What’s the best hairstyle for your face shape? This year, it’s time to forget the men’s hairstyle trends and find a cut and style that really works for you.
With every new year comes an abundance of new trends. But when it comes to your hair, following the ‘trends’ may not be the best idea – leaving you with a style that doesn’t suit you.
Here we’re taking a look at 6 face shapes and how you can find the perfect haircut to compliment your face shape.
The Best Hairstyle For Your Face Shape
The Square Face Shape
• Prominent Forehead • Strong Jaw Line • Equal Length and Width • Angular Chin •
Due to its angular features, the square face shape is the most masculine of them all.
You can go one of two ways with this face shape. The first is to keep your hair short and cropped; opting for a military buzz cut. This looks is truly Alpha.
Or if you want to soften the style and your angles, or if you have more of a trend-focussed personality, then consider adding more length and weight around the face. Style up and over with a high quiff or keep it more casual with a textured side parting.
The Rectangular Face Shape
• Longer Than Wide • Forehead, Cheekbones and Jawline Similar In Size •
The key to the perfect hair cut for a rectangular face shape is to add width around your face. Going super-short or opting for a skin fade will only make your face look thinner and longer.
The same goes for volume. If you style your hair with a quiff or pompadour you will elongate your face which will again make it look longer.
It’s all about balance. What you should do is to keep length on the sides and adding texture to the top. This can be easily done with a scissor cut.
For variation, try a side-parting crew cut, keeping the sides long and the body of the hair messy and texturised. You can even go for something a bit closer to the head, choosing more of a side part and sweeping your hair up and away from your face.
The Diamond Face Shape
• Chiselled Jaw • Angular Cheekbones • Cheekbones Are The Widest Part •
For the diamond face shape, you can opt to have more length on top to add shape around your face.
Something like a high fade with a sweeping fringe will add more width to the top of the hair whilst accentuating your cheekbones.
Or, perhaps style your hair right back off your face in a faux hawk – although don’t style your hair too high or it will start to feel boxy.
The trick is to add loads of texture to the hair, breaking up hard lines and adding more movement into the style.
The Round Face Shape
• Equal Length and Width • Soft Angles • Full Cheeks • Delicate Features •
To find the balance in a round face shape, you really want to be building up the height. You can go super-short on the back and sides but make sure you maintain the volume on top.
Something like a skin fade with a pomp would work well; but if that’s a little too severe for you then stick to the traditional fade (low, medium or high) and have all the texture centred around the top of the head.
If you want with a more rugged look, you can spike it up or sweep up and over.
The Oval Face Shape
• Most Common and Versatile • Chin Narrower Than Forehead • Balanced Proportions • High Cheekbones •
If you’re a guy with an oval face shape, you really want to be getting the hair up and off of your face.
Feel free to keep the length on top but avoid sweeping hair down across your face. If you go for a big fringe, you’ll lose the angles and make your face look a lot rounder than it is.
The key for this one (and a real failsafe) is to opt for the classic cut fade, keeping it tight on the sides and focussing the weight on top. You can then style with a quiff or a pompadour. You can go as extreme as you want with a close skin fade; or keep the length on the sides. But remember – keep it neat!
The Triangular Face Shape
• Angular Features • Jawline Wider Than Cheekbones •
With a triangular face shape, the challenge is to balance out your wider jaw with a more narrow forehead. By adding a little more volume to the sides and top, you can ensure that this balance is met.
Be careful not to go too soft with the look as this will only draw attention to the jaw and the proportions of your face. The best thing for this one is to add loads of texture – really breaking the hair up and adding more shape to your face.
Sweeping the hair across and adding more height will really help to do this. You can also opt for more volume on the top of the hair with a textured quiff. For something more trend-led, go for a mid fade with a heavy, sweeping fringe.
You can follow rules and instructions to get the ‘perfect’ on-trend hairstyle, but in reality, it all comes down to you.
To find what works best for you, don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuts and styles. Explore your own style and let your personality shine through.
Watch the video below for more advice on styling for your face shape.