How to choose a haircut according to the shape of your face?

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You may have suspected it, but the shape of your face is the most important factor to consider when choosing a haircut.

You may fall in love with this beautiful new fashionable cut, but if it doesn’t match the shape of your face, you’ll probably be very disappointed! So, what do you tell the hairdresser so that you don’t leave the salon angry? That’s what we’re going to see right now!

Rectangular face shape

The rectangular face shape is distinguished by fairly pronounced angles at the jaw and a high forehead. The goal here is to opt for a cut that will bring roundness.

For example, you can be tempted by beautiful wavy lengths or a half-long gradient that will highlight your cheekbones and soften the angles.

Oval face shape

If this is your case, rejoice, your face is very well balanced and allows you to choose from countless possibilities.

For example, dare to cut your cheeks, lips or chin short, depending on what you want to highlight. If you prefer long hair, avoid gradations that would hide your face and opt for curls or waves, for example.

Square face shape

A square face is characterized by a rather broad forehead, a marked jaw and clearly visible cheekbones.

A cut with a side parting may be an excellent choice to soften these angles, as may a long fringe or asymmetrical streak. You can also try a plunging square or a loose, boyish cut to add length to your face.

Heart-shaped/hexagonal/losange face shape

This type of face is recognizable by visible cheekbones, with a narrow jaw and a thin chin.

The trick is therefore to try to minimize the upper part of your face in favour of the lower part in order to balance the whole. To do this, you can try a long or half-long layered cut starting at the chin. Curls are also a very good solution to bring roundness and soften the angles.

Round face shape

The round face is about equal in height and width with well rounded cheeks. You must therefore bring a maximum of angles and volume into your hair to break up the roundness a little.

Opt for long gradations from the jaw line or plunging squares that are not too short. You can also embellish your cut with an oblique fringe to lengthen your face.

Triangular face shape

This face shape is characterized by a pronounced jaw, more prominent than the forehead, and a thin or flat chin. It is thus necessary to bet on a cut allowing to balance the bottom for the benefit of the top.

To do this, favour volume on the top of the head, for example a plunging square that is not too structured. If you prefer to keep the length, loops and other wavy fabrics will enhance your look by softening the angles.


Need advice?  Make an appointment with one of our facial hair stylists at Au 2e in Montreal.