Turns out, the secret to a great haircut is two-fold. First, you must consider your face shape, and secondly, you need to choose a cut that works with your hair’s texture.
While it’s definitely fun to change it up and go for the unexpected, there’s something to be said for a classic, flattering cut. Think of it as your home base—the style you can return to time and time again.
Need a little more explanation? How do you determine your face shape? What about your texture? We asked top hairstylists George Papanikolas of Andy LeCompte Salon and Lorna Pollack from Kinloch Salon all our burning questions. Keep scrolling to learn more about choosing your ideal cut.
The Six Main Face Shapes
The determining factors tend to be your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw.
- Oval: Usually the length of your face is more than the width, with the forehead being the widest part of the face. Papanikolas says this shape is usually considered the most desirable face shape.
- Square: The length to width is nearly one to one, equal lengths horizontally and vertically, with a strong angled jaw, and minimal curve at the chin.
- Round: The length and width ratio is about equal. Soft and rounded features, with flatter cheekbones, and the cheeks stand out as the widest part of the face. Similar to a square face shape with softer angles.
- Heart: Pointed Chin with a wider forehead and slimmer chin, usually in the shape of an inverted triangle
- Oblong/Rectangle: When the width of the forehead, cheeks, and jawline are nearly the same, or the distance from forehead to chin is a bit longer than distance ear to ear.
- Diamond: Usually defined by high cheekbones, a pointy chin, and a narrower forehead