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Find the Right Cut for Your Face Shape

 

To determine your face shape, pull your hair back in a headband or ponytail and analyze what you see in the mirror.

Your pretty face should fall within one of six categories.

 

  • Oval:        Forehead may be slightly wider than the chin, and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width.
  • Round:     Prominent, rounded cheeks with equal width and length of the face.
  • Square:    Prominent jaw and square chin, with forehead and jawline roughly the same width.
  • Oblong:    Often confused for the oval face, though an oblong face will have a longer shape that is not as wide as oval — often with a narrow chin.
  • Heart:       Wider forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin.
  • Diamond: Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones at the widest point of the face.

 

Face Shapes

Oscar Blandi, founder and owner of Oscar Blandi Salon on Madison Avenue, says that his rule of thumb for clients with round faces is to stay away from a bob or a cut that is all one length. “Have layers that give definition — it gives you more structure visually — something that gives you more depth with layers, and this can also be done through color. You don’t want anything that has too much uniformity around your face, especially if you don’t have a strong jaw bone that frames your face,” he says.

Jones adds, “The goal is to elongate the face — wear your hair long and add soft textured bits around your face or try styling a pomp with your fringe. Ask your stylist for minimal layers and a deep side part/side sweep.”

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