A long mane appears highly feminine. A short cut is sure to rejuvenate. And a shag (from shaggy) is no good for women with fine hair. Careful with such generalisations, they do not always apply! How to find the perfect hairstyle depends to a large extent on the hair quality, texture and also the facial shape. We present a brief hairdo guide guaranteed to help you find a tailor-made look. But even that is not all: You can also cover up small beauty flaws with proper styling – we reveal some clever camouflage tricks.
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Which haircut flatters my facial shape?
You have an oval face? Congratulations! Just about any look works well for you! But anyone can apply certain tricks to narrow a round face or soften an angular skull. Contouring is the magic word. What you know as the makeup technique of stars also works with hair. Special cuts and the use of colour can have a positive effect on the head shape for outstanding slimming and beautification.
Highlighting, modelling, covering – here’s how it works with the hairdo:
A square facial shape needs soft contrasts. Fringes that gently dance around the edges and layers that softly frame the face create flattering, rounded contours. On the other hand, anything that emphasises the angular shape like graphic cuts or a very exacting fringe is unflattering.
Our Hairdo Tip: A long, frayed side fringe.
Make sure the hair has volume at chin height, for example with curls, waves or a loose fringe. That widens the tapering point. Playing with extra volume at the hairline also works well, but the cut should be slender at ear height to somewhat narrow the contour.
Our Hairdo Tip: A bob with frayed tips ending below the chin.
Centre partings and severe geometric cuts are taboo. Either will unnecessarily emphasise the existing roundness. Long layered cuts, at least shoulder length with a soft side parting or long sideways fringe are far better. Good: Volume at the crown, visually lengthening and thereby narrowing the face.
Our Hairdo Tip: A trendy swag.
An oval facial shape is the ideal. You can choose just about any haircut that strikes your fancy. A centre parting is ideal if your face is very narrow, since it feigns a bit of added width. If you wear a fringe, it should not be micro-short since that would overemphasise the oblong head shape.
Our Hairdo Tip: The French gringe (grown-out fringe) in long hair is especially flattering.
What Haircuts Can Cover Up Small Flaws?
Even people with seemingly perfect faces do not always consider themselves flawless. We all have minor beauty defects that bother us, and would prefer to cover them up. Minor blemishes can be concealed with our tips.
High Forehead: A long fringe perfectly overrides this feature. Hair that is styled strictly away from the face on the other hand is unflattering, for example the ballerina bun.
Low Forehead: With long hair, slightly tease the hairline and tie the hair back in a ponytail away from the face. With short hair, style the strands back with gel or styling cream. If you do not like your forehead exposed: A long, layered side fringe is also a good cover-up.
Long and/or Large Nose: A side parting is perfect to distract from a striking nose. Geometric cuts like a bob with short fringe also work well. The gaze is drawn to the hair and eyes so the nose as a problem zone fades into the background.
Receding Chin: Avoid short hair, updos or a ponytail. They all attract attention to your chin – especially in profile. Longer, layered cuts or a bob more than chin length are ideal on the other hand.