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The Best Headband Styles For Your Face Shape

Women wearing headbands

Headbands have made a serious comeback, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Thick, thin, blinged out, super simple, printed, fabric, or metal—the options are seemingly endless! But it’s not always as easy as simply grabbing one that catches your eye. Did you know that certain headbands are better suited for various face shapes?

Yep—it’s true.

A headband can truly flatter your face and compliment your features, but only when chosen carefully. So, we’re here to help. Here’s how to find the best headband style for your face shape

How To Choose The Right Headband For Heart-Shaped Faces

If you have a wider forehead, sharper chin, but soft, fuller cheeks— you’re considered to have a heart-shaped face. How sweet!

Luckily, you have lots of options when it comes to headbands because with this shape, how you wear the headband is more important than which one you wear.

Regardless of what style you choose, part your hair to the side or wear a side-swept bang underneath the accessory. This helps to create a balance to your face and can even sharpen the appearance of your cheekbones!

Good hair day by @rachellehair and @gracecotton.

How To Choose The Right Headband For A Round Face

If your face shape most closely resembles a circle, you’ve got a round face. This common face shape is typically symmetrical with softer features.

Opting for a headband with a centered knot or accent piece at the top will help to define a rounder face by drawing attention upwards, creating more of a defined silhouette.

headbands for square faces

How To Choose The Right Headband For Square Faces

If you have a more squared-off jaw but a rounder face otherwise, chances are you have what’s considered to be a square face shape. With this shape, some added volume on top, like a thick, padded headband, will help to balance out your angles.


headbands for diamond shape faces

How To Choose The Right Headband For Diamond-Shaped Faces

When it comes to diamond face shapes, your face widest at the cheekbones, and more narrow at the forehead and chin. Adding width at the top or sides will help to stretch out a diamond shape and make it softer. So, opt for a headband with a bow or larger applique on the side to draw eyes to a focal point that softens any lines that may appear sharp.


headbands for oval shape faces

How To Choose The Right Headband For Oval Faces

Also known as a “long” face, this means your face has more length to it than width. This common face shape can rock pretty much any headband, especially one with a bold pattern or lots of bling. But why?

Those with oval face shapes tend to have less prominent features yet a strong enough shape to handle a bold accessory. So, feel free to experiment, ovals!


headbands for strong shape faces

How To Choose The Right Headband For Strong Features

If you have thick brows, a strong jawline, a prominent nose or sharp cheekbones, let your features do all the talking and opt for a more subtle, thinner headband. You’re lucky enough to have a face that can stand alone, so think of a headband as the cherry on top and not the main event.


headbands for softer shape faces

How To Choose The Right Headband For Softer Features

If you have more delicate brows and smaller or daintier features, adding an eye-catching statement headband can really help to make other aspects of your face pop, too.

For example, if you have green eyes but they don’t exactly “pop,” opt for a tan, green, or salmon color headband to really pick up on your eye color and make it stand out. Aside from playing with complementary colors, you can use a bold, rectangular shape headband to add dimension to a rounder face shape, too. Have some fun playing with colors, shapes, and sizes until you find the perfect headband for you!

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