Picking a Hairstyle that Works for You

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated August 14, 2015)

More than anything else in our life, our hairstyle affects how people perceive us. A properly chosen hairstyle always leaves a positive impression, while a negative impression is made by a hairstyle that does not match with your looks. But how is one supposed to know what hairstyle is going to work best for them? The answer to this, and surprisingly many other fashion questions, lies in your face.

Knowing your face's shape is the key to making the determination about which hairstyle to choose. There are four basic shapes that a face can fall into. While there may be combinations (to some extent) of each of these, these shapes are what you need to know and base your decision off of. The easiest way to do determine the shape of your face, pull back your hair, look in a mirror and use soap or lipstick to draw your silhouette onto the mirror.

If your shape is oval in appearance, you are lucky. Just about anything is going to work with your facial style. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is to keep your self from going to an extreme. Keep in mind that moderation in all things is best.

Heart shaped faces need to have hair that is a minimum of chin length. The hair styles that are fairy or wispy in appearance are going to work the best for you, since you are more than likely going to want to reduce the amount of forehead that you are showing, so do not pull back the hair too tightly. Bangs are important for this facial structure. Another type of hair style that looks great with this facial structure is those with curly or wavy hair. A perm is a great option for those who have this type of facial style.

Those who have a round face are going to want to increase the apparent length of their face. To do this, just make sure that your hair is longer than your chin one great way to do this is through the use of either a razor-cut or graduated layers. Feel free to use waves or curls, just avoid using a center part that accentuates the lack of height to your face.

Finally, if your facial structure has more of a square appearance, then you need to use a hair style that gives your face a more rounded appearance. This can typically be achieved through the use of side part and adding more body and depth through waves and curls. Avoiding hair styles that are straight as a board, as it might just end up giving your face too much of a stretched out look.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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