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On the face of it

In hairstyling, there is no such thing as “one style fits all”. Every woman is unique and special in her looks. Get a hairstyle that compliments the shape of your face. Prerna Sharma and Shalini Makol share the tips.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2009 17:32 IST

In hairstyling, there is no such thing as “one style fits all”. Every woman is unique and special in her looks. A hairstyle is designed to benefit the face shape. Here are some guidelines by leading hairstylists in India for hairstyles that
compliment the shape of your face, and give you a look that will make heads turn!

Oval Face
Varun Datta of Looks gives tips on hairstyles for people with an oval face. “The oval face is the most versatile face. And can pull off almost any look with it.” So, be it short or long, straight or wavy, go out there and experiment with hairstyles! Datta suggests an angular bob — shorter at the back, longer at the sides. Also, side swept bangs and long layers look good.
Celeb face: Jennifer Aniston

Triangular Face
Beauty expert Blossom Kocchar suggests top heavy hairstyles. “One should go for bigger hair that falls on the face to correct the irregularity,” she says. Datta advises shorter hair. “Short hair balances prominent jaw line and lots of layers add fullness.”
Celeb face: Victoria Beckham

Square Face
People with a square face should play down their strong, angular jaw. “One can get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward,” says Datta. But he warns, “Avoid a haircut above the jaw line.”
Celeb face: Demi Moore

Round Face
Round-faced people should avoid cuts that fall just below the chin. Hairstylists suggest moving hair on the face to break the round hairline growth. “The perfect hair style has face framing layers with bangs that curve to the side which will help to slim the face,” says Datta.
Celeb face: Drew Barrymore

Long Face
Never add height to a long face, warns Blossom, adding, “But do add some hair on the forehead to give it a pleasing shape.” Datta finds curls and waves best for such shapes.
Celeb face: Gwyneth Paltrow

What’s your face type?

To know your face cut, you just need a mirror, a hair band and a lipstick. Tie your hair back into a bun or a ponytail, whatever is comfortable for you. Sit in front of the mirror and use a lipstick to draw the outline of your face. Move back from the mirror and see the shape of your face.

There are other ways to understand the shape of your face. If you have a circular face and its length is approximately equal to width, then your face shape is round. If the length of your face is equal to one-and-a-half times its width, you have an oval face. If you have a broad and strong forehead with angular jaw, your face is square-shaped.