How to Find the Perfect Hairstyle for your Face Shape

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January is the perfect time for a reinvention of yourself. Whether you’re embracing “new year, new me”, religiously sticking to your resolutions, or are opting for participating in the short-term Dry January, the first month of the year is full of promise for what’s to come. This also means that there has never been a better time than now to invest in a little makeover!

At the start of the new year, Google search results for gyms see a massive spike, and according to Gold’s Gym, they experience a 40% increase in traffic between December and January. Over Christmas, it is likely that you’ve allowed yourself to indulge. However, now is the perfect opportunity to make those small changes to make yourself feel better.

Changing your hair can be a nerve-wracking process for some; the idea of investing in a change which you may not like can be worrisome, but looking for inspiration will help you decide what’s right for you. There are some factors to consider before getting the chop, so we’ve included several points for you to look out for if you’re planning a restyle!

Determining your face shape is essential in ensuring that your hairstyle will suit you; you need something that will flatter you while making you feel confident. This is simple and can be done at home, just grab a ruler and get measuring.

There are several points of your head that you need to measure. Check the width of your brow, cheekbones and jawline, as well as the length of your face, from the highest point of your forehead to the chin.



If your face is oval, the length of your face is higher than the width. Additionally, the angle of the jaw should be softer and less angular. This is seen as the ideal face shape for women as it generally means that your face is balanced and symmetrical. With a proportional face, you can pretty much pull off any hairstyle – lucky you!



The measurement of your forehead, cheekbones and jawline should all be similar. However, the length of your head is the largest measurement.



All measurements are similar. Unlike with an oval face, however, the jawline is square. Longer hairstyles than frame the face will give the illusion of a softer jawline if that is something that you’re after. Cutting the hair in a way that feathers strands, especially around the forehead, will further soften up the look.



If your cheekbones measurement is around the same size as the length, then it is likely that you have a round face. In order to have this face shape, your forehead and jawline should also be similar. To balance out the shape of your face, opt for a longer style that frames your face. Adding texture in the form of layers will slim the face, but ensure that your shortest layer is longer than your chin to make this the most effective. Another helpful tip in creating a style that suits you is by adding height at the crown, which gives the appearance of a longer face.



The length is the longest measurement, with the cheekbones, forehead and jawline all decreasing in size before finishing at a slightly pointed chin. Similar to oval face shapes, those blessed with a diamond-shaped face can pull off many looks. However, the longer, the better as shorter styles that finish above the chin can often add additional fullness to the top section of the face.



With a pointed chin, your forehead is the biggest measurement and is greater than the cheekbones and jawline size. Framing the face is key to pulling off your heart-shaped face! Curls, waves and pixie cuts work well as they add dimension an volume. Ever wanted to try a fringe but worried that it wouldn’t suit you? Go for it, as long fringes perfectly compliment your look.


If you’ve established your face shape and are now interested in getting a new haircut, why not pop into our North Devon hairdressers and have a chop? Get in touch for more information about how you can make 2018 your year!