- Oval – You have no dominant features, the face is rounded, longer and narrow rather than short and wide. Oval face shapes are very harmonious but run the risk of looking plain due to a lack of a focal point.
- Square – The sides of your face are straight with a defined angular jaw. The front hairline and jaw line are almost horizontal while the cheekbones protrude very little on the sides.
- Round – This is a circular face shape, with the appearance of being short and wide. The hairline is low accompanied by a short chin and rounded jawline
- Oblong – Otherwise known as a rectangular face shape. The jawline is wide, almost horizontal, while the face is long and narrow. The cheekbones barley protrudes allowing the sides to appear vertical.
- Heart – A long, angular face shape. The chin area is elongated or pointed, while the forehead is wide.
- Diamond – The widest area of the face is at the cheekbones. The forehead and chin are narrow. This can be confused with an oval face shape, but the appearance is slightly elongated and angular.
- Triangle – The jawline is the widest area of the face with a forehead that is narrow.
Now you have some insight into the various facial shapes one could have. Feel free to take it one step further with the three-sectioning method. The three-sectioning method is an effective way to measure the proportions of the face. Section 1 measure the front hair line to the middle of the eyebrows. Section 2 measure from the middle of the eyebrows to the tip of the nose. Section 3 measure from the tip of the nose to the tip of the chin. If these sections have equal measurements, they are harmonious. If there is more than a ½” difference between any of the sections, it is not harmonious. Choosing the right hairstyle can give the illusion of balance.
Now that you’ve figured out which facial shape you best fall under, our next step is to determine the haircut and style that best suits that beautiful mug!
Best men’s haircuts for oval faces
Hey bud, it’s your lucky day. Most hairstyles work well with this face shape because of the symmetry and balance.
Haircuts that work well with Oval face shapes are: Quiffs, pompadours, fades, undercuts, textured slick backs, comb overs and spiky hair. But there is also a lot of room to experiment with longer lengths such as fuller rocker-esque shoulder length hair.
Caution: Avoid bangs or fringes that could cover your forehead and make your head appear even rounder.
Best haircuts for square faces
Like the round face shape in width and height, but in this case, you’re dealing with that strong masculine jawline, which is a feature that should be accentuated, typically by a hair cut with short sides. The square face can be also be versatile, so don’t be afraid to play around with other lengths and styles, the face shape can handle it. Volume and fullness on top are key, giving the illusion of elongating the face.
Haircuts that work well with square face shapes are: Brush ups, quiffs, long comb overs, messy crops, buzz cuts, pompadours, traditional slick backs, crew cuts and undercuts.
Best haircuts for round faces
That baby face of yours naturally lack face shape and dimension. Not to worry, like the square face shape go for a style that adds height and volume on top giving you a more pronounced look, giving the illusion the face is longer.
Haircuts that work well with round face shapes are: High fades with pompadours, faux hawks, side parts, long textured comb overs, slick backs, spiky hair and undercuts.
Caution: Avoid too much volume on the sides, making the face shape appear rounder.
Best haircuts for oblong faces
Otherwise known as the rectangle face shape. You do not want to create too much of a disconnect between the top and sides, be conscious that you do not elongate the face any further and avoid excessive height. However, if you feel you need to turn up the volume on top, go for a more balanced haircut where the sides aren’t too short.
Haircuts that work well with oblong face shapes: Side part, short brush up, sleek man bun, spiky hair and comb overs.
Caution: Avoid pompadours and other high-volume styles.
Best haircuts for triangle faces
Being strategic to balance out your wide jaw is key here. Think fuller hairstyles with some length on the sides to create symmetry. Haircuts that work well with triangle face shapes: Angular fringe, messy hair, swept bangs, textured pompadour or a quiff.
Caution: Stay away from short fades as it will accentuate your narrow forehead. We don’t want you looking like a pear.
Best haircuts for diamond faces
Those cheekbones are poppin’! So, to even out the narrower forehead with your pronounced cheekbones, a chop with a more balanced aesthetic would be suitable.
Haircuts that work well with diamond face shapes: textured crop, fawx hawk, shag, side part, brush up, side sweep, messy hair and an angular fringe.
Best haircuts for heart shaped faces
Your chin is the narrowest part of your face. A hairstyle that’s proportionate to your features with help balance the forehead with the chin. Haircuts that work well with heart face shapes: side part, quiff, brush up, angular fringe.
Caution: Avoid too much height on top as well as harsh angles.