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The Best Hairstyles for Your Face

Feb 16, 2012

Celebrity hairstyles may look great on your favorite star, but will they look good on you? "Hair is the face's top accessory," says Alex De Rango, Chicago stylist and artistic director for ColorDesignUSA.  

With that in mind, we asked Suzie Bond, owner of Perfect 5th Salon in Mooresville, North Carolina, to give us her guidelines in figuring out your face shape and which haircuts suit you best. Here's what she told us...

Oval

This is the easiest face to detect - you typically will look great with or without bangs, love your hair down or back away from your face.  Everyone wishes she had this face shape!

Square

Look straight into the mirror - do you see a square jaw line from the front view?  Then you probably have a square face.  Any length can work except ending your length right at the jaw.  Try layers around the face frame and avoid a straight bang.  Try back off the face or a side swept bang.

Round

A round face will have the same measurement in a mirror image from the nose to the face edge in every direction.  This is a rare shape - and needs some angles!  A side swept fringe with the length below the chin and some layers will work beautifully!

Long

Measure the distance from hairline at your forehead to the center of the brow line, then from the same spot at brow to upper lip, then same upper lip spot to bottom of chin.  Are one or two of those a larger measurement than the others (like forehead and chin)?  Then you probably have an oblong face.  Pulling back by the cheeks while wearing a swing bang will broaden the sides while creating the illusion of a smaller forehead!  Any length will work as long as it doesn't hang next to the cheek area!

Heart

Look at your hairline - do you have a widow's peak?  And is your chin a little small and pointy?  Well, then your face is in love!  Heart shapes typically look fabulous with hair pushed back - soft waves or curls at any length.  Don't hide - this is a very desired shape!

General Haircut Guidelines

Alex De Rango leaves us with one last thought: "Hair styles and cuts should frame and showcase your best features. For example Zooey Deschanel's hair frames her her eyes so well, that you don't even notice her face shape." De Rango suggests if you have a long face, don't part long hair down the middle as it will make your face longer. If you have a square jaw, grow your hair longer than your jawline and steer clear of a bob. So, before you hit the salon, take a good hard look in the mirror, at photos and videos and ask your closest friends and family to find out your best features. Then ask your stylist for tips on how to play up your best features and play down anything that you may want to play down.

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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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