If you’re considering a drastic hairstyle change, communicating exactly what you want to a stylist can seem daunting even if you’ve got tons of example pics to show. So, what’s the trick to ensuring that your next trip to a hairstylist leaves you elated with your new look?
Instead of considering haircuts strictly based on your hair’s length or natural texture, the best way to ask for a perfect haircut that complements your face shape!
Why is Your Face Shape So Important When Asking For a Perfect Haircut?
Even a perfectly-executed haircut is a disaster when performed on the wrong face shape. That’s because hairstyles are predominantly about geometry–not texture. In short, asking for the perfect haircut is all about putting the perfect frame around your face to balance and bring perspective to its overall shape.
This means that the perfect haircut for your face shape should both minimize your least favorite features, while promoting or enhancing your most positive ones.
A great hairstylist will know how to alter any haircut to suit your face shape. But, it’s still important for you to understand what elements are most important before heading into the salon.
Already got a style in mind? Here’s everything you need to know to ask for a perfect haircut.
How to Tweak Any Style to Complement Your, Unique Face Shape
Do you frequently head to the salon armed with images of ideal haircuts, only to be disappointed with the final result? The problem might be that you’re choosing haircuts that aren’t tailored to your face shape.
Because every person’s face is shaped differently, it’s difficult to know how a certain haircut will look on you–as opposed to the model or celeb that’s sporting your soon-to-be hairstyle. Thankfully, most styles can be tweaked to complement a variety of face shapes. Here’s a quick overview on how you can ask for a custom haircut:
Is your jawline wider than your forehead? Chances are that you have a triangle-shaped face.
If the bottom of your face is more prominent than the top, you’ll benefit from hairstyles that help to balance out the difference by adding height on top, near your crown. Another key? Keep volume above your cheekbones, so as not to create extra width near the bottom of your face.
Check out celebrities with similarly triangle-shaped faces such as Mariska Hargitay, Minnie Driver, and Salma Hayek for inspiration.
Are your jawline and hairline equally wide, resulting in a squarish shape?
If you have a square face shape, you’ll likely find it flattering to avoid straight, harsh lines. Ask your hairstylist for a cut that features choppy layers–similar to those that flatter triangle-shaped faces. Adding volume on top is similarly flattering for you, too.
Want to see styles on a similar face shape? Check out which hairstyles flatter square-faced celebs like Olivia Wilde and Angelina Jolie.
Do you have a fairly narrow jawline, with either a wide or narrow forehead?
The trick to asking for a perfect haircut when you have a relatively narrow jawline is just eh opposite of the two face shapes listed above: You’ll want fullness around the lower half of your face.
However, if you have a diamond-shaped face, meaning a high, pointed hairline, you’ll also want some volume and fullness on top. Where are those with a heart-shaped face, which has a wider, lower hairline, will want to ask for longer layers to limit a style’s height on top.
Whether you have a diamond or heart-shaped face, the tricks to asking for a perfect haircut are relatively similar: Ask for fullness where your face narrows to balance out delicate bone structure. Check out the styles worn by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Love Hewitt for inspiration.
Is your face long and relatively thin? Check out styles that flatter oblong faces.
If your face is longer than wide by a significant margin, you may find that it helps to ask your stylist for layers that create soft volume around the sides of your face to add width. Check out Gisele’s famous waves or examples of cheekbone-skimming fringe to see what haircuts might suit you best.
Asking For a Perfect Haircut Starts with Understanding Your Face Shape
The general rule when complementing a face shape revolves around creating the illusion of an oval–meaning that long faces need shortening, just as wide faces need lengthening. So, the next time you start collecting pictures of new haircuts to bring to your stylist, start your search using the tips above.
Next stop? Check out our guide on how to Learn Some Beauty Shop Slang To Get A Perfect Cut!