We’ve drawn endless hair inspiration from celebrities, and one thing we've learned? When it comes to haircuts, it’s all about face shape. If your face is heart-shaped à la Reese Witherspoon or Katie Holmes, then you know a balanced cut is key for flattering those gorgeous cheekbones.
The main features of a heart-shaped face are a wider forehead and an outline that tapers down to a slightly pointy chin. “Heart-shaped faces tend to be wider through the cheeks and jaw, narrowing out through the chin,” explains Lauren Thompson, a hairstylist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC.
Naturally, we looked to the hair pros to ask them about the best haircuts for a heart-shaped face, and many agreed on four beautiful styles—and two you should avoid at all costs.
Below, find the top stylist-approved haircuts for heart-shaped faces.
Do: The Lob
This popular haircut happens to be universally flattering, and it gets the green light from Jennifer Matos, a celebrity stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon. “The lob is a great haircut that works well for heart-shaped faces,” she says. It is also a perfect haircut to try when transitioning from a longer length. Matos recommends keeping the length on the longer side, hitting the collar bone, as anything shorter tends to look too boxy. She says to ask your stylist to “keep the length in front and avoid very short layers."
Joseph Maine, a stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC, adds that when it comes to styling a lob, “Part it in the middle with the hair blown forward. This closes in some of the width while highlighting the jawline.”
Do: Long Pixie
If you’re looking for a drastic change or want to go shorter for summer, a long pixie is the perfect option. Not only will you be showing off your cheekbones even more, but Matos says that the longer layers associated with this cut provide “texture and softness, which together give hair movement for the ultimate versatility.” Whether you go edgy or romantic, the long pixie is a statement-making look in the best possible way.
Xavier Velasquez, a stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon warns that the cool, easy-to-style ’do will require more salon visits in order to maintain its pristine shape, which we think is totally worth it. Remember, not everyone can get away with a pixie. The cut can make a square face look more square and a long face look even more oblong. So if you have a heart-shaped face, you pretty much own the pixie cut.
Do: Long Layers
We can’t talk about heart-shaped faces without mentioning Reese Witherspoon. The actress never ceases to amaze in the hair department, and we’re constantly taking a page out of her beauty book. Witherspoon’s signature long layers and side-swept bangs make for a timeless style you’ll absolutely love. Velasquez notes that “long, wavy layers elongate and add fullness around the jawline.”
Matos agrees, “This is the go-to haircut when you want to add some layers and more movement to your long-length hair without committing to a big change.”
Maine adds that layers should begin at the chin to open up the face and that “a deep side part is ideal.”
If you’re looking to up the ante, Matos says side bangs that hit the cheekbone (or your lip if you don’t want to go too short) will complement those long lengths. “The short fringe emphasizes the cheekbone on a heart-shaped face—especially when you pull your hair back up [into a pony],” she says.
While we’re on the topic of bangs, if there is any face shape that can likely pull off a blunt fringe, it’s a heart-shaped one. “Bangs are always a great option for heart-shaped faces,” says Maine. “If you’re not ready to commit, a soft fringe can work as well, starting toward the end of the eyebrows and feathering downward.”
Thompson agrees, adding that they’re ideal if you have a larger forehead, too. She recommends styling a set of blunt bangs with texture-laden beach waves for balance and also advises to steer clear of short fringe if you have a small forehead since it can end up drawing too much attention to the chin.
Don't: Short Bob and Chunky Layers
While there’s no official rule book for haircuts, stylists agree that there are a few things to avoid if you want a flattering cut. “A heart-shaped face can handle most haircuts,” Maine says. “However, a chin-length bob will be the least flattering, as it will close in on the jawline.”
A single-length cut like this only adds boxiness around the face, and it’s all about distributing balance, according to Velasquez. “It’s important to avoid too many layers at the crown,” he says.“Stay clear of chunky layers in your face frame—remember, everything needs to be softened.”
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