India's most wanted hairstyles: How to style like Katrina, Alia, Sonam

  • Deekshita Baruah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2015 21:54 IST

Essentially, your hairstyle is all about your face shape and geometry. Now, you may ask, "Why is this so important?" Simply put, if you wear a wrong hairstyle, the consequence can be a disaster. For example, a super-hip long bob might work wonders for a round face, but if you get a classic, chin-length bob, you may end up looking like a female version of Mr Potato Head.

Now, going by the latest trends, you might want to get yourself a bob, a lob, or a pixie. But how do you know if it's going to accentuate your face. We picked out the hottest and the most flattering haircuts based on your face shape. Take a look.

Oval face
If you have an oval face, you don't have to worry too much. Almost every haircut will frame your face. We suggest you go for a collarbone-grazing bob with side bangs right across the brow line to create the illusion of width like Taylor Swift. Or if you are feeling adventurous opt for Rihanna's iconic and edgy short cut. But just in case you want to keep it long, go for long beachy waves like Sonam Kapoor in Khoobsurat.

From L to R: Taylor Swift, Sonam Kapoor and Rihanna.

Keep in mind: Ami Mahale, regional trainer, Lakme Absolute Salon says, "If you have an oval face, avoid adding height on top of the head in the form of a bouffant or spiky short cut. It will only make your face look longer."

Suraj Godambe, owner Bharat & Dorris and HOD, hair and make-up, Arbaaz Khan Production adds, "Most people with oval faces have large forehead. It is advisable to hide it with a bouncy fringe. Long layers also look good on an oval face."

Round face
If you have a round face, get a haircut that hits right below the jawline or a little longer, just like Anushka Sharma. Even better, get an uneven cut! It looks really good on a round face as it creates subtle angles. You can also try long, dramatic layers that sweep along the chin or falls two inches below the chin. This cut gives you soft lines. Take inspiration from Alia Bhatt in 2 States. And just in case you are feeling adventurous, go for a nice flowy haircut with long bangs, like Emma Stone.

From L to R: Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma and Emma Stone.

Keep in mind:
Zingranwon Shatsang, creative director, Zido Salon says, "If you have a round face, avoid long hair. In India, most people make this mistake. Instead go for a graduated bob or anything sharp."

Square face
If you have a square face, we suggest you play down your strong, angular jaw. Give texture to your hair in the form of choppy ends, more like a thinned out bob like Freida Pinto. A tousled shag like Rachel McAdams is also recommended. You can try waves from the ears down too. Kareena Kapoor Khan is a great example.

From L to R: Rachel McAdams, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Freida Pinto.

Keep in mind: Shatsang says, "For square faces, face-framing haircuts are the best as it softens the face. I suggest you go for wispier, texturised and choppier haircuts."

Long face
If you have a long face, you can easily pull off a rounded or a long bang. Take a cue from Katrina Kaif. Also, long layers that hit the cheekbones look good on a long face. It adds width to the sides of a long face. Gisele Bundchen is the poster child of this style. But just in case, you don't want to cut it short, go for Kim Kardashian's chin-length layers.

From L to R: Kim Kardashian, Katrina Kaif and Gisele Bundchen.

Keep in mind: Godambe says, "Go for lots of layers but avoid wearing your hair long or too short. It will only make your face look longer. Shoulder-length hair is the best bet for you. You can also opt for bangs and fringes as it really looks good on a long face.

Heart-shaped face
You are already aware that heart-shaped faces come with pointy chins, right? Ladies, draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones and de-emphasise that triangle. Go for a bouncy shoulder length hair that falls right below the jawline -- it helps fill in the area around the chin. Get inspired by Katharine McPhee and Sonakshi Sinha. Long tousled hair or layered beach waves with piercy bangs, those like Reese Witherspoon will do the trick.

From L to R: Reese Witherspoon, Sonakshi Sinha and Katharine McPhee.

Keep in mind: Mahale says, "If you have a heart-shaped face, avoid blunt fringes as it will only make your face look wider. Instead go for side-swept wispy fringes. You can choose to keep it either short or long."

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