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Finding the Best Haircut for Your Shape of Face

May 22, 2011

Is your search for the perfect cut starting to feel like a lifelong quest? Figuring out which hairdo is best for you can be a daunting task so here’s a little advice on how to figure out what is right for you.  according to Frédéric Fekkai, one of the most celebrated names in beauty and hairstyling, No matter what your  hair typ is, the key is to stop fighting your texture and to start using it to your advantage.”

Close Cropped Hair Styles:

You can go for a close cropped cut if your hair is straight or if you’re African-American. This looks best on slender and oval faces.

What to ask for: Supershort layers of equal length (about two inches).

Tip: The back of your neck will be revealed, so have your stylist clean up unwanted hairs with an electric razor.

The Modern Shag Cut:

If your hair is thick and either wavy or straight, this is perfect for you. The best advantage is that it also works perfectly for Asian-Americans or for African-Americans with relaxed hair as well. It is also suitable for all face shapes.

What to ask your hair stylist for: You need long, angled layers all over for versatility and movement. Go for long bangs, to wear forward or to tuck back.

The Textured Bob:

This will look flattering if your hair is straight, fine, wavy, or relaxed. If you have thick, wiry curls, this might not be the best for you.

What to ask your hair stylist for:Softly razored ends that create movement — the key twist on the traditional bob. With or without bangs, this style can be parted down the middle or swept to one side.

Shoulder Length Cut:

 This cut works with all hair textures and face shapes. So whether your hair is fine or thick, curly or straight, this will still flatter and enhance your best features.

What to ask your hair stylist for: A shoulder-length cut with long layers all over — the shortest pieces should frame your face. If you have very thick hair, ask your stylist to take out bulk with thinning shears.

Long and Layered:
This will work whether your hair is thick or thin, straight or wavy and is flattering on  all faces.

What to ask your hair stylist for: Soft, medium-to-long layers that can be worn up or down and straight or curly. Part down the middle or to one side. Go for long bangs to take attention away from a high forehead.

Short Layers:

This is perfect if your hair is either curly or fine and wavy. This cut adds body and flatters all face shapes.

What to ask your hair stylist for: Short layers around your face, at the crown, and in the back (for volume); long ones underneath (so curls fall nicely).

Swingy, Angled Bob:

If your hair is very straight or relaxed, consider this bob cut.

What to ask your hair stylist for: Longer locks in the front, with angled, blunt edges gradually becoming shorter toward the back a la Victoria Beckham. Very geometric, this style can look severe if you go too short.

Cascading Curls:

This looks amazing if you have thick, curly hair with tight or loose ringlets.  It’s a style that is suitable for all face shapes.

What to ask your hair stylist for: Graduated layers, stacked on top of one another, with more length at the crown (instead of underneath), allowing lots of curls and spirals to form in a way that’s pretty, not overwhelming.

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