If there’s one thing I’ve wondered in my many, many years of beauty, it has been how to find a hairstyle that suits you best.
And after many years of disastrous haircuts, desperately trying to find the perfect hairstyle for me, I finally realized how to find your perfect hairstyle that suits you – because the truth is, hair makes a huge difference. Your hairstyle can really transform your look, and your haircut also showcases your personality to others – even before saying a word.
Follow these steps to find your perfect hairstyle – for real! This is how I found my perfect best hairstyle as well.
1 – First, it all boils down to your face shape.
To find what hairstyle suits you, you need to know your face shape first. You won’t ever need to ask “Which hairstyle suits me?” ever again once you know your basic guidelines for your face shape. It is so much easier to find out what cuts and styles will flatter your face, making your search much less traumatic.
(Check out How to find out your face shape, and once you’ve figured it out, come back and continue reading.)
2 – Know your guidelines – and know them well.
Once you’ve found your face shape, it’s time to remember what styles suit you – and which ones you should stay away from. I call these the “guidelines” you can work within.
Here are some guidelines for the different face shapes, from what your hairstyle goal is, what hairstyles to avoid, as well as celebrities who share your face shape – go and research what styles they have for every more ideas:
Your goal: The goal when working with a round face shape is to create “length” visually, so that your face shape looks longer, since there is already a lot of width. To do this, you gotta find a style that will visually “pull” your face longer. So long, straight hair (or slightly wavy) would look stunning on you.
What to avoid: Avoid styles that will bring more width to your face, such as blunt bangs, short bobs and big curls (especially short or shoulder length curly bobs). They might make your face look rounder – the trick with round faces is to elongate.
Celebrities with this face shape: Selena Gomez, Lily-Rose Depp, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence and Liana Liberato.
Your goal: The key here is to widen your face, so focus on getting hair volume at the side (near your cheeks) so it will visually “widen” your face. Hairstyles such as wavy and curly hair will add width to your face; and short to shoulder length cuts look great on you too. Also, get used to backcombing your hair for width to your hair.
What to avoid: Avoid styles that “lengthen” the face, such as straight, long cuts, and avoid too long hair length, which can drag your face down (try not to have your hair length go past your chest).
Celebrities with this face shape: Alexa Chung, Kristen Stewart, Bella Hadid (she has great updos which is perfect for long faces) and Liv Tyler.
Your goal: When looking for a hairstyle for square face shapes, the idea is to soften your sharp features: just think romantic, soft, feminine. Soft romantic curls, soft layers will all look really pretty on you; and hairstyles with big, soft volume will look great too (think Veronica Lake curls).
What to avoid: For your face shape, it’s best to avoid sharp, angled styles and chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.
Lucky you, oval face shapes look great in anything! Experiment and see what you like best. You can really take any style, but if you really want a suggestion, I love The Universal Haircut best on this face shape. Allure has some great ideas, too.
Celebrities with this face shape: Jessica Alba, Sienna Miller and Megan Fox.
Heart (also called “Inverted Triangle”) face.
Your goal: For this face shape, the aim is to balance out the width at the top and the slimness at the bottom. To do that, keep your hair length to the longer side; as shorter cuts and styles (shorter than your chin, for example) may emphasise your smaller jaw area. Long and wavy hairstyles past your shoulders will look beautiful on you.
What to avoid: Whatever you do, don’t get any type of “heavy” bangs (such as blunt bangs cut straight across) as that would create even more width at the top, making your face out of balance.
Celebrities with this face shape: Taylor Swift, Chloe Moretz and Reese Witherspoon.
3 -Try out every single new potential hairstyle… digitally.
Now that you have some notes on what will suit your face shape, as well as some ideas, next is to test out different hairstyles and cuts before even going to the hairdresser. And I’m talking all things digital!
My next tip on finding out what hairstyle suits you, would be to try out the hairstyle before taking the plunge… by photo manipulation, of course! So if you are handy at Photoshop, it’s time to get to work. Grab a photo of yourself and start “drawing” on your hairstyle (doesn’t matter if it’s not drawn on well). Then what you can do is to squint and see if generally, you’d think that hairstyle will look good on you.
If that’s too much work, InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Makeover is a great virtual hair makeover tool I’d recommend (Although, because the photo can still look a little fake, squint a little so you can get an overall look and feel of the hairstyle.)
Once you’ve gotten your little image, ask yourself: Does it look good overall? Was your initial response a positive one? If so, put set it aside and keep trying out and testing different looks, until you have a few options.
4 – Do An Audit
Now it’s time to really study and get feedback and consider all areas of the few hairstyle options you now have.
I’m a big believer in doing what you want to your hair – it’s your hair after all. But I think in some cases it’s best to ask around. Ask some of your trusted friends, your boyfriend/husband, your parents what they think. And once you’ve gotten a clearer choice of what you want, all you have to do now is pick your favorite of the bunch from the options you have left.
… And there you have it! Your next hairstyle.
Still not sure about which hairstyle to get?
If you are still not sure on what hairstyle suits you or what style and cut you want to go for next; then that’s where “The Universal Haircut” comes in.
This cut will flatter every face shape, hair type and is suitable at any age (for real!). It is timeless and classic and is so undeniable chic, feminine and beautiful for any woman – there’s really no one who wouldn’t look good in The Universal Haircut.
(Recap) Putting It All Together
Let’s so a recap, shall we?
- First, you’ve found your face shape.
- Then you’ve learnt what will look best on your face shape, and what to avoid.
- You’ve also found out to see what kind of bangs/fringe will suit you.
- Next, you tested out several hairstyles with those guidelines on a virtual makeover tool, and got a few options to try.
- You’ve then asked your family and friends with their thoughts on which one you should get.
- You’ve now gotten a better choice of what will look good for you.
- Now, all you have to do is pick your favorite out of the bunch of options you have left!
I hope I’ve give you some ideas on how to find a hairstyle that suits you. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below. Have fun!
P.S. What about bangs/fringe? Check out my post, Best Bangs for Your Face Shape.