Beyond working with the texture of your hair, getting a haircut that enhances your look means your hairdresser must also work with the shape of your face. The hairdressing experts at Danny Jelaca Hair Salon in Miami have seen plenty of cases where the client insists on a fun and unexpected hairdo. Yet, there is something to be said about getting the most classic, flattering cut. Although you may want to change it from time to time, you should know the basic cut that always makes you look fabulous and to which you may return, like when you return home after a long absence.
How Do You Determine the Shape of Your Face?
Your hairdresser will study the shape and form of your jaw, cheekbones, and forehead to determine the shape of your face among the six main face shapes. These are:
When the length of your face is larger than its width and the forehead is the widest section of the face, it means you have an oval shape. This is considered to be an ideal shape since many types of cuts go well with it.
The most flattering haircut for oval faces include shoulder-length waves, long layers, a full fringe, or a side-swept pixie.
When the length and width of the face are pretty similar, it is considered that you have a square face. These faces usually have a minimal curve to the chin and a strong angled jaw.
These faces look best with a wavy shag with a wispy fringe, long layers with a fringe, or soft-side swept bangs.
Although in this case the length and width of the face are also very similar, a round face differs from a square one because a round face has softer and rounder features. In this case, the cheeks stand out in the widest part of the face and you may have flattering cheekbones.
Round faces shine with a long bob that will lengthen the face. Other cuts that elongate the face include long voluminous waves, swoopy bangs with cropped sides, or straight hair.
Heart-shaped faces are known for their pointed chins and wider foreheads. The general shape of the face is that of an inverted triangle.
These faces look great with soft angles that start below the face to help balance out a long forehead or blunt bangs with wavy layers.
When cheeks, forehead, and jawline are the same width and when the distance from the forehead to the chin is a little wider than that from ear to ear, you have a rectangular face.
Rectangular faces call for side-swept or feathered fringes or long layers and angles that serve to add movement to the hair.
Diamond-shaped faces are generally defined by a pointy chin, narrower forehead, and high cheekbones, giving the face an exotic look.
To show off the high cheekbones, go for short-cropped hair or keep it long with layers to frame the face. Bangs may also be added to accentuate the diamond shape of the face.
You may bring in a picture of what you want your haircut to look like. Your hairdresser will study it and the shape of your face to determine whether your inspiration is a realistic look for the shape of your face or help you with any modifications that may look better.
Work With Your Hair’s Texture
Although identifying your face shape and selecting a haircut that will flatter it the most will give you a look to make you proud, you will enhance your look even further when you combine the texture of your hair with the haircut you want.
Nobody knows your hair better than you do and nobody understands what your hair can do naturally better than you do. So, if you are set on a particular hairstyle for your face shape, you also need to consider how much effort you are willing to invest into your daily routine.
Volume and texture are ideal tools to use to your advantage. You never want to go for round hairstyles that will accentuate a round face. Keeping this in mind, if your face shape is too round, adding volume to the top will make it appear longer, and if it is too long, volume to the sides will make It rounder. These are both extreme examples but your hairstylist will work with you to show you the hairstyling tricks that you may use to achieve an original look that will make you stand out.
Work With Your Hair Type
If you have fine hair, you should stay away from layering and go for styles that will keep it blunt and short. Think about a blunt bob with limited layers and texture to help your hair look its strongest.
If your hair is medium-strength, you can get away with a variety of lengths. If you are set on having texture or layers, medium hair will allow you to have a style with movement.
When your hair is thick, you can get away with as much layering as you want. However, keep in mind that the layers should help debulk hair density, aid with weight removal, and help you with your daily hairstyling tasks.
Work With Your Lifestyle
No matter how flattering a hairstyle looks on you, if it does not match your lifestyle, you will likely not take the steps needed to maintain it and have it look its best on a daily basis.
If you have a very hectic lifestyle with too much time at work or too much travel away from home, you may only get a chance to visit your favorite hairstylist every six to eight months. In these cases, stay away from a very high-maintenance look. If you are able to visit your hairstylist regularly, experts recommend you get a haircut every three to four months.
Think about the amount of time you will have to dedicate to your hair for the haircut to look its best and work with your hairstylist to achieve a look that both enhances the shape of your face and works with your hair’s texture and your time.