Your hairstyle, much like your wardrobe, is not one size fits all. After all you cannot just throw off a bad hair cut like you can a bad outfit at the end of the day. A few educated snips in the right direction can help compliment any particular face shape, all you need is to be in the know. Simply follow the directions below in our guide to discover what hairstyle will suite your face shape.
How To Measure Your Face Shape
Firstly, you need to figure out your face shape. If you can’t guessimate this, you’ll need a tape measure to record your findings. The key areas to note are:
Forehead: Measure the space in-between your eyebrows, from the crest (highest point) of one eyebrow arch to the other.
Cheekbones: Measure the space in-between the end of each cheek bone, below the outer corner of each eye (the pointiest bits).
Jawline: Measure from the curve of your jaw, just by the bottom of your ear to the centre of your chin. Then double the number you get to complete the rest of your jawline.
Face Length: Place the tape at the centre of your forehead and measure to the tip of your chin.
What Is Your Face Shape?
Take a look at your recordings and see which is the largest. Now determine below what your face shape is.
Round: Face length and cheekbones are similar in size. A larger forehead with yet a similar size as the jaw line. The jaw line is softer and rounded.
Square: A defined jaw line and all measurements are fairly similar.
Oblong: All measurements are a similar size, apart from the face length is the largest.
Diamond: Face length is greater. Smaller jawline, slightly larger cheekbones and a larger forehead.
Triangular: A greater jawline. Smallest forehead and slightly larger cheekbones than the forehead. Face can be any size.
Heart: Forehead measures larger than the cheekbones and jawline. The chin is defined and pointed.
Now we’ve got your face shape sorted. Take some direction from Jamie himself to find the hairstyle that will suit you best below. We’ve added in some shots representative of the hairstyles described for each particular face shape.
So, you’ve got a square face shape – you lucky boy. A square face shape is often defined by its similarity in proportions and is considered the masculine ideal. This face shape works well with virtually any haircut. You’re free to take your pick. We would recommend a classic crop, short layers and close fades with additional stubble to further define your cracking jaw line.
Rounder face shapes lend themselves well to angular and defining haircuts, adding definition that can sometimes be lacking. Use your hairline to create shape with a quiff or pompadour. Consider, if you can, a full beard or defined stubble to make those softer edges a little more angular.
An elongated square shape, the rectangle requires some decisive manoeuvres to add texture and width, paying particular attention to the sides. Create movement and texture by keeping the length on top, creating the illusion of a square. Consider a clean shaven look or light stubble. A full beard will only lengthen the face shape further.
Well-proportioned and good angles, an oval face shape means you’re in for a treat. Much like the square, you will be able to manage the majority of haircuts and styles. What really may sway you is taste and recommendation. We recommend a strong parting, sporting a sweeping fringe and tapered back and sides, at the length of your choice. This can be styled up into a quiff or down into a ruffled fringe. Choice being plentiful here, you have the opportunity to wear full facial hair or go completely clean shaven. The world is your oyster.
The diamond is a rare face shape; narrow in the chin and forehead with particular width in the cheeks. Hairstyles that are fuller in length and width on top will best fill in the gaps well for a smaller forehead. Consider an undercut to highlight your naturally pronounced cheekbones and create contrasting layers. This will continue to make the forehead appear fuller and compliment the width of your cheek bones. Add stubble or facial hair for a thicker appearing chin.
The thicker, the fuller, the better. Bulky and textured haircuts are key to creating the illusion of a wider forehead and making fuller sides. If you’re going short on the sides, sculpt around the ears and the back of the neck but leave length in the bulk of the hair. As for facial hair, sport a clean-shaven look and make the best of your strongest feature, that incredible jawline.
The opposite shape of the triangle, the heart shaped face is characteristically rare; wide in the forehead and narrowing down to a pointed chin. The best practise will be to keep your fringe game strong with a light mid-length sweep and tapered sides. Taking the thickness out of the hair will soften the strong and domineering forehead. If you already have thinner hair, take this rule with a pinch of salt. Adding defining stubble or beard hair will thicken the width of the chin.
Now you have an idea of how to tailor your look, always openly discuss what you want done with your barber. A reassuring chat about what will work for you will make you feel more confident, especially if you’re going in for a new cut and style. We hope this guide is useful when you’re approaching a fresh cut!