The 6 Different Types Of Face Shapes
With December arriving and Christmas right around the corner, there are bound to be parties with friends and coworkers, family dinners and outings. Don’t you want to look your best when you show up to those special occasions? Here at the STC Barbershop, we’re focused on making you look your best and highlighting your features. But before looking at the types of haircuts or beard styles our barbers can offer you, there’s one very important factor you need to pay attention to. The shape of your face!
Why Is Face Shape So Important?
Now you may be wondering why you should even be thinking about the shape of your face, but it’s something that is very important when deciding the type of haircut, beard shape, and even the glasses you decide to wear!
Any type of cut will need to compliment the shape of your face if you want to look your best. One of the most important rules for deciding the style you choose should always be to balance out the features of your face shape. For example if you have a very long and angular face (such as a rectangular shaped face), you wouldn’t want a long and narrow beard or long hair that makes your face look even longer.
And besides, we all know there are endless ways to style yourself to the point of where it can be overwhelming. Once you know the shape of your face, it narrows down the types of hair and facial styles you should use to truly compliment how you look.
The 6 Types Of Face Shapes
- Oval Face
- Square Face
- Round Face
- Rectangle/Oblong Face
- Diamond Face
- Heart Shaped Face
Oval faces are the most proportional out of all the shapes so just about any type of haircut and facial hair style can be pulled off (as long as the style doesn’t overly change the shape of your face). The Oval face shape is slightly longer than it is wide, with the jaw being slightly narrower than the cheekbones and having more rounded curves to the sides of your face.
With a square face, the sides of your face are straight and your jawline is more angled with a slightly rounded chin. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long (hence the square shape) with a square forehead.
When working with a square face, the key is to soften the angles of the face. Try going with a longer cut at the top to soften the sharper angles. Don’t try haircuts with center parting or fringing because they throw off the balance of your face.
Round faces are very similar to square-shaped faces, just with softer more rounded angles. The sides of your face curves outward slightly instead of straight. The chin is rounded and your cheekbones are slightly wider than the other features of your face.
When working with a round face, you want to add volume and texture. Doing this will add more dimension to your face and give you more angles to work with. Going with hair that is shorter on the sides and longer on the top will also compliment your face. Try to avoid going too long on your hair as this will overly accentuate the width on your face.
Rectangular faces are characterized by a much longer and narrower face structure. Your chin has a very slight curve, with your forehead, cheeks and jawline being about the same width.
With a narrow face you don’t want to cut the sides too short as it will elongate your already narrow face even more. You will want a haircut that adds more width to your face.
Diamond shaped faces are characterized by having much higher and wider cheekbones with a more pointed and narrow chin. You would also have a narrower hairline (which is the main difference when compared to the heart shaped face).
Because of the strong cheekbones and narrow forehead and chin, you should go for more volume and texture on the top to balance it out. Adding width at the forehead and chin are good choices. Longer hair will also look good on this face shape as it will give the illusion of more width to your face.
Heart Shaped Face
Heart shaped faces are very similar to the diamond face with one main difference, the hairline (forehead) is much wider. The cheekbones are still the widest feature of the face, with the chin having being more pointed and narrow.
Mid-length and longer styles can work well with the heart shaped face. You want to avoid cuts that are very tight and short as this will accentuate the narrowness of your chin and the width of your forehead.
Still Not Sure What Type Of Face Shape You Have?
If you still aren’t sure what type of shape your face is, come on over to our barbershop and our barbers will be able to find out the shape of your face. Then from there, it’ll be a breeze picking the hair and facial style that best suits you!