Just as you consider your body type when shopping, your face shape plays a big role in choosing the best hair cut. Cutler/Redken Salon Senior Stylist, Kelsy Osterman, shares her tips for determining your face shape, and how to highlight your features accordingly.
FACE SHAPE ANALYSIS: Pull your hair away from your face into a ponytail. Then, standing in front of a mirror look at the width of your forehead, cheeks and jaw. Match your dimensions to the below:
ROUND: Forehead, cheeks and jaw are the same width, without a pronounced jaw line.
- DO: Elongate a round face with a lengthening cut and sharp angles.
- DO: Even out your proportions and slim cheeks with layers that start at least two inches below the jaw.
- DON’T: Cut blunt fringe that mimics the roundness of the face.
TRIANGLE: Forehead width is more narrow than jaw width.
- DO: Soften this bold shape by cutting layers fuller through the top and tapper towards the jaw.
- DO: Backcomb hair near the roots to achieve volume if you have fine hair.
- DON’T: Cut a blunt bob ending near the jaw line, it will accentuate jaw width.Kate Hudson
SQUARE: Four widest points on the face are the outer corners of the forehead and jaw. These points are parallel.
- DO: Tone down sharp angles by cutting layers or fringe that start near the eyes/cheekbone and cascade downward.
- DO: Work a trendy, short lob with a few layers to slim down the jaw.
- DON’T: Blunt layers at the jaw line or forehead which widen and square off the face.Olivia Wilde
DIAMOND: Cheekbones are the most dominant feature, while forehead and jaw are more narrow.
- DO: Create the illusion of more proportion by cutting layers that stop near the jaw, which adds width and dimension.
- DO: Add balance by cutting shorter bangs to bring the eye to the forehead.
- DON’T: Cut soft, cascading fringe that lands near the cheekbone, bringing the eye to that feature.
Do you style your hair based on the shape of your face?
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