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The Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape... by Priyanka ,  Aug 28, 2013

A study reveals that 46 is the age when most women decide to choose a hairstyle appropriate for older look.

The study commissioned among 2,000 40 plus age by anti-ageing brand Nurture Replenish has found that turning 46 marks the time when most women are forced to look in the mirror and make the difficult decision of selecting a style to suit their age, reports As a result many opt for shorter styles than long flowing hair. "It appears that as well as the condition of our hair, women are conscious of the style they have as they get older. Forty-six is a watershed year for many women and we are all conscious of not getting stuck in a style rut as we age," a spokeswoman for Nurture Replenish said."Many women feel they need to adapt their hair as they get older as the style that suited us in our twenties may not necessarily work in our fifties, not only that but trends change with hair just as they do with makeup and clothes," she added.The spokeswoman also believes that lots of women think that you should ditch the long locks and hair dye as you get older, but the main thing is your hair is nourished and healthy looking, the rest is down to personal taste.

What Flatters You?

Before you decide on a new hairstyle, take a look at the shape of your face. Some ‘dos are better than others for you.

There are six face shapes: Oval, oblong, round, square, diamond and heart-shaped. The most flattering hairstyles enhance the prominent features of these various shapes.

Step 1: Measure your face

With your hair pulled back off your face, stand before a mirror in a well-lit room. Measure your face with a tape measure as follows:

Measure your face across the widest points of your forehead, the tops of your cheekbones and your jawline, then measure your face from your hairline to your chin.

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Step 2: Determine your face shape

Jessica Alba


  • Description: Your face is widest at the cheekbones and you have a tapered narrow jawline.
  • Celebrity examples: Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Carey Mulligan.
  • Best hairstyles: From adorable pixie cuts to long flowing waves, nearly every hairstyle looks good on an oval face shape. Consider your specific features instead: Part your hair on the side to distract from a large nose, wear fun bangs to hide a large forehead or soften prominent cheekbones with face-framing layers.
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Ashley Greene


  • Description: Your face is longer than it is wide, like a rectangle. Your jawline is rounded.
  • Celebrity examples: Ashley Greene, Teri Hatcher, Hillary Swank.
  • Best hairstyles: Look for haircuts that make your face look wider at the cheeks and less boxy, such as those styles with layers at the ear and cheekbones. Keep your hair length above or below -- but not at -- the chin so as not to draw attention to the strong jaw line. In other words, avoid bobs. Oblong faces are one of the only shapes that can pull off blunt bangs.
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Demi Moore


  • Description: You have a prominent, angular jawline and your face is about the same height and width.
  • Celebrity examples: Demi Moore, Keira Knightley, Mandy Moore.
  • Best hairstyles: Soften strong features by wearing your hair extra-long -- stick straight, loose waves or curly. If you prefer a short ‘do, opt for a soft layered bob. Avoid blunt cuts that accentuate the jaw and wear side-swept bangs instead of straight, thick bangs.
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  • Description: Your face is slightly longer than it is wide. Your chin is pointy and your high-set cheekbones are the widest part of your face.
  • Celebrity examples: Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson.
  • Best hairstyles: Show off your fab bone structure with hairstyles that feature weight at the nape -- a full, classic bob or a flipped-out layered cut. Bangs are really flattering if they’re below the brow; anything shorter is unflattering.
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Drew Barrymoore


  • Description: Your face -- widest at the cheekbones -- is nearly as wide as it is long and your jawline is round and full.
  • Celebrity examples: Drew Barrymore, Kelly Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst.
  • Best hairstyles: Long, layered hair with layered bangs or a graduated shag provide a slenderizing shape. Height at the crown -- from curls or layers -- lengthens the face to make it appear less round.
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Reese Witherspoone


  • Description: Your face is wide at the forehead, full at the cheekbones and narrow at the chin.
  • Celebrity examples: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes.
  • Best hairstyles: Hairstyles that complement the cheekbones without hiding the chin are best. Try a chin-length (or longer) bob with tapered ends. Wear side-swept, wispy bangs. Avoid adding extra height at the crown.
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Step 3: Find others with your face shape

Google “celebrities with round faces,” (or whatever your face shape). Check out images of the celebs with similar face shapes and look for flattering hairstyles you’d like to try.

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Step 4: Share hairstyle photos with your stylist

Together, you and your hairstylist can figure out which hairstyles work not only for your face shape, but also for your unique hair type and texture.

Q:I'm ready for a new haircut, but I'm not sure which style I should go for. Any suggestions?

A:Score the do that's right for you with these guidelines from celeb hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai's book, A Year of Style (Clarkson Potter, October 2000). If you have great bone structure, you'll be a sure stunner in short hair. Since short hairs don't fall limp, your style will look fuller and soften finely chiseled features. If you have a narrow face, a midlength mane with layers is an ideal option. Shoulder-level hair will frame your head nicely, while the layers will add volume to counterbalance the thinness of your face. Heart-shape faces look sexiest sporting bangs snipped straight across the forehead. For a round face, keep tresses long (one length or layered) to avoid the chubby-cheek look. A shorter cut will only flatter you if the back is longer than the front. The sexiest style for a square jawline is a mane that falls just above or right at your shoulders. Cropped hair just makes jawlines more pronounced. Also avoid having bangs cut straight across your forehead; the square shape will box in your face. If your neck is on the short side, keep locks long. A supershort cut will only accentuate your neck's lack of length.

When you're looking for a new hairstyle to try, your hair texture, features, and face shape should all factor into your decision. You may covet your friend's pixie cut or your sister's cascade of beachy waves, but what style will look best on you? Whether your hair is coarse or fine, curly or straight, there's a style for you out there that will make heads turn. Keep reading if you want to know how to find it.


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    Choose a cut that will compliment your face shape. Generally, a good rule to follow is that you want your hair to be in opposition to the shape of your face. For instance, if you have a square face, you should balance your sharp angles with soft layers or waves.
    • Determine your face shape. Knowing your face shape can help you make confident and informed decisions about which hairstyle to choose. To figure it out, pull or comb your hair completely away from your face. Stand in front of a mirror so that you can see your face straight-on, and not at an angle. Use a tube of lipstick, the corner of a cube of cold butter or anything else that's easily washable, and trace around the edges of your face in the mirror.
    • Round faces are characterized by smoothly curved lines and a round chin. The forehead and chin are both a bit wide, with slightly wider cheekbones. Try hairstyles that fall just below the chin, like the long bob, or soft, adapted layers that are shoulder length. Avoid one length, blunt cuts like the classic bob.
    • Square faces feature a wide, angular jaw, wide cheekbones, and a broad forehead. Experiment with curls, or long, sleek cuts with layers that begin from the jawline and downward. Steer clear from blunt-cut bangs and one-length bob hairstyles which highlight your angular jaw rather than downplay it.
    • Oval faces are similar in proportion to round faces, but more elongated. The chin and the forehead should be about the same width, with slightly wider cheekbones and smooth lines going down to the chin. An oval face shape can usually sustain any sort of haircut. Find your best feature and highlight it with your hairstyle. Great bone structure? Consider an angular bob that complements your chin. Gorgeous eyes? Blunt or side-swept bangs will draw attention there.
    • Heart-shaped faces are defined primarily by a pointy, narrow chin and a wide forehead. The cheekbones can be about the same width as the forehead or slightly wider. Draw attention away from the chin with side swept bangs or brow-skimming bangs. A short fast cut is also a good choice. Avoid choppy layers that hit at the chin.
    • Triangular faces are the exact opposite of heart-shaped faces - a broad, angular jaw narrows to a small forehead. Short haircuts with a lot of volume are ideal for triangular faces. You can also choose a long cut, as long as it hits at your collarbone or lower.
    • Diamond faces feature broad cheekbones, set off by a narrow chin and forehead. Try to create width at the forehead with bangs, and balance it out with layers that start at the chin.
    • Long faces maintain the same proportion throughout - the forehead, cheekbones and chin share about the same narrow width. Brow-skimming, side swept bangs or chin-length bobs are ideal for creating the illusion of width. Curls and waves also work well when adding width. Keep haircuts short, never long because they tend to drag down the face. Pass up extreme styles and cuts that are longer than the collarbone.
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    Pick a style that works with your hair's texture. Hair comes in a variety of textures - from limp and silky thin hair to frizzy and bouncy coarse hair - and you should style yours accordingly. For instance, a short and choppy fast cut that works on straight, thin hair won't look good on someone with thick and curly hair. Here are some general guidelines.
    • If you have thin hair with a silky texture, avoid wearing it in a long, blunt style that can make you look childish. Instead, favor volume-creating layers and try a shorter cut that hits at your shoulders or above. Never blunt cut bangs, and opt instead for a side swept look.
    • If you have thick, coarse hair with natural curl or wave, don't cut it too short - you'll end up with "Christmas tree" hair that's full and bushy at the bottom before tapering up to the head. Hair that's prone to frizz usually needs a little length to weigh it down. Consider cuts that start at the chin or below, and go longer if your hair is frizzier.
    • If your hair is of medium thickness with a "normal" texture, you can elect a short or long style.
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    Play up your strengths. A good haircut should direct attention to the things you like about yourself. Ultimately a haircut should make you feel confident and attractive, so use it to your advantage.
    • For instance, if you love the length of your neck, try a short haircut or a high updo.
    • To draw attention to your eyes, get brow-skimming bangs.
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    Cover flaws. The right haircut can help you hide or downplay features you don't like.
    • If you have wide ears, avoid a cut that's too short as well as severe ponytails and buns (or, for men, wear the sides a little longer to create the illusion of comparable width around the ears).
    • If you have a broad, deep forehead, you can cover it up with bangs.
    • If you dislike the length of your neck, hide it with long layers.
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    Think about maintenance. Consider how much time you're willing to put into your hairstyle every day.
    • If you don't like spending more than 5 minutes, then you might not be happy with several layers that have to be straightened or curled each day.
    • Remember that for a short look, you'll have to get another hair cut every 3 or 4 weeks to maintain the length.
    • Longer hair, on the other hand, can go up to 6 to 8 weeks without a trim, but special attention must be paid to avoiding split ends and heat damage.
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    Add some color (optional). Coloring your hair can be extremely high-maintenance, but it can also help even out your skin tone and improve your look. Selecting the right shade and tone can be tricky, so consult your stylist about which color would look best on you.
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    Put it all together. Now that you've evaluated face shape, hair texture, facial features and maintenance, choose a hairstyle that will work for you on all points.
    • Find a compromise. For instance, if you've found a really great cut that you think would look great on your square face but you're worried about wearing thin hair long, ask your stylist if there's any way to add some volume. He or she will be happy to work with you and design the right
asymmetrical hairstyle


"A round face looks really good with an uneven cut, meaning a mix of lengths," says hairstylist and Los Angeles salon owner Chris McMillan. (Emma Stone's is a good example.) "If you add a deep side part and long, side-swept bangs, you'll look slimmer." Use a light finishing cream, such as Ojon Animated Volumizing Cream, to coax—and keep—bangs to the side.
Yes, you should consider your hair type and facial features when deciding on a hairstyle. But don't forget another crucial factor: your face shape. Choosing a hairstyle that flatters it compliments you from all angles. Three A-list stylists share their secrets on the best cuts and styles for everyone.
long layers haircut


"If you want to wear a center part, the way to make it work for a round face is to have hair a few inches past your shoulders with layers that hit at the jaw," says McMillan. "Ask your stylist to cut in a bit on the sides to create subtle angles," as Kate Bosworth has. Prevent short layers from frizzing, which can add bulk around your face, by smoothing on a silicone serum like Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum.
sleek ponytail


An easy way to add definition is with a sleek ponytail secured at—or above—the height of your ears, says hairstylist and New York and D.C. salon owner Ted Gibson, like Fergie's here. The key? Keeping your hair smooth opposed to big and bouncy, which can add bulk. Gibson recommends running a light lotion (try HerCut The Ponytail Stying Lotion) on dry hair before pulling it back.

Of all the hairstyles I've had, a shoulder-length cut with side-swept bangs (like Nicole Richie's hairstyle, pictured here) looks best on me. It works with my face shape AND my hair texture, which is the key to all great haircuts.

Consider Your Face Shape

The secret to great haircuts is two-fold: first you must consider your face shape and secondly, you need to choose a cut that works with your hair's texture. Find out what your face shape is.

Just as there are flattering styles for all face shapes, there are also unflattering styles. Get the scoop on which cuts work and which ones don't with your face shape in The Best & Worst Styles for Every Face Shape.

Choose a Cut That Works With Your Hair Texture

Each one of us can classify our hair into one or more hair texture types: Dry, coarse, curly, wavy, straight, fine, stringy, limp, oily. If you have thin, stringy hair that tends to fall flat, your hair will look fuller the shorter it is. Coarse, curly girls need to weigh hair down with length: The shorter you go, the higher the frizz and fluff factor. Same thing with bangs. If you have curly, coarse hair, bangs are an invitation to frizziness. Straight hair can fall flat, but cutting in layers adds body. And no matter your hair type, damaged hair never looks good. Cut it off.

Learn much more about hair texture in 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture .

The Most-Flattering Haircut on Everyone

I was struck a couple years ago by a passage in my favorite beauty bible, Confessions of a Beauty Editor. The writer, Linda Wells, stated that almost everyone at Allure Magazine where she works has shoulder-length hair. Turns out shoulder-length hairstyles are universally the most flattering on nearly everyone.

long hair can make a long face appear longer. Short hair can make a round face appear rounder. Short hair is especially dangerous on super curly hair. If you are petite, you could look like a 15-year-old with super long hair. But shoulder-length hair looks good on all women no matter their size, face shape or age.

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Who Can, and Can't, Go Long?

Long hair generally means below the shoulders. Women who generally shouldn't go long are super-short people (you'll forever look age 12) and women with long, narrow faces (like me, wahhh). Women who look fabulous in long cuts have oval or square faces. That said, anyone with hair below their breasts is taking a risk of looking outdated.

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There is One Long Cut That's Universally Flattering

The 'v-cut' is long in the back and shorter along the sides. This cut works because the length is in the back and not around the face. Lip and chin-grazing layers on the side add to the sexy allure.

The Basic Dos and Don'ts For Short Hair

Short hair comes in a variety of lengths. In order to figure out which length works for you, consider your best and worst assets and your height. Super short hair on very tall women can look too masculine or it can look very powerful (depending on how you see it). Short hair on women with round faces can make the round face appear fuller. If you have a round face, grow your hair longer than your chin. If you have a pointy chin, avoid hair that falls right at the chin. If you have great eyes, consider short hair with side-swept bangs (like these) that hit right at the eye. Remember, a good hair cut masks your downfalls and promotes your best features. See: See:

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Why You Should Consider Upkeep

If you're like me and you hate going to the salon or if you tend to put it off for months on end, ask your stylist for a cut that will grow out nicely. Eva Scrivo of Eva Scrivo Salon in NYC told me a great haircut should last 3 months.

Uh-Oh, What About That Forehead?

Small forehead? Consider bangs that start further back on the head and that are as long as possible.Big forehead? Bangs are flattering because they cover up the 'IMAX' screen. Side-sweeping bangs are the most flattering look for you. According to 'Confessions,' bangs are flattering when they are longer at the temples than in the middle.