Are you planning a hair change this spring? Then it’s time to read up on how to select the most flattering haircut for your face shape! These five steps will have you rocking a fabulous new look in no time.


1. Determine Your Face Shape

Figuring out your face shape is easier than you might think–all you need is a mirror. Pull your hair back from your face with a hair tie or headband and observe the width and height of your face, along with your most prominent facial features. Most faces fall into one of four categories: round, oval, heart, and square. Use the descriptions below to determine where your face belongs.

  • Round faces are about as long (from chin to hairline) as they are wide. People with round faces tend to have soft, rounded cheeks and chins.
  • Oval faces are longer than they are wide. They taper slightly from forehead to chin.
  • Heart faces don’t literally resemble a heart shape. Instead, they’re characterized by their sharp taper from the forehead to a prominent chin.
  • Square faces are characterized by a strong jawline. They don’t taper as much as the other face shapes. Instead, the face width stays fairly constant from forehead to chin.


2. Find Your Celebrity Look-Alike

Celebrities may not be just like us, but they do come in all face shapes. Googling “round face celebrities,” for example, returns thousands of results that can help you discover what you like and don’t like. Here are a few celebrities for each common face type to get you started:

  • Round: Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence
  • Oval: Oprah, Julianne Moore
  • Heart: Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry
  • Square: Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman

3. Decide on a Length

Gone are the days where people were told to keep their hair a certain length because of their face shape! Instead of getting attached to certain types of haircuts, like blunt bobs or spiky pixies, try and think about what length would be most comfortable and easy for you to take care of.


4. Work With Your Stylist

Armed with your face shape, celebrity inspiration, and desired length, you can walk into the salon confident that your stylist will have ideas on how to make your hair work for you. Common recommendations are softer layers for round faces or extra volume around the chin for hearts. Work as a team with your stylist to bring your dream style to life!


5. Remember That It’s About What’s Right for You

Sometimes “flattering” feels like code for what other people want instead of what we want for ourselves. Remember that a haircut won’t be truly flattering unless you love it. Your face shape is there to guide you, not limit you. Be bold!


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