Men’s hair: how to choose the right hairstyle for your face shape

Change can prove to be difficult at times, but having the opportunity to reinvent yourself every once in a while must be worth giving it at least a try. Something as simple as a haircut can end up transforming your look completely, given it’s the absolute right style for you. Taking your face shape into consideration whenever thinking of trying out a new haircut helps prevent the struggle and disappointment following the moment you realize the desired cut doesn’t really suit your face.

Consulting your stylist before settling on a particular haircut is mandatory, as he or she are bound to determine and acknowledge your individual face shape before helping you choose the perfect style. Think of a haircut as something extremely personal, something that apart from keeping with the men’s hair trends must also suit your hair type, your image and your personality.

The best part is that any haircut you set your mind on to can easily be altered by a hair specialist, in order to work for you and complement your face shape.

After the break, we take a look at the most prominent face shapes, as they come accompanied by a series of guidelines meant to help you choose the right haircut for each of the shapes.

men's haircut by face shape

How to choose the right haircut for your face shape

Triangular face shape

Characteristics of a triangular face shape: wide cheekbones and forehead, pointed chin. Complement this face shape by:

  • opting for longer hairstyles with plenty of layers to add width and volume on top
  • sporting a slight fringe that could help soften the silhouette
  • choosing a style that will narrow your forehead area and add the illusion of width to the chin
  • trying on Justin Timberlake’s hairstyle from “Suit and Tie” or Ryan Gosling’s Gangster Squad hairstyle as both celebrities are perfect examples of triangular shaped faces

Choosing the right mens hairstyle

Square face shape

Characteristics of a square face shape: square jawline, almost as wide as long, straight sides, jaw and cheekbones the same width. When choosing a haircut for this face shape try:

  • considering its strong and masculine features
  • keeping the hair softer around the edges
  • a tight, short haircut that enhances the facial features
  • not to style the hair in a center parting, nor with a heavy fringe
  • opting for a modern slick-back hairstyle, based on an equally cool undercut

Choosing the right mens haircut

Diamond face shape

Characteristics of a diamond face shape: cheekbones are widest part of the face, forehead and jawline are narrow, long pointed jawline. For this particular face shape:

  • choose having some length onto the face in order to soften the silhouette and create extra width on top
  • go with a leaner style, one that is more narrow at the cheeks, and add some fullness at the crown
  • opt for a haircut with a slicked side fringe and layers on top for extra volume
  • avoid going too sharp around the edges, as this will make the ears stick out
  • avoid wearing the hair too straight, as a more wavy look worn on the side will automatically soften the features

Choosing the right mens haircut

Heart face shape

Characteristics of a heart face shape: cheekbones are widest part of the face, the face is wider than it is long, the chin is noticeably pointed. Considering the heart face shape try:

  • keeping the hairstyles slightly longer
  • choosing a square haircut that will balance the face shape
  • opting for a messy look that covers your forehead, as it will draw attention to your nose, mouth and eyes
  • not lifting the hair off your face entirely, as this will make your whole face look tiny

How to choose the right mens haircut

Oblong face shape

Characteristics of a oblong face shape: face longer than it is wide, often rounded jawline, cheekbones and jaw the same width. To complement this face shape:

  • avoid taking the sides too short if you want to keep length on top
  • keep the shape well proportioned, no sides that are too short or a top that is too long
  • style the hair onto the face to reduce the appearance of length and maintain balance
  • keep some length on top and try styling it either in a modern greaser, or a super-cool quiff

Choosing he right mens haircut

Oval face shape

Characteristics of an oval face shape: considered the ideal shape, slightly rounded jaw, no unusual characteristics, face shape resembles the shape of an egg. To enhance the oval face shape try:

  • experimenting with nearly any haircut, in any shape or length, as its well-balanced proportions allow it
  • avoiding a full length fringe, as this can make the face appear rounder
  • paying attention to other prominent features such as the nose and position of the eyes and ears
  • a squared off cut that levels the sides with the  top, something along the lines of a pompadour

Choosing the right mens haircut

Round face shape

Characteristics of a round face shape: jawline is round, face almost as wide as tall, round cheekbones. To best work with this particular face shape you should:

  • choose a haircut considering what features/areas you would like to enhance or hide
  • choose a style that can be worn with a bit of height
  • add volume to your hairstyle to keep the face from looking too round
  • avoid sharp fringes as they only accentuate the natural roundness of the face shape
  • experiment with an off-center part, or some waves at the eye level to help minimize roundness

Choosing the right mens haircut

If you want more hairstyle inspiration including how-to guides, head to our men’s hairstyles guide.

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Shaped by all things beautiful and feminine, Nicoleta Parascan’s first steps towards entering the captivating world of fashion were taken somewhere around the young age of six, when she received her very own first fashion magazine. Discovering an entirely new universe, filled with pretty ladies and beautiful clothes, there was not much able to ever beat or compete with the fantasy land that was suddenly opening up. Surrounded by books, constantly thinking about the next best outfit, in search of a signature style and defined by a nostalgic calling towards the past, Nicoleta believes in taking chances, in destiny and in building her own path in life. When she’s not writing, you can easily find her playing with her cat, reading an old book, watching movies, exploring the city or blogging her own daily adventures.