Celebrity Hairstylists Tell Us How to Find the Perfect Part for Your Face Shape

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Now that you’ve figured out your face shape, it’s time to put that knowledge to good use. We spoke with celebrity hairstylist Mika Fowler (she’s responsible for Olivia Munn’s perfectly chopped locks) and celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean about their advice for finding the most flattering part for the shape of your face. Think side-parted hairstyles and more. Turns out a simple update to your part can elongate your features, bring out your cheekbones, soften sharp angles, and more. We’re reaching for our combs as we type.

Read on for the best part for your face shape.

Round Face: Middle or Deep Side Part


“If you have a round shape, the ideal part line is down the middle or a deep side part,” Fowler says. “Both of these parts will give the illusion of length and create symmetry around your face.”

If your face shape is round, part your hair down the middle or with a deep side part. “If you have a round shape, the ideal part line is down the middle or a deep side part,” Fowler says. “Both of these parts will give the illusion of length and create symmetry around your face.”


Fowler warns against adding too many layers to your hairstyle if your face shape is round: “Add just enough to slim the face.”

Square Face: Side Part With Bangs


Fowler says that a soft, sideswept part with bangs or a swoop will add softness to square-faced ladies.

Dean recommends an extra-deep side part to elongate your features: “The sides of the face are commonly straight, meaning an extra-deep side part is your new best friend.”


Fowler suggests not going too deep: “You don’t want to make the part too deep—this will accentuate [the angles] of a square face,” says Fowler. Instead, show just enough skin on your forehead and allow your bangs to offset your angled jawline.

Oval Face: Any Part


Oval-faced ladies can pull off pretty much any part. Fowler says the most “ideal” face shape for any part is the oval-shaped face.

This is the easiest of face shapes to style for, as Dean recommends playing with your part: “Deep side, middle, sideswept all generally work well with the oval face shape.”


An oval face shape “allows you to try a middle, side, or deep part—and you will rock every single one!” If you have an oval-shaped face, play around with your part and mix things up.

Heart Face: Deep Side Part


Fowler says a deep side part will break up the chin line, which can be pointy if you have a heart-shaped face. “You want to soften your cheekbones as well,” Fowler says.


“A deep side part will brush softly against your face and give this illusion,” says Dean.

If your hair naturally parts down the middle, create a side part by parting your hair while it is wet, then applying a gel to hold the new part in place. Use a fine-toothed comb to direct your hair in the new direction as you blow dry.

However, Dean says to experiment with a middle part and play around with layers to help enhance your features, like Reese Witherspoon’s layered lob. “Also try a half-up, half-down look to emphasize the eyes and shape of your face. Heart-shaped faces are unique, so show them off as much as you can,” says Dean.

Diamond Face: Side Part, No Bangs


If you have a diamond-shaped face, you want to stay away from short bangs and stick to side parts. “A side part really complements your strong cheekbones and bone structure,” Fowler remarks.


Fowler says shorter hairstyles work best for this look since diamond-shaped ladies have smaller foreheads. Anything too long and dramatic will overshadow your face.

Oblong Face: Middle Part or Bangs


A middle part is ideal for oblong faces. Fowler suggests a middle part to add the illusion of roundness to oblong faces.


“Bangs also work very well for this look because they help shorten the long face shape,” Fowler says. She recommends asking for a haircut with layers to bring out your cheekbones and strong jawline.

  • How do I find my natural part?

    To find your natural part, start with towel-dried hair. Working in sections, comb your hair back toward your crown, then pull your head forward and let your hair naturally fall. Notice where it splits—this will be your hair part.

  • How do I change my hair part?

    It'll take some hair training to alter your natural hair part. To do this, wash your hair and while it's still damp, create the desired part. Pull all of the hair back into a hair tie and go to sleep. Do this nightly until you've trained your hair.

  • What is hair part theory?

    Hair part theory assumes that the right and left sides of one's face is different, and thus, the way you part your hair causes the brain to process subconscious associations.

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