Mustering up the courage to try a brand new hairstyle can be nerve-wracking. But if done right, the risk is totally worth it. Get yourself back in the beauty game this spring and save some face with a flattering hairstyle that plays up all your best features. We asked two renowned celebrity stylists to give us the lowdown on which cuts best suit your face shape, and why you should absolutely try them.
“An oval face is an ideal face shape, as those with oval faces can pull off most hairstyles,” notes David John, master stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in LA. A long face shape needs to take a few things into consideration though, he says. First off, it’s important not to have long, straight, one-length hair – this will only elongate your already long features. “Your cut should incorporate layers and fullness on the sides to add width. Bangs also work well to shorten long features,” says David. Mom-to-be, Kristin Cavallari, is a perfect example of this face shape.
For a round face like Khloe Kardashian, the key is to create a slimming effect. Something with no bang typically works best for this face shape, says LA-based celebrity hairstylist Frank Galasso. “Keep the sides a little bit longer (past the chin) and blow it out so it covers the cheeks.” This will give you the slimming effect most women crave.
Unlike sister Khloe, Kim Kardashian has a heart-shaped face. When Galasso works with her, he says he keeps the temples of the forehead covered via a center part or does long bangs blown back and away from the face. Long locks look beautiful on this face shape, he says.
“A square-shaped face needs a softness of layers toward the face to soften the jaw line,” explains stylist David John. Wispy bangs that fall on the face and a side part also work well, he adds. A good example of this face shape is Rachel McAdams.