for you, there are some haircuts that are particularly flattering for certain face shapes. Below, we’re listing the top haircut every face shape should consider trying.
Photo Credit: @leohairartist.
For A Square Face Shape: Lob With Bangs
In the past, women with square faces have been told to bury their jawlines behind length and layers. We're here to suggest just the opposite: Show off your geometric face shape with a lob that falls at your shoulder and fringe. Instead of hiding, you'll be accentuating your gorgeous face shape. Use a texturizing spray like Matrix StyleLink Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray to give your look a voluminous, windswept finish with airy hold.
Searching for more haircut ideas for square faces? Click here for everything you need to know about the best haircuts and styles for square faces. Wondering which style of bangs is right for your square face? Find out here.
For A Long Face Shape: Layers
Long faces tend to be narrow, so asking your stylist for layers at your cheekbones and jaw will bring the eye up and create movement, all while creating the illusion of a wider face. When it comes to styling your new cut, add volume with a product like Redken Guts 10 Root-Volumizing Spray. This medium-control spray mousse boosts hair with flexible fullness and can be applied directly to the root for added volume and texture.
Photo Credit: @c2salon.
For A Heart Face Shape: Modern Pageboy
Heart faces are wider at the forehead and slightly narrower at the cheekbones, tapering to a defined chin. We love a cut that softens the lines of the face, like this rounded pageboy cut (otherwise known as the mushroom cut). For more haircut inspiration, check out our round-up of the best haircuts for heart-shaped faces.
For A Round Face Shape: Curly Shag
When you have a round face shape, the goal is to elongate and create the illusion of a slimmer profile. Ask your stylist for a cut with short, choppy layers that hits just below your jawline to slim your face and create the appearance of a longer jawline. If you have naturally curly hair, the curly shag is an ideal choice. Use a hair gel like Matrix Total Results Curl Please Super Defrizzer Gel for strong-hold definition and frizz control.
Searching for more haircut inspiration for round faces? Click here for our full guide.
Photo Credit: @haircolorkilla.
For An Oval Face Shape: Curly Pixie
An oval face is wider than it is long, with softly defined cheekbones and a generous forehead. This is a beautiful shape, so show it off with a pixie cut that incorporates some texture—the shorter, the better. If you have naturally curly hair, this cut was made for you!