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The Right Cut For Your Face

No matter what face shape you have, there will always be styles that look best of you. The easiest way to determine your face shape is to stand in front of the mirror, bring all your hair off and away from your face and look at the shape of your face as if you were drawing a line from the top of your forehead, following your hairline down your cheeks and to your chin.

You should have “drawn” one of the 5 basic face shapes; round, square, oval, long or “oblong”, or heart.

Round Face Shapes

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The goal is to create less volume around the face. You also want to minimize the appearance of roundness.

Flattering Styles

  • cuts that fall just below the chin
  • soft graduated layers
  • wispy and tapered ends
  • long or side-swept bangs

Avoid

  • one length blunt short cuts
  • short curly hair
  • short blunt bangs

Square Face Shapes

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The goal is to play down your strong, angular jaw line.

Flattering Styles

  • texture with curls or choppy ends
  • short spiky cuts
  • long sleek styles with layers starting at jaw line

Avoid

  • one-length bobs
  • blunt cut bangs

Oval Shape Faces

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This is the most versatile face shape; you can pull of almost any look. The goal is to highlight your best feature with your haircut.

Flattering Styles

  • sophisticated bobs
  • bangs
  • long beach waves

Avoid

  • short layers that add height to the top of your head
  • blunt cuts if your hair is thick or curly

Long or “Oblong” Face Shapes

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The goal is to not drag down your face.

Flattering Styles

  • brow-skimming bangs
  • chin-length bobs
  • curls and waves
  • long layers with pieces at nose, chin and collarbone height
  • V shape cut where layers are at front and side and hair is longer in the back

Avoid

  • extremes- longer than collarbone and super short cuts

Heart Face Shapes

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Your pointy chin tends to be the focal point of your face. The goal is to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones.

Flattering Styles

  • side-swept bangs
  • brow-grazing fringe
  • strong part
  • hair just below your chin
  • long layers that graze your cheekbones

Avoid

  • short blunt cuts
  • short blunt bangs
  • harsh choppy layers

Now you know your face shape and what styles look best and what to avoid. Always consult your stylist about ideas for you cut and discuss your face shape.

John Benedetto- Director of Education GK

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