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How do you determine the right hairstyle to shape your face?

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To determine the right hairstyle to shape your face, first discover what shape your face resembles, such as oval, square or triangular. Next, choose a hairstyle that balances the planes of the face. For example, if your face is equally as long as it is wide, you have a round face, and the best styles for you have length or layers that fall below your chin. This gives the face the appearance of angles and length.

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If you have a face that is one and a half times longer than it is wide, you have an oval face shape. Oval faces are flattered by any style because the face is not too angular or rounded. Square face shapes have prominent foreheads and angular jawlines. Flattering cuts include layers styled away from the face and light bangs to soften the sharp angles.

If your face has a wide forehead and cheekbones but a smaller chin, you have a heart face shape. Chin-length styles with longer layers and a deep side part are the most flattering cuts to narrow the top half of the face. A face with a wide jaw but narrow cheekbones and forehead is a triangular face. The best haircuts are those with up-swept bangs and layers that add volume to the top half of the head and face.

A diamond face shape has wide cheekbones but a narrow forehead and jawline. Hairstyles with bangs that fall to the eyebrows and light layers that fall around the cheekbones give the face the appearance of balance between the forehead and cheekbones. If the width of your face is longer that one and half times its width, it is considered an oblong face shape. Make your face appear shorter with a chin-length cut, heavy fringe and texture.

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