As Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” And life-changing a new hairdo truly is. But you can’t just go with whatever is trendy because what might suit others might not suit you.
That’s why knowing your face shape is crucial when getting a new haircut, as the right hairstyle can flatter and compliment you from all angles. Use our handy guide before your next salon visit so that you can walk out with a brand new hairdo that is going to make you look like a million bucks.
Your face shape is: Round
This means: Your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal across, and you have a more rounded jaw line that makes you appear more youthful.
“Women with round face shapes tend to feel that they are plump even when they are not,” says Oscar Lee, associate director of Chez Vous Hair. To make your face look leaner and longer, ask your stylist for gently layered or straight hairstyles that won’t add volume around your face. “A side-parted, long layered fringe helps conceal the widest part of the face, and an asymmetrical bob or soft layered pixie can make your face appear sharper and more angular,” Oscar advises.
Pro styling tip: Avoid sporting unruly or frizzy hair as this makes a rounder face appear wider. Apply smoothing serum before blow-drying to combat frizz and unruly flyaways.
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Your face shape is: Square
This means: A more angular or defined jaw structure, and your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are relatively equal in width.
“A blunt, one-length cut can exaggerate a strong jaw line and make a face more squarish, so go for blended layers and a side-parted fringe,” Oscar recommends. “The parting should start from the arch of the brow, and the fringe should end below the widest point of your cheekbones.” Yann Beyrie, director of his eponymous salon, recommends avoiding lengths that cut at or just above the jaw line. “Movement is key, so opt for waves or curls to break the harsh lines and create a softer effect,” he says.
Pro styling tip: Soft layered haircuts can be frizzy, so use a light curling cream to hold hair together for beautifully sculpted layers without weighing hair down.
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Your face shape is: Heart
This means: Your forehead and cheekbones are the widest part of your face, with prominent cheekbones that gently narrow down toward a small and pointy chin.
To counterbalance a small jaw, Hair Director Den Ng of Prep Luxe says, “Haircuts that end at your chin are great as it helps make your countenance appear fuller and more well-balanced.” However, he advises against blunt fringes that will accentuate a wider forehead. “A deep side parting will draw attention upwards to your eyes and cheekbones and away from the chin line,” Oscar says. Soft curtain bangs, which part slightly into the middle and gradually blends into the rest of your hair helps create a more well-balanced face too.
Pro styling tip: A deep side part requires volume, so apply a styling foam mousse throughout hair before blow-styling to your desired shape and parting.
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Your face shape is: Oval
This means: You have the most balanced face shape, which is slightly longer than wide with a smooth jaw line.
Oval-shaped faces are very versatile and can pull off almost any hairstyle and length. Consider what you want to accentuate – for example, if it’s your cheekbones, try a blunt lob or bob. “And if you’re blessed with a symmetrical face, a centre parting is the best way to highlight it,” Oscar says. If you have a high forehead, Oscar suggests going for an airy fringe which is super trendy and can subtly shorten the length of your face.
Pro styling tip: To create the ideal airy fringe shape, use a flat iron or wear a roller overnight.
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This story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly.