Face Shapes and Hair Styles

Face Shapes and Hair Styles Updated: 01/25/2016

Face Shapes and Hair Styles

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Heart Face Shape Shown

Pear Face Shape is Heart Face Shape turned upside down


Designing Hair Styles that Compliment Facial Features!

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While consulting a client in our salon,

she asked what her facial shape was. 


After responding to her question she then said

 "Well! I was told by another 

stylist that I was Oval" (different than what I had said).  


Realizing how difficult this must be for clients....

when I decided to endeavor building our web site I wanted to

include a page on how to know your facial shape,

what styles to avoid and

what styles you may Consider.

Providing style examples by showing some photos.


Click the names of the shapes to learn more or curser down.


Photos for the facial shapes are below the names of the face shapes.

 I do not have hair style photos for all of the face shapes.


Face shape images are from a cosmetology

education book and Redken facial shape wheel.







 Oblong Face           



  Square Face




Heart  Face Inverted Triangle



Pear Face Triangle  



Picture on right, narrower forehead




Round Face  



Diamond Face Shape




Styles: Diamond! 




You can wear short styles at the cheek bone or styles below the cheek bone.

Your lovely angular structure can support a soft wave for body.

It is not recommended that you try a Pixie or other close cropped styles.


Have full styles around the face. By Using the hair

 length as the horizontal line attention getter 

hair length should not be cut in a direct line of one inch

 above or below the cheek bones for a diamond facial shape.

Remember not to draw attention to the diamond cheek

bones as this will make them appear more angular.



Oval Face - click for top


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Length equal to one and a half times width.

Only slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples,
 with a gently rounded hairline.

Oval considered to be the ideal face shape because it is longer

than it is wide and appears well balanced.

Most any hair shape looks good on you.

Oval features allow you to sport more styles

than any other face shape. 

Have you ever noticed the majority of models fall into this shape?

Have you noticed how many different hairstyles they can wear?

You can wear short, medium and long hairstyles.

Your face shape is well "balanced" or in even proportion.

 You will look best when styling your hair off your face.

Most oval face shapes can show off slicked-backed looks.


Cover up your features with heavy bangs, or too forward-directed styles. 

This may add weight to your face.



Rectangle / Oblong click for top

Oblong (angular chin)


Oblong (angular chin)



Rectangle (oblong with a square chin)



Rectangle camouflaged by the hairstyle.


Sometimes long and slender, about the same width at forehead,

brow bone and just below cheekbones.

See model, fullness or width is at the cheek bone.

When placing the palm of your hand flat along the side of your face there

should not be strong facial angles or round curvatures.

Oblong does not necessarily indicate an extremely long face.

May have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead.




Semi-Short to Medium lengths not below the chin.

Fullness at and above the sides (cheek bones) your face.

You'll want to balance the look of a long and slender face.

Soft wispy bangs at forehead or even as long as the check

bone will shorten the appearance of the length. 

By cutting the hair into a semi-short or medium length the

outline of the cut will also shorten the look

of the length of the face. Layers work great with your becoming face shape. 

You really do not carry very much of a widest point of the face

if you are truly Oblong / Rectangle.

Therefore, you need fullness between the corner

of the eyes to cheek bones. 

Fullness gently at the sides of your face will add width to the face shape,

as this will add softness to the straight lines in your face.

 You can create this by adding medium length layers

and angled sides around the face.

Try side parts (not center parts) and you may be able to

wear straight back styles with a little

fringy bang on the forehead and fringe at temples.



Below Chin length hair with a rounded line that mirrors face’s Oblong shape.

 Center parts.

Short-short crops,

 straight "chopped" bangs. Rounded full one length haircuts without bangs

(Example: Bob)

ending below the chin will certainly add weight and length to your face shape.

Do not have excessive height at the bangs and top and crown.


Square click for top


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Width of the face is noticeably more than 2/3 of length.

Creating the illusion of a short face.


A strong, square jaw line and usually an equally square hairline.

Place the flat vertical side of your hand to the side of your face.

The side of your face should be equally proportioned from the hairline

to the jaw. Your chin is short. You can wear more hairstyles than you think.

Square faces are beautiful for true designer hair styles.   



Medium Short-to-medium length hair; especially

with wave or roundness around the face.

Wispy bangs; off-center parts; height at the crown.

 You want to soften the square look of your face with layers

and wispy looks around the face. 

Height at the crown will elongate your symmetrical shape. 

If your hair is straight you may want to consider a body wave, 

as some curl or wave to the hair will achieve a nice 

balance to the straight features of your face shape.


Stay Away From: 

Too much height at the crown.

Long straight styles that accentuate square jawbone.

You want to stay away from putting most of

the weight of a haircut at the jaw line and below.

This will give the appearance of added weight to the face. 

If going with long hair it should be kept tight at the nape.


 click for top Heart  /Inverted Triangle




Face is wide at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small delicate chin.



Chin-length or longer styles. Side-parted hairstyles.

 Fullest area of style should be around the jaw line.


Swept-forward layers around the upper face; gently wispy bangs. 

This creates a balanced look by giving fullness where you need it.

 Creating the illusion of balance between your dramatic cheekbones and more narrowing chin.

You can wear shorter styles, however if you are a dramatic heart shape you

 need to leave weight in the back nape area to achieve

 some roundness to the shape and some height at the crown or

 bangs, and you will be on the right track.

Just remember if you have a dramatic heart shape face,

you have great cheekbones to emphasize!

Don't miss the beauty of this by getting a cut which is to top heavy.



"Exact" straight bangs or center parts. A straight bob ending at the jaw line is

the wrong thing to do for your face shape

You can wear a layered bob, however it should end above or

below the jaw line. Make sure in styling

that you use a salon professional styling accessory to

boost up the volume and shine for your hair.

Fringy or scalloped hair cuts look pretty on your delicate face shape. 


 click for top Pear / Triangle

Picture on right Pear, narrower forehead


Pear and Triangle face shape has A dominant jaw line
with narrowing at the cheek bone, temples and forehead.


Reverse Triangle



Reverse Triangle face shape has a broader

 forehead with an angular thin chin.



Shorter hair that balances prominent jaw line.

Styles that are full at the temples, taper at the jaw.

 Off center parts. Wedges and shags look great on you. 

You need lots of layers to achieve fullness through the upper part of your face.

 By wearing styles which are full at the temples and taper at the jaw line, you 

Try tucking hair behind your ears as this will draw attention to

 your eyes and achieve a balance which can be remarkable,

in accenting features otherwise understated. 

Add width in the eye area.



Short, full styles that emphasize upper face.

Height at the crown. Severe, slicked back looks.

If you are a dramatic strong heart shape, the short full

styles with tapered necklines which emphasize the upper

face may institute your look as top heavy. 

Too much height at the crown may cause

the appearance of a longer and narrower chin. 



Round click for top


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So you think you have a round face...and so do most women.

 Round facial shapes are hard to come by.

You may come close, but most likely there is an

angular line or a curve that will un-classify

the true round facial shape. People have a tendency

 to look at themselves and see "fat faces".

Then they see round. If it is not an exact ball shape, it is not round.

You can't bounce an oblong shaped ball! 

Please don't try to conceal your lovely round facial shape.



For my clients having round facial shapes I find that soft, fluffy,

feathered hair cuts and styles are very appropriate.

A strong one length style is like putting a

 ball in a box and they do not fit one another.

If you really love one length styles then

you might want to consider angular sides and softly

 shaped bangs flowing to either side.

Long or short styles look great, just remember to get

the angles in the style and the sharp edges out.


Stay Away From:

Angle points, one lengths, heavy bangs,

flat at top crown and sides. Some volume is

great but not too extreme like "big hair".  


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Email received

The rectangular face shape is NOT the same as an oblong face.  your description is inaccurate. 

You made it seem like the long no shape oblong faces are the same as having a 

beautiful rectangular shaped face with a square jaw. 

Straight dramatic lines are beautiful unlike rounded oblong eggs

Rectangles are angular and closer to a square shape than an oblong face with npo square jaw line.

I also think that your description of all the faces included

emphasizing beauty except for the "rectangular/oblong" face you said nothing was to be accentuated. 

 The rectangle has good strong lines the oblong person has a big long chin and NO defined jaw. 

The rectangle shape is good-looking the oblong is not. 

You are misinformed there is a big difference between the two.

d d



My reply

Thank you for your advice. My face is oblong and not bad looking at all.

Have a beautiful day.

Alice Hampton

precious beauties Reply Back

If you had an oblong face you would clearly see the difference between your

shapeless face and the exotic architectural lines of a rectangular face. 

Clearly you have no concept of face shape since rectangular and square are very similar. 

with bangs a rectangular face is square logically. 

an oblong face with bangs is just long like sara jessica parker and the model you have shown

is a distorted picture of an ordinary heart shaped face. 

Rectangles are strong beautiful lines. 

Stylists prefer geometric cuts on this architecturally distinct face just like the square.  

Angelina jolie has a rectangular face so does hilary swank.

I doubt your face is oblong and it  is obviously  not a rectangular face because you have

no idea how to distinguish between the two- you have no idea what a rectangular face is.

Have a good day and I hope you will educate people on the difference since a misshapen

long sara jessica parker face and a rectangle are two different things.

Alice Hampton


No Reply Back From Me.


Was not worth my time, but thought my viewers would like to read this.

Wow! Didn't realize people thought the photos were distorted. ??

Putting this information on this web page does not indicate that I agree with Precious Beauty,

whom I thought was quite insulting about Oblong Face Shapes.

You see, I believe that every face is beautiful. No one has a Misshapen face.

There is a beautiful hair style for every one.




Comment from another viewer

She obviously has issues with her own face type to respond so vehemently. 

 Also, she doesn't have to go to your website if she doesn't like it,

so she should keep her negative opinions to herself! 

I'm insulted as I am most definitely an "oblong" and resemble Sarah Jessica Parker.  





I'm not sure if it's fair to ask your advice, as you do this as a job, but if it's not, just tell me.

I thought your advice on hairstyles for different facial

 shapes was very useful, but I'm not sure I can apply it.

My problem is that I think I have a rectangular face, though it's hard to tell.

 Advice I've seen for that face shape suggests bangs,

or side-parted bangs, or chin-length hair. Unfortunately,

I also have quite a big nose.


I used to have short hair when I was about 15 (I'm 20 now), with a straight-across fringe,

and it seemed rather unflattering then; I think it emphasized my nose too much.

Though it's hard to tell because I wore big glasses too (I still wear glasses).


Advice I've seen to minimize a big nose is to keep your hair pulled off your face,

which is the opposite of advice to soften my face shape! I have quite a strong chin as well.

Another thing is that my hair is very, very tangly, and pretty thick.

At the moment, I have it quite long all the way round (no layering), and

 I just always wear it in a ponytail because that minimizes tangling; also if I l

et it loose while I'm outside in the wind, the hair from the front falls forward and

covers my face, gets in my mouth, and gets caught in my glasses. So annoying!

Anyway, I was just wondering if you could give me any advice about what

to do with it in terms of hairstyle, and if you think

 I'm right in thinking my face is rectangular and that my nose and chin are both large.


I'd quite like to keep my hair long but am happy to go short as well if that will look better.

At the moment I feel rather unattractive and don't have the money really (impoverished student)

to go to expensive salons or even to wear contact lenses (because I have astigmatism,

I have to wear the expensive kind). I really want to do contacts some day,

as I feel I look so much better without glasses.


I'm attaching a file that has 10 photos of me in it. The first 7 were taken about 3 years ago

(I don't have as many good recent ones) and the last 3 within the last year.

I do normally wear glasses! And vanity dictates that I've only sent relatively nice photos.

Thanks so much if you can help me! If you feel you can't really,

 I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know.




Rectangle / Oblong


Dear Z.

 Thank you for your inquiry. Also, thank you for your photos.

They were a huge help to me and without them

I entirely would have given the wrong assistance.


To draw less attention to your nose, chin and glasses I suggest an eyebrow arch.

 Your eyes and brows are very pretty and strong; enhancing

this great feature creates a tremendous balancing act.


Eyebrow arch, one that gives the shape of a true arch

and not one that just goes in a line straight across the brow line.

 Your brows should still be left somewhat full.

If they are shaped too thin then this will enhance

what you are trying to camouflage.


Your THIN fringed bangs are just fine as long as they are not a

heavy bang and not cut perfectly straight across the forehead.

 Fringed: a light thin bang cut with a somewhat jagged edge on the ends.


When you get financially ahead or perhaps request a Christmas present

 for a new hairstyle. Your hair is gorgeous so go to a reputable experienced stylist.


With your fringed bangs, keep your hair long. For now, longer hair is more

convenient and easier for you to work with.

You could put a soft angle on the sides starting at your eyes to the ends.


You need to address the tangling issue with your hair. Often long hair

 just naturally seems to tangle on it’s own. Technically, you cannot help that.

 There is a Science as to why this happens but is much too involved.

Ions, electricity, chemicals, texture, Nationality and so on.


Buy a really good shampoo and conditioner from your hairstylist.


I cannot emphasize that enough. Ask the stylist to recommend products that

will meet your needs. There are wonderful professional products

on the market that help the tangles and keep tangles from coming

back after the hair has been dried. (Not a forever fix).


Purchase small bottles first to try the product (many salons have free samples).

When you find the best product and one that you like then purchase the economy sizes.

 This is a great money saving habit.

Keep the smaller bottles and refill them from the liter size.


Then, and after you have found the best products for your hair….

Add highlights a foiling lifted to the light auburn or to golden blonde stage,

which is the appropriate color for your skin tone.

Do not go with the enhancing bold colors (pink, blue etc.).

Golden blonde is lighter than the orange stage of color

the hair goes through when lifting color.


I would go with a light to medium amount of highlights at the crown,

 back and nape. Around the face go a bit heavier.

Around the face is about 1-2 inches back from and including the hairline.

 This will off set the nose and chin.


Wearing hair pulled back in a ponytail is ok.

I realize this is the easiest for long hair.


Add a light touch of color to your eyes, cheeks and lips.

You would be surprised how much this helps.


All of these ideas are meant to balance features so that people

 look at the overall YOU, not just one or two facial features.


Your parents have blessed you with beautiful facial features;

always take this into your total outlook.


Hoping this has been a help.




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I'm not sure if it's fair to ask your advice, as you do this as a job, but if it's not, just tell me.

I thought your advice on hairstyles for different facial shapes was very useful, but I'm not sure I can apply it.