Like your clothes, some haircuts look better on you than the rest. But unlike your clothes, you can’t just take off a crappy haircut as you wish. Therefore, before visiting the barber, know what styles are best for your facial shape.
If your face is oval, you’re a lucky boy – any haircut will do. But to create the best effect, you should wear your hair off the forehead to add angles and volume on top. Your best choice is a classic shorter cut, with the sides short, the top a bit longer, and with side-swept parting. A forward fringe will create excessive heaviness on the forehead, soften your features, and make your face appear rounder. Forget the beard. There are no uneven gaps to fill in.
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Like the oval, a square face spells versatility. That classic, neat haircut is your best option. Picture close fades, side partings and short layers. To add a little sharpness to your jawline, grow a little stubble, which also adds a bit of texture without blurring the line.
A rectangular face looks longer, so you need to avoid haircuts where the sides are too short or the top is too long, because these would only highlight the length of the face. Let your hair fall across your forehead and/or to the sides for a better proportioned style. And don’t grow a full beard – it will only make your face look longer.
A round face has no natural angles, but you can create some artificially using hair. One is front fringes and another is a pompadour or flat top (sides are tight while top is high). Sharpening soft edges comes easy by squaring corners in the high recession area of your hair. A full square beard will also help give your jaw a more chiseled look.
If you have a diamond-shaped face, a hairstyle that widens your forehead and chin is your best choice. To add texture to the forehead, fringes work great; while longer styles that can be slipped behind the ears are great for accentuating your bone structure. Careful not to cut the sides too short, however, to avoid making your ears look bigger.
If your face is heart-shaped, you should avoid cuts that are too tight as they tend to accentuate a wide forehead and a narrow chin. The safest would be a mid-length swept look. And like the diamond face shape, a heart face shape benefits from a beard building some fullness in the head’s lower and narrower half.
With the wide jawline and narrow forehead, the best hairstyle for a triangular face is the exact opposite of what works great for a heart-shaped face. The main idea is to volume up and add depth. Get a longer cut (up to the nose) with full sides. As for the beard, a light stubble is the best you can get.