If you have an oval face shape, you’ve landed the most versatile face shape. You can wear almost any hairstyle, thanks to a beautiful symmetry of bone structure.
Don’t miss the first step, that is, to determine what face shape you have naturally.
Face shape? – Now, determine yourself!
Also, take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing your haircut, like environmental factors like heat, humidity that you may have to cope with, or your personal habits, preferences and circumstances.
An additional note: If you’ve treated your hair with a relaxer, smoothener, perm or any other process that has changed its texture and finish, be sure to follow the guideline for the new feel of your hair, as the actual composition of your strands have changed on a cellular level.
It’s the most versatile face shape you can have. Anything goes, from super short to long sweeping layers. No matter the length of your cut, you’ll look best with layers near your cheekbones, lips or chin; basically whatever feature you want to highlight.
An oval is typically 3 parts long to 2 parts wide. In other words, the width of your face is about 1/3 less than the length of your face. There are also no major corners on an oval face shape– not around the hairline or on the jawline.
- The one rule with creating the best hairstyles and haircuts for an oval face shape is to avoid styles that bring the hair too much onto the face and covers up your perfect face shape. Thick cut fringes and any cut or hairstyle that brings the hair forward will add weight to your face.
- The neck area often takes on greater prominence with an oval face. If you want to draw attention to neck with an angled cropped cut or long fluid layers, or opt for face-framing layers for a thicker neck to instantly draw the focus to your facial features.
If you have straight or wavy hair
- Straight and wavy hair falls closer to the face on oval shapes, you can view the edge of layers as a way to spotlight specific areas of the face. Cut layers to the cheeks, lips or chin, depending on the feature you want to highlight. You can get very creative with the way you cut those layers to fall on and around the face,
- If you’re not sure of what feature to bring out, always go for the eyes. This a proved trick which have been long relied. Bangs that skim along the brows will frame your eyes, and an bang perimeter that subtly drops lower in length as you work your way from the nose to temples is an elegant way to sculpt an oval shape.
- Try pairing bangs with a length that hits at the collarbone, or just below, for a picture portrait-like frame. If you love your cheekbones, go for a sexy side swept bang instead to create a criss-crossing angle.
If you have curly hair
- Choppy layers work like magic on the frizzier texture of curls, which will make the rich texture fall in a sleeker shape around an oval face.
- A bob that hits close to shoulder length will take advantage of the weight of length so that minimal styling is required, but it’s important that the cutting technique be adjusted to accommodate the thicker texture of curls.
- If not cut correctly, your bob might take on the unflattering shape of a triangle. To prevent that, hair should be carefully layered to cut out bulk and width that could otherwise pouf out at the sides.
Some styles those look just amazing on oval faces
- Center Part- If the hair on the both sides is running along the face it could actually oval face shape appear oblong. That is a great way to lengthen your face. You don’t want to crowd an oval face shape avoid this or at least try to keep at least one cheekbone clear.
- Updos- This is the place where the ovals may have a slight advantage in the hair race. Lucky for ovals, they can wear almost any updo, waves, chignon, braid or top knot Ovals don’t have to worry about off-setting a part of the face with extra volume or soft pieces falling in front like you do when you’re trying to soften a square
- Side Swoop- Heavy side swept bangs are nicest on an oval shape when there’s a little volume behind it, especially with an updo. With little or no volume behind a heavy side sweep, an oval face may appear “shortened”. If you’re really not a fan of volume behind your side swoop, try parting it a little more toward the center so it doesn’t shorten your face too much.
Just a few suggestions:
Remember, these are just some tips and guides. Though the face shape is the most important factor but the result of a haircut does not depend on that only.
If you want to sport your hair short:
- The Right Short Hairstyle
No wonder this is a popular style. This hairstyle is a very good example of how people with long oblong face shapes should wear their hair short. The heavy top layers fall into a rounder shape while the bangs almost halve the vertical length making the face and chin appear shorter and more balanced. This same shape will work on any other hair texture.
- The Wrong Short Hairstyle
Beware! The worst thing that oblong face shapes can do is to make their faces appear even longer, as is the case with this hairstyle. This is the wrong hairstyle for the wrong face shape! Height/volume on top is the obvious culprit and should be avoided.
If you are a medium-length-hair person:
- The Right Medium Hairstyle
This is a nice hairstyle to compliment oval faces. The bangs in the front help to make the face appear shorter, while the layered sides and back that kick out create needed width. Waves or curls would work just as well, even slightly shorter if required.
- The Wrong Medium Hairstyle
The wrong hairstyle is shown very well for long ovalg face shapes. The middle part creates more vertical length while the flimsy sides do nothing to build width. This hairstyle lacks body and needs to be shortened in shape (not length).
Hey! The long hair beauties:
- The Right Long Hairstyle
This is a soft wavy hairstyle with body that really suits oblong face shape. The bangs help to shorten the overall length of the face while the layers help add body and bounce creating needed width. Thus, it looks perfectly balanced! This shape will work in straight or curly textures.
- The Wrong Long Hairstyle
This is an example of a no-so-good choice of hairstyle selection for oval face beauties. The hairstyle makes oblong face look even longer than it actually is due to the middle part that divides the shape into two longer portions. The all straight one length sides and back also only add to vertical length.
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