Wig and Hair Industry
Selecting the Right Hair
Styles For Your Face Shape The Visual Method
Getting the Best Look
Based on Your Face Shape
Find Out How
Here's how to find the hair styles
that work best for you. Styles should accentuate your best facial features while minimizing your less-than-best features.
To find your face shape:
0. Get a friend to help you or
better yet get a few friends together for a "Best Hair Styles"
1. Pull hair back and secure so hair is totally off the face.
2. Stand 12" from a mirror and look straight into it. -- Or, use a picture of
yourself facing straight into the camera with your hairline showing.
3. Outline your face with a marker
on the mirror, with drawing paper or on the photo itself.
4. Now look at your face shape in the mirror or the photo drawing. At first
there may appear to be more than one shape. Though your face may not be an
exact duplicate of any single shape, it will more closely resemble one shape
over all other shapes shown. Pick the shape most closely resembling your own.
5. Once you have done all of
this you will have a good idea of what style fits best on you. If you find the visual method confusing,
try the Virtual Method. Try on 1000's of hair styles, short, medium
and long in all kinds of styles and all kinds of colors. You will
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style, hair piece or wig.
Shaped Face ----Slightly narrower at the jawline than at the temples, with
a gently rounded hairline. Oval is considered by many to be the loveliest and most
versatile face shape since nearly every style looks sensational on this
face with perfect symmetry.
Try: Most any hair shape works well. Short,
medium and long lengths, plus styles swept away from face.Hair pulled back shows off the oval face the
most. In long styles, a great classic look is a center or side part with
hair touching shoulders. The short-layered looks with curls and a close
extended nape focus on this oval.
Clothing tip: Wide-open necklines or
close-necked collars emphasize the oval face.
Shaped Face ----Full-looking face with round chin and hairline.
This shape is round at the cheeks and a has a circular
form. There is more of the face near the ears and gradually less curving
upward and downward. The goal: to slim your face. Add height
without adding extra width.
or longer styles, cuts with fullness and height at the crown, layered top,
off-center parts. Hair below the chin line
should be worn with a face-lengthening center part; for hair above chin
line, wear an off-center part to interrupt the roundness. Height at the
crown and a bare forehead lengthen and slim the face. It's best to avoid
short and sleeked-back hairstyles. In short-angled styles, you are best
seen with hair brushed away from the face, building extra crown height to
narrow the roundness of your features. Though bangs shorten the face, you
can wear curly, tousled side bangs. Always avoid straight-falling bangs.
Wear longer styles closer to the face to give length.
Clothing tip: Avoid rounded, scoop
necklines. Use vertical clothing lines and v-neck lines to add angles to
Face ---- Angular jawline, same width as forehead
This face is characterized by an angular jaw and square brow,
with jaw and brow being nearly the same width. The goal: soften the sharp
angle of jaw line and minimize squared-off brow.
Try: Styles that lengthen the face and add
fullness on top work best. Avoid styles that add width at the jawline. Hairstyles that emphasize
the cheekbones mid-line of the face are most flattering. Bangs and waves
at the temple also soften the square. Wear your best styles with hair
swinging forward onto the face to reduce the angles. Hair length is best
about 1-1/2" below the chin, or extending to shoulder length to reduce and
soften the squareness of your jaw. Hair worn on the forehead is always
perfect for you, as long as it is wispy or fringed. Never wear straight
bangs. Hair turned under at the bottom also will narrow the width of the
jaw. Styles in loose curls and waves add extra dimension to the square
Makeup tip: Makeup that emphasizes the
cheekbones softens the square. Darken the outer corner of the jaw to
soften the lines and make them recede.
Shaped Face ----This shape has a wide chin and a narrow forehead. The
goal: narrow the chin and widen the forehead. Wear your hair wide and full
at the top of the head and temples, brushed away from the face and up
toward the ear to widen forehead; from the ear, angle hair forward toward
the chin to soften and narrow a strong jaw. Do not wear styles that are
full at the jaw line however. Your best hair length: chin length or longer.
Clothing tip: Avoid ruffled necklines,
which add fullness tot he lower face. Closed-neck collars and necklines
Makeup tip: Highlight the forehead and
temples to add width to the upper half of your face.
Shaped Face ---- Wider at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small
chin. This is an upside down triangle face. There is very
little of your face at the jaw line, much more at the eye line, cheek
bones and even more at the brow line.
Try: Chin-length or longer styles, side
parts, swept forward layers around the upper face, wispy bangs.
The goal: diminish forehead width
and create a wider, fuller jaw effect. If you want bangs, wear them full
and curly if possible. Wear a side part with soft three-quarter bangs
swept over one side to balance your forehead width. The styles should be
fuller at the top than at the jaw line. Upswept at the sides and off the
forehead further emphasize your feminine appeal . A medium length to
mid-neck is your best look. Fullness at the bottom, with hair directed
forward onto the cheeks gives you the appearance of a wide chin. Curls or
loose waves, shaped from the ears down, add width and fullness to your
Clothing tip: Use V-neck and "Sweetheart"
neck lines to repeat and emphasize the heart shape.
Makeup tip: Highlight the temples if you
are not wearing bangs to, broaden the forehead.
Face ----This shape is long and thin, often with a chin that tends to look
pointed. 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.
Hairstyles should add width and fullness to the sides of the face and
around the eyes, cheekbones and ears. This shape benefits from a low side
part, with a sweep of hair brushed across the forehead and secured with a
comb. The look of volume with an asymmetric flow of hair to one side
widens your face and reduces length. Straight-falling bangs or bangs
blended with the sides of your hair shorten the overall face length. Your
best hair length reaches to the middle of the neck. Favor volume with
curly or wavy styles that are very becoming, giving you the illusion of
Clothing tip: Avoid long v-necked and
vertical lines at the neckline. Use high necklines to shorten the length
of the face.
Makeup tip: To shorten the face a bit,. use
darker foundation, powder or blusher to darken the chin.
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