Many of us find ourselves asking, ‘what hairstyle suits me?’ and often we get the answer wrong.
According to Matthew Mansoor, senior/celebrity hairstylist and brand ambassador for Veaudry Icon Hair Salon, the key to choosing the right cut and style is knowing what face shape you have.
Take a look at Matthew’s top tips for determining your face shape, and which hairstyle will be best for you.
We’re also offering users a 20% discount for an appointment with Matthew at Veaudry. Read on to find out how to claim your special offer.
What is my face shape?
To determine your face shape, pull your hair back in a headband or ponytail and analyze what you see in the mirror. Your face should fall within one of six categories.
Oval face shape
Your forehead may be slightly wider than your chin, and the length of your face is about one and a half times the width.
The best cut and style for an oval shaped face
The good news is that an oval face is the most versatile when it comes to the hairstyles you can pull off. You’ve been blessed with the easiest face shape to cater for at the salon.
This face shape works with almost any type of short hair cut from very short, to chin length or shoulder length.
Round face shape
You’ll have prominent, rounded cheeks with an equal width and length face.
The best cut and style for a rounder face
If your face is round, short hair should cover your ears.
Any round face appears thinner if bangs are styled asymmetrically to one side. You can rake your fingers through the hair to add vertical lines and make it edgier.
Most short hairstyles for round faces have elongating, A-line outlines. Practically all bobs, pixies and graded cuts with feathery finishes feature side swept bangs, which will cover the fullness of a round face.
It’s believed that hairstyles with rounded shapes aren’t good for round faces. In reality if you add texture to your short bob, defining edges and occasional tresses, you will come up with a truly fantastic look.
Square face shape
You’ll have a prominent jaw and square chin, with a forehead and jawline that are roughly the same width.
The best cut and style for a square face
With a square face, the width of a square face doesn’t dominate over its length, as the jawline is strong and angular. The solutions here are associated with elongation and veiling for the corners.
A short or medium length style will suit you, but a bob probably isn’t the best way to go.
Oblong face shape
This is often confused with an oval face, but an oblong face will have a longer shape that is not as wide as oval. It will often feature a narrow chin.
The best cut and style for an oblong face
Curls and waves will never fail you if you have an oblong face. They add to the overall width of the face and, thus, help tone down the appearance of its length.
If you’ve got a long face, bangs are going to be your best friend. Some straight cut or side swept bangs that cover your forehead and graze your eyebrows will work wonders to reduce the length of your face.
The main features of a heart-shaped face are a wider forehead and an outline that tapers down to a slightly pointy chin.
The best cut and style for a heart-shaped face
The best styles will also accent your eyes and well-defined cheekbones.
You can choose almost any hairstyle, from the short pixie to the long bob, and even gorgeous, long, and wavy locks like Julia Roberts.
You’ll have a narrow forehead and jawline, with cheekbones that are set wide apart. At the same time, the jaw line and forehead have the same width. The chin tends to have a pointed look.
The best cut and style for a diamond-shaped face
Go for a deep side part that takes away attention from the middle of the face.
Styles that need your hair to be pulled back work, as do lots of layers. Pull your hair behind your ears to show off those gorgeous cheekbones.
Claim your special offer
Quote ‘w&hVeaudry’ when making an appointment with Matthew at Veaudry Icon Hair Salon in Fourways, Johannesburg, and you’ll get a 20% discount if it’s your first visit to the salon. Offer valid until 31 July 2018; standard T&C’s apply. To book, call 011 465 4370.
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