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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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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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