Ready Yourself for the Most Flattering Haircut: Chip Chop or Not?
Short? Long? Layered? Whether you have an oval, round, or heart-shaped face, finding the perfect, most complimentary haircut can be tricky. Before you grow it out or chop it off, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind:
- Know your face shape
- Understand your hair texture
- Highlight your best features
- Choose a haircut that’ll boost your confidence
While some women can pull off every length and shade, not every woman is so lucky. Forget the fads and ads: your most flattering look depends on how confident you feel wearing your haircut.
Our hair stylists at Canadian Beauty College in Vaughan can assist you in deciding on a style that suits your face and your personality. Learn more about our hair salon or book an appointment today!
Know Your Face Shape
Get out a ruler or measuring tape, it’s time to determine your true face shape. (Tip: write all numbers down.)
- Measure across forehead at the widest point
- Measure the widest length across cheekbones
- Measure jaw line at widest point
- Measure length of your face (put ruler under eyes and measure from ear to ear—stop where the ear begins. Next, place ruler at top of forehead and measure to chin. When you measure the length of your face, your ratio will either be 1 (width) to 1 ½ (length) or 1 to 1 to 1 to 2).
With all measurements in hand, you can determine which face shape you have:
- Oval – your face is 1 ½ times longer than it is wide.
- Round – your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are all equal in width. Women with round-shaped faces usually have soft features (as opposed to a square-shaped face).
- Long – your face is longer than it is wide.
- Square – your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are all equal in width. If your face is square, your features are probably sharp and angular.
- Heart – your face is wider at the forehead and narrow at the jawline. Like most women with heart-shaped faces, you might have a pointy chin that is the focal point of your face.
Understand Your Hair Texture/Density
When considering a haircut, the density and texture of your hair will dictate how to cut and style it. Use these tips to figure out your hair density:
- Grab sections (top, side, back) and watch how it falls when let go.
That’s it. Depending on how your hair falls, you’ll be able to determine your hair’s density:
- Fine – falls flat and limp
- Thick – sticks up straight or poufs away from scalp
- Between – some sections fall, others stick up straight
Once you’ve determined the density, it’s important to understand the texture:
- Fine – fine hair should be kept short. If you intend to retain body, keep your hair shoulder-length or higher.
- Straight – bangs work great with straight hair.
- Wavy – wavy hair normally works with any length and style.
- Coarse – coarse hair is usually incredibly thick. Your hair will work long or short—just make sure you regularly trim it.
- Frizzy – the shorter frizzy hair is, the better. If you are willing to keep your hair short, bangs work great with frizzy hair.
- Curly – curly hair is attractive with nearly any style of haircut. Easy to style, curly hair even works with bangs.
Highlight Your Best Features
Once you know your face shape and understand your hair’s texture and density, remember to highlight your best features.
- Oval – shaped faces usually work well with any style—most women attempt to create the illusion of an oval face. Depending on your face shape, here is how you can highlight your best feature and create the most flattering illusion:
- Round – avoid short, curly hair if you can help it. Choose a cut that hits below the chin (so it doesn’t draw attention to it) to make your face seem longer.
- Square – don’t highlight your jaw. If you add texture/layers to your hair, your face will appear thinner, longer, and softer.
- Heart – highlight your eyes and cheekbones; try side-swept bangs.
- Long – avoid long hair. Long hair will elongate your face and make it appear even longer; try layers, bobs, and waves.
Choose a Haircut to Boost Your Confidence
At the end of the day, the person you should worry about pleasing most is yourself. Although it helps to know your face shape, understand your hair’s texture/density, and highlight your best features, the perfect haircut depends on how confident you feel about it.
Whether your hair is short or long, fine or thick, it’s yours—cut it, style it, and wear it how you want! If you have fine hair and want to grow it out, let it grow! If your square-shaped face is dying to try out a bob, go for it! If you’re willing to wear any look with confidence, how you feel about how you look will trump any hair-styling guideline.
Looking for a hair school in Ontario? Canadian Beauty College offers hair styling programs for students in Toronto and surrounding areas including Vaughan, Newmarket, and Mississauga. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and begin your journey has a hair stylist!