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Hair Cut Style: What Works Best for You?

When choosing your new hair cut style you should consider which styles you like, which styles suit your lifestyle and hair type, but above all — which style of hair cut will look the most flattering on you.

While choosing the right hair cut style is ultimately about your personal taste there are some basic rules you should follow. At the top of this list is what styles suit your face shape.

Finding the right hair cut style for your face shape

oval faceThe oval face is considered to be the ideal shape by hairdressers. People with an oval face shape can wear most hair cut styles and lengths with it still looking "right".

The oval face is mathematically 1.5 times as long as its width, with the forehead slightly wider than the jaw. This means ovals don't have to worry about concentrating on curls or sideswept hair to soften a square face or, in the case of diamond-shaped faces, have to create the illusion of width at the jawline. If you're an oval you're home free!

round face shapeRound faces are characterised by fullness below the cheekbones as well as a round chin. Because they lack the length of the oval face, the hair should be cut to create the illusion of length in the face. This is usually achieved by creating height on top of the head, short styles or those that keep your hair close to the face and minimising hair width by keeping it flat at the sides and around the ears.
Although sometimes difficult to maintain, extra long hairstyles also have a slenderizing effect on round faces.

rectangular face shapeRectangular faces have a square chin and hairline, and are long and narrow. The ideal style of hair cut is one which creates width at the sides disguising the narrowness. A fringe can shorten the face, and a style with a side part will help to reduce the square appearance.

Cutting your hair in layers is also a flattering look for those with rectangular faces as it helps to soften the "boxy" corners of your face while highlighting the cheekbone area.

heart shaped faceHeart shaped faces are widest at the temples and narrowest at the jawline. Usually the chin is small and delicate. The hair cut style's objective should be to create an oval by adding width at the jawline. Bangs are especially flattering to those with heart-shaped faces since they draw attention further down the face away from the forehead. A chin-length bob will also create fullness around the chin, lend a more overall balanced proportion to the face.

If you're proud of your heart-shaped face, go bold with a short crop (although this style usually doesn't work if you have a particularly pointy chin!)

diamond shaped faceDiamond shaped faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrow in the forehead and chin. By creating width at the forehead and minimising it at the cheekbones, the illusion of an oval face can be achieved. Pullback styles are often the best way to go to show off those great cheekbones. Otherwise, try wavy layers or curls to soften the widest part of your face.

A side part, or a sideswept look, will also help to keep one side of your face "open" and avoid making your face look too narrow.

square face shapeSquare faces have a square jawline and hairline at the forehead. They are 'too short', so a suitable hair cut style seeks to create height elongating the face. Hair should wisp around face to reduce squareness. This can be achieved with a cut that surrounds the face to soften the jawline, with the jaw and brow nearly same width.

While it's not uncommon for someone to walk into a salon and say, "Give me a Jennifer Aniston", the key to finding a style that works for you is having a hair cut that works with your face shape, not against it.

More about matching your hairstyle to face shape around the Web:

Face Shapes and Hair Styles - The Tutorial - Check out an expert tutorial with do's and don'ts with tips on the right hairstyle for your face shape, and what to avoid.

Face Shapes & Movie Stars Hair Styles - Good examples from Hollywood on what makes a great hairstyle with tips on what to style around oval, round, square and heart-shaped faces with photos and related resources.

Matching Your Hairstyle to Your Body Type - Advice on hairstyles to match athletic, willowy, round and petite body types.

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