How to find the right hairstyle for your face shape

Our expert advice and gallery will lead you to your ideal style...

Right hairstyle for your face shape
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You may not realise it, but finding the righthairstyle for your face shape will make a significant difference to how you look.

For example, ablunt fringe hairstyle looks very different on some face shapes than a softerside fringe, while if you like havingshort hairit's worth knowing which styles show you off at your best.

If you love longer locks, a medium length style suits most of us but which one suits you the most? And if you're a woman of a certain age (read: in your prime) you'll no doubt find an inspirational look from one of thesehairstyles to suit women in their fifties.

But once you've found your ideal style, how do you know it will suit you? Here's how...

How to find the right hairstyle for your face shape

"When it comes to face shapes and hairstyles, it’s really important to trust your stylist and build a relationships with them, as they can adapt any style for you and your face shape," says Robert Eaton, British Hairdresser of the Year and Creative Director at Russell Eaton."It’s all about subtleties and details in the haircut to soften it and make it suitable for you."

"The right haircut should enhance the face, while the wrong haircut can exaggerate features we may not want to amplify," adds Sana D Khan, Director of the London Hairdressing Academy. "Which is why we always have clients bring in pictures of amazing hairstyles and ensure that stylists advise on an adaptation of their desired look rather than delivering a cut we know may not suit the client."

Do hairstyles for different face shapes change as you age?

"As a general rule, unless you're going for a statement cut, as you get older you should go for a softer cut, which has more versatility as you style it," explains Robert. "There’s no one fit – a great stylist can create a bespoke style to suit their client's face, personality and lifestyle. Although, I would say don’t look back – don’t try to have the same look you had in your 20s, let your hair evolve with you!"

So, whatever face shape – square, oblong, oval, round, heart or triangular – use our gallery as a guide to find a hairstyle you love, then let your stylist work their magic to cut, or adapt, your chosen look to suit your face shape and age.

Blonde wavy hairstyle

Blonde wavy hairstyle

Best for: Square face shape Soften a square face and strong jawline with a wispy cut that falls to one side. Longer hair will suit a square face shape as well - short hair will emphasise your chin and jaw much more.

Mid-length hairstyle with blunt fringe

Mid-length hairstyle with blunt fringe

Best for: Oblong face shape Flatter your oblong-shaped face with a heavy fringe and razor-sharp shoulder length ends. A blunt fringe will balance out a long straight face shape. Single-length hair to your shoulders will also add width to a slim face shape.

Short messy cropped hairstyle

Short messy cropped hairstyle

Best for: Round face shape A short crop will flatter a round face shape, showing off your features. Don't suffocate your face with long, fussy layers: keep it clean and modern.

Glamorous waves hairstyle

Glamorous waves hairstyle

Best for: Oblong face shape Soften an oblong face shape with a long curly or wavy hairstyle, which will also help to add width to your face. Part the hair on the side to give the illusion of a rounder face shape.

Long straight ponytail hairstyle

Long straight ponytail hairstyle

Best for: Oval face shape Those lucky ladies with an oval face shape can pull off any style. Opt for a hairstyle that is pulled back and doesn't hide your beautiful bone structure.

Elfin crop hairstyle

Elfin crop hairstyle

Best for: Heart face shape Opt for a side-swept fringe and light, flicked layers at the nape of the neck to flatter a heart-shaped face. A blunt fringe and one-length style will only make your face look wider and shorter.

60s ponytail hairstyle

60s ponytail hairstyle

Best for: Triangular face shape Balance and soften your jawline with chin-length layers. Long hair pulled back, but with light layers around the face will work well. Avoid a solid style that draws attention towards your jaw.

Short wavy hairstyle

Short wavy hairstyle

Best for: Heart face shape Opt for a textured chin-length bob to flatter your face shape. Part on the side and add volume with soft curls for a sexy take on the classic bob.

Vintage blow dry hairstyle

Vintage blow dry hairstyle

Best for: Heart shaped face Balance out a smaller chin with a voluminous hairstyle. A soft, side-sweeping fringe and flicked-out layers will make the face appear balanced, longer and slimmer all over.

Sleek bob with fringe hairstyle

Sleek bob with fringe hairstyle

Best for: Oblong face shape Add width to your face with a blunt, chin-length bob. Adding a heavy-set fringe will also shorten the face, making it appear rounder.

Beehive hairstyle

Beehive hairstyle

Best for: Square face shape Short and medium length hair is perfect for a square face shape. Add height at the crown to lengthen your face and soften your jawline.

Soft blonde long crop

Soft blonde long crop

Best for: Triangular face shape Avoid styles that are one length and opt for choppy crops and bobs. Taper your hair at the jawline and add a soft, flattering side-swept fringe.

Short bob hairstyle with fringe

Short bob hairstyle with fringe

Best for: Diamond face shape Add width to your face with a chin length bob. Shorten your diamond face shape with a blunt fringe.

Mid length hairstyle

Mid length hairstyle

Best for: Diamond face shape Show off your fabulous bone structure with a swept back style. Tuck hair behind the ears and ensure there is length around the neck and chin to flatter your face shape. Avoid middle partings without a fringe.

Short bobbed hairstyle

Short bobbed hairstyle

Best for: Diamond shape face Widen the lower half of your face with this voluminous 'do. Keep hair parted on the side and ensure the ends are blunt and healthy-looking.

Short Cropped Asymmetric Hairstyle

Short Cropped Asymmetric Hairstyle

Best for: Oval face shape Rejoice in the ability to wear edgy styles and trends and still look great. An oval face can take this androgynous, side-swept look - so be brave and give it a go.

Long curly hairstyle

Long curly hairstyle

Best for: Round face shape Create the illusion of a slimmer face with a long curly hairstyle. Part hair in the middle and don't be tempted to add a fringe!

Mid length straight hairstyle

Mid length straight hairstyle

Best for: Square face shape Side-swept hair that falls gently over the face will flatter a square face shape. Add texture and definition with soft layers.

Mid length hairstyle

Mid length hairstyle

Best for: All face shapes If you are looking for a seriously sexy hairstyle, this one will suit - whatever your face shape. Parted off centre and with hidden layers for extra volume, this is one hairstyle we should all try.