Hair Styles to Complement Face Shapes

Hair Styles to suit Face Shapes by Nevaeh, Roseville, California

Your face shape can play a big part in the type of haircut and hair style that will suit you. The good news is that whatever the shape of your face, there is a hair style that will complement your facial features perfectly. So whether your face is round, square, long or oval, there is a hairstyle to flatter your face shape.

Long Face Shape

One of the best hairstyle tips for a long shaped face is to add width and volume. This will ensure that your face looks in proportion. Curls and waves are a great way to add this additional volume and the added width will make your face look slightly wider instead of looking long and thin.


Fringes are also a great way to disguise a longer shaped face and they are also fab for disguising facial features such as a large forehead. A blunt fringe for example, will almost cut the length of a long face in half, taking the focus away from  features you would rather disguise. Kate Beckinsale shows us how a blunt fringe can work as a great hair style for a long shaped face.

In terms of up-do hairstyles, Sarah Jessica Parker has slicked back her hair at the front and added some additional width to the rest of her hair. This low and wide hairstyle will shorten the length of a long face as well as adding that sought after width.

Round Face Shape

The ultimate hair style tip for a round face is to make your face look slimmer. A good way to do this is to go for a hair cut such as a graduated bob. Kelly Clarkson shows us how this chic bob hair style can work on those whose faces appear rounder.

Up-do hairstyles that have a lot of height will also elongate a round face. A wavy fringe can take the focus away if you want to disguise facial features that you’re unhappy with. Adele shows how this works perfectly in terms of a hairstyle for round faces.

Oval Face Shape

Having an oval shape face gives you a lot of versatility and a lot to play with. A helpful hair style tip for an oval shape face is layers. Layers in particular are fantastic for accentuating chins and high cheekbones which can be very flattering.

Jennifer Aniston’s hair is always very popular and here she shows off a multitude of layers styled in a naturally straight style. This is one of our favourite hairstyles for oval shape faces.

With shorter hair styles, it’s good to have them cut short at the back and sides which will give great definition to an oval shape face. Here Rihanna wears a short hair style but with a heavy fringe that softens the harshness of the cut but also shows off her fantastic cheekbones.

Square Face Shapes

In order to make a square shaped face look longer, long hair that is styled in a sleek, straight style will make your face appear thinner. Lots of layers and centre partings are also great for complimenting square-shaped faces. Gwenyth Paltrow shows how a long sleek style is an excellent hair style for square-shape faces.

With shorter styles, short and wavy bobs will really flatter square face shapes. As Keira Knightly shows us, a short bob cut to chin length can seriously complement a long chin and square jaw.