No doubt, you want to choose a haircut that is going to compliment your features and really fit your face. That’s why it’s important to examine what haircuts look best with your face shape! Your hair is the frame for your face, so choosing the right hairstyle is so important.
Below is a chart of the different face shapes. Try to see which shape resembles your face the most.
How to Choose the Perfect Haircut for Your Face Shape
The key to choosing the right haircut for your face shape is to create balance. For instance, if you have a shorter face, a hairstyle that adds length or height is best. If you have a long face, bangs can be a great addition to balance the length of the face.
If you have a wide forehead, a hairstyle that adds width towards the middle of the face or jaw is best, and vice versa.
In this article, we will discuss what haircuts fit each of these 9 face shapes the best. Of course, we will also include inspirational photos to help you find your perfect new style!
Characteristics of an Oblong Face
- Oblong faces are about 1.5-2 times longer than they are wide.
- Oblong faces are basically a combination of rectangular and oval-shaped faces.
- The forehead is usually long and about as wide as the jaw.
- In an oblong face, the jawline, cheekbones, and forehead are all the same width.
- The chin is more rounded than a rectangular face, which is a bit more squared.
Best Haircuts for Women With Oblong Faces
The best haircuts for an oblong face shape are those that don’t add length, but rather, take away a bit of the length of the face to create balance. Bangs pair well with oblong faces.
Oblong faces also tend to be narrow, so hairstyles that add volume and width at the sides of the face can also be very flattering.
Bob with Bangs
This short haircut is a great match for oblong faces, as it balances the length of the face with bangs and a shorter overall style. These wispy bangs, along with the collarbone length of the cut are a great match for oblong face shapes!
Wavy Brown Hair
Not all oblong faces need bangs and short styles. This is a great example of an oblong face shape paired with a longer style. What makes this style work is the soft waves that curve slightly in front of the forehead, balancing the length of the face.
Medium Hair + Side Part
This is another beautiful style that fits great with an oblong face shape. The side parting balances out the length of the face, and the waves at the ends of the hair add body and width to this narrow face shape.
Long Curls with Bangs
Want to get a celebrity curly hair look for your long face? This gorgeous haircut is another great match for oblong faces. The side swept bangs help to balance the length of the face, and the voluminous layers and body waves add width to this narrow face shape.
This short haircut pairs great with an oblong face shape. This chin-length bob is full of texture, and the piecey, choppy bangs balance the length of the face. This haircut is great for those who have oblong faces and thick hair.
Rectangle Face Shape
Characteristics of a Rectangular Face
- Rectangular faces are about 1.5-2 times longer than they are wide.
- Rectangular faces are a mixture of the oval and square face shapes.
- The jawline and forehead are square, but the face is long.
- In a rectangular face, the jawline, cheekbones, and forehead are all the same width.
- The chin is more squared than an oblong face, which is a bit more rounded.
Best Haircuts for Women With Rectangle Faces
The best haircuts for rectangular-shaped faces are similar to the haircuts that are best for oblong faces.
Rectangular faces vary in width, but they are still longer than they are wide, so it is best to balance out a rectangular face with some bangs and/or some voluminous layers that balance the length and width of a rectangular face.
Collarbone-length Hair with Bangs
This collarbone hairstyle is a great match for rectangular faces because of the soft, rounded bangs and layers. The bangs balance the length of the face, while the soft curves of the choppy cut add a softness to the strong angles of the face.
This haircut pairs great with a rectangular face because of the voluminous, afro curls. This hairstyle beautifully frames the shape of the face while adding length to balance the width of the face. The soft face-framing curls add softness to the strong angles of the face.
Side Swept Bangs
This gorgeous hairstyle pairs perfectly with rectangular faces. The wispy layers balance out and offset the strong angles of the face, while the piecey, side swept bangs balance the length of the face.
This hairstyle is another great match for rectangular faces. This particular face has a very strong, squared jawline. The deep part and the color offset the structure of the jaw, while adding a soft quality to the face.
Step Layered Hair
This haircut is full of texture that balances the strong features of the rectangular face shape. The piecey layers, along with the short, face-framing pieces serve as the perfect frame for this face while adding softness and balancing the strong lines of the face.
Long Wavy Brunette Hair
Not all rectangular faces need bangs! If you want to showcase your beautiful, rectangular face and your prominent forehead, this is a great style for you! This thick, long cut balances the face by adding width and soft curves.
Characteristics of a Round Face
- Round faces are curved outward on the sides.
- Rather than a pointed or squared chin and jaw, round faces have a more curved chin and jawline.
- Usually, the cheeks or cheekbones are the widest part of a round face.
- Round faces don’t tend to be very long and have shorter foreheads than oval faces.
Best Haircuts for Women With Round Faces
The best haircuts for round faces add length or height to the face. Long haircuts and/or haircuts that add volume to the top of the head are best.
Bangs or face-framing layers also help to balance out a round face by creating a bit of disconnect in the circle of the face. If you want a haircut with bangs, try side bangs rather than straight across bangs.
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This haircut pairs well with round faces because it adds length to the face while framing its features. The face framing pieces that start below the chin add the illusion of length to this round face shape, and the lack of volume on the sides of the hairstyle balances the width of the face.
This short hairstyle fits round faces surprisingly well, even though it is short, and adds a bit of width to the face with its voluminous waves.
The characteristic that makes this haircut work is the length of it. Because it stops right at the top of the jaw, the face extends past the hair, which gives the illusion of length to the face.
Sleek Straight Hair
This long, sleek haircut pairs well with round faces because of the slimming effect. It adds length, rather than width, so it balances the roundness of the face. Some side bangs or face framing layers would pair well with this cut.
Wavy Hair with Side Bangs
This haircut is just perfect for round faces! The side bangs have a slimming, lengthening effect on the forehead, and the voluminous waves that start at chin length balance shortness of the face.
The waves that start primarily below the chin add volume under the face instead of next to it, which makes the face look narrower.
This is another great haircut for round faces! The deep side part and side swept layers around the face add length to an otherwise shorter forehead. The stacked layers below the face add volume underneath the face, which lengthens it.
Characteristics of a Square Face
- Square faces are usually shorter in appearance.
- The jaw, cheekbones, and forehead are the same width.
- The jawline is wide, and does not angle or curve sharply downward towards the chin.
- In a square face, the chin is at a similar level to the jawline.
- The forehead is square or just slightly curved.
Best Haircuts for Women With Square Faces
The best haircuts for square faces add height and/or length to the face with carefully placed volume and layers. You can show off your square face with a short, edgy cut like pixie, bangs, bob or soften it up with some soft, long layering.
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This edgy pixie pairs great with a square face! The volume at the crown of the head lengthens the face, while the wavy, piecey layers add softness and movement that balance the strong square shaped jawline.
The volume at the crown of the head adds height to the face, which balances the shortness of this particular face shape.
Blonde Highlighted Curls
This hairstyle is perfect for those who want to bring a bit of softness to their strong, squared features. The volume at the roots of this style add length to the face, while the curly layers of the cut soften the strong angles.
This is a great example of a bob haircut that pairs well with square faces. The volume at the roots lengthens the face, and the wavy, side swept layers soften the shape of a square forehead and jaw.
Long Brown Hair
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This haircut provides the perfect balance for a square face shape. The side part of the hair, along with the long layers, and the wavy texture, all add balance to the strong angles of this square shaped face.
Sassy Short Hair
This sassy pixie cut is a great match for square faces! Notice how the sideburns are rounded into a point, and the bangs are piecey and pointed, rather than square. This has a slimming effect on the face and contrasts with the square jawline.
Inverted Triangle Face Shape
Characteristics of an Inverted Triangle Face
- The widest part of this face shape is the forehead.
- In an inverted triangle shaped face, the chin is usually pointed.
- In contrast with a rectangular face shape, the width of the jaw is less than the width of the forehead.
- The jawline slopes down to the chin, making it less square and more triangular.
Best Haircuts for Women With Inverted Triangle Face
The best haircuts for inverted triangle faces are those that add softness to the forehead and balance out its width by adding width elsewhere on the face. No bangs or side bangs are a great option, as are layers and volume around the jawline.
Curtain bangs can also pair well with this face shape, as they soften the forehead, but straight-across bangs should usually be avoided.
This haircut is great for inverted triangle shaped faces because it softens the forehead and adds volume in all the right places. The side swept layers have a narrowing effect on the forehead, and the voluminous waves that start at the jawline add width to the bottom half of the face.
This romantic, wavy haircut pairs beautifully with an inverted triangle face shape. As you can see, the bulk of the volume and layers are aligned with the cheekbones and jawline. The hair on the crown of the head lays more flat, and softly frames the forehead in a flattering way.
This haircut goes great with an inverted triangle face shape. The big updo brings attention to the strong cheekbones and jawline. The volume of the bun is balancing out the forehead.
Thick Warm Brown Hair
This hairstyle once again helps to soften the forehead in an inverted triangle face shape and adds volume around the rest of the face. The side swept layers of this cut blend beautifully with the body waves that start at the jawline. The volume in this style is perfectly placed.
Short Messy Hair
This haircut is an example of a short hairstyle that looks great with an inverted triangle face shape. The bangs in this cut are piecey and pointed down to the middle of the face, which has a narrowing effect on the forehead and adds balance to this face shape.
Characteristics of a Heart-Shaped Face
- The widest part of this face shape is the forehead.
- In a heart-shaped face, the chin is pointed.
- The heart face shape is very similar to the inverted triangle face shape but can have a more rounded forehead and widow’s peak. However, by some standards, they are interchangeable.
- The jawline slopes down to the chin, making it less square and more triangular.
Best Haircuts for Women With Heart-Shaped Face
The best haircuts for heart faces are very similar to the ideal haircuts for the inverted triangle face shape. Haircuts that add softness to the forehead and balance out its width by adding width elsewhere on the face are best.
Short hair on a heart-shaped face can give the confident look many women crave for. Bangs can be a great option, but they should be textured, and eyebrow length or longer. If your hair is touching the shoulders, try these medium hairstyles for heart faces.
Note: If you have a heart-shaped face, also take a look at the hairstyles for inverted triangle-shaped faces.
This haircut is great for women with heart faces because it adds volume around the cheekbones and jawline. Also, the deep part and layers around the face offset the width of the forehead.
Brown Hair with Highlights
This is a classic example of a heart face and a haircut that pairs great with it! This long haircut has wispy, long layers that add volume around the face, which offsets the width of the forehead. The side part also adds balance to the face by elongating it.
Layers and Side Bangs
This is another example of a hairstyle that showcases a beautiful, heart-shaped face while adding volume in all the right places.
Most of the layers and volume in this cut start below the jawline, which adds width to the bottom half of the face and balances out the width of the forehead.
If you’re a fan of bangs and have a heart-shaped face, try this rounded bangs look. This sleek, yet edgy, haircut pairs so beautifully with a heart face. The sides of the bangs are curved downward, framing the eyes and cheekbones.
The bottom of this cut curves inward towards the chin, which almost looks like an upside-down heart. The volume is concentrated near the jawline, which balances this face shape.
This hairstyle is an example of a super long haircut that would pair well with a heart face. The side swept part serves to hide a bit of the forehead, elongating the face, while the long body waves add volume below the chin.
Diamond Face Shape
Characteristics of a Diamond-Shaped Face:
- Diamond face shapes have a pointed chin.
- Diamond face shapes have high, prominent cheekbones.
- The forehead is narrow, unlike the forehead of a heart-shaped or inverted triangle-shaped face.
- The hairline of a diamond-shaped face slants inward toward the forehead.
- The jawline slopes down to the chin, making it less square and more triangular.
Best Haircuts for Women With Diamond-Shaped Face
The best haircuts for diamond faces are those that add softness to the strong angles of this face shape.
Since the cheekbones are the most prominent feature of a diamond face, adding volume near the forehead or below the chin will help to balance this face shape. You can also pick soft, textured bangs for your diamond face!
If you have been reading this article section by section, you may have noticed this hairstyle before! That’s because it goes great with a variety of face shapes.
This haircut balances the diamond shape by adding volume and fullness around the forehead. The piecey layers also add a bit of edgy softness to this face shape.
Ponytail with Side Swept Bangs
This haircut pairs perfectly with a diamond face. The voluminous, side-swept bangs add fullness around the forehead. This slicked-back style also showcases the beautiful bone structure of this diamond-shaped face.
Side Swept Layers with Glasses
This haircut is giving JLo vibes all the way! The side swept layers around the face draw attention to the eyes, rather than the jawline.
The big body waves of this style, paired with the wispy, long layers, add a bit of softness to the strong angles of this face shape.
Soft Body Waves
This long, wavy haircut compliments a diamond face shape beautifully. The deep side part draws attention to the eyes, and the voluminous body waves add softness to the strong angles of the face.
The volume of this hairstyle begins around the forehead and has a balancing effect on the face.
Side Bottleneck Bangs
Bangs look great on diamond faces. This haircut both softens and accentuates the angles of a diamond face. The fluffy, side bangs add volume in the forehead area, while the loose curls around the rest of the face add a soft quality to the strong bone structure of this diamond-shaped face.
Triangle Face Shape
Characteristics of a Triangle-Shaped Face
- Triangle faces are wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.
- The jaw is the widest part of the face.
- The forehead is narrow, which is similar to the diamond face shape.
- The jawline is square rather than pointed.
Best Haircuts for Women With Triangle Faces
The best haircuts for a triangle face add width near the forehead and cheekbones while softening the jawline. Voluminous, straight across bangs go great with this face shape.
Whatever the style, make sure that it doesn’t have much volume around the jawline. This is a rarer face shape, but just as stunning as the others!
Short Fluffy Hair
This short haircut is very flattering for triangle shaped faces because it adds width and volume to the crown of the head. This balances the width of the jawline.
The short, curved bangs also add a rounded quality to the forehead, which gives the illusion of a wider forehead and therefore balances it with the width of the jaw.
This haircut pairs great with a triangle face shape because it adds volume in all the right places! This mullet-like cut adds width and volume near the forehead with its fluffy, face framing bangs.
The haircut tapers down around the jawline, which avoids adding extra width around the already wide jawline.
This haircut is a fantastic match for a triangle shaped face because it adds volume around the forehead and cheekbones, while tapering down around the jawline. This balances the width of the face. And of course, these piecey layers add movement around the strong angles of this face.
Straight Across Bangs
This haircut pairs beautifully with a triangle face shape. The straight across bangs have a widening effect on the forehead, which balances it with the width of the jaw. The sleekness of the hair adds a softness and edginess to the strong angles of the face.
Face Framing Curls
This curly, eclectic haircut is another great style for triangle-shaped faces. The layering in this cut creates body around the forehead and eyes, rather than the jawline.
If you have a triangle-shaped face and curly hair, try balancing your face shape with plenty of volume around the crown of your head.
Characteristics of an Oval-Shaped Face
- Oval faces have a rounded chin and forehead.
- The forehead is usually just slightly wider than the rounded chin.
- The face curves outward around the cheek area and back in at both the forehead and the chin.
- Oval faces tend to be long.
- The shape of an oval face is soft and curved, rather than strongly angled.
Best Haircuts for Women With Oval Faces
The oval face shape is one of the most desired face shapes as this face shape pairs well with nearly all haircuts and hairstyles. The versatility of this face shape makes it easy to match with everything from a short pixie to a long blunt cut.
When choosing the hairstyle that works best for your oval face shape, try to avoid adding too much volume or height at the top of the head, because this can have an elongating effect on an already long face.
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Long Rounded Bangs
This bangs haircut beautifully frames the oval face shape while balancing the length of the face. The rounded bangs minimize the forehead and offset the length of this face shape while complimenting the shape of the rounded chin.
Short Side Parted Hair
This short haircut for oval faces beautifully emphasizes the bone structure of this oval-shaped face without adding too much height.
The layers of this hairstyle add just a little volume to the top of the head, but the short, side swept bangs create a minimizing effect for the forehead.
Long Hair with Baby Bangs
This retro haircut pairs wonderfully with an oval face shape. The baby bangs in this cut balance the length of the face, while the soft waves highlight the soft curves and features of the face.
Thick Long Waves
This long, wavy hairstyle is a perfect match for oval faces. The thick, side swept layers and voluminous waves only enhance the soft curves of the oval face shape.
This hairstyle works best for those who have thick hair that can maintain its density from roots to ends.
Are you blessed with both curls and an oval face? Well, curly hairstyles look absolutely glamorous on ladies with oval faces!
This curly, voluminous cut is a stunning match for oval face shapes. If you have curls and want lots of body at the top of your head, make sure to also add volume at the sides of the face to balance the width and length of your face. These curly, stacked layers both balance and enhance the oval face shape.
Our faces come in so many different shapes and sizes, and each one is beautiful! Since your hair frames your face, it is so important to choose the hairstyle that will enhance all of your gorgeous features.
When choosing your new haircut, remember to balance your face. Your haircut should add width or height where it is needed, and minimize width or length where it is needed. With the many tips and inspiration photos in this article, you will be fully equipped to pick your perfect, new hairstyle!
Key Things to Know:
- If you have an oblong, rectangular, or oval face shape, try balancing the length of your face with bangs and voluminous layers.
- If you have a shorter face, such as a square or round face, avoid straight across bangs. Instead, add height and length to your haircut, and avoid adding excess width.
- If you have an inverted triangle or heart-shaped face, side swept bangs and layers around your jawline will help to balance the width of your face shape.
- If you have a diamond-shaped face, soft layers around the temples or jawline will balance your strong cheekbones. If you have a triangle-shaped face, add volume around your forehead with fluffy bangs or layering.