Trust us when we say that a strategic hairstyle will make the world of difference when it comes to enhancing your face shape. Let’s face it (pun intended), your mug is the moneymaker, and your hair should frame it according to what suits it best. Simple enough, right? The great thing about determining your face shape and finding an appropriate hairstyle is that it should work to enhance certain favorable features while exaggerating smaller dimensions and concealing larger ones. As with dressing and grooming, you need to play to your strengths and find a hairstyle that will suit you. Keep in mind that your individual features and colorings will also aid you in determining what hairstyling will look best on you. Luckily, our guide to finding the perfect men’s hairstyles for your face shape will show you the best ways to enhance your finest features.
What’s My Face Shape?
You will need first to study your face. While that sounds a little weird (and a touch narcissistic), it will help you determine your face shape. Pull back your hair and pay attention to the length and width of individual features. The most important dimensions to focus on are the length of your face, the width of your forehead as well as the width of your cheekbones, jawline, and chin. In comparing these dimensions, you will be able to figure out which face shape you are in and commit to a haircut and hairstyle that is most suited to your individual facial proportions.
Types of Men’s Face Shapes
Oval Face Shape
Oval face shapes are proportioned well and can handle a broad range of different hairstyles and lengths. Given most hairstyles suit this face shape, it is all about your personal preference with how you style your hair. A conservative quiff works well, but there is also a lot of room to experiment with longer lengths and modernized cuts. Your face shape can handle a voluminous pompadour or even longer, fuller rocker-esque shoulder-length hair. Oval face shapes also work well with a buzz cut and a shaved head.
Square Face Shape
You’re working with a strong jawline, which should be emphasized. We recommend opting for an undercut, which will make the most of your distinctive features. As this face shape is versatile with different types of hair, don’t be afraid to experiment with other lengths and styles. We recommend a lot of volume when styling your hair, so focus on fullness and add as much product as you desire – this face shape can handle a significant amount of hair. A quiff works well, whether done more classically or with a modern edge. You can also try out deeper side parts which will enhance your features.
Heart Face Shape
When choosing a hairstyle for your heart-shaped face, remember that you will want to balance out the top part of your face with the bottom, so keep your hair proportionate to your features. You should focus on trying to ensure that your chin doesn’t appear too narrow. A textured fringe or dimensional quiff will do the job- just remember that you should use a lightweight product to ensure that you are not creating disproportionate angles.
Diamond Face Shape
Side parts work very well for gentlemen with diamond face shapes, so ensure that your hair is textured and a little messy, which will complement your facial features better. A textured or angular fringe will also balance out the wider proportions of your cheekbones with your forehead, lending a more balanced aesthetic.
Round Face Shape
Your hairstyle needs to create angles, given round faces naturally lack shape and dimension. To elongate your face, try out a hairstyle with longer proportions up top and shorter sides. A pompadour or quiff will do just that, working to create more dimension and giving your baby face a more pronounced look. Note that a side part will also create more angles and give you a more mature look.
Oblong Face Shape
Concerning hairstyles, you need to be conscious that you do not further elongate your face. The trick is to ensure that your face doesn’t look longer than it already appears. Pompadours avoided – you will need to opt for more balanced hairstyles without too much distinction between the sides and the top of your hair. A side part will work well, working to lend a bit of dimension to a shorter hair length. A slicked back hairstyle or a sleek man bun will also better balance out the proportions of your face. Keep in mind that when you are styling your hair, ensure that everything looks neat, as you will not want to add too much volume. Remember to stick to lightweight pomades that will keep your hair looking sharp all day but won’t add excessive height to your long face shape.
Face Shape Men FAQs
What hairstyle will suit my face?
Rectangle: Avoid adding length, so try a side part, slicked back, or man bun.
Oval: This is the most versatile shape, so go crazy with a pompadour, quiff, side part, or buzz cut.
Square: Accentuate your strong jawline with an undercut, quiff, or side part.
Heart: Balance our your narrow chin with a side part or textured quiff.
Round: Create angles and elongate your face with a faux hawk, quiff, or pompadour.
Diamond: Offset your broad cheekbones with a textured fringe or side part.
How can I identify my face shape?
Rectangle: Face length is longest, while the rest are similar, and you’ll have a more angular jaw.
Oval: Face length is longer than the cheekbone measurement, while the forehead is larger than your rounded jaw.
Square: All measurements are similar, and your jawline is sharp.
Heart: Forehead is the widest, followed by the cheekbones, while the jaw is narrowest, with a pointed chin.
Diamond: Face length is the longest, with cheekbones next, then forehead, and smaller jaw with a pointed chin.
Round: You have a rounded jaw, cheekbones are larger than jaw and forehead, but similar to the length.
What are the 7 different face shapes?
The seven face shapes are rectangle, oval, square, heart, diamond, round, and oblong.
What is the rarest face shape?
Diamond face shapes are the rarest.
Roger Grinstead is a senior apparel designer for X2U with over 25 years of expertise in the fashion industry. He has expertise in menswear and womenswear trends and product development. When Roger is not designing the latest fashion garments, he enjoys writing about men's fashion, hairstyles, and grooming.
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