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 some you should avoid at all costs.
Below, find the top stylist-approved haircuts for heart-shaped faces.
Lob: Straight With Side Flip
The long bob (aka lob) is a popular haircut that just so 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. If you've got fine tresses, style your lob with a cool-girl side flip for an instant boost of volume.
Lob: Flipped-Out With Center Part
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.” For a '60s vibe, flip out ends like Brittany Snow.
Lob: Curly With Side Bang
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.” Instead, opt for a longer bob as seen here on the beautiful Tessa Thompson. Curls and a side bang modernize this classic cut.
Lob: "Down and Out"
Matos recommends keeping the length on the longer side, hitting the collarbone, 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." By styling long layers away from her face, Nicole Richie pulls off a casual finish that draws attention down and away from her forehead.
Pixie: Short and Choppy
Xavier Velasquez, a stylist at 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. Using the right pixie styling products is also key.
Pixie: Long and Side-Parted
If you’re looking for a drastic change or want to go shorter, 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.”
Pixie: Feathered Layers
Whether you go edgy or romantic, the pixie is a statement-making look in the best possible way. Audrey Tautou keeps layers long and feathered to highlight texture and softness.
A pixie is the perfect cut for coarse hair since it requires easy upkeep and minimal styling. Here, Lupita Nyong'o opts for a tapered cut in a style that favors volume and body up top. Apply a small amount of Charlotte Mensah Hair Oil to keep strands hydrated and healthy.
Long Layers: Wavy With Side Part
“Long, wavy layers elongate and add fullness around the jawline,” says Velasquez, making it ideal for those with heart-shaped faces. To pull off Sarah Hyland's gorgeous curls, style with a 1.25-inch curling wand. Hot Tools Gold Curling Iron XL Barrel 1.24 Inch will get the job done.
Long Layers: Beach Waves
If you're into a more casual-cool vibe, Gwyneth Paltrow's long beach waves are just that. A 1-inch flatiron (try Drybar The Tress Press 1-Inch Straightening Iron) can help you achieve this style. Grab a section of hair and iron by simply rolling your wrist, then finish with a beach spray.
Long Layers: Loose Waves With Side Part
Long layers can help to remove some of the weight that comes with having thick hair, as Vanessa Hudgens can attest. “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,” says Matos.
Long Layers: Wavy With Deep Side Part
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.
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.”
Bangs can be ideal if you have a larger forehead, too. Thompson recommends styling a set of blunt bangs with texture-laden beach waves for balance.
Bangs: Long and Wispy
Katie Holmes's lash-grazing fringe draws attention to her eyes and cheekbones. Long, wispy, bangs can be a great option for heart-shaped faces since they work to downplay the width of the forehead.
Curtain bangs are all the rage. Not only are they stylish and low maintenance, but they draw attention away from the widest part of a heart-shaped face (read: forehead) and toward your jaw to create facial balance. Rather than go for a single-length cut, which will only add boxiness around the face, says Velasquez, pair with long layers à la Keri Russell instead.
Bangs: Long and Textured
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 long hair lengths. Whereas, “The short fringe emphasizes the cheekbone on a heart-shaped face—especially when you pull your hair back up [into a pony],” she says. Naomi Campbell's fringe is a nice compromise.
Olga Kurylenko complements her heart-shaped face with long, layered waves and a side-swept bang. Maine adds that layers should begin at the chin to open up the face and that “a deep side part is ideal. 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.”