The Best Haircut For Your Face Shape

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

Have you ever wondered which is the best haircut for your head shape? Let our quick and easy guide give you a helping hand to the recurrent question of “what hairstyle suits me?”

What Face Shape Do I Have?

While it may come as news to some, specific hairstyles will suit certain face shapes for men better than others. If you want to find your best-suited ‘do, then you’ll need to figure out what your head shape is before making the leap to a new style. How to determine your head shape, I hear you ask? Follow these four simple steps:

  • You’ll need a mirror, a comb and a bar of soap.
  • Pull your hair back with a comb and hold it in place.
  • Using the bar of soap, trace the outline of your head onto the mirror.
  • The resulting drawing in front of you will reflect either a square, triangle, round, oval or long shape.

Men’s Face Shapes

Knowing what shape your face is can help you achieve a cut that will look just right on you. If you’re stuck on what hairstyle to go for, why not pick one that goes hand-in-hand with your facial shape so that you know it will look great. Check out our list of the most popular shapes and each one’s best-suited styles below.

Square Face

Wide jaw and high cheekbones are the key features of men’s square faces. Here’s how you take advantage of these symmetric qualities:

  • Keep your sideburns short and hair above the ears.
  • Try having your hair relatively short but styled upward to elongate the face.
  • If you are keen on facial hair, opt for a longer beard which will lengthen a square jaw.

Hairstyles for Square Faces

Square faces with strong jawlines suit clean haircuts such as the classic side parting or a modern messy pompadour. So if you’re wondering “what haircut should I get?”, check out the gallery below for some ideas.

Triangle Face Shape

A triangle head shape is defined by a thinner cheekbone/temple area that extends to a wider jawline. Here are some ways to make the most of it:

  • You may want to add width and volume to the top of your head by going for longer hair to balance out your jaw.
  • A thick well-groomed beard is useful in disguising the drastic angles of your jawline.
  • A fringe can create the illusion of a thicker forehead which reduces the impact of a strong chin.

Hairstyles for Triangular Faces

In this case, you’ll want to keep your hair longer at the sides and focus on creating volume at the top. Textured pompadour, curly tops and quiffs are all great options that will suit a triangular face.

Round Face Shape

If the results show you have a circular face then here are three tips for bringing out the best in you:

  • A short back and sides will make your head appear longer and render you with a more chiselled look.
  • A side-swept fringe can provide contrast to your wide cheekbones. Combine this with a well-trimmed side and you have got yourself a sharper, more masculine look.
  • Draw attention to the top of your head by styling and spiking your hair upwards as this will elongate a rounder face.

Hairstyles for Round Faces

The aim here is to give you a more defined, longer jawline by creating height at the top. For that reason, your go-to haircuts will be side partings with short sides and back, French crops with messy fringes and, you guessed it, pompadours.

Oblong Face Shape

This is one of the most proportioned face shapes out there as cheekbones, jawline and chin are well-balanced. Here’s how you can enhance your face structure:

  • Make sure that you don’t choose a hairstyle that makes your face look longer than it actually is.
  • Avoid long beards as they’ll create exactly that unwanted, overly-elongated effect.
  • Otherwise, you’re in the lucky group that can pull off pretty much any style.

Hairstyles for Oblong Faces

Once again a side parting accompanied by a stubble will do just the trick. Here are our favourite haircuts for the oblong face shaped man.

Oval Face Shape

In this case, your face is longer than the width of your cheekbones and your forehead is wider than your jawline. Here are some tips for this face shape:

  • Steer away from fringes as they’ll make your face look rounder.
  • Create some volume at the top as it will help elongating your features.

Haircuts for Oval Faces

Shorter haircuts are best suited to an oval or egg-shaped head as you’ll be able to compensate for your rounder features with a well-angled side parting. We’ve picked out some examples of oval face haircuts on males.

Diamond Face Shape

Diamond shaped faces’ main feature is their length and a pointy chin. Here’s how to get the best out of your diamond face:

  • If you’re thinking of growing your hair out, your bone structure will support longer lengths.
  • Think of softening your most angular features with a layered haircut.

Hairstyles for Diamond Faces

A messy fringe or wavy side parting will help you balance the length of your forehead and remember not to go too shorts on the sides as it will make your face look wider.

Best Haircuts for your Face Shape

  • Square: side parting and messy pompadour.
  • Triangle: textured pompadour, curly top and quiffs.
  • Round: side parting, French crop, pompadour.
  • Oblong: side parting with stubble.
  • Oval: angled side parting.
  • Diamond: messy fringe and wavy side parting.

On That Note

Now you’re all clued up on how to know what hairstyle suits you. Of course, we haven’t covered all of the possible head shapes. For the best judgment on your facial geometry, pop in over to your barber of choice and have an expert architect craft a haircut which suits you perfectly.

Feature image from Pinterest

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