Hair extensions are undoubtedly in vogue right now, and with good reason. Extensions give you the liberty to play around with styles, colors, length, and textures before you find your ‘signature’ look. This process can be both fun and redeeming, in addition to being super affordable in most cases.
However, choosing the right extensions or hairstyle is an art, not every potential look will be befitting to everyone. This makes it imperative to consider your face shape while making your choice to ensure it brings out the best in you. The better suited your choice is to your face and style, the more it will flatter your entire look and the more you will love it.
To make the best choice for yourself, you need to first determine your face shape. Pull your hair back in a tight ponytail away from your face and look into a mirror. Try to match the outline of your face with our description below to find out your face shape:
- Diamond Shape Face
Celebrity inspiration – Jennifer Love Hewitt, Halle Berry
A diamond shape face has wide cheekbones framed by a narrow chin and slim forehead. This face shape is very versatile, and allows room for a lot of hairstyle options.
Elaborate hairstyles can very easily overpower sharp and delicate diamond faces. Side-swept bangs or a deep side part is very flattering, since it hides most of the forehead, which takes the attention away from the narrow forehead and highlights those gorgeous cheekbones. A sleek and classy straight bob or shoulder length hair with jaunty layering also works very well to compliment this face shape.
- Heart Shape Face
Celebrity inspiration – Tyra Banks, Reese Whitherspoon
A heart shape face features a large, wide forehead and high cheekbones, with an occasional widow’s peak hairline, framed by a narrow V-shaped chin.
Fun, blunt bangs and wavy layers can create a peppy look on a heart shaped face. Soften the regal forehead with a hairstyle which is closer to the head near the eyes and grows gradually fuller around the jaws, making it appear wider and more balanced, while still letting the forehead show a little.
- Oval Shape Face
Celebrity inspiration – Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway
The oval shape face is very well-proportioned, no particular feature dominates the other, however, the length of the face is more than the width of the face.
This face shape allows for the most versatile options in hairstyles. Effortless bangs are the most well suited for this face shape. The bangs disguise the length of the face and diverts all the attention towards the eyes, thus emphasizing them and balancing the whole look of the face.
- Square Shape face
Celebrity inspiration – Kate Winslet, Sofia Vergara
A square shape face usually features a very prominent jawline, with an equally prominent hairline.
Short to medium length gently sloping bangs or layers narrow the appearance of the forehead, and emphasizes the cheekbones to soften the angular shape of the face are best suited for square shape faces. Height at the crown will also work to elongate and break the monotony of the symmetrical square shape of the face.
- Round Shape Face
Celebrity inspiration – Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez
The round shape face has a round chin and hairline, with the cheekbones being the widest part of the face.
A side swept fringe or long sided layers that sweeps across the forehead and off the sides of the face to achieve fullness, while keeping the rest of the cut close to the face will make the round shape of the face appear longer and narrower and accentuate your look.
So, the next time you get extensions, keep your face shape and personal style in mind, rather than blindly following trends, to reveal your best features and turn you into the diva you’ve always wanted to be!