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. I don’t think anyone can deny that. Your choice of hairstyle can really transform your look, and your haircut, I think, can also showcase your personality and who you are to others – even before saying a word.
Below, I share some of the steps to find your perfect hairstyle. This is how I personally found my perfect best hairstyle as well, one that I believe not only suits me, but I’ve been told time and time again that my hair is so “me”.
First, it boils down to your face shape. To find what hairstyle suits you, you need to know your face shape first. 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.
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:
Round: 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. 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). These styles all create width, and so they might make your face look rounder – the trick with round faces is to elongate.
Long: 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, and bangs are huge with this face shape. (Find out your best bangs here.) 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).
Square: 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). For your face shape, it’s best to avoid sharp, angled styles and chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.
Oval: 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.
Heart (or inverted triangle): 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. 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; especially if you have a small chin and/or jaw area.
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, by photo manipulation, of course! InStyle Magazine’s Hollywood Makeover is a great virtual hair makeover tool I’d recommend. 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.
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. Once you’ve asked around for some opinions and 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 it.
Oh, and what about bangs/fringe? Bangs are one of those things that can literally change up your look. Check out my post, Best Bangs for Your Face Shape.