With all of the different options and trends popping up on runways for cutting and styling your hair, it can be difficult to choose which style is right for you. Do you keep your long Blake Lively -esque beach waves, chop them off into an edgy Taylor Swift-inspired bob, or keep things cool for the summer by shaving it all off into a daring buzz cut?
The truth is, when it comes to finding the perfect haircut, there isn't a right or wrong answer. The answer is actually all of the above – depending on your face shape. And while we encourage playing around with different hairstyles, there are a few that will flatter your face shape even more than the average cut.
That's why we've come up with a few tips to help you determine which cut is best for your face shape.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE
Before booking an appointment at the salon, determine your face shape so you'll know exactly what to ask for. You can do this at home by breaking out a ruler and measuring the widths of your brow, cheekbones and jawline, and the length of your face from forehead to chin.
If you have an oval face, the widths of your brow, cheekbones and jaw are almost equal, but if yours is round, your face is nearly as wide as it is long, with your forehead and jaw curving at the corners. People with heart-shaped faces have a wide brow and narrow jaw, but if the length and width of your face is equal, you have a square face.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CUT
The key is to find a cut that doesn't draw attention to the less balanced area of your face. This is so that you can create the illusion that you have an oval face shape.
If you have a round face, try to stay away from short bobs that will accentuate the roundness of your face. Instead, try long, barely there layers that hit around the jawline. This is an easy way to make your hair, not your face, seem fuller, and keeps volume away from the sides, focusing it near the ends.
You can also opt for a long, collar-bone skimming bob with wispy pieces around the neck that will give you a face slimming effect. And if you absolutely must have short hair, opt for a gamine with spiky layers sliced all around the crown of your head – because if you're going to go short, go all the way. Choppy pieces at the top will add not only edge, but height, lengthening your face and emphasizing your eyes.
If you have a heart shaped face, you'll want to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. Try long layers with full bangs to offset your prominent jaw. You could also opt for side swept bangs and a collarbone length cut to draw your eyes away from the chin area to add balance.
If you have an oval face, you're in luck because you can pull off just about any cut or style. The only trick is to avoid lengthening your face with a short cut. Opt for a sleek blowout with layers that offer a subtle variation in length to keep your strands from lying flat against your head, which has an elongating effect.
You can also try side swept bangs which shorten long faces.
If you have a square face, you want to bring the focus higher and put emphasis on your cheekbones, rather than your jaw. To do this, try a short layered bob with subtle bangs. Light shoulder-length layers all around that start a few inches above the ends with sweeping bangs will also camouflage a strong chin. Part your hair at the side for an asymmetrical effect, which also offsets squareness.