Just like your clothes, your hair says something about who you are as a person. However, unlike your clothes, you cannot easily change your hairstyle on a day-to-day basis as you may do with your tastes in fashion.
For this reason, it is important to get your hairstyle right, before you head to the hairdressers or the barbers. To do this, you should find out which hairstyle will best suit your face.
In this article, we’ll take a look at getting the right haircut for men, which are the best long hairstyles for men and which cuts suit the shape of your face.
Which Hairstyle Suits Your Face?
When it comes to getting your hair styled, it is essential that you get the style that matches your face. But how can you know what will suit you until you have your hair cut in that way? One of the ways that you can do this is by looking at styles that suit people with the same shape face as yourself.
But how can you tell what shape face you have? Let’s explore how you can measure your facial features to find out the shape of your face.
Finding Out The Shape Of Your Face- Measuring Your Face
Determining the shape of your face will require you to take a few simple measurements of your face using a flexible tape measure. The areas that you will need to measure are as follows:
Forehead- Measure across your face from the top of one of your eyebrow arches to the opposite side. This should give you a measurement of your forehead.
Jawline- To find out the size of your jawline, you should measure from the tip of your chin to just below your ears just at the part where your jawline turns up. This number then needs to be multiplied by two to give you the full length of your jawbone.
Cheekbones- In order to measure your cheekbones measure across the cheekbones. You can do this by starting and ending at the pointiest part just below the corner of each of your eyes.
Face Length- This is an important measurement to help work out the shape of your face. Measure from the center of your hairline right down as far as the tip of your chin.
Once you have taken the measurements of all of these areas of your face, you will need to take a note of which is the largest area and then compare this one of the following profiles to find out which shape of face you have.
Finding Out The Shape Of Your Face- Comparing Your Face Shape
There are seven main shapes of faces; these are as follows:
Rectangle- With this face shape, the length of the face is the greatest measurement. The forehead, jawline, and the cheekbones are all roughly the same size as each other.
Oval- The length of the face is more than the width of the cheekbones. The forehead is larger than the jawline. With this face shape, the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
Round – There is a similar measurement between the length of the face and the cheekbones. These are larger than both the jawline and the forehead; these also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jawline is less defined and is softer.
Diamond- With a diamond shape face, the length of the face is the largest measurement, then, in descending order the cheekbones, forehead, and finally, the smallest of all of the measurements will be the jawline. The chin is pointed with a diamond-shaped face.
Triangle- The jawline of a triangular face measures larger than the cheekbones do, these measure greater than the forehead.
Square – With a square face, all of the measurements are fairly similar. The angled jaw is not rounded; instead, it is sharp.
How To Select The Right Haircut For Your Face Shape
Oval Faces- Although oval faces are the ideal face shape for a woman, they are not necessarily seen as being the most masculine for men. However, they are a great shape for experimentation. This is because the face is symmetrical and well proportioned. The great thing about having an oval shape face is that you can pretty much get away with any hairstyle. If you are a guy with an oval face, then you have won the haircut lottery.
There are a couple of points that you do need to consider when you have an oval face shape. First of all, make sure that you wear your hair off your forehead so that you can create volume.
If you have an oval face, consider getting a short back and sides. You can have this slightly longer on the top with a side-sweeping parting.
If you want to avoid a softening of your features, you should avoid having a forward fringe. If you have too much heaviness on the forehead, it will soften your features.
Square Faces- This face shape is often considered to be the most masculine of face shapes. It has even proportioned and a well-defined jawline.
Just like the oval, this face shape is a good base for many different hairstyles and works well with long and short cuts and styles. Styles that work particularly well include the buzz cut, quiff, and the French crop.
For this shape of face, classic and neat haircuts will complement the shape best.
Round Faces- If you have a circular face with a rounded chin, then you will benefit from a hairstyle that will provide your face with some definition.
If your face is round, think about getting a haircut that will make it square. Because round faces don’t really have much in the way of angles, you will need to create some structure using your hair. Use a style that has height on top that is closer in at the sides. A flat-top hairstyle will be suitable for this shape of face.
Rectangle Faces- The rectangle face is the longest of all of the face shapes and sits somewhere between an oval and a square. If you have this shape of face, then you will need to have a tweaked hairstyle so that your face does not look any longer than it actually is.
Avoid taking the sides too short if you want length on the top, as this makes a face appear even longer than it actually is. The best styles to have if you have this shape of face would be any that let the hair fall to the sides or across the forehead so that you can add some width to your face making sure that your face does not appear narrower than it actually is.
Triangle Faces- If you have a triangular face, then you should go for a longer, nose-length hair style that has fuller sides. This will add depth to your face shape.
With a beard, a triangular face looks good with some stubble; however, on the whole, this shape of face looks better with no facial hair at all.
Diamond Faces- Because the diamond face is wide in the cheeks and narrow in both the brow and the chin, the diamond is a difficult face to put a hair style to. You will need to take extra care to make sure that you get your hairstyle right.
You will want to find a hairstyle that gives your hair width at the forehead area as well as to your chin. Fringes work particularly well as they will add texture to your forehead, while longer cuts that are able to be tucked behind the ears are good when it comes to accentuating your bone structure.
It is important, if you have this face shape, that you don’t take the sides too short. This is because of the width of the cheekbones. If you have a haircut that is too short at the sides, then this will make your ears appear larger than they are.
A side sweep or a strong side parting will prove to be the best look to go for if you have a diamond shaped face.
Having some stubble can help you to add volume to your narrower chin.
Heart Shaped Faces- If you have a face that is wide at the forehead and moving down to a point at the chin, then you have a heart shaped face. You will need a few tricks to get the best out of your hairstyle.
You should make sure that you avoid haircuts that are tight as these will only make your narrow chin and wide forehead seem worse than they are. Go for a mid length or longer style that is kept thin as this will soften your forehead.
As with the diamond shaped face, facial hair can also be helpful when it comes to the heart shaped face. This will help you to add bulk to your jawline and make your chin appear less narrow.