How you wear your hair says a lot about
your looks, your likes and your lifestyle - so
it's worth finding the style that really suits
Face shape and features
Even though you absolutely love the latest look from the
Paris or Milan catwalks, it might not be the right one
for you. The shape of your face and the proportions of
your features will help tell you what hairstyle is
perfect for you:
Oval-shaped face: Lucky you! You have the
kind of face shape that lets you wear your hair just
about any way you choose. The forehead and chin of
an oval face are in proportion to each another,
making both long and short cuts look great on you.
Round face: To get the illusion of a
narrower face, try a cut with layers and fullness on
top, but keep it close to your face at the sides. Go
either short or longer than chin length, swept back
from your forehead, with wispy fringes or parted on
the side. A rounded style that ends at your chin
will emphasise the shape of your face.
Heart-shaped face: Those with a
heart-shaped face know that the jaw and forehead
often look wide, and the chin can appear pointy.
Short hair usually works well for this face shape; a
thick, chopped, layered cut or a pixie cut is a good
choice because the hair is full on top, evening out
the jaw- and chin lines.
Full forehead, long chin: If you have a
full forehead and a long chin, it helps to add
volume below the chin to balance things out a bit. A
medium-length bob or thick, layered cut lends
fullness where it's needed. Fringes can also help
reduce the appearance of a large forehead.
Large features: If you're supersensitive
about the size of your nose or any other part of
your face, you can de-emphasise these features with
fullness in the hair. Straight hair parted in the
middle makes a prominent nose seem even more so - as
does a long, heavy fringe - but a fuller style takes
off the emphasis and balances out large features.
Soft, subtle highlights can also help by drawing the
eye away from the face and toward the hair.
Long or short neck: If you were blessed
with a long, graceful neck, take advantage of this
enviable feature when choosing a hairstyle. A long
neck can be shown off to excellent advantage with
short hair; on the other hand, long hair can also
enhance a graceful neck, especially when worn in an
elegant special-occasion style like a twist or up.
If your neck is short and you want to wear a short
cut, create the illusion of length by tapering your
hair at the base of the neck and go fuller on top.