Strut your hair in style

Strut your hair in style

Choose hairstyles that frame your face just right. Ishika Taneja puts forth sensational tips and tricks for determining the best hairdos that complement your face.

M ost women think that their face is round, but it is just one of the six basic shapes. Before you try to pick the right hairdo, you need to determine your face shape. Finding the best hairdo for your face shape really isn't hard once you understand the lines, angles and curves of your facial structure.

 What’s your face shape?

First, stand in front of a mirror in a well-lit room. Pull your hair back in a ponytail or wear a headband. You really need to see your entire face to properly evaluate its shape. Now look closely at your face and picture an imaginary line drawn around the contours of your face. Ask yourself basic questions like: Is your forehead wider than your jaw or vice versa? Are they the same width? What's the widest part of your face — your forehead or your jaw? Or maybe it's neither and your cheekbones are the widest. Look at your chin: is it pointy, round or square? The outer line will help determine all this.

All in “perfection”

After you have experienced that “Aha!” moment, tying to find your face shape, all you need to do is think about how you can style your mane to focus on your best facial features, while playing down any flaws. Now it’s all about putting the
perfect hair-frame around a person's face to balance it all out and bring perspective to the overall shape. The key is in trying to create the illusion of an oval shape, which is the most pleasing shape to the human eye and is, therefore, widely considered “perfect”. Simple tricks like shortening long face or just lengthening and slimming down wide face will make all the difference. Use the following tips and strut your mane in style this summer:

Oval face

If the length of your face is about one and a half times its width, and your
forehead is slightly wider than your chin, then feel blessed. Because your proportions and balance allow you to pull off practically any hairstyle! From long to short lengths, layers, bangs, blunt cuts, angled ends, you name it and you can rock it! From super slick pony to soft romantic curls, you can pick what you like and you will look drop-dead gorgeous. With such feminine face, strong edgy cuts and hairdos look quite glamorous. Show off your beautiful facial contours by taking back your mane from your face. French knots, messy bun, side pony, Dutch braids and the likes can give you a different avatar everyday.

Round face

The length and width of your face are about equal and the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears. Round faces need a lot to camouflage the “roundness”, but don't despair! The trick is to make your face appear longer and leaner, and to do this, you'll need a cut with less volume around the face. A shoulder length haircut with soft
graduated layers is your ideal style.

Blow-dry them in inward curl. Short bangs are a big no-no, but you should have flicks on the sides. Keep them long and side-swept to hide the chubbiness. Try long, dramatic layers that sweep along the chin, and a shortening of the hair as you go back to the nape of the neck. Reverse bob with flicked layers too will look gorgeous.
The hard edgy lines help it to balance out the softness of a round face. Add height with a puff on top and slim down your face instantly.

Oblong face

Oblong is often confused with oval; however this shape is slightly longer and not as wide. You may also have a pointy chin. If you have a long face, you will need a hairstyle that doesn't drag your face down, but creates the illusion of width. You most certainly need to add some brow-skimming bangs. A chin-length bob will help create the illusion of width, so, feel free to head in that direction. You may also go for a low, side-bun or a French-braid with side-swept bangs.

Square face

You have a prominent jaw, square chin, and your forehead and jawline are
approximately the same width. The best hairstyle for your facial shape is
something with a lot of texture. Go for a shaggy hairdo to add some body and
volume around your face. Try waves from the ears down, which help obscure any severity in the jawline. Curls, choppy ends, messy buns, or even short spiky cuts are perfect picks for you. A soft, tapered bob that hits right around the chin works beautifully. Soft curls or long side flicks help draw attention away from your highly angular jawline. Avoid blunt cut bang or sharp edgy hairstyles at all costs.

Heart-shaped face

Both your forehead and your cheekbones are wide with a narrow jaw and pointy chin. The best hairstyles for your face shape are the ones that draw the focus more to your eyes and cheekbones. Side-swept fringe and a strong parting should
look gorgeous. Keep your layers long and soft. Avoid short and blunt-cut bangs at all costs. Hair that hits right below the jaw helps fill in the area around the chin, and de-emphasises the triangular face countour. Add a bit of body with waterfall braid or flick out with blow dry. With long hair, start with a clearly defined side part, and then add side-swept bangs. Any waviness should be kept from the ears down because fullness on top only emphasises the pointy jaw at the bottom.

Diamond-shaped face

Both your forehead and your jawline are narrow, and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. This shape is less common than other facial shapes. But it’s not very difficult to give diamond-shaped face the illusion of an oval shape. All that needs to be done is to create some width at the forehead and temples.

Have your stylist add some layers and show you how to play around with them to add that luscious volume. If you are going for a party, then a deep,
side-parting will help you take attention off the middle of the face. If you are going to office and you need the hair to be pulled back, then long bangs or
side-swept bangs will suit you perfectly.

(The writer is a beauty expert and executive director of Alps Beauty Clinic)

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