The Perfect Hairstyle
Did you know that any great look consists of three basic elements,
the perfect haircut suitable for your facial shape, the proper
styling products and the right makeup to go with the desired
hairstyle. The style of your hair basically depends on the
shape of your face. Therefore if you want to have the hairstyle
that your favourite film star has then it is not necessary
that the same hairstyle will suit you. Therefore before deciding
on any hairstyle/haircut always determine the shape of your
face. Here's how you will do it:
Pull your hair back with an elastic band or headband so all
you see is your face. Stand close to a well-lit mirror and,
with a dampened bar of soap, slowly trace your facial outline
onto the mirror. The outline on the mirror will reflect your
face shape, which will be one of the following.
Description: A large, curved
forehead with a rounded chin. The face looks full and has
very few angles. Cheekbones are clearly wider than brow bone
and jaw line. Widest point is at the cheeks and ears.
Most complimentary styles: Hairstyles
with fullness and height at the crown will draw attention
upward giving you a longer face shape. Also try short hairstyles
with a swept-back direction or hairstyles that are longer
than chin length. By layering the top to achieve fullness
and keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face,
your face shape will appear longer and narrower. An off centre
part is best with fullness and height at the crown.
Avoid: Avoid slick back styles
without hair touching your face. Do not add width around the
sides of your face, this will make the face appear to be wider
than normal. As long as you have a focal point such as curls
on top this will draw attention away from the roundness of
your face. Also avoid chin length hair with rounded lines.
These rounded styles will only make your face appear to be
even more round. Avoid short cuts since it will only make
your face appear to be heavier than normal.
Description: Oval is a perfectly
balanced face; the top half balances the bottom half. Those
who have oval face are extremely lucky coz they can flaunt
almost all hairstyle.
Most complimentary styles:
Hairstyles that are short, medium and long suit you since
your face shape is well-balanced. You look best when styling
hair off you face. If you have curly hair, a short cut looks
Avoid: Covering up your "perfect" features with heavy
bangs, or too forward-directed styles. Also avoid too much
hair on your face, as it will cover the perfectly proportioned
Description: Heart shape face
has a wide forehead and a narrow chin line. Therefore hairstyles
should be such that will decrease the width of the forehead
and increase the width of the lower part of the face.
Most Complimentary styles:
A chin length bob is most complimentary on your face shape.
Bobs tend to be fuller at the bottom, which is what you would
want if you were trying to bring width to your thin jawbone.
You should always go for side-parted hairstyles.
Avoid: Short, full styles that
emphasize upper face. Avoid too much height at the crown since
it gives the appearance of a long and narrow chin. Avoid slicked-back
looks for it will only draw more attention to the shape of
Description: Oblong shape is
long and narrow with hollow cheeks. There is very little difference
in width between the top, middle or bottom of your face but
it is more rounded than the square face. Your goal should
be to add width and fullness to the sides of the face and
around the eyes, cheekbones and ears.
Most Complimentary style: Short
to medium lengths with fullness at the sides of your face
and at your eyes and cheeks, is perfect for you. You can also
try soft and wispy bangs since it will shorten the appearance
of the length. Layer works great with your face structure,
as they will add softness to the straight lines in your face.
Always have side parting to throw off the balance of your
Avoid: Too much hair length will make your face look
longer. Avoid centre parts since it will bring attention to
the middle of your face and make it appear to be longer.
Description: Jaw line is significantly
wider than brow bone. Your goal should be to narrow the chin
and widen the forehead.
Most Complimentary style: Chin
length or longer cuts are best for you. Go for styles that
are full at the temples and taper at the jaw. Off centre parts.
Shags and Wedge cuts look great. Try tucking hair behind your
ears as this will draw attention to your eyes and add width
in this area.
Avoid: Long, full hairstyles
that draw attention to jaw line. Avoid Centre parts since
it will bring attention to the middle of your face and make
it appear to be longer.
Description: Cheekbone is clearly
wider than forehead and jaw line. Your aim should be to reduce
the width around the cheekbone line.
Most Complimentary style: If
you are a true diamond then most of the hairstyles look good
on your face. You can wear shorter styles, however if you
are a dramatic diamond shape you need to leave weight in the
back nape area like a heart shaped face. This will achieve
more balance between your dramatic cheekbones and more delicate
Avoid: Avoid hairstyles that
lift away from cheeks or move back from the hairline.
Description: A square shaped
face has a straight hairline and a square jaw line. Therefore
you have to create an illusion of length. Your goal should
be to soften the sharp angle of jaw line and minimize your
Most Complimentary style: Haircuts that emphasize your
cheekbones at mid-line of the face are most flattering. Go
for side-parts. Bangs and waves at the temple will soften
the square shape of your face. Wear hair coming forward onto
the face to reduce the square feature of the face. Hair length
is best about 1-1/2" below the chin. Height in crown will
create illusion of length.
Avoid: Long straight style that accentuate square jawbone.
Also avoid linear straight bangs and centre-parts.