Hairstyle Ideas for Every Face Shape

Christina Dodd 

The prospect of a new hairstyle can be both exciting and scary all at the same time. There are so many styles from which to choose, and can make it hard to know which one is right for you. Many people may not realize there are right and wrong cuts for an individual based on the shape of their face.

Hairstyle Ideas for Every Face ShapeHollywood is a great place to inspire and motivate a new hairstyle, but it is important to remember to choose stars that have the same face shape. This helps you choose the correct hairstyle , which will allow you to have the gorgeous, Hollywood hair, but with a style that looks like it was really made for you.

There are five general shapes to describe the face: Heart, square, oval, round and long. This article will help identify a few face shapes of well-known celebrities and give you a little guidance on hairstyle ideas that would be right, and wrong, for you.

Heart
This is a very distinctive face shape and defines the cute, pointy chin faces of celebs including Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Natalie Portman and Victoria Beckham. Their faces are defined as hearts because the point of their chin creates a heart shape.

With heart-shaped faces the key to remember is to take the focus away from the chin as the center point. Avoid straight cut bangs, which will enhance the point of the chin. Side-swept bangs cut at an angle are the best choice for this shape. You can play around and position them differently to achieve a different feel, but this type of fringe will finish your look off perfectly and will round out your face shape.

If you have long hair, layers are very flattering for heart-shaped faces. Or, short and wispy layers that begin just below the cheekbone are another option.

Square
Jennifer Aniston, Hilary Swank, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton are just a few names you may recognize. What you may not realize is they all have a square face shape. A square face is usually defined by having a strong jaw line.

When choosing the perfect hairstyle for a square face, focus on styles that will take the emphasis off of the jaw. The best way to achieve this is to go with hairstyles that have plenty of texture and layers. A great option for a square face is choppy ends that are cut uneven and frame the face. Paris Hilton often styles her hair in this manner. Side-swept bangs also work well for this face shape. Curls landing at different levels also work very well.

Stay away from hairstyles that hit just at the jaw line which will add more definition to the jaw and make your face look even more like a square. The “Rachel” haircut made famous by Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green on Friends is the ideal cut for shorter hair on an individual with a square face.

Oval
Oval faced celebrities include Hayden Panettiere, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Cindy Crawford.

This is the most versatile of all face shapes and the easiest to style. Depending on your preference, you can have short or long hair. The basic hairstyle to avoid is anything that adds to much volume to the top of the crown as this will pull the face out of proportion.

Sexy bobs, choppy bangs or long and loose curls will all work for an oval face and will look fabulous.

Round
Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz and Katherine Zeta-Jones are all beautiful Hollywood women with a round face shape.

When choosing the best hairstyle for a round face, your main goal is to maintain balance in the face. The best way to do this is to keep the face free from bangs and choppy, blunt fringe. A clean face works well for round face shapes. Avoid adding volume to hair framing the face, as this will accentuate the roundness.

Long
If you have a long face shape like Liv Tyler, Lindsey Lohan, Penelope Cruz and Anne Hathaway, you want to stay away from any “plain Jane” hairstyles. Opt for side parts rather than parting hair in the middle, or any straight cuts which make the face look longer.

The best way to frame a long face is to create fullness at the top of the crown and then add long sexy layers at different lengths. Loose and romantic curls also make an exceptional hair style for a long face.