Here's the thing: You can choose any haircut you want, no matter your face shape. If you want to wear a pixie, go for it. Love lobs? We're here for that too. We want you to look and feel however your best no matter what. That being said, there are cut thats traditionally flatter different shapes, and we'd be remiss not to share that information with you. Furthermore, it can be confusing what all that expert hairstylist lingo really means, so we wanted to shed light on the different lengths and styles that best complement your face.
And to clarify these guidelines, we went to some of the best stylists in the biz for their expertise. Keep scrolling for all the information and advice they offered.
According to celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, if you have a round face, you want to create height and length. "A hairstyle with longer layers will make your neck and face appear more slender," she explains. Celebrity hairstylist Kristan Serafino also recommends a center part, long bob, and short cut with a full top. "Avoid harsh angular styles, tight curls, and thick bangs that all shorten the appearance of the face," she says.
To create loose waves like Chrissy's and Miranda's below, try Potempa's Beachwaver ($199).
"The best hairstyles will create the appearance of a fuller and wider forehead and chin, and soften the diamond shape," says Serafino. Try Celebrity Hair Expert for Infusium 23 and get a cut that works with the hair tucked behind the ear (like Jenna Dewan Tatum's below) to show off your cheekbones. "Go for angled bobs that are longer in the front and will cover the width of the cheeks," adds Potempa, like Ashley Greene's chop below. She also suggests long layers to offset the widest points of the face.
Angileri says a tousled bob works well with a square-shaped face since it emphasizes layers and will de-emphasize squareness. Serafino also notes that styles that soften a wider forehead and jawline are ideal: "The best hairstyles will soften the edges of the face line with wispy layers, sweeping side fringe, and volume at the crown of the head."
Oblong faces are best complemented with styles that have width at the cheekbones to distract from the length. Potempa suggests side-swept bangs to shorten the face. Says Angileri, "A shoulder-length haircut is the most flattering—somewhere between the chin and shoulders. You want to create width, which you can easily do with waves." Kristin Wiig's and Carrie Underwood's styles below are a perfect example of flattering cuts for long faces.
Practically unanimously, the stylists interviewed for this piece said that women with oval face shapes can sport the most versatile cuts. (If you have an oval face, consider yourself lucky!) Potempa says long layers allow for movement, especially when waving your hair. Additionally, adding volume to the sides (like Kerry Washington's cut below) rounds out an oval face by adding width.
According to PRO Beauty Tools' Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Lavoy, heart-shaped faces can compensate for a wider forehead with long, face-framing layers. Potempa says bangs are a great way to conceal a wider forehead, and that styling your long layers "down and out" (e.g., curling them away from your face) helps draw away from the width of your forehead.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Hallie Gould.